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About the Art Library

Located on the sixth floor of Rosenthal Library, Queens College Art Library has developed since the founding of its collection in 1937 into a leading art library of the City University of New York (CUNY). Its resources in the visual arts and material culture address all aspects of art and architectural history, including theory, criticism, materials, techniques, and practice. The Art Library holds approximately 100,000 books, some 100 current periodical subscriptions and 137 closed periodical subscriptions, 60,000+ pamphlets and exhibition catalogs, 60,000+ images, QC M.A. theses in art history, and special collections. Many more materials are accessible electronically.

The Queens College Art Center, a part of the Art Library, was founded and operated by it through June 2013. It is now led through the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

The Art Library is open during the regular hours of Rosenthal, with professional support scheduled Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 9 PM, and Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. We look forward to welcoming you in Art.

Rosenthal Library
Sixth Floor
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367-1597

About Us

We all look forward to welcoming and assisting you in Art. Unless otherwise noted, staff is available during the posted Art staffed hours.

  • Suzanna Simor / Head / / RO603 / 718-997-3771
  • Donna Schultz / Administration / / RO601 / 718-997-3773
  • Mary Glynn / Coordinator of Art Library Services / / RO604 / 718-997-3782 / Tuesday 9 AM to 1 PM; 2 to 5 PM, Wednesday 9 AM to 1 PM; 2 to 4 PM, Thursday 1 to 4 PM; 5 to 9 PM
  • Paul Remeczki / Assistant Art Librarian / / R0601 and Art Reference Desk / 718-997-3770 / Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 1 to 4 PM; 5 to 9 PM
  • Sevastoula “Stevie” Kasparian / Collections Manager / / R0601 / 718-997-3770 / Wednesday through Friday 9 AM to 12:30 PM; 1 to 4:30 PM or 3:30 PM on Wednesdays

New @ the Art Library

A Nation Rising: 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Irish Rebellion

A Nation Rising

April 20–September 29, 2016
Barham Rotunda Gallery, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library Level 3

The year 2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland. The Rising was mounted by Irish republicans with the goal of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing an Irish Republic. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798 and led to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922 which eventually became the modern day Republic of Ireland (Poblacht na hEireann).

The Rising was organized secretly by seven members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. They were Thomas Clarke, Sean McDermott, Padraig Pearse, Thomas McDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, James Connolly and Eamonn Ceannt. The Rising lasted from Easter Monday 24 April to 30 April 1916. Led by schoolteacher and barrister Padraig Pearse, and joined by the smaller Irish Citizen Army of James Connolly, along with 200 members of Cumann na mBan (the Irish Women's Council), they seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic, independent of Britain.

The Rising was suppressed after six days of fighting, and fifteen men, including the seven signatories of the proclamation were tried by secret military court and executed. A sixteenth man, Roger Casement was imprisoned in London where he was tried on charges of high treason and hanged on August 3, 1916, the only leader of the rising to be executed outside of Ireland. Eamonn De Valera's death sentence was commuted because he was an American citizen, and Constance Markievicz's was commuted because she was female. The leaders of the Rising became heroes in the months after their executions, fueled by the cruel treatment they received at the hands of the British. Public outrage combined with other factors, such as the growing casualties of the First World War and the threat of conscription, helped to increase the strength of the radical nationalist groups.

The Sinn Fein movement was started by printer and writer Arthur Griffith (1872–1922). The choice of the name “Sinn Féin” (meaning “we ourselves” or “we alone”) alludes to the spirit of political, cultural, and economic independence that the group proclaimed for Ireland. Griffith himself did not take part in the Easter Rising, but the newspapers had dubbed it the “Sinn Fein Rising,” as it was an openly anti-British organization centralized in Dublin. The 1918 General Election to the British Parliament was the last all-island election held in Ireland. Republicans won 73 seats out of 105, on a policy of Irish independence and with Eamonn DeValera as leader. In January 1919, the elected members of Sinn Fein who were not still in prison at the time, including survivors of the Rising, convened the First Dáil (Irish government) and established the Irish Republic. The British Government refused to accept the legitimacy of the newly declared nation, leading to the Irish War of Independence.

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) led by Michael Collins launched a widespread and effective guerrilla campaign against British forces. In 1921 a cease-fire was declared, and in January 1922 a faction of Irish nationalists signed a peace treaty with Britain, calling for the partition of Ireland, with the south becoming autonomous and the six northern counties of the island remaining in the United Kingdom. Civil war broke out even before the declaration of the Irish Free State on December 6, 1922, and ended with the victory of the Irish Free State over the Irish Republican forces in 1923. A constitution adopted by the Irish people in 1937 finally declared Ireland to be “a sovereign, independent, democratic state,” and the Irish Free State was renamed Eire.

This exhibit focuses on the men and women who planned and participated in the 1916 Rising, the events that led up to this seminal event in Irish history, and the historical impact that followed.

There will be a free one hour multimedia presentation about the 1916 Rising in Room 230 of Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library at 6:30 on April 20th.

Curated by:

  • Eileen Colleran Sprague and Patricia McCloskey — QC Irish Studies Program
  • Mary Glynn — QC Art Library
  • Matt Greco and Linda Jackson — QC Art Department

For more information contact the QC Art Library, 718-997-3770.

Exhibition Flyer

Given the challenges most of us face now, the Art Library is pleased that it can offer its users growing resources acquired by purchases and gifts, and an increasing number of art publications accessible online. Recently, e.g., the material collections have been enriched by the outstanding libraries focused on the Italian and to some extent Northern Renaissance, bequests of the late Professors James H. Beck, of Columbia University, and Creighton E. Gilbert, of the QC Art Department and later Yale University. A donation by the Metropolitan Museum of Art has added several hundred current art monographs. Numerous other donations are bringing in important publications and documents, which otherwise it would be difficult to acquire, that strengthen the research potency of the Queens College libraries. The Art Library appreciates the generosity of its supporters.

Working with media has become easier with Shared Shelf, a platform available through the Artstor Digital Library. Web-based media management software, Shared Shelf enables institutions to easily manage, store, use, organize, share, and publish their institutional and faculty media collections within their institution or publicly on the Web. With Shared Shelf's built-in layered privacy controls, restricted access may be provided for local, institutional, or consortial use, i.e. a collection may be made accessible via a single institution website (e.g. QC Department, etc.), a group of institutions (e.g. CUNY), or open-access websites, and also may be published into a workspace that will provide a single point of access to our local content and the Artstor Digital Library.

For more information contact

Images of the Art Library are courtesy of and © Terry Kattleman.

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