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Fresh from the Digital Library

General Announcements, New Resource

Student Art Exhibit “Play and Process” by  Felicia Lourdes Leyva is now available in the UH Digital Library.

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 was recently exhibited at The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library August-November 2018.

To find more information on Student Art Exhibits go here.

Two of a Kind 

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

Fresh from the Kenneth Franzheim ll Rare Books Room, the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and 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

General Announcements, New Resource, New Service, Special Event or Display

New Digital Resource on Houston’s Riverside Terrace

General Announcements, New Resource

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.

Student Artwork Archived in the Digital Library

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library offers art and design students the opportunity to exhibit their work inside its facility, giving them experience installing work in a public space, as well as the chance to explore the relationship between their work and the library’s materials.  Work exhibited in the Architecture and Art Library during the Fall Semester can be viewed in the UH Digital Library.  Use the links below to see each artist’s work.

Leah Bydalek

Angel Castelan

Jackelyn Cordova

Alton DuLaney

Isaac Farley

 

Students in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and the School of Art may propose to exhibit their work using our online form.

Architectural sketches in the UH Digital Library

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

Sketches Abroad has been digitized for the UH Digital Library.  The oversized portfolio features sketches made by Julius A. Schweinfurth during a nine month tour Spain, Italy, France, and the South Kensington Museum in 1886.  Mr. Schweinfurth earned a Rotch Travelling Fellowship from the Boston Society of Architects, which allowed him to travel and publish his sketches. He later became chief designer at Peabody and Sterns, one of the most prominent American firms of the late nineteenth century, before launching his own firm in 1895.  His notable works include several dormitories at Wellesley College and the Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY.  He and his family endowed the Schweinfurth Art Center, which continues to operate in Auburn.

This rare portfolio is part of the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library’s Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room collection.  Contact Catherine Essinger at cwessinger@uh.edu to schedule a time to view this or other rare books on art and design.

Recent acquisitions in the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room

General Announcements, New Resource, New Service

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library has recently acquired a number of exceptional works for its Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, thanks to the generous support of donors Edward Lukasek and Barry Moore, who donated titles from their personal collections, and the families of Howard Barnstone and Melita Franzheim, as well as Kenneth Franzheim II, all of whom established endowments that allow the library to acquire and maintain superb books on art, architecture and design.  The books listed below may viewed by appointment.  Contact Catherine Essinger at cwessinger@uh.edu for more information.

The alphabet of Francesco Torniello da Novara [1517 : Followed by a comparison with the alphabet of Fra Luca Pacioli]

L’architecture gothique religieuse en Catalogne, Valence et Baléares

L’art chrétien : son développement iconographique des origines à nos jour

Constant companions : [an exhibition of mythological animals, demons and monsters, phantasmal creatures and various anatomical assemblages, October 28-December 31, 1964]

Les débuts de la sculpture romane espagnole : Leon, Jaca, Compostelle

Designs for monuments : including grave stones, compartments, wall pieces and tombs on 40 plates

The earliest painted panels of Catalonia

The first book of architecture / by Andrea Palladio [The eleventh edition / corrected and enlarged : with a new model of the Cathedral of St. Paul, London.]

The four books of architecture / by Andrea Palladio … ; literally translated from the original Italian, by Isaac Ware … all the plates being engraved by the author’s own hand

The Four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John / with wood engravings by Hans Alexander Mueller

French cathedrals / by Benjamin Winkles

Legends of the monastic orders as represented in the fine arts : forming the second series of Sacred and Legendary art

Mineko Grimmer : Remembering Plato : the Menil Collection

Other voices : an exhibition of artifacts of religious and supernatural beliefs of other cultures: October 25-December 16, 1962, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

I qvattro libri dell’architettura di Andrea Palladio [Reprint of the 1570 edition by Consul Joseph Smith]

Screen tests : a diary / [by] Gerard Malanga and Andy Warhol

Town and country house painting : thirty-five colored illustrations showing the effect of various combinations of colors on houses, cottages and villas of different designs of architecture together with hints on painting and other useful information / edited and designed in the Paint Department of Harrison Bros. & Co.

Visionary architects : Boullée, Ledoux, Lequeu

Winkles’s architectural and picturesque illustrations of the cathedral churches of England and Wales

 

Published gems by Salvador Dali and Frank Lloyd Wright on display

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

Visitors to the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library may view fine examples from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room this spring. The library’s exhibit cases are filled with important texts from one of the greatest American architects, as well as a recently acquired performance piece by Salvador Dali.

Nine works on and by Frank Lloyd Wright are on view through May, including a 1938 exhibit catalog produced by the Museum of Modern Art, drawings from his published portfolio, and a very rare paint catalog featuring colors personally selected by Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was one of the most important architects of the 20th century, as well as a respected author and architectural philosopher.  He began his career as a residential architect, who introduced to his unique “Prairie Style” idealism to American architecture.  His career slowed considerably after scandals involving his marriages and a mass murder that took place in his home.  This downturn encouraged him to reinvigorate his career by publishing an autobiography and other works, culminating with Testament, one of the books on display in the Jenkins Library.

Visitors may also view a book, libretto, and audio recording of Salvador Dali’s little-known opera Être Dieu: opéra-poème, audiovisuel et cathare en six parties [Being God: a Cathar Audiovisual Opera-Poem in Six Parts], libretto by Manuel Vazquez Montalban and music by Igor Wakhevitch.  Salvador Dali and his collaborators composed this performance art piece in 1974.  It is based on mystery plays and inspired by Catharism, a 12th century Gnostic revival movement.  Dali plays the role of God in this rare recording.  The William R. Jenkins Library recently purchased Être Dieu with funds from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Book Endowment.

New digital library collection

New Resource

Blue Bonnet

The Blue Bonnet was the shipboard newsletter of the USS Houston (CA-30), a World War II-era heavy cruiser that was named for the city of Houston. The Houston was sunk in 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait, and her surviving crew members made prisoners-of-war. This collection includes the ship’s newsletters from the years 1933 through 1941, although not all issues are available. The newsletters are part of the larger Cruiser Houston Collection, an archival collection that documents the history of the ship and her crew. The Blue Bonnet was revived after the war by the USS Houston Survivors Association and Next Generations, and issues from the 2000s may be viewed online at their web site.

Historic map collection now available

New Resource

The University of Houston, which has previously provided access to only the Texas maps, has now purchased Digital Sanborn Maps for all states.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 provides academic and public libraries digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years.

Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas.

Library customers may access the maps at http:sanborn.umi.com or by selecting Digital Sanborn Maps from the “Architecture Databases” list on the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library homepage.

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