Exhibits University of Oregon Libraries

Exhibits at the University of Oregon Libraries

The exhibits program of the University of Oregon Libraries is a valuable means of promoting the educational mission of the libraries and its relationship with the academic community.

The goals of the exhibit program are

  • to highlight the strengths and diversity of the library's collections
  • to promote library programs and campus events
  • to acknowledge gifts and to encourage giving
  • to celebrate library and university milestones and accomplishments

Current Exhibits:

Transforming the World: Russian Avant-garde and Russian Studies at University of Oregon

An exhibit in conjunction with the 2015 Biennial Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Graduate Symposium

Exhibited in four display cases on the first floor of Knight Library are the works of early twentieth century Russian Avant-garde art pioneers, scholarly publications by REEES faculty, and profiles of the REEES and Comparative Literature graduate students who are presenting their work in this year’s REEES Graduate Student Symposium.

Early Russian Avant-garde art was created from ca. 1907-1934. Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Nataliia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Olga Rozanova and many other artists, litterateurs, actors and actresses, playwrights, and philosophers are both pioneers and founders of Russian Avant-garde, which started with a pathos for change and freedom in creativity. The Russian Avant-garde comprised Futurism, Cubo-Futurism, Constructivism, Rayonism, Neo-primitivism, and Supermartism. Futurism and Cubo-Futurism were reflected in art and literature, Suprematism—in painting, Constructivism—in architecture and poster design. In the late 1920s, changes in Soviet government and political policies made Socialist Realism the official style for creating art. In 1934, Joseph Stalin and his comrades-in-arms declared avant-garde to be bourgeois art and banned it, insisting that the communist society was to produce its own art and culture. Official guidelines were laid down for the creation of Soviet art, and the state kept a tight rein on personal creative expression. Consequently, an underground counterculture started developing in the Soviet Union in the 1930s-1950s to preserve the artistic heritage and works created at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Early Music Manuscripts: Works of Art and Historical Artifacts book binding

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the construction of a book of music was a laborious process which involved many steps and numerous skilled craftsmen. Each book was scribed by hand, resulting in a unique piece of work, characteristic of its purpose and its origin, and every region had its own distinctive styles of text script and musical notation. Quality and design ranged from lavishly decorated presentation books for important patrons, to hardy and functional books for everyday use, perhaps in a cathedral or monastery.  
This exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of Knight Library in the Music Services area. It examines the process of creating a music book by hand, from the preparation of animal skins for vellum to the illuminated illustrations that ornamented the most expensive books. It also traces the progression of Western musical notation from roughly sketched memory cues to the highly organized system of pitch and rhythmic symbols that was in place by the early Renaissance. Showcased in this exhibit are numerous hand tools for writing, illustration, and book repair, as well as several of the library’s significant facsimile reproductions of important medieval music manuscripts, including the 14th-century French satirical allegory Le Roman de Fauvel and the spectacular full-color facsimile of the 15th-century Italian Squarcialupi Codex.   
This exhibit was curated by Music Reference & Outreach Assistant Tara Puyat (MA, Musicology, 2015), with assistance from Ann Shaffer (Music Librarian), Marilyn Mohr (Senior Conservation Technician, Beach Conservation Lab), and Marilyn Reaves (Manuscripts Assistant, Special Collections & University Archives). 

Selected Works of James DaughertyHistory and Heroes: Selected Works of James Daugherty

On exhibit in UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, this selection of works by artist James Daugherty (1887–1974) provides a small, representative sampling of a career that spanned over sixty years. At various times, Daugherty worked as a modernist painter, a WPA muralist, and an author and illustrator of children’s books, one of which won him the John Newbery Medal for the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Daugherty felt a strong affinity for American history, culture, and folklore. Among his favorite artistic subjects were personal heroes such as Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman--all are depicted in works on display.

This exhibition features a selection of illustrations, paintings, and manuscripts dating from the early years of Daugherty's career, through to his often-overlooked abstract paintings of the 1960s. A larger body of his life’s work--manuscripts, correspondence, artworks, and other documentation--is held in the James Daugherty Papers in Special Collections and University Archives in the University of Oregon Libraries. Altogether, the materials demonstrate Daugherty’s long, varied, and remarkable life in art. This exhibit is located in Special Collections and University Archives on the second floor of Knight Library.

Our Daily Bread: Women's Stories of Food and Resistance

In conjunction with the fourth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium, the UO Libraries is exhibiting archival items documenting the career of keynote author Diana Abu-Jaber. This exhibit is located in the flat cases outside of the Browsing Room in Knight Library.

The theme "Our Daily Bread" opens conversations about the sensuality of food; food and culture; food shortages; hunger and poverty; health and eating disorders; climate change; misuse of natural resources; environmental racism; food distribution; genetic manipulation of seeds; and preparation and growing of food. Food is our daily bread, but in the practice of writing, what else feeds us? “Our Daily Bread” is a rich theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, humanity, gender, and community.

For more information: 2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

An exhibit exploring international issues of Information Communications Technology Information Revolution - Evolution - Devolution

In recent decades, Information Communications Technology (ICT) has brought about profound technological, economic, political, and cultural change. More information is available now to more people than at any time in history. As access to information has become dependent on wealth and skills, the gap between the rich and poor has widened. ICT has also allowed governments and businesses to collect and manipulate an unprecedented volume of information on individuals, raising serious concerns about privacy. This exhibit will explore some of these issues, and examine how librarians and others try to overcome the many barriers to provide meaningful access to information for everyone.

Learn more by visiting the exhibit in the Law Library, located inside the William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene. The exhibit runs through November 2015.

For Law Library hours, visit library.uoregon.edu/hours/law/month.

Men riding horsesBuckaroo Traditions of Oregon

The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) presents its new exhibit Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon. This exhibit celebrates the continuity of occupational traditions in rural Oregon and encourages audience understanding and appreciation of art forms arising from ranching practices. The display includes examples of vaquero and buckaroo traditions and field photography from the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon enabled OFN’s contracted fieldworkers Douglas Manger and LuAnne Kozma to document working buckaroos and gear makers in Harney, Malheur, and Lake Counties. Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon is currently on view outside OFN’s office (Room 242) on the second floor of Knight Library near the South Reading Room. 

Visit the exhibit’s educational web portal here: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/oregonbuckaroos/

For more information on OFN, visit ofn.uoregon.edu

Photo courtesy of Douglas Manger

Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji (富嶽三十六景):

Classic woodblock prints by Hokusai

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Architecture & Allied Arts Library is exhibiting selections from the classic woodblock series, Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai.  The prints on display are from a rare portfolio which reproduces the 1823-33 original set, acquired for the A&AA Library through the Maude Kerns Bequest.
The artist Hokusai (1760-1849) enjoyed a long and productive career, but he achieved his greatest fame late in life. Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, his most famous work, depicts the titular mountain from various locations and in different seasons and weather conditions, often serving as a backdrop for scenes of everyday life. These woodblock prints are in the genre of dukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"), a style that flourished in Japan during the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). The prints were aimed at the upwardly-mobile merchant class, who had become sufficiently wealthy to enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle, indulge in domestic travel, and lavishly decorate their homes.
A&AA Library’s Rare Book Collection includes content representing diverse cultures and is an excellent resource for research and instruction in many disciplines. On display in the Architecture & Allied Arts Library May-June, 2015.

Questions? email exhibits@uoregon.edu

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Created by amandag on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jun 22, 2015