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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.

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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.