2017-18 Powell Library Exhibits
Second Floor Rotunda
January 11 - February 1, 2018
Weather at UCLA and Los Angeles is perpetually temperate. While most places cycle through seasons, LA is perpetually the same year-round. The cyclical nature of seasons, political climates, and cultures necessitates adaptation.
October 5 - December 15, 2017
Step into the role of cultural anthropologist as you look upon the textiles in this exhibit, and see the historical changes to fabric and design method from 1969 to the present. The availability of new, cheaper materials and the breakdown of a more traditional community structure has allowed women weavers in Nabenchauk to move towards a system of "individual creativity", where the innovative mindset of each weaver is reflected in their unique garments. These textiles can be used to track the cultural shifts that occur as a developing village reaches industrialization, and the corresponding changing roles for women.
March 6th – March 12th, 2017
Join student artists, dissidents, and activists for the unveiling of React: An Artistic Platform for Political Expression. This collaborative exhibit showcases a variety of student art tied together under the broad theme of political expression. Curated by Alyssa Dorn, Doreen Etaat, and Louie Greenwald, the exhibit will be on display for one week only, so be sure to check out the opening event on March 6 from 11 to 2 pm. Let us come together in this time of need - let us react.
January 18th – March 24th, 2017
After Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, authorities on the West Coast began to incarcerate men of Japanese descent without due process of law, arresting American citizens not because they had been accused of a crime but because they had an ethnic tie to the government that had attacked the American naval base.
To learn more about the Japanese internment, widely regarded as one of the worst constitutional abuses in the history of the United States, please visit the exhibit on the second floor Powell Rotunda. All materials have been culled from collections in UCLA Library Special Collections.
Arthur Ashe: Athlete, Activist, Bruin
April 15 – June 30, 2016
Curated by Heather Briston, University Archivist
A dominant figure on and off the court, tennis star Arthur Ashe became the first African American selected to the United States Davis Cup team, won a NCAA singles title, and helped UCLA win the NCAA team title. And that was just during his year at UCLA. He went on to win more than 50 professional titles, including three Grand Slams, and earned the ranking of the World No. 1 tennis player.
But his civic and social activism far transcended sports. Both during and after his playing career, Ashe worked to raise awarenes of and protest against apartheid in South Africa and the U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees. He also used his celebrity status to educate the public about AIDS and address health care deficienccies in urban minority populations.
Presented on the fiftieth anniversary of Ashe's graduation from UCLA, this exhibit features photographs and memorabilia from UCLA Library Special Collections including University Archives, the Los Angeles Times collections, and two photographic collections: "Arthur Ashe as an Amateur" by Rowland Scherman and "Out of the Shadow" by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, noted photographer and Ashe's wife.
Artists’ Books by Fiat Lux Students
June 9 – October 10, 2014
Curated by Robert Gore, Visual Arts Librarian
Displayed in the Powell Library Rotunda were artists’ books by undergraduate students created in the Fiat Lux seminar, Artists’ Books in the UCLA Library and Beyond, held in Spring 2014.
Taught by Visual Arts Librarian Robert Gore, the course offered an introduction to the genre and to artists’ books at UCLA. In sessions led by guest lecturers, students examined artists’ books in collections in the Arts Library, History and Special Collections for the Sciences (located in the Biomedical Library), William Andrew Clark Library and Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections. During the class student also had a chance to learn about zines, see work done by a former student and hear about book design from an award winning letterpress printer and book designer.
For their final assignment, students were given the opportunity to make their own artists’ book.
Jackie Robinson and UCLA, 1939-1941
October 22 – December 19, 2015
Curated by Heather Briston, University Archivist
The Common Book for 2014 was I Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson, who attended UCLA from 1939-1941 before becoming the first African-American baseball player in Major League Baseball.
Although every student’s undergraduate experience in unique, the goal of this exhibit—drawing from the collections of the University Archives—was to introduce the viewer to aspects of campus life that all UCLA students would have experienced during the years when Jackie was a student.
All materials on display were part of the University Archives in Library Special Collections.
Revisiting the “Lands Below the Winds”: Student Representations of Early and Early Modern Southeast Asian Material Culture
March 5 – April 3, 2015
Curated by the students in History 176A: Early Southeast Asian History and Professor Dahlia Setiyawan, Department of History
Known for centuries as the lands below the winds among traders and travelers who navigated its seasonal monsoons, Southeast Asia has captured the imagination of countless voyagers. Its cultural heritage continues to inspire both scholars and casual visitors alike.
This exhibit featured the creative projects of students who were enrolled in the Winter 2015 course, History 176A: Early Southeast Asian History. This exhibit marks the culmination of the students’ collaborations and individual work on objects designed to emulate the styles of pottery, temple carvings, religious iconography, and other forms of material culture found throughout Southeast Asia in the period before c. 1800. Reflecting a time when Southeast Asian peoples selectively embraced and interpreted outside cultural influences to reinforce existing beliefs and traditions and to establish new world views, these objects showcased the diversity of the cultural heritage found in the “lands below the winds.”
An opening reception was held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Doll Power: Female Action Figures as Multimedia Tie-Ins
April 13 – June 12, 2015
Curated by Diana King, Librarian for Film, Television, and Theater; World Arts and Cultures/Dance; Gender and LGBT Studies
Particularly since the 1970s, action figure tie-ins have served as an integral part of the merchandising strategy for cross-platform multimedia entertainment, including comics, film, television, and gaming. While initially designed for and marketed to children, many figures are now geared just as often to adult collectors. Originally conceived as an alternative to “dolls” for boys, action figures continue to be manufactured in a marketplace heavily stratified by assumptions about gender in children’s play and collector culture.
This very popular exhibit was devoted to female action figures tied to action-centric, fantasy, and superhero narratives. The figures in this exhibit, from the collection of librarian Diana King, demonstrated a range of marketing and design features. They depicted female characters and the female form itself through a variety of cultural and industry lenses. The exhibit also included a selection of books on media paratexts, tough women in popular culture, and comics history.
Night Powell First Floor Reading Room
Tenth Anniversary of the Center for Primary Research and Training
Curated By Jillian Cuellar, Head, CFPRT
Designed by Susan Landesmann, Landesmann Design
October 2014 - present
This ten-poster display celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Center for Primary Research and Training in Library Special Collections, and invited UCLA students to find out more about becoming a CFPRT scholar. Over 170 of these highly trained students have processed archival collections, conducted oral histories, created original research projects, digitized materials, and curated exhibits using Special Collections primary sources.