Collection Spotlight: Edward Gustav Eisenlohr art work and papers

Edward Gustav Eisenlohr was born in Ohio to a family of German immigrants. When he was two years old the family relocated to Dallas, where his father established Eisenlohr Drug Store. As a young boy living in Dallas, E. G. Eisenlohr showed a strong aptitude in art, a trait which continued into his adult life. He was instrumental in establishing the Dallas Art Association, forerunner of the Dallas Museum of Arts, in 1903. Eisenlohr studied art with Texas artists Robert J. Onderdonk and Frank Reaugh and at the Art Students’ League summer school in Woodstock, New York. He later took additional art training in Germany before returning to Texas. Eisenlohr drew inspiration for art subjects from the Oak Cliff area of Dallas and his travels to New Mexico, the Texas Hill Country, and the western areas of his adopted state. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, photographs, published works, scrapbooks, and three-dimensional objects reflecting his German family history and his interest in the landscape of the American Southwest. The matted works on paper consist of eleven lithographs, three pencil self-portraits, and one pencil sketch by fellow artist Ruth John Sanders.

Please take a look at the detailed finding aid available through Texas Archival Resources Online.

Image: Courtesy of Edward Gustav Eisenlohr art work and papers, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Having Fun at Hamon the Origami Way

Festive views of the Hamon Arts Library’s doors

“I can’t!” “I have never done origami before.” These comments were some of the responses Hamon Arts Library student assistants and others gave when they were first approached with the idea of “Taking an Origami Break.”

However, after encouraging a few people – “Just try one easy one” – many participants were hooked!

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WFAA Newsfilm Collection: Highlights from 1969

Singer and Musician, Tiny Tim (1932-1996)

For my next trip into the WFAA Newsfilm Collection, I have chosen to focus on two musicians’ visits to Dallas in 1969.

 First up, Glen Campbell, who also brought his TV show to the Dallas Memorial Auditorium for a taping on June 20, 1969, shares his thoughts on the importance of keeping politics and entertainment separated on a variety show like the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Following the first clip, viewers will see that Tiny Tim has come for a book signing on June 17, 1969 at the Sanger Harris Department store. He’s promoting his new book, Beautiful Thoughts, a collection of drawings and sayings from the one-of-a-kind ’60s icon. He finishes the interview with an impromptu performance of “When You’re Smiling,” a song made famous by Louis Armstrong.

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Thank you to Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator, Hamon Arts Library, SMU, for this image and video.

Interview with Hawn Gallery Exhibition Artist, Basil Kincaid

In late October, artist Basil Kincaid spent a week in Dallas installing the Hawn Gallery exhibition, R3clamation: Routes & Roots. During this time, he took a few moments for an interview with curatorial fellow, Georgia Erger, to discuss his personal history and vision as it informs the work in his exhibition.


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Thank you to Basil Kincaid, Georgia Erger, and Central University Libraries’ Outreach Coordinator, Tyeson Seale, for this post.
Video by Tyeson Seale.