Inhale/Exhale: photography by Erin Geideman in Biblio Gallery

A collection of photographs by Erin Geideman called Inhale/Exhale is featured in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library from February – March 2013.  Geideman, who is from the Ohio Valley, is an Art Photography major in VPA.

In reflecting on her photography, Geideman says, “When I was eighteen and about to leave for college, I was welcomed into a group of friends whom I immediately started photographing. Using the snapshot aesthetic, I documented the lives of these young adults by making pictures of chaotic party scenes and intimate gestures. On August 20th, 2010, my best friend was shot and mugged outside his brother’s apartment. Since the shooting, my style has progressed. Though I still use the snapshot aesthetic to depict an intimacy between my subjects, I now accompany these photographs with staged portraits and still lives. The work focuses on themes of intimacy, love, and family, illustrated through recurring motifs of hands, torsos, embraces, and close-cropped, chaotic shots. This collection of photographs introduces Ian; the victim of the shooting whose life was shattered in an instant when an unknown assailant shot him in the abdomen.”

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

VPA grad student Jason Egitto exhibits works in the Biblio Gallery

Works by Jason Egitto is featured in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library from January 19 to mid-February, 2013.  Egitto, a VPA graduate student majoring in computer art, holds two B.F.A.’s in computer animation and illustration with a minor in fine arts.

In describing his work, Egitto says, “My career as an illustrator and cartoonist exerts an undeniable influence on my subject matter, as well as my technique. I’m deeply concerned about the cultural, ecological, spiritual, and political dystopia we have created, and some of my works address these issues, often with ambiguous metaphors.  Each subject carries its own emotions, concepts, and definitions. I react to those elements, and that in turn affects my style. My purpose is to convey the human experience, and in particular, the inspiration of challenges through adversity. It’s about being connected to the world, and attempting to make some sense of it through the visual arts.”

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see http://library.syr.edu/services/space/biblio_gallery.php.

Exhibit about avant-garde publisher Grove Press opens at Bird Library

Syracuse University Library’s spring exhibition Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951-1985  opened with a reception on Thursday, January 17, at 6 p.m. in the Special Collections gallery on Bird Library’s sixth floor. Curated by Susan M. Kline, Grove Press project archivist, and Lucy Mulroney, curator of rare books and manuscripts, it is the first major exhibition on the notorious American publisher Grove Press.

Founded by Barney Rosset in 1951, Grove Press became one of the twentieth-century’s great avant-garde publishing houses. What began as a small independent publisher on Grove Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village grew into a multimillion dollar publishing company that has been credited with introducing important authors from around the world to American readers during the postwar period.

Taking its cue from the 1948 film Strange Victory, which Rosset produced in collaboration with left-wing documentary filmmaker Leo Hurwitz after WWII, the exhibition traces the history and evolution of Grove Press, from its role at the center of national censorship trials over the first American editions of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Tropic of Cancer, to its publication of politically-engaged works including The Wretched of the Earth, Red Star over China, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, to its scandalous and very profitable, “Victorian Library.”

Each book published by Grove, the exhibition reveals, was in its own way, a “strange victory.” For while Grove altered the American literary landscape and its relationship to social mores, equality, and freedom of expression, Grove also aggressively deployed savvy marketing strategies, became embroiled in labor union battles, floundered in its own success, and offended the sensibilities of not only “squares,” but feminists, Marxists, academics, and many others. Strange Victories tells the complicated story of Grove’s many literary and political achievements, whose profound influence on American culture endures today.

This exhibition, which runs until June 22, reveals the tremendous wealth of this newly available collection, and includes a series of public programs organized in conjunction with students and faculty from across the SU campus.

At 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library, prior to the exhibit reception, Loren Glass, Associate Professor of English and with the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, will moderate “Remembering Grove” a panel discussion with former Grove Press employees, including, Judith Schmidt Douw (foreign rights), Fred Jordan (editorial), Claudia Menza (the Evergreen Review), Nathaniel Sobel (sales), and Astrid Rosset (editorial) The exhibition, reception, and panel discussion are free and open to the public.


Strange Victories: Grove Press, 1951-1985
is part of the 2012–13 Ray Smith Symposium “Positions of Dissent,” co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center, School of Architecture, LGBT Studies, and the departments of English, History, African American Studies, and Art, Design, and Transmedia. For more information on the symposium visit www.dissent.syr.edu.

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In the Biblio Gallery: Photos by Sarah A. Anthony

Moment of ManA photographic series called “Moment of Man” by Sarah A. Anthony is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. In describing her photos, Anthony says:

“Moment of Man” depicts my father, Chris, and my younger brother, Connor, as they experience major transitions in their lives which force them to reconfigure their ideas about masculinity. As Connor navigates adolescence, his guiding force is Chris, who seems to be going through something similar to a ‘mid-life crisis.’ Although addressed subtly in their relationship, emotional suppression, ideas about war, honor, and physical ability are daily bonding factors for the two of them. The photographs are simply an account of  a father and son’s relationship, set to the backdrop of their changing definitions of masculinity.

Photographer Sarah A. Anthony is a senior majoring in Art Photography (VPA).

Anthony’s exhibit will remain on display until January 18, 2013.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see http://library.syr.edu/services/space/biblio_gallery.php.

Ortwine Gallery features paintings by VPA’s Ludwig Stein

An exhibition of paintings by Ludwig Stein is currently on view in the Ortwine Gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library. The work includes The Clan of the Wolf, Series One, Two, and Three, and The Beast Within: The Clan of the Wolf, Series Four and Five. The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Regular exhibition hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stein is a revered Senior Professor in the Department of Art’s painting program. He has over forty years’ experience as an educator at Syracuse University and has exhibited his work in solo and group shows in cities around the world, including Guayaquil, Ecuador; Basel, Switzerland; and London. His work is included in many permanent collections, including those of the University of London, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, American Airlines, and JPMorgan Chase. He is the recipient of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the British Council Arts Group, and the Ford Foundation, among others. Stein holds a master of fine arts degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.