Library Exhibit: Saving Our History, Saving the Klitgord Mosaic

The library’s current exhibit, Saving Our History, Saving the Klitgord Mosaic, is displayed in the exhibit case near the library entrance. Prof. Mary Nilles, English, and Prof. Peter Fikaris, ADGA, set up the exhibit with their respective students.  The exhibit will be on display from May 5th until August 29th, 2014.

Prof. Nilles and students in front of the display.
Prof. Nilles and students in front of the displayed exhibit.

Text by Prof. Mary Nilles of the English Dept. 
The multi-media exhibit, “Saving our History, Saving the Klitgord Mosaic,” on view in the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, 5 May – 29 August 2014, has been arranged by a group of multi-disciplinary professors, staff and students. In photos, text, power point presentations and short videos, it features a timeline of important developments in the history of Jay Street, downtown Brooklyn, in particular, the blocks where City Tech is situated.
It focuses on the erection of the Klitgord Center in 1962-1963 and the Klitgord mosaic, a large public art installation created by famed designer Nathaniel Choate and tile artist, Joseph Von Tury, with the support of architect Francis Keally, and Benjamin Namm, chairperson of the College’s Board of Trustees; the various uses of Klitgord for 50 years; the demolition of the building in 2013, and the historically significant rescue of the mosaic, for future re-assembly and display.
The exhibit recalls the history of City Tech, and honors its founders, including our first president, Dr. Otto Klitgord, after whom the Center was named, and all others-–faculty, staff, and students–who have shaped our institution over the past seven decades.
This exhibition is part of a long-term study of our campus by Dr. Nilles and her students, entitled, “Researching our Past, Building our Future.” Gratitude to all who in any way have helped create and present this display.
Additional support from President Russ Hotzler and Dean Karl Botchway; the Advertising Design and Graphic Arts department: Professors Mary Ann Biehl, Anita Giraldo, Robert Holden, Joel Mason and CLTs Steve Caputo and Albert Sherman; American Hungarian Foundation and Professor August Molnar; Brooklyn Historical Society; Brooklyn Public Library; Brian Choate; City Tech English department: Professors Nina Bannett, Frank Masiello, Suzanne Miller, Patricia Rudden, and Judith Walter; City Tech Library and Archives: Professors Morris Hounion and Keith Muchowski; Harvard University Archives; Luxembourg National Archives and Jean Ensch; Andrew Namm; New York Public Library; Smithsonian Institution; and Mary Jo Von Tury.
Additional posters of the exhibit:
Eva Zolarayan’s Saving Our History, Saving The Klitgord Mosaic
Peter Reilly’s Klitgord Mosaic Poster

2 Replies to “Library Exhibit: Saving Our History, Saving the Klitgord Mosaic”

  1. 1-21-22
    Dear Mr.Tidal,
    As a former student of the former
    NYC Co mu Ith College I used to attend in the Summer of 1974 when I graduated from Lafayette HS after changing from Brooklyn Tech after getting left back there and failing the defunct Strength of Materials course three times and being told to leave I finally know what happened to Klitgord Center.I used today Basketball there.The lastrimeI was in that area was a few years ago when I was called for jury duty.I sat around and read a hard over book but never sat on the jury.I was on academic probation while there.I Watson the yearbook staff in 1977.And I took aleaveof absence there from 1978-1980.After being told by the Committeeon Course and Standings that I needed 36 credits or more of B work I eventually went to an advisor.I sat down and and spoke to then Prof.Carlos J.Rivera the Assistsnt
    Director of Counseling and Placement Services who suggested I change schools and would lose half my credits and my GPA would be set to zero and I could academically start over as the October 1987 letter to me day.I transferred to BMCc/CUNY where I obtained an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.I graduated with the class of August 1987.The tuition was paid for with a grant.I’m glad I switched schools.I would have been ashamed to gain entrance to a exam highschool and not graduate college! Aside from that I forgot my Yahoo password and still live in Brooklyn.It was good for me to question that situation.I have since retired from government service after 40 years.

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