From Nov. 5 through Dec 11, 2016, the Michael C. Carlos Museum will host First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a traveling exhibition from the Folger Shakespeare Library that inspired Emory’s yearlong celebration of the Bard.
The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Admission to the First Folio gallery only is free to the public.
Visitor admission information
While entry to the First Folio gallery is free, access to all Carlos Museum galleries is paid admission: Adults: $8; students, seniors, and children (ages 6-17): $6 (children ages 5 and under, free). Access to all galleries is also free to Carlos Museum members, Emory students, staff, and faculty. Museum members receive priority admission to the First Folio gallery. For more on admission, visit the website.
First Folio to be displayed with the Second, Third, and Fourth Folios
Assembled by two of Shakespeare’s company actors in 1616, the First Folio was the only source for 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, according to the Folger Shakespeare Library. Without it, previously unpublished plays such as “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It” might never have been found. The Carlos Museum will also display the Second, Third, and Fourth Shakespeare Folios, here on loan and drawn from the collection of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. This rare opportunity to view the four folios together highlights added plays, the differences between the editions, and the inclusion of John Milton’s first printed poem.
Shakespeare at Emory’s official opening event at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, set for Nov. 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., welcomes Ayanna Thompson and jazz musician Dwight Andrews, plus special guests, for a program called “Will of the People: Shakespeare’s Folios and Their Meaning in Our World,” accompanied by the music of Duke Ellington. Guests can view the First Folio at the Carlos Museum before this opening event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Dec. 5, the official closing celebration at the Carlos Museum, “The Bard and Song,” features former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, and award-winning poets and Emory professors Kevin Young and Jericho Brown. The Carlos Museum will present a series of films, “The Bard in Bollywood: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare Trilogy” and interactive family workshops.
First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and by the generous support of Google.org, The Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small, and other generous donors.