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Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938 on display

Please stop by the second-floor gallery outside of Bywaters Special Collections and view how the portfolio XTOL by Octavio Medellin was researched by the artist in 1938 and later published in 1947 by the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, which preceded the Dallas Museum of Art. Work began in 1938 when Octavio Medellin spent six months studying the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, located on the Yucatán in Mexico, and documented his travels with 181 black and white photographs that he compiled into a scrapbook entitled Maya – Toltec, Temples and Carvings, 1938 [all photographs in the exhibition are reproductions]. Continue reading “Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938 on display”

Collection Spotlight: Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers

The Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers contain the personal papers of Jake and Nancy Hamon. Jake Hamon was a legendary Dallas independent wildcatter while his wife Nancy was a celebrated hostess and philanthropist. The collection offers insights into Dallas social and cultural history. The bulk of the materials originates from Dallas, Texas. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers”

Texas Artists digital collection recognized by global library collaborative

The Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper (“Texas Artists”) digital collection was recently featured the global library collaborative OCLC’s website. Texas Artists is one of Central University Libraries’ (CUL) 48 digital collections, available on the CUL Digital Collections website. CUL Digital Collections contain some 50,000 digitized images of works of art, manuscripts, imprints, and audio-visual materials from CUL’s special collections. OCLC.org, a global library cooperative of academic and public libraries, selected Texas Artists as one of its CONTENTdm Featured Collections for November.

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Pictorial: Collecting the macabre, Part 2

Does Fondren have ghosts? Some say yes. As far as we know, the only entities haunting Hamon late at night are SMU students. Let’s get on with the second installment of Collecting the macabre. Continue reading “Pictorial: Collecting the macabre, Part 2”

Pictorial: Collecting the macabre, Part 1

In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve gathered here some of the most macabre items from Central University Libraries’ special collections.

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Pressing Through Time: 150 Years of Printmaking in Taos

 

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House in Taos, 1939, by Jerry Bywaters; Bywaters Special Collections, Gift of Jerry and Mary Bywaters

 

I just returned from Taos, New Mexico where I attended the symposium that was in conjunction with the exhibition Pressing Through Time – 150 Years of Printmaking in Taos co-curated by Dr. David Farmer, former director of DeGolyer Library, SMU. Two lithographs from Bywaters Special Collections are included in the exhibition House in Taos by Jerry Bywaters and Five Crosses by Alexandre Hogueand are on view at the Harwood Museum of Art. Two additional prints from the Meadows Museum/University Art Collection are also included in the exhibition and are on view at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House Sacred Place by Alexandre Hogue and Taos Sketch by Elizabeth Walmsley. Continue reading “Pressing Through Time: 150 Years of Printmaking in Taos”

Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection

Bronze Lantern Pendant LightDrawings from the Potter Art Iron Studios [also known as the Potter Art Metal Studios] are now available to view online! If you have ever walked around the Highland Park Shopping Center or driven down Swiss Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard in Dallas, most likely you have admired the beautiful wrought iron fixtures that adorn these buildings and homes. Henry Cornwell Potter [1892 – 1971], began his career in the early 1920s by making small lanterns. Continue reading “Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection”

Pictorial: Scenes from Homecoming at Hamon

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Watch: Reflections of the Hamon Arts Library

The Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library is a four-story building located in the Owen Arts Center of the Meadows School of the Arts. A branch of the Central University Libraries, Hamon serves students and faculty in the areas of visual art, art history, cinema, communications, dance, music and theatre. This fall, the library celebrates its 25th anniversary. Continue reading “Watch: Reflections of the Hamon Arts Library”

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