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Landscape/Geography in Literature Featured in the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library
Posted March 24, 2008

The next exhibit in the series Landscape/Geography in Literature is available for viewing in the Earth Sciences and Map Library lobby.


It features maps, poetry, and prose about the the Arctic and Antarctic, and writings inspired by the regions' extremes of climate. Inuit authors are represented in a variety of styles, from song to narrative. 

The influence of polar explorers' reports on Romantic literature is also highlighted. The exhibit was created in honor of the International Polar Year, March 2007-March 2009 (for more information, see www.ipy.org)

Many thanks to the staff of the Special Collections Department who were invaluable in helping to find relevant poetry selections.

The exhibit will be up through next spring.



Antarctica - Passion and Obsession Exhibit Open Through December 31
Posted January 2, 2008

Award-winning photographs by two of the world's top polar region photographers, Pat and Rosemarie Keough, will be on display at the University of Colorado at Boulder from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

The traveling exhibit, "Antarctica - Passion and Obsession," illustrates the extreme landscape of the world's 7th continent and is composed of more than 70 images from the Keoughs' acclaimed book "Antarctica," which won 11 international gold honors.

"Antarctica - Passion and Obsession" is free and open to the public and will be housed in the HotSpot Gallery on the first floor of Norlin Library.  The exhibit will be open during normal library hours from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to midnight on Sundays.  The book "Antarctica" is available for viewing in Norlin Library's Special Collections.

The Keoughs' work, which captures the rare beauty of Antarctica's mountains, glaciers and wildlife, is the result of two austral summers spent on the Antarctic continent.
In a statement about their photography experience the Keoughs said, "We keenly felt the immensity of Antarctica and also a certain vulnerability.  . . Antarctica is a harsh land of extremes . . . and of superlatives.  It is the coldest and the windiest of the seven continents, as well as the most isolated.

"Antarctica is the highest of all continents with an average elevation over triple that of North America.  Antarctica is also a desert; and although it is the driest of continents, Antarctica's great polar ice cap smothers nearly the entire landscape locking 70 percent of the world's freshwater in ice and snow. . . . Our photographs, many of which we composed together using one camera on one tripod, reflect our shared emotional response to what could easily be construed as overwhelming stimulus."

The exhibit has been brought to the CU-Boulder campus in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the CU-NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES.  CIRES is the oldest and largest of the NOAA cooperative institutes and one of two in Colorado.

"We are delighted to be able to share the Keough's stunning photographs of Antarctica with the public," said CIRES director Konrad Steffen, an expert on Greenland and climate change.  "Several CIRES scientists conduct research in Antarctica, and many of us also study the effects of global climate change in the polar regions."

Cryospheric and Polar Processes is one of six formal research divisions at CIRES.  Other research at CIRES spans atmospheric chemistry, weather and climate connections, ecosystem science and geophysical science.  In all, the institute employs more than 500 researchers, staff and students.

For more information about "Antarctica - Passion and Obsession," please visit http://cires.colorado.edu/news.



Weather or Not: Atmospheric Books from Special Collections
Posted January 2, 2008

On display August 29 – Dec. 21, 2007

HOURS:  1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Norlin Library Room N345 (northwest corner of third floor)

From Aristotle to artists’ books, weather is an abundant topic.  Historical meteorological works are here, such as the 1485 edition of Prognosticon, Benjamin Franklin’s 1754 New Experiments and Observations on Electricity, and Henry Piddington’s 1851 Sailor’s Horn-book, or The Law of Storms, which includes translucent cards to place over ships’ maps indicating wind direction.
We also reveal all the myriad ways humankind has coped with the natural “order.”  Cultural issues of global warming and images of the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and the Dust Bowl are contrasted with artistry: Lois Morrison’s Persephone; Lawrence Van Velzer’s Tower of the Winds; Spitz and Pollack’s Dictionary of the American Language, and Robert Sabuda’s pop-up book of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz. 

Anasazi pottery lent by the CU Museum of Natural History and petroglyph photographs by Charles Roitz highlight past climate change.  Books impart superstition, folklore, semi-scientific reflections, and weather forecasting (such as the 1853 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack). 
Effects of weather are expressed lyrically, as with Alicia Bailey’s lovely Haiku Box—because haiku must always allude to the seasons.  Excerpts from plays and poetry intermingle with color photographs from Eliot Porter’s 1963 The Seasons.  Victorian moral metaphors, particularly for children, remind us to persevere Through Storm to Sunshine. 

The remarkable glass lantern slide snowflake microphotographs of Wilson A. “Snowflake” Bentley from the early twentieth century, and ice sculpted by Andy Goldsworthy make whimsy and delight visible.

We could not resist including one overlap of literature and art: the copy of James Thomson’s The Seasons shown has a “fore-edge painting” on the edge of the pages.

This interdisciplinary display draws on contributions by Debbie Confer and the CU Museum of Natural History for the loan of Anasazi pottery; Richard Anthes for barometers, thermometers, and the global warming mug; Candy Gobrecht and Jina Wakimoto for fans; the Math-Physics Library, the Art Library, and the Music Library’s Digital Sheet Music Collection.  Technical assistance also came from Alison Graber, Emily Semenoff, Cheryl Koelling, Tegan Davis, Susan Guinn-Chipman, Chris Vincent, and Kris McCusker.

This display is staged in conjunction with EcoArts.  See: http://www.ecoartsonline.org/ for a complete listing of events.

Free and open to the public.  For more information call 303-492-6144.

Cuban Five Exhibit in Norlin Library >>

An exclusive Colorado art exhibit by one of the "Cuban Five". Guerrero and four other Cuban engineers were sent to Florida in 1997 to monitor U.S. intentions toward Cuba. Their operations were disclosed, and they were tried as 'spies.' There is currently a well orchestrated national movement to free the Cuban Five from the maximum security prisons in Colorado, Illinois and Kansas. One of the defense lawyers is Leonard Weinglass from Denver University.

Guerrero has been denied visitors, including his family. To avoid insanity in his isolated and harsh environment, Guerrero began writing poetry and then learned from other prisoners and self taught pencil portraiture, watercolor, pastels, and oils. Fluent in several languages, Guerrero now teaches art, poetry and English to fellow inmates.

This show of 25 original works by the artist will be on display in the Norlin Library 3rd floor NW gallery through 22 September. From 5-7pm on Tuesday 22 September, there will be a reception, featuring Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca reading Guerrero’s poetry. The reception and exhibit are sponsored by the CU-Boulder Department of Ethnic Studies.

(posted 2009sep15)



Progress of Journey: CU MFA Art Exhibit >>

"Progress of Journey" CU MFA Art Show in the Norlin Library Summer 2009.

Take a journey through the Norlin Library to view paintings and photography by six CU art students, as well as an "ArtsBridge" school display on the third floor northwest. To experience the show “Progress of Journey, ”start in the HotSpot on the first floor southwest with the vibrant oils of Rang by Xi Zhang, the mixed media DeFunked: ReFunked by Donald Fodness, and the photo collection entitled Trace, Residue, and Disconnect by Jesse Ryan Kuroiwa. Continue to the second floor southwest Science Library main reading area to view Mythic Visions by Lynon Aksamit and Cari Nicole Smith. On the third floor northwest outside the Special Collections Department, discover Moving Images of Eternity by Hong Skains and Bridging Barriers, the ArtsBridge project created at the Saint Rose of Lima School in Denver under the direction of Adrianna Santiago Pass.

The show will be on display all summer and into the fall. It is free and open to the public whenever Norlin is open.

(posted 2009may21)



Once Upon a Time: Early and Illustrated Fairy Tales >>


Once Upon a Time:  Early and Illustrated Fairy Tales:
Special Collections, Norlin Library, Room N345, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. On display June 8 – Dec. 18, 2009 >>

Join us for the opening reception, Monday June 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

Once Upon a Time presents three-hundred years of fairy tales, featuring important historical works by Boccaccio, Charles Perrault, Mme. D’Aulnoy, Jean de la Fontaine, the Brothers Grimm, and Giovanni Francesco Straparola.  This exhibit also includes nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book illustrations of these works by such artists as Gustave Doré, Walter Crane, and Arthur Rackham.  This display honors Professor Emeritus Jacques Barchilon, UC-Boulder Department of French and Italian, a long-time contributor to fairy tale scholarship and supporter of the Department of Special Collections. 

Open 1:00-5:00 Wed. – Fri.  Exhibition hours vary during the summer, 2009.  For viewing times, please consult: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/current/fairytales.htm
For more information call: 303-492-6144. Free and open to the public. Parking and maps

(posted 2009may21)

My Story: BFA printmaking exhibit in Norlin Library 2nd floor southwest Science gallery


My Story: printmakers share their life stories through images that interpret memories, diary entries, events, and experiences. An exhibit by BFA students in Melanie Yazzi`s spring 2010 printmaking class, organized by Shannon Aragon. On display through the fall 2010 semester in the Norlin Library 2nd floor southwest Science gallery.





Outdoor art adds its own charm to the natural beauty of the Boulder campus. 


How many outdoor sculptures have you noticed on campus? 


The University Libraries and Facilities Management are collaborating to create a visual record in print and online of the more than two dozen varied and inspiring works of art that grace the entire campus.  You can view a selection of photos of the art in the east lobby of the Norlin Library now through July 12th.





5 art shows in Norlin Library—very cool.


To enjoy the tour, start walking up the stairs from the east entrance and delight in a lush forest scene on the first landing.  Artist Yelizaveta Baktin imaginatively recreates the Russian countryside of her childhood in this evocative oil painting.


Harkening back to her childhood immersion in Russian folktales, Baktin further presents her artistry as a collaborator on an original illustrated fairy tale with brothers Nicholas and Jonathan Baldridge.  Framed text and illustrations line the wall just south of Norlin’s interior bay window in the second floor Research Services.


On the other side of the bay window and around the corner in the Art and Architecture periodicals section, enjoy a captivating series of “animal clusters,” by former textile print designer, Bhagvati Khalsa.  Take a moment to allow the animal forms to emerge from the patterns.


From the third floor landing of the west stairs, turn right into an unexpected gallery where large canvasses with bright colors, riveting patterns, and musical allusions shout out the artistic skills and cultural commentary of Boulder painter, Louis DeAngelis.


Finally, make your way back down to the east entrance and into the Laughing Goat coffee shop, where you can savor the enigmatic visions of Nicholas Baldridge, one of the fairy tale collaborators. 


The exhibits are on view through August.


(posted 2010jul01)



Sherlock Holmes on Display in the Norlin East Lobby! >>

Long before the character was a Hollywood action figure, the consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, appeared in magazines, books, radio shows, television, and the big screen. The super-intelligent sleuth and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have been the subject of countless writers. Take a peek at just a few of the books available in Norlin Library on this popular topic as displayed in the east entrance display case. You’ve seen the movie—now you can also Read All About It!

(posted 2010jan14)



Art Show in Norlin & Reception this Saturday, 1-3 pm >>

Now featured in Norlin Library's 1st floor SW gallery  (formerly the HotSpot) are the winning art pieces from 15 high schools across the state. One of them will be selected to hang for a year in Washington with winners from the other states.

The show is sponsored by the 2nd Congressional District (Jared Polis). The winner will be announced at a reception this Saturday from 1-3 in the gallery. Our dean will make welcoming remarks along with Jared Polis.

The art will be on display until 18 May, and is an impressive sight!

(posted 2010may13)



Happy 70th Birthday Norlin Library! >>

The venerable Norlin Library turned 70 this month. A display in the Norlin third floor west gallery showcases its architectural history with archival and contemporary photographs.

 Contemporary art photographs of the building by UCB web designer Kevin Crafts are featured in the first floor Learning Commons. The show, on display through spring, reveals the visual evolution of this distinguished, much lived in, and still evolving architectural gem, which was designed by Charles Klauder and first opened its doors on January 6th, 1940.

The show will be on display throughout the spring 2010 semester.


(posted 2010jan05)