Library Exhibit: Souvenirs et portraits d’artistes, 1972

Our very own Katie Ziegler from Tech Services has put together a great display that you can find at the entrance to the library. The materials in this collection were donated to the library in 1986 and have been stored since then. These materials are now seeing the light of day once more, and we invite our community to come and view them.

Here is some information about the materials that Katie Ziegler provided for us:

Souvenirs et portraits d’artistes, 1972

Fernand Mourlot

Mourlot Studios, located in Paris, France, was known as the largest producer of artistic posters in the 1930s. It was also known to invite prominent artists to work on location within the studio to create original works which they then produced. This particular collection, put together by the Studio’s founder Fernand Mourlot, includes prints from 25 original lithographs created at the studios by artists such as Miro, Matisse, and Picasso.

This original edition is comprised of loose leaves while later editions were bound. Although this copy is number 270 of the 800 that were printed, only five libraries in the world are listed as owning one. Out of those five, this is the only copy in a United States library.

This work was donated to Berea College Hutchins Library by Thomas L. Hill and Dr. Kathleen Kulp-Hill, a professor of Spanish at EKU, in 1986 and now resides in the Special Collections Curio section.

The following images are now featured on the display case:

  • PABLO PICASSO, Le seigneur et la dame (M. 322)
  • JACQUES VILLON, Portrait d’une jeune fille
  • BERNARD BUFFET, Les ombelles
  • GRAHAM SUTHERLAND, Hybrid

The display is free and open to the public.  You can view it during regular library hours.

Library Display: Feminist Artists of Kentucky Art Exhibit

Banner and Quilt, part of Feminist Artists of KY Display

Banner and Quilt, part of Feminist Artists of KY Display

The Feminist Artists of Kentucky Art Exhibit is on display at Hutchins Library through the month of February 2016. These working artists combine their efforts and talents to expand their creativity and create exhibitions that challenge the social norms. The artists support gender parity and equality in the art world.

The Feminist Artists of Kentucky are:

  • Trish Ayers
  • Pat Cheshire Jennings
  • Jackie Pullum
  • Mary Ann Shupe
  • Patricia Watkins
  • Valeria Watkins
  • And guest artist Lynn Marrapodi.

If you wish to purchase any of the art pieces available for purchase, you may call 859-302-3709.

The exhibit can be viewed in the main floor of Hutchins Library during regular library hours.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Paintings of flowers, part of Feminist Artists of KY display

Art History

The next time you are in Hutchins Library, check out the new Art History display, located in the study area to the right of the printers in the Reference Area.

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Reference Student Abby Houston curated this display to share her major as well as to help students know where to find high quality images within our library and online databases.

A lot can be learned by studying art from the past. Art doesn’t just provide us with aesthetic pleasure, but it clues us into the culture that produced it. By studying its materials, iconography, color, symbolism, function, style, and technique, we can expand our knowledge of that culture and learn what role a certain piece of art held within it. Art has been around since the beginning of time and is something that connects all cultures from every time period, even today.

“By looking at what has been done before, we gather knowledge and inspiration that contribute to how we speak, feel, and view the world around us.” – the Metropolitan Museum

This display shows 20 books filled with images and information that can be found in the collection of our library. Some of the books shown above are about: Impressionism, African art, Italian Renaissance art, Pablo Picasso, Celtic art, German Expressionism, Roman art, Egyptian art, Modern Chinese art, and others. Feel free to scan through their pages and experience a wide range of art- you can even check them out!

Whether your major or minor is in art, you simply have an interest in it, you need an image for your paper, or you need to kill some time, this display lays out the kind of resources Hutchins Library has to offer. In the circulating print collection upstairs, there are thousands of books about different art movements, artists, and time periods that all contain high-resolution images you can flip through and look at or scan onto a flash drive to use for your own research. In our A-Z electronic sources list is a database titled “ARTstor” that is dedicated only to images of artworks; ranging from Michelangelo’s David to King Tut’s mask to Japanese prints. To access these images, you type in an artist or title and search.

Check out these art books by searching in our library catalog: http://libraryguides.berea.edu/

Explore ARTstor: http://www.artstor.org/index.shtml

If you’re off campus, use this link and log in with your Berea username and password: http://libraryguides.berea.edu/ARTStor

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Catch the Calders While You Can!

Until September of last year, the Reference Department was lucky enough to serve as a temporary home to several amazing wall hangings by world-famous artist Alexander Calder. Yes, that’s right – THE Alexander Calder, who is perhaps most famous for his playful mobiles (see below).

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It was with a heavy but thankful heart that we said goodbye to the Calder hangings and returned them to their rightful home in the Art Department. Time, as well as exposure to light and human touch, had not been kind to the woven hemp hangings; they were dirty and their once-bright colors were so faded that you wouldn’t have recognized them as a part of Calder’s typical palette.

Thankfully, an anonymous grant brought a textiles conservator to campus to work with students to restore the hangings to their original grandeur. You owe it to yourself to see them while you still can. These are  limited edition hangings designed nearly 40 years ago by Calder as a marriage of his distinct style and his wife Louisa’s interest in Central American native handicrafts. Made in collaboration with master weavers from Nicaragua and Guatemala, they are simply stunning to behold. Visit them in the Lower Traylor Gallery of the Art Building. The exhibit runs through February 17th.

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Conserving a Legacy: Wall Hangings by Alexander Calder

Exhibit hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m

Image Credits:

Calder Mobile: http://samizdatblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/small-local-festivals-calders-mobiles.html

Traylor Gallery Image: courtesy of Meghan C. Doherty, Ph.D, Director, Doris Ulmann Galleries