July 18, 2012
The Rosenbach Museum Stars On Last Night’s The Colbert Report; A Brand New Exhibition Is Now On Display At The Museum Featuring Colbert’s New Book I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)
On last night’s The Colbert Report, hilarious pundit Stephen Colbert featured Philadelphia’s own Rosenbach Museum & Library in a segment called “Who’s Honoring Me Now?”
The segment features great footage of the museum on its beautiful Delancey Street location, and an interview with Rosenbach curator and “John C. Haas” Director Derick Dreher, who mentions some of the institution’s most prized literary treasures: a handwritten speech by Abraham Lincoln, the original manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses and… Colbert’s hilarious new book I Am A Pole (And So Can You!).
The footage shows the Rosenbach white-gloved curatorial team carefully installing the original manuscript of Colbert’s book alongside the original manuscript of Joyce’s masterpiece in a glass display case in the Rosenbach’s reading room. The coolest part? It’s still there and you can see it yourself!
There’s a brand new exhibition open starting today, Wednesday, July 18, at the Rosenbach called “Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert: Interviews, Objects… and Poles!”
So what’s the connection between Colbert and the Rosenbach?
Back in January of this year, millions of people watched Colbert and the late illustrator-author Maurice Sendak banter during an interview on The Colbert Report. When Sendak blessed Colbert’s idea for a “children’s book” called “I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)”, Colbert followed through, producing and publishing the book mentioned above just a few months later.
On view through November 11, the exhibition “Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert” features not only Colbert’s manuscript and working materials but also items from the Sendak-Colbert interviews, The Colbert Report’s moving memorial tribute to Maurice Sendak that aired the evening of Sendak’s passing and a sampling of ﬁne poles found in the Rosenbach’s literary and artistic collections.
Check out the full episode or watch the clip above to check out the Rosenbach’s most recent moment of fame.
The Colbert materials will actually remain in the Rosenbach’s collection permanently, alongside the museum’s vast Sendak Collection.
“Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert: Interviews, Objects…and Poles!”
Where: Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
When: Wednesday, July 18-Sunday, November 11
Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students &and Children $5, Children under 5 Free
More info: www.rosenbach.org