Announcing Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque


Bibliodiscotheque: Array of Events Planned to Celebrate Disco Culture

Today the Library of Congress announced an exciting upcoming series: “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque(April 12-May 6, 2017), an unprecedented exploration of disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections.

You are welcome to experience the Library of Congress like never before with a diverse lineup of programs featuring appearances by disco icon Gloria Gaynor, whose “I Will Survive” is recognized in the National Recording Registry, fashion guru Tim Gunn, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, photographer Bill Bernstein, scholars Alice Echols and Martin Scherzinger, and legendary disco ball maker Yolanda Baker.

Gloria Gaynor and her band will perform in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building on May 6th, followed by a late night disco dance party (featuring DJ Mike Simonetti and DJ Adrian Loving) presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy and the District of Columbia Library Association.

All events are free and open to the public, and tickets are required. Tickets will be released to the public via Eventbrite on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (ET). If an event is listed as sold out, a limited number of patrons will have the opportunity to register for a waitlist (on the ticketing page).

The Library’s programming will include:

Special Events

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque Symposium

Gloria Gaynor | Robin Roberts | Bill Bernstein | Yolanda Baker | Alice Echols | Martin Scherzinger
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Book signing to follow

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 7:00 pm-12:30 am
Gloria Gaynor Live: Disco Dance Party
Gloria Gaynor & Band | Special Exhibitions | Dance Party | Main Reading Room Open House
Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building


Courtesy of Gloria Gaynor

Talks & Scholarly Programs

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Tim Gunn on Disco Fashion [Interview]
Tim Gunn, Fashion Consultant & Author | Robert Newlen, Deputy Librarian of Congress
Mumford Room, James Madison Memorial Building
Book signing to follow

Tim Gunn by Scott McDermott

Tim Gunn by Scott McDermott

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 7:00 pm
ABBA & Disco’s Influence on European Dance Music [Lecture & Film]
James Wintle, Music Division
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building
Presented in association with the Embassy of Sweden, European Union Month of Culture, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Mathematics of African Dance Rhythms [Lecture]
Martin Scherzinger, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm
Music & Veterans [Panel Discussion]
Co-presented by the Library of Congress Music Division and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in the American Folklife Center
Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building

Film Screenings
All film screenings take place in the Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 7:00 pm
(1998) – 135 min. [NR]

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 6:30 pm
Double Feature
The Secret Disco Revolution
(2012) – 90 min. [NR]
Donna Summer: Live and More…Encore (1999) – 90 min. [NR]

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Queer as Folk [UK] Complete Series Marathon
(1999) – 7 hours [R]
Presented in association with Library of Congress GLOBE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Pump Up the Volume (2001) – 135 min. [NR]

Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Saturday Night Fever (1977) – 120 min. [R]
40th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, April 28, 2017 – 7:00 pm
You Got Served
(2004) – 95 min. [PG-13]

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Double Feature
Celia: The Queen (2008) – 96 min. [NR]
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) – 86 min. [PG-13]
Presented in association with the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 7:00 pm
House Party (1990) – 100 min. [R]

For more information, contact (202) 707-5502 or [email protected].

No one under the age of 17 will be admitted to R-rated films without a parent or guardian.

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