Blog topic: Art

Triumph of Flora, 1980

John Fitz Gibbon and Art in California

November 30, 2017
by Franz Kunst

This post comes to you from SPEC’s current intern, Brian Adams.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been interning at Special Collections’ Redwood City facility, where the fabulous Manuscript Processing team does their work in regal silence. I’m currently enrolled in Simmons College’s Masters in Library and Information Science graduate program, and for my internship experience I have been processing my very first collection, the papers of art critic/collector/CSU Sacramento professor John Fitz Gibbon.

East Asia Library hosts exhibition of student paintings

November 14, 2017
by Joshua Capitanio

During the week of November 4 - November 10, the East Asia Library hosted a pop-up exhibition of Chinese brush paintings created by the students in ART 243: The Art of Peony in Chinese Brush Painting, a course taught through the Continuing Studies program by Dr. Felix Chan Lim and Dr. Bobbi Makani-Lim.

The Conjured Life docent tour

Art & Spec materials exhibited in Cantor's "The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism"

January 18, 2017
by Peter P Blank

During the late Spring and early Summer of 2016, Jodi Roberts, Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, and Sean O'Hanlan, a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Art History who is writing on Surrealism, viewed the subtantial holdings of Surrealist printed material and ephemera held by the Bowes Art & Architecture Library. After numerous viewings and planning sessions with Peter Blank, Senior Librarian, and additional examinations of material held by Special Collections, Jodi and Sean selected thirty-eight Art Library pieces and two Special Collections pieces for inclusion in "The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism," a loan show traveling from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Chinese Library (Southern China Normal University, Li’s Collection)

New exhibition at the East Asia Library -- Xiaoze Xie: Albums, Prints and Photographs

October 10, 2016
by Zhaohui Xue

At the entrance hall of the East Asian Library, "Xiaoze Xie: Albums, Prints and Photographs" features two intimate albums with ink drawings from the artist's travels, prints with images of books taken at libraries in China and Canada, and somber photographs suggesting burning of books. The subject, style and format of Xie's work resonate with the specific context of the site. On view Oct. 18, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017.

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