Talks at the Seaport Museum

In the Shadow of Genius

A Book Talk with Barbara Mensch

Thursday, April 11 | 6:30 pm | FREE | Registration Recommended

Join the Seaport Museum as Barbara Mensch discusses her latest book In the Shadow of Genius, where she will take us through her process and talk about some key highlights in creating this work. The talk will be moderated by Zette Emmons, long-time Seaport District resident and museum professional whose credits include work at MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Newark Museum, and the South Street Seaport Museum curating the 1987 exhibition The Great Liners: Transatlantic Passage Between the Wars. Also joining the talk will be Fernanda Perrone, Curator of Special Collections and the Roebling Family Archive at Rutgers University.

In the Shadow of Genius combines Barbara’s striking photographs with a powerful first-person narrative, as she takes the reader on a unique journey, first by recalling her experiences living alongside the bridge for more than 30 years, and then by racing down her own curious path to understand the brilliant minds and remarkable lives of those who built it: John, Washington, and Emily Roebling.

Ms. Mensch’s book In The Shadow of Genius has been widely reviewed, including publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Photo District News among many others. Mensch also appeared on NPR, WBAI, and other major media outlets in conjunction with her ongoing book tour.

Barbara Mensch has had numerous exhibitions of her photographic work. Her images are represented in some of New York City’s most prestigious galleries, and her work is included in important collections, including those of MoMA, the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Fundacion Televisa of Mexico City, the Bibliothèque Nationale, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 pm.


Getting Here

By subway: Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street. Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach Water Street. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.

By bus: Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding. Walk one block east.

By ferry: The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey. From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes. Once at Fulton Street, turn left and walk up one block west toward Water Street. From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.

Parking: Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just two blocks from Bowne & Co. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.


*As we are located in an historic district please contact the Museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit