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Pop-Up Art Library November 26th & 27th

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Catch the Architecture & Art Lib Staff on their latest adventure!

POP UP LIBRARY

November 26th & 27th at the Fine Arts Courtyard (School of Art).

 

Pick up YOUR ARTSY book!

Check out Requirement:  Cougar Card

New Building Houston recordings online

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The Architecture and Art Library has developed an online collection of interviews called Building Houston, which documents the oral history of Houston’s built environment, as told by the people who impacted it.  Architects, developers, planners, scholars, philanthropists, and community leaders discuss their work and its relationship to Houston’s urban fabric in this online collection.  Each subject is interviewed by a scholar or colleague who frames the discussion and provides context.  Ten recordings made earlier this year are now available in the UH Libraries’ audio/video repository.  Click on the link to see interviews with Leslie K. Elkins, Natalye Appel, James B. Thomas and others.

Social Media Challenge

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“BE A LADY” Student Art Opening Nov 2nd

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The William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library is happy to present BE A LADY by student artist Amira Maruf. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 2nd with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display through January and everyone is welcome to attend.

Amira Maruf is a Houston-based graphic designer whose works explore 2D design to site-specific installations. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from the University of Houston. During her undergraduate studies, she found joy in designing campaign collateral, which lead her to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design (from the University of Houston). As an MFA candidate, her research is focused on anthropologist studies and spatial concepts. When she graduates, she wants to pursue a career in teaching and own her studio practice.

Artist’s Statement

As a graphic designer, I use visual storytelling to exhibit social and environmental issues. With the heart of an anthropologist, my studies are heavily focused on the understanding of people and their interaction with the world around them. I am fascinated by the parts of history that are undocumented, for the uncertainty of the past offers opportunities for new discoveries. By analyzing time and space in relation to environment and culture, I actively look for new ways to encourage public engagement with issues that constitute against them. Inspired by visual artists such as Olafur Elision, Rana Begum, Rashid Johnson, and Candice Lin, my art and design practice questions diverse perspectives and seeks to find and exhibit hidden truths

Halloween Library Scavenger Hunt!

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RULES

*Play individually or with a partner

*Hunt for clues and write down the letters

*Spell out the phrase

*Win a reward

Translate library’s website into multiple languages

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By selecting a language from the drop down menu at the bottom of the Architecture and Art Library’s page, users can now translate this site into 80 different languages.

Two of a Kind 

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Fresh from the Kenneth Franzheim ll Rare Books Room, the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library presents two Fall Semester displays: Clyfford Still and Les Vieux Hôtels de Paris.

The Clyfford Still’s exhibit consists of books gifted from the Clyfford Still Foundation which were formerly in the artist’s personal collection.

Les Vieux Hôtels de Paris previews photographs from three hotels in Le Quartier Saint-Paul from the early 20th century. To view the rest of this—one of a kind portfolio, contact Catherine Essinger at cwessinger@uh.edu for an appointment.

 

Open house for new and early career instructors

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Student Art Exhibit opening August 3rd

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The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present Play and Process by student artist Felicia Leyva. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 3, with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display through October, and is free and open to the public.

Leyva is a sculpture BFA student at the University of Houston. While she has experimented with several mediums, her work mainly focuses on her increasing interest in fiber arts. Known for her fun and colorful style, she enjoys bringing new life to everyday soft materials like yarn, foam, and felt. Her work has been exhibited at Blaffer Art Museum’s Student Exhibition and UH Biannual Art Show on campus grounds. As she continues her creative journey, she hopes to further blur the line between craft and fine art.

Artist’s statement:

I make art because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s a great part of who I am. When I go days without making something, I feel almost sick and weighed down. The process of making art is my way of clearing out my mind and letting go of frustrations. Art is very therapeutic and as a person who internalizes things, I find much relief in it.

I’m geared towards making playful, lighthearted art because it reminds me of easier times as a child. I feel as though somewhere down the line of growing up, my life picked up a lot of anger and pain. I’ve been trying to cancel out these negative feelings with bright, colorful, artworks. I think I’m trying to create a fun and beautiful world to live in. One that makes myself and others feel happy.

I was introduced to the world of fiber arts about a year ago and fell in love with it. Fibers are the best medium for producing inviting, comforting textures. There is something magical about creating work that entices others to reach out and touch them. I have never minded if people touch my work. I actually encourage it because then you are no longer simply viewing but experiencing the piece. Through touch, I believe that you can connect with my artwork and ultimately, myself.

New Digital Resource on Houston’s Riverside Terrace

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A newly digitized and accessible collection focusing on Houston’s Riverside Terrace has been added to the UH Libraries Audio/Video Repository.

The collection features raw footage captured for the production of the 1987 documentary This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale by Jon Schwartz. The searchable and viewable clips comprise over 110 interviews with former residents, city council members, former University of Houston faculty, and other community leaders discussing the evolution of Riverside Terrace amid urban development, expansion of neighboring institutions, and changes in demographics during the 1950s and 60s. The firsthand perspectives of interviewees collectively provide a fascinating and honest narrative about race and real estate in mid-century Houston.

The complete documentary is available to watch in the UH Special Collections Reading Room. In addition, the papers of filmmaker Jon Schwartz are preserved and accessible in the Reading Room. This collection covers the full scope of records related to the production of the documentary. Interviews from the collection were digitized with the generous support of an Institute of Museum and Library Services TexTreasures grant, administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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