What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films profiles four L.A. as Subject collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history. Produced by the USC Libraries with generous support from Cal Humanities, Monomania L.A. is directed by Joris Debeij and hosted by David Kipen, who also serves as humanities advisor. The first three films were introduced at the October 25 Archives Bazaar (the fourth is currently in production) and the entire series will air later this year on public television station KCET. In the meantime, you can watch the videos online on the L.A. as Subject website.
USC's Doheny Memorial Library hosts the 9th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar this Saturday, October 25. As in past years, some 80 libraries, museums, official archives, private collectors, and other L.A. as Subject members are expected to participate, exhibiting rare materials from their collections. The event, organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, runs from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For details and programming highlights, please visit the L.A. as Subject website or download this PDF poster.
Discover the photography of George Hurrell—the legendary photographer who both captured and crafted the classic look associated with Hollywood glamour—in a new exhibition on the ground floor of USC Doheny Memorial Library. Open through December 19, George Hurrell and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour features photographic prints selected by historian Mark A. Vieira, author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925–1992. Keep reading to learn about the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on Thursday, October 9.
One might have to look especially close to view a new exhibit on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library. Stephanie Cipres, Mario Machorro, and Darlyn Zenteno Aguilar—students working in the Libraries' Special Collections department–have selected for display a number of small items that can comfortably fit in the palm of your hand.