Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Charles Drew Art Exhibit Has Closed Early Due to Central Library Construction Project

Charles Drew exhibit closed early due to a Central Library construction project. 
A Central Library Fourth Floor Gallery exhibit featuring the late Birmingham News political cartoonist Charles Brooks has ended early due to pending construction of the Central Library Monumental Stairs Project.

The Less Things Change: Charles Brooks and the Art of Alabama Politics opened August 21 and was originally set to be open to the public through October 4, 2019. But the exhibit was taken down September 12 as the Central Library East Building will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, September 14, due to a construction project. On Monday, September 16, contractor Taylor + Miree begins replacing the broken down escalators with a three-story staircase.

The Less Things Change: Charles Brooks and the Art of Alabama Politics looks at Brooks’ commentary on politics in his home state from the 1950s to the 1980s. The exhibit features some of the 4,000 original drawings Brooks donated to the Birmingham Public Library Archives in 1998.

No other exhibits will be featured in the Central Library Fourth Floor Gallery until the stair project is completed and the East Building reopens by early February 2020.

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