First Folio February has begun! Founding board member Dr. Kristin Bundesen gave the kick off lecture at the St Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Wednesday at noon. The museum usually expects about 50 people for these lunchtime talks, but thanks to all our supporters, the audience swelled to over 200 people.
Sara VanNote, Education Director of the museum, was a great supporter of the event - even when Kristin ran into some technical problems.
The lecture covered some basics about the First Folio, how it was printed, the possible editorial process, as well as a bit of information about The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Folgers themselves.
Kristin managed to figure out how to connect Joan Didion, Marshall McLuhan, and Michel Foucault to the value and importance of the First Folio to our sense of humanity. She also showed the opening scene from Hamlet in the Klingon language. Trekkies are big Shakespeare fans as well!
The exhibit opens next Saturday with a public opening reception the evening before. The same night is the opening for The Book's the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Play at the New Mexico History Museum curated by Tom Leach of the History Museum and Dr. Robin Williams, ISC founding board member.
Next week, Dr. Robin Williams will be leading a reading workshop at the Main Library in downtown Santa Fe. She will also be leading a class at Renesan on Hamlet's famous To be, or not to be speech. Bring your lunch so you can stay till the afternoon when Kristin is giving a lecture on what Shakespeare got wrong in history.