Will Durst and Josh Kornbluth Perform at San Francisco Main Library

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March 22, 2013

Will Durst and Josh Kornbluth Perform at San Francisco Main Library as part of annual Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor Exhibit

On the Clock: A Playful Guide to Working Life Opens in Skylight Gallery, April 1, 2013

How we think about work has a lot to do with the way we feel about it. Most of us spend a majority of our lives working. Are our jobs nothing more than drudgery, or do we find fun and fulfillment in them? Considering how difficult it is these days to find the job of our dreams (have you lately found yourself driven to the extreme of using a divining rod or fortune teller to guide you to your job prospects?) we thought it was high time that we focus our annual humor exhibition on helping the job applicant find that unusual, playful, alternative to the mainstream job. Drawing on the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, we’ll guide you through a deliberately foolish field of job opportunities. On the Clock: A Playful Guided to Working Life is on view in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, San Francisco Main Library, April 1 through May 31.

In concert with this annual exhibition, noted San Francisco comic Will Durst will perform Elect to Laugh, at the Main Library on April 3. Performer Josh Kornbluth will present Haiku Tunnel on May 28. All programs at the Library are free.

The collection is named for Nat Schmulowitz who practiced law with dedication and integrity, mixed with a rare sense of humor. His legal and scholarly writings are peppered with humorous anecdotes and jokes, the remarkable result of the books he acquired on his travels around the world. On April Fools’ Day, 1947, Mr. Schmulowitz gave 93 jest books to the San Francisco Public Library. He faithfully continued to add toward the establishment of what is now considered the world’s largest public collection of wit & humor.

Located in San Francisco Public Library’s Book Arts & Special Collections Center, the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH) contains more than 22,000 books and 250 periodical titles, electronic media and ephemera, as well as the personal archive of Nat Schmulowitz. This extraordinary collection reflects the eclectic humor of its founder, whose motto still resonates: “Without humor we are doomed.” The annual SCOWAH exhibition, which opens every April Fools’ Day, is a tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

The Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center is home to the Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing & the Development of the Book, the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering, the Fox Collection of Early Children’s Books, and the Little Maga/Zine Collection, as well as other special collections.

RELATED EXHIBITION & DISPLAY

S.S. Adams, the Edison of Practical Jokes  

Exhibition, Government Information Center, 5th Floor

April 1-May 31

Works for Me: Diligence and Drudgery, With Some Distractions

A book cover display, General Collections & Humanities, 3rd Floor, April 1-May 31

RELATED PROGRAMS

April 3: Elect to Laugh: An Evening with Will Durst. In the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

May 28: Josh Kornbluth Presents Haiku Tunnel. In the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Thursdays at Noon Film Series—On the Clock: Films About Jobs and Working Life, featuring

High Fidelity (April 4); Trading Places (April 11); Up in the Air (April 18); The Associate (April 25). In the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 12 noon. All films are shown with captions when possible to assist our deaf and hard of hearing.

All programs at the Library are Free. For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

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