Posted by UCSB Library on June 29, 2011
The newest exhibit in the first floor hallway of Davidson Library focuses on Drapo Vodou, the colorful Vodou flags of Haiti. While the flags were originally ceremonial items, they are also now a popular form of folk art.
This exhibit is being launched in conjunction with the Center for Black Studies’ annual Haiti Flag Week. As part of the Center’s scheduled events, there will be a lecture on these unique flags of Haiti:
- Sacred Banners & the Sequined Revolution: Drapo Vodou and the Haitian Independence
- Patrick Polk, World Arts & Culture, UCLA
- Wednesday, May 18: 4:00 pm – MultiCultural Center Theater
- An expert on folk religion, popular culture, and urban visual traditions, Polk is the author of Haitian Vodou Flags and the forthcoming Conjurers, Healers, and Hoodoo Doctors: Readings on African-American Magic and Folk Medicine, among other books. In 1996 he curated “Sequined Spirits: Contemporary Vodou Flags” at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.
For more information on Haiti Flag Week events, see the Center for Black Studies website.
The library would like to thank Dr. Claudine Michel, Director of the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research and Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies, for loaning flags and other folk art items.
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Posted by UCSB Library on November 10, 2010
In celebration of our three millionth volume the UCSB Library is hosting an exhibit called “Exploring the Boundaries: The Artist Book”.
The displays are open to the public and are located in the Department of Special Collections on the 3rd floor of Davidson Library, the exhibit area in the 1st floor hallway of Davidson Library, and in the lobby of the Arts Library.
Works displayed include items from the library collections, as well as those by UCSB faculty, current students, and alumni.
The three-millionth volume, “Trees” by Charles Hobson, will be on exhibit in Special Collections on a limited basis.
To learn more about Artists’ Books, see Don’t Touch the Art, Unless You Plan to Read It, a short essay by Harry Reese, Professor of Art at UCSB.
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Posted by UCSB Library on September 18, 2010
Come see an interactive art installation that invites you to write down your own “to-do” lists and add to the collective consciousness of personal promises, social commitments and the yet-to-be -done. The mural, made entirely out of post-it notes, is on the first floor of Davidson Library, across from the main elevators.
Illegal Art is a New York City-based public art collective, whose goal is to create interactive public art to inspire self reflection, thought and human connection. Each piece is designed to encourage participation. For more information about Illegal Art, visit www.illegalart.org.
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Posted by UCSB Libraries on June 9, 2010
Yes! We have a space for student art on the first floor of Davidson Library near the central elevators. Check out the art already there and get inspired to submit your own. Contact Angela Boyd for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted by UCSB Libraries on June 7, 2010
Edouard Pecourt was a Parisian record dealer and collector who owned La Boîte à Disques in Paris from the early 1950s until he emigrated, along with his collection, to the United States in 1986. Pecourt’s extraordinary collection of over 3,000 cylinders and 18,000 discs was acquired by the UCSB Library in 2010. The Library’s collection of cylinder recordings now numbers over 12,000 titles, and outside of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, it contains the largest collection of French cylinders in a public institution. Selections from the collection are on exhibit in the Department of Special Collections, on the third floor of the Davidson Library.
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Posted by UCSB Library on April 19, 2010
The fight for the desegregation of schools, which in 1957, involved a federalized Arkansas National Guard, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower sending in the 101st Airborne Division is currently being depicted in an exhibit in the Ethnic & Gender Studies Library of the Davidson Library.
“One of the most famous and historical cases of desegregation is the story of the Little Rock Nine.” Events were set in motion with the unanimous Supreme Court decision; Brown v Board of Education in 1954. A timeline format is used to illustrate the turbulence of the times and necessary measures taken at state and federal government levels in efforts to achieve desegregation in secondary education in the state of Arkansas. The crisis at Little Rock must be “considered to be one of the most important events in the African American Civil Rights Movement.” Also included is information about the high school building, from construction, to its dedication as a National Historic Landmark. The exhibit offers context for the range of emotions and the enduring signifigance of the building.
The 2007 anniversary was marked by the production of an award winning HBO documentary looking back at that troubled time through fifty years. Fortunately, Santa Barbara had two public forums related to these events in March and April 2010. Featured guest, Dr. Gloria Willingham, who enrolled in Central High in 1960 “received a less hostile reception than the “Little Rock Nine” had three years earlier.” Dr. Willingham facilitated discussion following a screening of “Little Rock Central High School: Fifty Years Later” co-sponsored by seven local community organizations. As a practitioner of community engagement she called on participants to identify and reflect on issues in our local schools that parallel those seen in the film. Issues such as classroom de facto racial segregation, equity in student learning opportunities, and parental involvement in the educational processes and more were discussed. A Mighty Long Way was authored by Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine. She holds “the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal and serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation; a scholarship organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to education for African Americans.” Ms. LaNier was the guest of Conversations for the Common Good for a presentation and book signing.
(quotes from press releases for Little Rock Central High School: Fifty Years Later screening and discussion; and “Little Rock Nine: The Inspiring True Story of Carlotta LaNier” presentation and book signing”)
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Posted by UCSB Libraries on April 17, 2009
Edison cylinder recordings will be digitized and preserved with access to them provided by the university library’s internationally-acclaimed Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. Funding from the grant will enhance public access to these important historical recordings, which will be part of the website’s collection of nearly 8,000 digitized recordings, the largest such archive currently available online.
Full press release
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Posted by UCSB Libraries on March 9, 2009
The set of colorful banners that you see in the library are on loan to us from the University Religious Conference of Santa Barbara (URC) and are being displayed as part of our UCSB Reads program.
The URC is a consortium of nine local religious organizations dedicated to the promotion of interfaith understanding in our community. The banners were created by Interfaith Students of UCSB and highlight passages from the spiritual texts and writing of eleven world religions. Each banner is devoted to a passage on a single moral or spiritual value inherent in all eleven traditions.
This year the UCSB Reads theme is Ethics. Beyond Ourselves. The book we have chosen for discussion is Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The book is not so much a religious text as it is a commentary on ethics, respect, and social responsibility. Neither the library nor the UCSB Reads program is seeking to promote religion, or to endorse one religion over the other. Rather, we are taking this opportunity to open the doors to discussion about the ethical values and issues that shape our lives. We hope that these passages will prompt conversations about the humanity of our neighbors and the ethical issues that we all face daily. You may even find one of your values better expressed in a passage from a different tradition.
There are a number of ways in which you can contribute to the discussion. Please visit the UCSB Reads website or ask at the Reference Desk for more information.
We encourage your comments.
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Posted by UCSB Libraries on April 26, 2007
The exhibit, In the Limelight, is on display in the Special Collections Department from April 13 through June 30th. This new and fascinating exhibit from the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archive’s (CEMA) growing performing arts collection includes original scripts, photographs, graphic art, and collectibles autographed by Cesar Chavez, Luis Valdez, Jane Fonda, and others.
For more information, visit: http://cemaweb.library.ucsb.edu/cema_exh_present.html
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