Horace Tapscott: His Music and the Los Angeles Community
Through December 2013
Horace Tapscott (1934-99), an American Jazz pianist and composer whose work primarily centered on Los Angeles, is most well known as the creator and leader of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. This exhibit features examples of his work including scores, recordings, and concert programs and quotes from his interviews that reflect L.A. jazz culture in the mid to late twentieth century. The items, which are drawn from the collections of the Music Library, UCLA Library Special Collections, and the UCLA Digital Library Program, were selected by Music Library intern Joy Doan and student reference assistant Marc Bolin.
Powell Library Building
Celebrating the Life of Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), Czech Playwright, Dissident, and Politician
October 8-December 19
This exhibit features a collection of visual materials illustrating Havel's contributions to arts and culture, politics and democracy, human rights, and civil society.
Charles E. Young Research Library East Exhibit Case
Jewish Refugees in Shanghai during World War II
Through December 19
Shanghai opened to international trade in the nineteenth century, and by the early twentieth century, it was home to a thriving expatriate community of British, Americans, French, and other Europeans. There was also a significant population of Jews: traders from Baghdad and Bombay, who had moved there beginning in the mid-1800s, and Russians fleeing the 1917 revolution and its aftermath. When Nazi persecution began in Europe in the 1930s, Shanghai was one of the few international destinations open to Jewish refugees. Though the Japanese controlled large sections of the city beginning in 1937, Jews were able to enter until August 1941; most were restricted to the Hongkou district, but the Japanese authorities refused to follow Hitler’s genocide policy. This exhibit documents the Jewish residents' experiences through books, photographs, facsimiles, and other materials.
Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
Aldous Huxley and the Visionary Experience
October 7-December 18
Throughout his life, Aldous Huxley explored alternative religions, therapies, and disciplines to expand human consciousness and to unite body and spirit. From his early works to his last, his writing reflected his willingness to study and embrace the intellectual and spiritual journeys of other cultures with an open mind and to synthesize the truths that he found. Examining his search for a universal experience beyond the limits of words and the physical being, this exhibit features contents that reflect Huxley’s circle and interests, both mystical and scientific, including items from the Aldous and Laura Huxley Papers; works by Aleister Crowley, Christopher Isherwood, and Krishnamurti, among others; and selections from the personal papers of psychoanalyst and LSD researcher Sidney Cohen and writer and philosopher Gerald Heard.