The Skyscraper Museum
Book Talks 2014
The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

Monday, October 29, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm

Barbara Mensch Book Talk

In the Shadow of Genius
The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators

Fordham University Press, 2018

Photographer and author Barbara Mensch has lived alongside the Brooklyn Bridge for over 30 years. Combining her first-person perspective with striking photography, In the Shadow of Genius takes us on a journey of Mensch’s life by the bridge and her curious path to understand the brilliant minds and remarkable lives of those who built it: John, Washington, and Emily Roebling. From New York to Germany, as well as Pennsylvania and other sites of Roebling projects, Mensch fuses her contemporary photography and historical records, giving us a new perspective on Roebling’s masterwork.

Barbara Mensch has lived in the Seaport area since 1979, which has been a constant focus of her work. She holds a BFA degree from Hunter College. Her work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, as well as in exhibitions at MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and The Skyscraper Museum. Her previous books include South Street and Barbara Mensch: New York Photographs.

The exhibitions and programs of The Skyscraper Museum are supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.