Present Tense: Selections from “The A-Bomb and Humanity” exhibit on display in Bird Library

A new exhibition, entitled Present Tense: Selections from “The A-Bomb and Humanity”, has been installed near the 2nd floor landing in Bird Library. It corresponds to a recent campus visit by peace activist and storyteller, Ms. Keiko Ogura, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Using photographs and drawings, the exhibition depicts the reality of human suffering created when atomic bombs destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WW II. Text posted below each panel provides an English translation or other contextual information.

The full set of panels was produced by a survivors’ (Hibakusha) organization in order to promote peace and move public opinion toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. One set was given to a University of Kentucky professor, who is the father of Diane Grimes, a faculty member in Communication and Rhetorical Studies.

Additional information can be found at:

The A-Bomb and Humanity  (includes all 40 panels): http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hidankyo/nihon/english/webgallery/01.html

Keiko Ogura: https://soa.syr.edu/live/profiles/576-keiko-ogura

Hiroshima survivor Keiko Ogura “That Day Now”: https://soa.syr.edu/live/events/584-hiroshima-survivor-keiko-ogura-that-day-now

The panels will be on display through December 15, 2017.

 

“Hemmed in by Nature” on display in Bird Library

Bird Library is currently displaying the sculpture “Hemmed in by Nature” by artist Mark Povinelli on the second floor atrium.

This work explores the relationship between the five classical senses—sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch—depicted within the sculpture, thus invoking broader modalities of perception. By viewing the sculpture at unique orientations a variety of images are visualized through the copper wire panels (the human face, birds, butterflies, Ganesha, etc.). Povinelli is interested in the intersection between the sciences and arts.

This piece was created while Povinelli was an artist in residence at Syracuse University Nancy Cantor Warehouse in 2006/2007. The residency focused on building the sculpture in-situ to connect the broader Syracuse arts community with the Syracuse University student body. Mark Povinelli is currently the Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Whitman School of Management.

New exhibition: Goudy @ Syracuse: A Legacy by Design

Frederic W. Goudy (left) receives his first honorary degree from Syracuse University in 1939, with dean M. Lyle Spencer of the School of Journalism. University Archives Photograph Collection.

The exhibition Goudy @ Syracuse: A Legacy by Design, will be on display in Bird Library’s 6th floor gallery through May 13, 2018. Curated by Andrew J. Saluti, with William T. La Moy, it tells the story of the preeminent American designer and typographer Frederic W. Goudy and his long connection to Syracuse University.

Through a selection of rare books, printed ephemera, and other archival materials, as well as original sketches and markups for the 2016 Sherman typeface design adopted for the University’s visual identity, this exhibition explores the impact and importance of the famed type designer and celebrates the strong historical ties and entwined legacy of Goudy and Syracuse University.

An opening reception will be held in conjunction with Orange Central on Thursday, October 5 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on the 6th floor of Bird Library.

For more information, visit https://library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/exhibitions.

In the Biblio Gallery: SER2_BRICK by Joseph Turek

An exhibit by Joseph Turek comprised of works created by painting atop wax that is then melted away is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Turek is an MFA candidate in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

In describing the exhibition, Turek says:

Patterns of habit, routine, or schedules form trust. What happens when this breaks down? What does it look like when the cogs are not aligned? The hope for this work is that there is novelty to this experience of breakdown. The technique is unusual, and is deliberately against the original intention for the paint. The result yields conceptual and formal implications for the medium of paint and the image.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of December.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see the Biblio Gallery website.

In the Biblio Gallery: CUSE Quest by Kaiyuan “Harold” Chen

An exhibit by Kaiyuan “Harold” Chen comprised of works on paper inspired by natural forms, creatures, textures, lightness, and darkness is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Chen is a junior majoring in Industrial and Interaction Design and minoring in Painting.

In describing the exhibition, Chen says:

Working on paper is a traditional way of making art. It shows the hand of the artist visually and the personality of the artist mentally. The different textures of paper encourage and inspire me to continue my creative adventure in drawing and painting. Trying a wide range of mediums, such as charcoal, conte, sepia, sanguine, pastels, gouache, acrylic paints and oil paints opened up a whole new world of possibility to me. I encourage students to experiment with as many mediums as possible, enjoy the creative process of making art, and self-expressing.

The exhibit will be on display through the summer.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see the Biblio Gallery website.