Performing Arts and the Human Experience Exhibit

“Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience is now on view through May 2020, in the Special Collection Research Center’s exhibition gallery on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

As Zelda Fichandler remarked, “the theater is capable of showing us our own face, plumbing for us the human heart, leading us to the edge of our own mind.” This exhibition celebrates the myriad faces and experiences of those who dedicate their lives to the performing arts. Through six disciplines – Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Music – the exhibition examines the power of the performing arts, and its ability to “show us our own face.”

The exhibition features items from SCRC’s major performing arts collections (as well as some smaller collections), including documents, photographs, playbills, programs, artist books, posters, rare books, and other objects. Fascinating objects on display range from an illuminated manuscript of choral music from the 1400s to East German posters advertising opera and ballet to a braille script for “All the King’s Men” from an Arena Stage production.

In conjunction with the exhibition, an opening reception will take place on Tuesday, February 11 at 2pm in Fenwick Library, Room 2400 (Special Collections Research Center). Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will speak about the importance of performing arts, followed by a short tour of the exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cartoonists in Conversation on January 30

Join cartoonist Adam Griffiths and creative duo Kendra & Kat for a live comics reading and discussion of storytelling, community, and collaboration in comics on Thursday, January 30, from 3:30-5pm in Fenwick Library 2001. Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis (Asst. Professor, Printmaking), this conversation is presented as part of the exhibition D(C)MV Comics, currently on view in Fenwick Gallery.

Adam Griffiths is a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist living in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. He earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004. Adam’s work has been exhibited around DC at transformer, Flashpoint Gallery, The Fridge, Hillyer Art Space, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Pleasant Plains Workshop, Rhizome DC, School 33, and Washington Project for the Arts (WPA).

Kendra & Kat have been making comics together for 8 years, and plotting over cupcakes far longer. With comics and zines that run the gamut from queer space pirate shenanigans to illustrated cookbooks inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, they are driven by sparkles and fun. Their work has been featured in anthologies such as Coven and Purity, and they’ve been a staple in the DC-area comic scene since tabling at DC Zinefest back in 2012.

Learn more about this exhibition and related events at https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/dcmv-comics.

D(C)MV COMICS Exhibit

Join cartoonists Malaka Gharib and Athena Naylor for a discussion of autobiography and personal storytelling in comics at 4 p.m. today in Fenwick 2001. Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis (Asst. Professor, Printmaking), this conversation is presented as part of the exhibition D(C)MV Comics, currently on view in Fenwick Gallery, and will be recorded for the podcast series Papercuts. A light opening reception will follow in Fenwick Gallery from 5-7 p.m. Learn more about this exhibition and related events at https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/dcmv-comics.   

About the Artists: Malaka Gharib is an artist and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir, about being first generation Filipino Egyptian American. She is a journalist on NPR’s science desk, covering global health and development. Malaka is the founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair and a food zine called The Runcible Spoon. In her free time, she likes drawing comics and making zines, and her work has been featured in The NibCatapultThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and The New York Times Style Magazine. Athena Naylor is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Washington, D.C, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She specializes in autobiographical comics and illustration. She also specializes in being a giant nerd. Athena received a Master’s in Art History from The George Washington University in 2017 and, unsurprisingly, wrote her thesis on comics.

Patriot Pantry Donation Drive 11/1 – 11/25

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Mason Libraries are collecting donations for the Patriot Pantry. Donation boxes are available at all four campus libraries: Gateway, Fenwick, Mercer, and Arlington. Donations will be collected from November 1 through November 25, 2019.

Patriot Pantry specifically requests the following items: granola bars; Pop Tarts; pasta; gluten free items and Kosher items. Please note: Patriot Pantry does NOT need canned vegetables, canned soups or feminine hygiene products.

Visit Patriot Pantry’s Amazon Wish List if you are interested in donating items online. Items purchased via this Wish List are shipped directly to the Student Support and Advocacy Center on the Fairfax campus.

For more information, please contact one of the following Library coordinators:

  • Gateway:  Anna Murphy-Lang (amurph2@gmu.edu) or Sarah Burner (sburner@gmu.edu)
  • Fenwick:  Kaitlyn Kinney (kkinney2@gmu.edu)
  • Mercer: John Sherman (jsherma8@gmu.edu)
  • Arlington Campus: Beth Roszkowski (broszkow@gmu.edu )