New Photography Exhibit Opens

From the early days of 19th century daguerreotypes and tintypes to current digital images captured on smartphones, photographers have documented human life and the world around us in vivid detail. The technologies and processes they use have changed dramatically over the years, but the desire to capture a moment with some degree of permanence remains the same.

Come visit our current exhibition in the Special Collections Research Center‘s exhibition space (located on the second floor of Fenwick Library), and trace the evolution of photographic processes and subject matter through our Special Collections Research Center’s holdings of amateur and professional photography. Items on display include Civil War-era tintypes; late 19th century cartes de visite; Vietnam war photographs from a U.S. military advisor; prints from Richard Nixon’s official White House photographer; examples of photographic tools from various eras; and more!

Exhibition Reception & Talk: Please join us on Monday, February 19 from 2-4 pm in the Special Collections Research Center seminar room (Fenwick Library 2400). Professor Vanessa Schulman of the History and Art History department will provide remarks, and Argo Tea will provide refreshments.

Exhibition on display through April 1, 2018.

SCRC Exhibit Reception on 2/19

Special Collections Research Center is hosting an exhibit reception for its current display, From Tintypes to .TIFFs – Life through the Lens, on Monday, February 19, 2-4 p.m., 2400 Fenwick Library.  Professor Vanessa Schulman of the History and Art History department will provide remarks about the exhibit, and refershments are provided by Argo Tea.

For more information, contact Liz Beckman, ebeckman@gmu.edu, 703-993-5282

 

TEAR:TORN Gallery Exhibit

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of works by Erica Hopkins entitled TEAR:TORN. The exhibition will run from December 11, 2017 through February 2, 2018 in the Fenwick Gallery (located on the first floor of the Fenwick Library), with a closing talk by the artist on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 1:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.

About the Exhibition: TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third-year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins. The work exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.

About the Artist: Erica Hopkins, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand the artists she studied. Her work uses the various media of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction. She is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate in Painting at George Mason University.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. 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

Mason Libraries are here for YOU

Are you taking advantage of the Mason Libraries’ numerous resources and activities? Don’t forget:

Need a break from studying and research? Like to read? Consider joining the Mason Libraries Book Club, or attending one of our upcoming special events:

  • Musical Rarities and Curiosities, Friday, November 3, 2pm Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400): Join Steven Gerber, Music Librarian, for an informal inspection of a dozen musical rarities acquired for Special Collections in the last year or two. These range from a 19th-century psalm setting in manuscript by Francesco Basili and costume designs for opera characters to the printed program of an 1850 Jenny Lind concert, a leaf from a medieval choir book, and limited-edition songs from Irving Berlin’s musical Top Hat.
  • Advances in Science 1586-1999: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Exhibition Reception, Tuesday, November 7, 3pm – 5pm, Special Collections Research Center (Fenwick Library, Room 2400): Visit SCRC to hear remarks about our current exhibit and enjoy refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea Café.
  • Music in the Lobby: Up Close + Classical, Wednesday, November 15, 1pm – 1:45pm: Join us in the Fenwick Lobby to hear the Mason Student Strings group perform selections by Bach and Dvorak. Refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea Café.
  • Mason Author Series: Patricia Donahue, Thursday, November 16, 3pm – 4:30pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room: Communities are the sum of myriad types of participation—positive, negative, formal, informal, direct, and indirect. Join us for a discussion with Patricia Donahue on her recent book, Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb, which challenges conventional wisdom about participation in modern American communities through the story of Northern Virginia’s Pimmit Hills.

Check out the Libraries calendar for more workshops and happenings, and visit our website to learn more about our resources and services!