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Pop-Up Library & Book Sale January 24

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In partnership with Blaffer Art Museum

POP UP LIBRARY & BOOK SALE

Thursday, Jan 24th 11am -1pm

Browse through a selection of art books available for check-out with your Cougar Card as well “mystery boxes” for sale.

 

 

Rare Japanese Prints & 20th Century Architectural Photographs On View

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On display in the upper Mezzanine area throughout the Spring 2019 semester is four plates depicting photographs and technical drawings of the New York Telephone Building from a five volume series of plates titled, American Architecture of the Twentieth Century: A Series of Photographs and Measured Drawings of Modern, Civic and Industrial Buildings.

In the south wing exhibit case, visitors may also view a collection of rare books exploring Japanese woodblock printmaking from the Edo period. The display includes a Hokusai manga original plate, a few samples of Ukiyo-e style paintings and prints, as well as a brief explanation of the relief printmaking process.

 

Thanksgiving Week & Intersession Hours

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November

Monday 11/19: 8am-8pm

Tuesday 11/20: 8am-8pm

Wednesday 11/21: 8am-5pm

Thursday 11/22: Closed

Friday 11/23:  Closed

Saturday 11/24: Closed

Sunday 11/25: Closed

 

December

Intersession Hours

December 13th- January 13th

Monday-Friday : 8am-5pm

Saturday& Sunday : Closed

 

Winter Break

December 24th- January 1st : Closed

 

First Day of Class:  Monday, January 14th

 

 

New Building Houston recordings online

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The Architecture, Design 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.

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, Design, and Art Library’s page, users can now translate this site into 80 different languages.

Welcome Edith Villasenor, Architecture & Art Library Supervisor

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I’m pleased to announce that Edith Villasenor has joined the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library staff.  Edith earned a BA in in Art History from UH and worked in the Jenkins Library as a student shelver from 2014-2016.  While a student she served as Vice President of the Blaffer Student Association and the Treasurer of the Jenkins Library Ambassadors.  Edith has worked as a docent at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and as a volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Lawndale Art Center.  She interned in the Blaffer Art Museum’s Education Department and as an archival and curatorial assistant at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.  In her new role as library supervisor, Edith will supervise the student shelvers as well as the Jenkins Library Student Ambassador program.  She will also be heavily involved in outreach activities and research instruction targeted at visual arts students enrolled in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.  Edith may be reached at evillasenor@uh.edu or at 713-743-2340.  Please join me in welcoming her back to UH.

Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture recently acquired

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This comprehensive five-volume set from Yale University Press is now part of the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Collection in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library.  Patrons may contact cwessinger@uh.edu to schedule a time to view this definitive work.

New Works by Isaac Farley

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On view in the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library until November 2017.  The artist, Isaac Farley, is now in the third year of an MFA program in painting.

My work is a form of storytelling. I want to tell stories of the lives of everyday people, like my family that is made up of people who were and are workers, either on ranches or in factories, and their desires, struggles, their triumphs, and tribulations.  Stories are rooted in oral traditions and cave paintings and are the basis of human history. When I try to tell a story without words, I think in images.  These images are influenced by movies, photography, and other art, and are most readily translated onto a two dimensional surface.

Often the work deals with America.  Not so much what America is or what it was, but the ideal, and myth of America.  America, the land of equal opportunity, where the truth is spoken, justice is fair and even, and where people live as they choose instead of what others impose on them.

Duality appears often in my work as innate and inborn opposing or balancing forces.  People are simultaneously advanced and primitive, capable of great acts of kindness and cruelty, with the ability to create both great art and terrible destruction.

Camp, acrylic on canvas, 63x72in Jimador Linocut 12x12in (2)

On display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library

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Vietnam Sinfonie oder Desastres de la Guerra by Wolf Vostell

Materials from the German artist Wolf Vostell’s  Vietnam Sinfonie oder Désastres de la Guerra (Vietnam Symphony or Disasters of the War) are on display in the Architecture and Art Library’s upper mezzanine.  This piece was performed at the Galerie Van de Loo in Munich in 1972. Vostell is known for his role in the Fluxus art movement in the late 1950s in Europe. He was the founder of the European Happening scene and was one of the first video and installation artists.

Art Revolution: Women Artists from Around the World

On display in the south wing are books dedicated to groundbreaking women artists from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.  These women challenge traditional assumptions and engage us in conversations that were previously unthinkable through their creative work in video art, photography, performance art, paintings, textiles, sculptures, room installations, drawings, etchings, collages and beyond. This exhibit highlights many different art movements including Hannah Höch’s work as a Dada artist in the Weimar period, Carolee Schneemann’s Fluxus’ work, Ana Medieta’s involvement in the Body art movement, Helen Marten’s contemporary art earning her the 2016 Turner Prize, Germaine Arnaktauyok’s work stemming from her Inuk childhood, Lorna Simpson’s Conceptual Photography and avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama’s installations.

Solo exhibit by Leah Bydalek in the Architecture and Art Library

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The William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library is pleased to present Leah Bydalek’s first solo exhibition.

Fluorescent Lessons is on view from July to August 2017. Bydalek is a senior painting major at the University of Houston. Ms. Bydalek’s color palette was inspired by the pictorial artist Wayne Thiebaud, known for painting cakes. The artist also plays around with her memories and giving them a final twist.

Leah Bydalek's art is on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library through August.

Leah Bydalek’s art is on display in the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library through August.

Artist’s statement:

I love it when the “truth” of a thing can be turned on its head to yield a novel experience.  It shows us that perceptions are malleable and that people have the potential to change.  This is the meeting point of the familiar and the unknown the beautiful and the disgusting the docile and the disobedient.

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