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”

Pictorial: Hamon’s new look

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From the House of Alba to the House of Hamon: exhibition resources at the Hamon Arts Library

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746 - 1828), Portrait of José Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alba, c. 1795, Wikimedia Commons
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746 – 1828), Portrait of José Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alba, c. 1795, Wikimedia Commons

I have been waiting for an exhibition like this for a while now. After four years as an Art History student researching old masters such as Diego Velasquez and Fra Angelico, I finally had the chance to see their work up close! The Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting exhibition at the Meadows Museum offers viewers a glimpse into five centuries of art collecting on behalf of the prominent Spanish aristocratic Alba family. This magnificent private collection features rare paintings, tapestries, books and more ranging from the fifteenth to the twenty century. Many of these treasures have never seen a world outside Spain until now. Continue reading “From the House of Alba to the House of Hamon: exhibition resources at the Hamon Arts Library”

Paper Dolls on display in the Hamon Lobby

This new body of work from Colleen Shull and Justin Shull explores a variety of themes including depiction and representation of women, media and advertising, digital consumer culture, and more. The work being by two different artists working sometimes independently, sometimes together or in an overlapping way, is varied but does share certain characteristics. Strong, slashing lines dominate many of the images, and rich depth of form is created through layering or crumpling of glossy fashion magazine pages. Certain formal qualities may reveal which artist created the work, but over the course of this collaboration each artist has wandered into the stylistic territory of the other. Continue reading “Paper Dolls on display in the Hamon Lobby”

What are you reading, watching, or listening to?

The Hamon Blog wants to know what you’re currently reading, watching, or listening to. On entering the elevator on the first floor of Hamon, you will notice a message board filling up with recommendations from library users.  Continue reading “What are you reading, watching, or listening to?”

Why is the library giving music away?

On Thursday, October 8, the Hamon Library will be giving away several boxes of music materials on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will be held in the Taubman Atrium from 11:30 am-1:00pm and Meadows Division of Music students and other SMU patrons are encouraged to come. Continue reading “Why is the library giving music away?”