In 1953 the legendary Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille was looking for an artist to help him visualize his last and most significant film, “The Ten Commandments.” Through connections in the art community DeMille found Utah artist Arnold Friberg. DeMille hired Friberg to assist in costume design, but eventually Friberg did much more. The highlight of the library’s new exhibition, “So Let It Be Painted: The Art of Arnold Friberg and Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments,” is a series of eight portraits of actor Charlton Heston as Moses. The portraits show the character through his life in the film.
“So Let It Be Painted: The Art of Arnold Friberg and Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments,” is located on level 1 of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. The public is welcome and admission is free. The exhibition is open during the regular hours of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am until 6:00 pm Friday, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday. The exhibit closes for BYU devotionals on Tuesdays from 11:00 am until noon.
Fans of Arnold Friberg should note that the nearby Springville Museum of Art is also hosting an exhibition of the artist’s work, “From the Studio of Arnold Friberg.” Their exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at the sketches that adorned Friberg’s studio walls and the items he used for reference and study.
The show in Springville closes May 13th.
Learn more at http://www.smofa.org/arnold-friberg.php
Learn about the new art exhibit in the library thanks to BYU news
‘With her new exhibit, a BYU student living with dwarfism invites viewers to see the world through her eyes.
Michelle Stevens, an art aficionado since childhood, has had plenty of experience looking up in galleries and exhibits. Born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, the 22-year-old graphic design student stands 4 feet tall. The angled view of art hung at 5-plus feet gives her a different perspective from other passersby, but, she said, “I can’t always see as much as I would like.”’
Follow this link to read the entire article and watch the video.
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Registration is now open for the annual A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference.
The conference will take place on Friday, March 24, with an opening session in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library.
For over a decade the conference has welcomed book collectors to meet, share, and learn from each other along side curators and book dealers. It is a rare opportunity to be up close or even hands on with unique materials from private collections and items from the vaults of BYU.
A limited number of seats are available for those who wish to attend a pre-conference workshop on March 23–“NEULAND: NOUVEAU CALLIGRAPHIC HAND”–taught by Judy Sommerfeldt.
This year’s list of topics and presenters is as follows:
CURIOUS REMEDIES: MEDICINE DURING THE RENAISSANCE (GALLERY STROLL), Meg Frost
THE ASHWORTH COLLECTION: TREASURES AND STORIES FROM SIX DECADES, Brent Ashworth
MORMON MYSTERIES, Laura Card
VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY: EXPLORING THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT, Gordon Daines
SHERLOCK AND HIS SIBLINGS: COLLECTING LATE VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN MYSTERIES, Maggie Kopp
TAKE THE TRAIN FOR EAST AURORY, WHERE WE WORK FOR ART AND GLORY: THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN AMERICA, Bob Maxwell and Russ Taylor
TALES OF A MORMON BOOK COLLECTOR: WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN 30 YEARS OF BOOK COLLECTING, Reid Moon
NO MERE TEMPORARY STRUCTURE: EPHEMERA AND THE 1893 SALT LAKE TEMPLE DEDICATION, Greg Seppi
For more information or to register click here.
The library welcomes Dr. K. Codell Carter, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Brigham Young University, who will present a House of Learning Lecture titled, “Everything you always wanted to know about bloodletting—and a little bit more” on March 9th at 2:00 pm in the library auditorium.
This lecture is part of a series in support of the exhibition Curious Remedies: Medicine During the Renaissance located on level 3 of the BYU Library.
Stop by the library this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday to fill out a heart and claim a treat.
Try a “Blind Date With A Book.”
Or just spend time browsing, surfing, or watching things from the collections.
Elliott Oring, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, California State University, will be on campus Wednesday, January 25 to present a lecture on Mormon humor. Professor Oring has been selected to present the annual Folklore Archives Founder’s Lecture of 2017.
The lecture will take place in B192 JFSB, the Education in Zion auditorium, at noon.
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections and the Redd Center co-sponsor this event.
Admission is free.
A new exhibit on the Foundations of the Restoration is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title of the exhibit is ‘My Soul Delighteth in the Song of the Heart’: Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration, and items on display include a copy of the first LDS hymnbook produced by Emma Smith and William W. Phelps in 1835, as well as letters from Phelps to his wife Sally where he mentions his work on the hymnbook and hymns sung at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Also included are the January 1836 issue of the Messenger and Advocate where The Spirit of God (formerly titled “Hosanna to God and the Lamb” by Phelps) was first published prior to being sung at the Kirtland Temple dedication in March 1836; a manuscript version of the revelation that is now Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants, where “The New Song of the Redemption of Zion” is found; a pamphlet of early poems and hymns by Parley P. Pratt; and an 1844 unauthorized LDS hymnbook that was the first to include music.
This exhibit will be on display in the Reading Room in Special Collections from November 7 – December 16. Come see this new exhibit and learn more about the history of early LDS hymns and hymnbooks!
Research libraries across the country are reducing the number of journals they subscribe to as the high rate of inflation for scholarly journal titles has outpaced available funding. The Harold B. Lee Library is no exception. While the library has been able to sustain its subscription base longer than many institutions, the time has come for the library, working in close collaboration with faculty, to reduce the number of journals it subscribes to.
The library has created a review process that includes input from faculty to ensure that we retain as many of the essential journals for faculty research and curriculum requirements as possible. Academic departments have selected representatives to work with the library and the library has created a website, http://lib.byu.edu/journals-info/, with detailed information that will be updated as the process moves forward.
Faculty with questions or concerns about journals subscriptions in their field should contact their department representative or their subject librarian.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Special Collections Classroom
Meet the “Candy Bomber” Gail Halvorsen
Come meet Gail Halvorsen, aka the “Candy Bomber”, who was featured in the film Meet the Mormons. He will be signing and giving out a photograph reproduction from his collection. Artifacts from his archive will be on display, including his candy parachutes and letters from children.
Friday, October 14th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, HBLL 3rd floor
Hold a 1st Edition Book of Mormon
In late 1829, Joseph Smith arranged to have the Book of Mormon printed by E. B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York, and the first copy was off the press by March, 1830. Today, it’s estimated that fewer than 700 copies survive. BYU owns six copies of the 1830 Book of Mormon. Each copy is a treasure, and we take great care to preserve them. Each copy is also a connection to the Church’s foundation and the testimonies that motivated the first generation of Latter-day Saints. The Harold B. Lee Library and L. Tom Perry Special Collections invites you to visit the HBLL atrium to hold one of our copies and take a moment to turn a few pages.
Thursday, October 27th, 5:30 pm, meet in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Foyer.
Haunted Walking Tour
Come and experience the haunted sites of BYU campus. Included in this 45 minute long walking tour is trivia about BYU’s scariest spots as well as bonus historical factoids about campus buildings and folklore.
Friday, October 28th, (1:00 – 4:00 pm), HBLL Conservation Lab
Conservation Road Show
Bring your journals, photographs, and other artifacts to the Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Lab (3450 HBLL) and learn how to care for them. Christina Thomas and Christopher McAfee, conservators for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, will evaluate your personal and family heirlooms and share best ways to repair and store these priceless items. You will also get an inside look at what goes on behind the Conservation Lab doors.