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Janet Turner: Texas Printmaker

The current exhibition at Meadows Museum at SMU, Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner, is a welcome reminder of earlier showings of Janet Turner’s prints in Dallas and elsewhere in Texas.  Don’t miss Turner’s remarkable prints now on loan from Hamon’s Bywaters Special Collections, along with other private lenders, including Jack and Beverly Wilgus -donors who have generously pledged their historic photographic collection to DeGolyer Library. Images by Beverly Wilgus, a former student of Corpron, will also be on view.

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Gems from the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection

The Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection is one of the signature collections of the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection. This collection of race films from the 1930s and 1940s were discovered in an East Texas warehouse in 1983 on miraculously well-preserved nitrate stock and transferred to safety film in 1985. With the advent of digital technology, this important collection of film history has been digitally restored and made available in the SMU Digital Collections. We’ve written before about the travels of the collection’s most well-know title, The Blood of Jesus. Here are three lesser-known gems of the collection with clips.

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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”

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”

Division of Dance concert programs now online

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Program for “The Best of Meadows Dance” concert, April 28-30, 2006 from the Division of Dance Concert Programs and Materials in the SMU Digital Collections.

Hamon Arts Library is excited to make the Division of Dance Concert Programs and Materials available online in the SMU Digital Collections. The library worked closely with the Division of Dance in the Meadows School of the Arts and the Digital Collections to bring this collection to a global audience. The programs illuminate the Division’s history dating back to the late 1960s. I interviewed Patty Harrington Delaney, Chair of the Division of Dance, about the importance of making the collection available online. Continue reading “Division of Dance concert programs now online”

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”

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