Architecture & Fine Arts Library

New Exhibition Asks: ‘What Makes a Monster?’

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Monsters take many forms, from vampires to serial killers and from viruses to black holes. A new USC Libraries exhibition asks, What Makes a Monster?, through one central exhibition in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room and satellite exhibitions in four other library locations. After visiting the central exhibition in Doheny Library, explore the meaning of monsters across the academic disciplines at the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts, Norris Medical, Science and Engineering, and VKC libraries. What Makes a Monster? is on display through May 31, 2015.

Librarian Ruth Wallach Discusses Miracle Mile History With Writer Greg Goldin

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21

Librarian Ruth Wallach discusses the history and architecture of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district—the subject of Wallach's new book—in a new series of videos produced by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. The three-part series features Wallach, head of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, in conversation with Greg Goldin, the noted architecture critic who recently co-curated Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum. Click through to watch the videos.

New Book by Ruth Wallach on History & Architecture of L.A.‘s Miracle Mile

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/18

A new book by the USC Libraries' Ruth Wallach explores the history and architectural legacy of L.A.'s Miracle Mile district. Published by History Press, Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture features images from the USC Libraries' Special Collections and includes a detailed, block-by-block walking tour of the Miracle Mile's most significant architecture. Keep reading to learn more about the book and Wallach's previous publishing credits.

Architectural Drawings from USC Libraries’ Collections Featured on KCET’s ‘Artbound’

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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.

KCET’s ‘Artbound’ Highlights Watercolors from the USC Libraries’ Archival Collections

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/01

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.

Designer of the Modern California Ranch House

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/29

The USC Chronicle recently featured the USC Libraries' collection of drawings by Cliff May, a Southern Californian architect who popularized the ranch house in the region. The drawings are part of the archival holdings of the USC Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library. Keep reading for Dan Knapp's article about May and his drawings.

Photos from the OAPS 2012 Annual Meeting

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04

On May 1-2, the USC Libraries hosted the Outsanding Academic Papers by Students (OAPS) 9th-annual task force meeting. Click through for photos from the two-day meeting—the third international conference hosted by the USC Libraries this academic year.

‘Los Angeles Times Magazine’ Features Photos from Eisenshtat Papers

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The Sunday, December 4 issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine featured several photographs of Temple Emanuel from the USC Libraries' Sidney Eisenshtat Papers. The magazine feature, titled "Back to Shul," used the libraries' vintage photographs to compare architect Sidney Eisenshtat's original design with recent renovations made to the Beverly Hills temple. Keep reading to learn more about the Eisenshtat Papers collection, housed at USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library.

USC Chronicle: Eisenshtat Papers Trace History of Sinai Temple

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This week's edition of the USC Chronicle highlights the USC Libraries' Sidney Eisenshtat Papers collection, preserved in the Helen Topping Architecture & Fine Arts Library. As Dan Knapp writes in his article, the collection consists of letters, engineering specifications, drawings, renderings, and photographs from the career of Sidney Eisenshtat, the architect of Westwood's Sinai Temple. Keep reading to learn more about the architect, his work, and the libraries' Eisenshtat Papers collection.

Unlock foursquare Specials at the USC Libraries

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From now through the end of April, the USC Libraries are offering foursquare specials that encourage USC students to engage with the libraries through the location-based social network. The specials coincide with the Senior Discovery initiative, a university-wide campaign to promote the use of foursquare at USC. Keep reading to learn more about how you can earn special giveaways from the USC Libraries.