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Walking With Thoreau

 

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday by opening a new exhibition of his published works.

Located on level 1 of the library the exhibit includes Walden or Life in the Woods and other books.

All of the volumes on display are first editions.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The exhibit, Walking with Thoreau: 200th Anniversary Celebration, is open during regular Special Collections Hours.

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. *closed Tuesdays 10:45AM-12 noon
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed.

Mormon Pop Culture

You can’t say we don’t have a sense of humor. The L. Tom Perry Special Collections have installed a new exhibition featuring the work of artist Matt Page. Page, whose work online has found loyal followers in the the LDS Bloggernacle under the name “MatsbyArt,” integrates both LDS and pop culture like no one else.

The exhibit, Page on the Arts: Mormon Pop Art, is located on level 1 of the library just inside Special Collections. It features the work of popular LDS artist Matt Page.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

It is open during regular Special Collections Hours.

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. *closed Tuesdays 10:45AM-12 noon
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed.

The exhibit will be in place for the month of July.

Film: The Ten Commandments

Join us June 23 at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:00).

Starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek.

Cecil B. DeMille made the first feature film in Hollywood in 1914 and, until his death in 1959, was the most successful filmmaker of them all. His crowning achievement, The Ten Commandments, was also the most expensive Hollywood film up to that time. It paved the way for Hollywood’s growing use of visual effects, after the reaction to the still impressive parting of the Red Sea sequence. The story pits the Hebrew-born prince against his avaricious cousin in the court of Sethi, and afterwards as leaders of their kingdoms. There is also a Cold War political edge to Moses’s challenge to Rameses: “Is man the property of the State, or free under God?” DeMille’s second attempt at this subject (the first being in 1923) took him to Egypt for extensive location shooting, including Mt. Sinai. This is the most beloved and enduring of DeMille’s 70 motion pictures. No one could make a movie spectacular quite like Cecil B. DeMille. L.Tom Perry Special Collections is the home of the Cecil B. DeMille Papers, and items from the collection will be shown prior to each of the two complete screenings. Paramount Pictures, 1956. 221 mins. Technicolor. Director: Cecil B. DeMille

The BYU Motion Picture Archive has arranged this screening of the film in conjunction with the exhibition “So Let it be Painted,” which contains the paintings DeMille commissioned Arnold Friberg to create showing the 8 Faces of Moses.

Location: The Harold B. Lee Library auditorium

Cost: Free

 

The Art of Arnold Friberg

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

Art At A Different Level

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.

http://news.byu.edu/news/art-different-level

 

A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference

 

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:

COMICS & MORMONS (GALLERY STROLL), Trevor Alvord

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.

 

Everything you always wanted to know about bloodletting—and a little bit more

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.

 

Love Your Library Week

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.

The Seriousness of Mormon Humor Revisited

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.

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