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Aperture Conversations

Tilda Swinton with B. Ruby Rich: Orlando

Wednesday, May 29

6:30 pm

The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, Floor 2 New York, NY 10018


Join Aperture at The New York Public Library for a discussion between Tilda Swinton and scholar B. Ruby Rich on the forthcoming issue of Aperture magazine, “Orlando”.

For its summer issue, Aperture turns to Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending 1928 novel, Orlando, for inspiration. Guest-edited by artist Tilda Swinton, the issue explores interpretations of Woolf’s story about a poet who transitions from being a man to being a woman, then moves through the centuries meeting key figures of English literature along the way. Now, through Aperture’s collection of images and writings that celebrate gender fluidity, curiosity, and life without limits, the novel has taken on new life.

The New York Public Library is home to one of the largest collections of Woolf’s archives, with holdings including original manuscripts (among them, a typed fragment of Orlando), rare first editions, unique photographs, and the author’s walking stick. To explore her legacy, and a story that was in many ways well ahead of its time, Swinton will be joined by scholar and critic B. Ruby Rich.

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This event is presented in cooperation with The New York Public Library. 

Tilda Swinton with B. Ruby Rich: Orlando