New Exhibition – Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America

“Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America” is now open in the Special Collections Research Center’s Exhibition Gallery on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

This exhibition, through sometimes plain (and often painful) documents, attempts to illuminate aspects of three civil rights movements: African American, Women, and LGBTQ+. The items in the cases are from the holdings of the George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The displayed pieces were created between the 19th through 21st century, and originate primarily in the United States.

Every movement has multiples arguments and ways to inform about a shared code of beliefs or values. Photographs educate and, sometimes, inspire one to action. Reports present researched facts. Letters reveal personal opinions. Plays and books interpret past and present realities, or anticipate future ones. The actions of people – of our fellow citizens – reflects the times in which they lived, their individual challenges, the choices made, their perspectives and vision for the future. Although incomplete, this exhibit is an invitation to more deeply examine the long, slow march of civil rights history in the United States.

“Before and Beyond 1968” is curated by Lynn Eaton (Director, Special Collections Research Center) and Bob Vay (Digital Collections and Exhibition Archivist, Special Collections Research Center). Consultation provided by Spencer Crew (Robinson Professor of African American and Public History). The exhibition will be on display through January 2019.

Welcome back, Mason Alumni

It’s that time of year! Alumni Weekend, the annual reunion weekend held each fall, will take place this week: October 11-14, 2018. #MasonAW is a great opportunity to visit campus, reconnect with fellow alumni, show your alma mater off to your family, and enjoy lots of fun activities hosted by a variety of academic and cultural alumni chapters, as well as the GMUAA. We hope you will join us!

Swing by Fenwick Library during your time on campus to view two unique exhibits featuring items from our Special Collections Research Center:

  • First Class: George Mason’s Class of 1968 (Atrium, 1st Floor)
  • Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America (Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 2nd Floor)

Fenwick Library will be open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, October 13.

For the full Alumni Weekend schedule and more information, visit http://alumniweekend.gmu.edu.

Call & Response 2018: Borders

Call & Response, an annual exhibition of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which ones calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the twelfth annual Call & Response is Borders.

Call & Response: Borders is on display from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Fenwick Gallery, housed in Fenwick Library on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception and panel discussion with the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Reception refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe.

For more information, visit at http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/borders.

New Exhibition Opens: Rethinking Lines

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host Mel Parada’s Rethinking Lines, an exhibition of typographic prints and paintings. The exhibition opens Monday, August 27 and will close Saturday, October 6, 2018. An artist’s talk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 at 11am in the Fenwick Main Reading Room.

About the Exhibition: Today’s communication landscape is saturated with narrative driven design. What we see and experience through our everyday communication channels are often assigned specific meaning, purpose, and intent, leaving very little room for interpretation by the viewer. Rethinking Lines examines the possibilities of meaning making and attempts to remove narrative from communication design through visual treatments that involve the deconstruction of typography, reconfigured grid systems, scale, and color theory. The work embodies theoretical approaches found in the Minimalist movement as well as abstraction movements like De Stijl and Constructivism. The printed works in Rethinking Lines provide a visual representation that shifts the inception of meaning and its making from the design phase to the experience phase while introducing a means of disrupting the reliance of narrative in all forms of visual communication to include fine art.

About the Artist: Mel Parada holds an MFA from George Mason University’s School of Art. He is a Resident Artist (2018-2019) with Discover Graphics Atelier located in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and he also serves as a graphic design adjunct professor with Mason’s School of Art. Parada is an active member of the Chesapeake Chapter, American Printing History Association (APHA), and he was a Denker Fellow (2016). His current work involves traditional printmaking methods, specifically stone lithography and screen printing.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. A partnership with Mason’s School of Art, the space is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff and other emerging and experienced artists that highlight aspects of the Libraries’ collections and support Mason’s curriculum and cultural initiatives. For more information about the Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian, sgrimm@gmu.edu