A copy of Robbert Flick's Parade Route: Pasadena, May 8 and May 9, 1993 from the USC Libraries' Special Collections is currently on display at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The book is part of an exhibition of artist books by Ed Ruscha and more than 100 contemporary artists. The libraries' copy of Parade Route—one of only three in existence—was previously featured in a 2007 exhibition of artists books in Doheny Library.
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The Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters in America has donated roughly 30,000 books related to Japanese Culture to the USC Libraries. In a November 29 ceremony inside USC's East Asian Library, Vice Dean Martín Gomez of the USC Libraries and Bishop Hiroshi Alexander Fukaya of the Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters signed documents formalizing the gift. USC students, faculty, staff, and other researchers will soon have access to collection, which covers a range of subjects, including Japanese literature, history, and art. Keep reading to learn more about the donation.
The From the Archives series on KCET's Artbound website continues with a look at more architectural drawings from the archival collections of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library. In her latest contribution, librarian Ruth Wallach places selected drawings on a continuum from initial sketches to finished pieces prepared for clients' eyes, analyzing what the drawings say about their creators' work, their clients' preferences, and the architectural style—California Modern—they depict. The series' first installment, which Wallach also wrote, highlighted drawings of ranch houses.
The USC Libraries recently hosted a homecoming for Robinson Jeffers, the celebrated writer who studied at USC before moving to the rugged Big Sur coast and establishing himself as California’s preeminent poet. Scholars, authors, and readers assembled inside Doheny Memorial Library on Oct. 25 for an afternoon festival honoring Jeffers’ legacy and his connections to Los Angeles and USC.
KCET's Artbound website debuted its From the Archives series today with a look inside the archival collections of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library. In the new series' first installment, librarian Ruth Wallach—head of the Architecture and Fine Arts Library—examines the ranch house architectural style and its place in Southern California history through watercolor drawings from the USC Libraries' archival collections.
What do the torches on the University of Southern California seal signify? A new exhibit in Doheny Memorial Library explores the history of the seal through items from the USC University Archives. Keep reading to learn more about the exhibit, located in the Special Collections display case on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library.
Shrouded since its completion last month, the Mosely Snowflake Fractal will be unveiled today, Thursday, September 20, at a reception and exhibition opening in USC's Doheny Memorial Library. RSVP online, or keep reading to learn more about today's event.
KCET's Artbound program has featured the USC Libraries' Mosely Snowflake Fractal in a new video about mathematical origami. Inspired by USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim's recent Artbound article about L.A.'s origami moment, the video shows the giant fractal model in its final stages of construction. It also showcases several items from the USC Libraries' collections that reveal artistic representations of fractal structures. The video and more information about the fractal appear after the jump.
In its August 2012 issue, Artvoices magazine profiles USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim. A science writer and curator, Wertheim directs the Institute for Figuring--"Los Angeles' most quizzical institution," the magazine declares. The institute recently opened a permanent exhibition space in Chinatown. Keep reading to learn about Wertheim and her work as Discovery Fellow.
Last week in Doheny Memorial Library, the Mosely Snowflake Fractal took physical form for perhaps the first time ever. Built by hundreds of USC students, faculty, and staff out of 49,000 folded business cards, the giant origami fractal measures six feet cubed and weighs more than 100 pounds. The USC Libraries will unveil the finished model in a reception on September 20 in Doheny Library's first-floor entrance pavilion. RSVP now, or keep reading to learn more about the collaborative community art project.