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On view in temporary exhibition case through the weekend: First Folio of William Shakespeare + Romeo & Juliet
An artist, educator, writer and independent curator based in Joshua Tree, California, Kim Stringfellow is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University’s School of Art + Design. Stringfellow received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Combining photography with audio, video, interactive mapping and community participation, Stringfellow has explored the landscapes of Southern California, prodding us to recognize the environmental consequences of how we use and occupy the land. Her publications include Greetings from the Salton Sea and Jackrabbit Homestead. On view in #eyeonthewest through December 16th.
Beinecke’s Communications Director, Michael Morand, gives a gallery talk on the works of WWI writers Siegfried Sassoon and Owen Johnson as a part of the temporary Veterans Day exhibit.
Born in Española, New Mexico, Miguel Gandert grew up in Santa Fe. As a teen-ager he began photographing the people and places of the Rio Grande Valley, documenting Indo-Hispano culture and Mestizo identity. His exhibitions include shows at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Museum, the Whitney Museum’s Biennial, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, Gandert frequently collaborates with other scholars to explore the history and culture of the Southwest. His publications include Pilgrimage to Chimayó , with Sam Howarth and Enrique R. Lamadrid and Nuevo México Profundo with Enrique R. Lamadrid. On view in #eyeonthewest through December 16th.
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of gas-shells dropping softly behind. Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time, But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.— Dim through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,— My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. Poems / by Wilfred Owen ; with an introduction by Siegfried Sassoon. London : Chatto & Windus, 1920. BEIN 1975 1930: Presentation inscription from S. Sassoon to Ralph Hodgson, Xmas 1920.
Map used by Marshal Foch to illustrate proposals for the German Armistice. Given by him to EMH, November 3, 1918. BEIN 11hcf 1919A-9: Annotated in blue showing front line on October 31 1918, with additional color boundary lines. Manuscript note of Edward Mandell House #Armistice #Armistice100 #Foch #MarshalFoch #France #FerdinandFoch #WorldWar #WorldWarI #WWI #History #EuropeanHistory #Anniversary #Map #Cartography #LibrariesOfInstagram #
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A Diné photographer, Will Wilson grew up in the Navajo Nation and studied photography at the University of New Mexico and Oberlin College. Chafing at the exaggerated influence that Edward Curtis’s portraits of Native Americans exert on American culture, Wilson proposes to supplant Curtis’s “Settler Gaze” with a contemporary, indigenous vision of Native North America. Collaborating with indigenous communities in the performative ritual that is the studio portrait, Wilson wants his photographic subjects to participate in the process of inscribing their customs, values, and existence in images that reframe our conversations about Indian history and culture. Photo/Synthesis documents a major exhibition of Wilson’s portraits. His work is held at New Mexico Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, and at Beinecke Library. On view through December 16th. Free and open to the public. #eyeonthewest
In conjunction with the 100thanniversary of the armistice of World War I, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has on temporary public display, Nov. 6 – Nov. 12, 2018, “Siegfried Sassoon: Scrapbook & Owen Johnson: From Stover at Yale to The Wasted Generation.” Michael Morand, the library’s communications director, will lead a discussion of the display on Monday, Nov. 12, 4:00 p.m., in the weekly “Mondays at Beinecke” series of gallery talks, followed by tea on the Beinecke mezzanine. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English poet, writer, and soldier. He was awarded the Military Cross “for conspicuous gallantry during a raid on the enemy's trenches” during his service in World War I. The citation noted, “He remained for 1½ hours under rifle and bomb fire collecting and bringing in our wounded. Owing to his courage and determination all the killed and wounded were brought in.” Sassoon became one of the leading poets of the war and an outspoken anti-war advocate. His poetry speaks to the horrors of war and Sassoon satirized those he held responsible for World War I and its associated patriotic pretensions. The Siegfried Sassoon Papers in the Beinecke Library consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, a scrapbook, and other papers by or related to Sassoon, from the beginning of the first World War to his death in 1967. The scrapbook on temporary display at the Beinecke Library this week includes a photograph of Sassoon and fellow soldiers and clippings of some of his poetry. Owen Johnson (1878-1952) was an American novelist and short-story writer. He is best remembered for juvenile stories about his student days at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and a best-selling novel, Stover at Yale(1911), in which he criticized many aspects of college life including the senior societies at Yale, from which he had graduated in 1901. Most of his early writing was done in Paris, where he lived after his first marriage in 1901. During World War I, he served as war correspondent for the New York Times and Collier's and wrote The Spirit of France(1915), a nonfiction book about the heroism of the French people. This was followed by The Wasted Generati
John Locke, Two Treatises of Government, "Chapter 18. Of Tyranny: ... so tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which nobody can have a right to; and this is making use of the power any one has in his hands, not for the good of those who are under it, but for his own private, separate advantage. When the governor, however entitled, makes not the law, but his will, the rule, and his commands and actions are not directed to the preservation of the properties of his people, but the satisfaction of his own ambition, revenge, covetousness, or any other irregular passion. ... " ... Wherever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another's harm ... " London : Printed for A. Churchill, 1690. BEIN Ocg45 L793 690
Roberta Price is a writer, photographer, and intellectual property attorney in Albuquerque. Raised in White Plains, New York, Price graduated from Vassar College in 1968 and pursued graduate studies with Leslie Fiedler at SUNY Buffalo. In 1969, a summer grant supported her photography of rural communes in the Southwest. A year later, she moved to Libre, a commune in the Huerfano Valley of Colorado, where she lived and photographed for seven years, creating more than 3,000 images. Those photos provided the illustrative spine for Price’s first book, Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture (2004) and are the focus of her second book, Across the Great Divide: A Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture (2010). Price is an officer, board member, and photographer for the New Mexico State Fair Portrait Project. Her photographs of life in the counterculture were acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. On view at Beinecke through December 16th. Free and open to the public. #eyeonthewest
Early example of a duplex ballot-box invented by Juan Watson Ernest of Los Angeles, CA, circa 1892. WA MSS S-2983 (Art) The metal ballot box consists of telescoping cylinder with similar longitudinal ballot-receiving slots. One cylinder rotates inside of the other cylinder, and when the openings are brought together, the ballot box becomes open for receiving ballots; when the inner cylinder is turned to any other position, the box becomes closed. The cylinders also have similar holes on their ends for receiving a padlock. The inner cylinder possesses a brass handle. The outer cylinder has feet as well as "patent pending" painted with a stencil on its closed end. Ernest (1852-1916) was a real estate agent in LA, as well as an inventor of paraphernalia related to the adoption of the secret ballot system in the United States during the 1890s. Ernest later improved the ballot box with an alarm mechanism, which he patented in the United States (Patent # 499,337) and in Canada. "The objects of my invention are, first, to furnish better protection to the ballot from being removed after being deposited in the box; second, to prevent stuffing the ballot box after the poles are officially declared closed and before the count; third, to preserve the ticket from so much doubling and creasing as comes from folding into so small a form as is usual ... "
Langston Hughes, The Ballot and Me, draft, typescript, carbon corrected, 1956. "Written especially for St. James Presbyterian Church at the request of Dorothy Maynor" in the Langston Hughes Papers #Vote #Voting #VotingRights #CivilRights #History #USHistory #AmericanHistory #Election #LibrariesOfInstagram #Langston #LangstonHughes #Ballot #Yale #YaleUniversity #BeineckeLibrary #Beinecke #AfricanAmericanHistory
#MarbledMonday reveal: silhouette with real specimen of marbled paper. From “Marbled papers: being a collection of twenty-two contemporary hand-marbled papers, showing a variety of patterns and special techniques,” by Christopher Weimann, 1982 [2016 +250]. . . #marbledpaper #marbled #marbledpapers #marbling #marblingpaper #handmarbled #handmarbledpaper #handmarbling #bookarts #paperarts #specialcollections #brbl #beinecke #librariesofinstagram
"The vote has value. Don't neglect your right to vote. Don't waste it. Don't forget it." Langston Hughes, The Ballot and Me, draft, typescript, carbon corrected, 1956. "Written especially for St. James Presbyterian Church at the request of Dorothy Maynor" in the Langston Hughes Papers #Vote #Voting #VotingRights #CivilRights #History #USHistory #AmericanHistory #Election #LibrariesOfInstagram #Langston #LangstonHughes #Ballot #Yale #YaleUniversity #BeineckeLibrary #Beinecke #AfricanAmericanHistory
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