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Exhibition: Selected Photographs from St. John’s University Library’s Special Collections

March 21 – May 3, 2017
Public Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 5-7 pm
Please join us at the gallery April 4, from 1:50 – 3:15 pm, when students will share their experiences as curators in bringing this exhibition to fruition.

Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Third Saturday of each month 11am-4pm
http://www.yehgallery.com/

The Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the first exhibition curated by graduate students in the M.A. Museum Administration Program.

Selected Photographs from St. John’s University Library’s Special Collections, features the work of internationally recognized photographers Manuel Àlvarez Bravo, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, and Garry Winogrand.

Six student curators – Laura Brownlie, Kristen Dorata, Michal Erdogan, Justine McEnerney, Suzanne Nelson, and Jonquil Schaller-Harris – each created a mini-monographic exhibition focused on works by a single photographer. The show offers a broad overview of works by major contributors to the history of twentieth century photography, and showcases the graduate students’ unique curatorial visions. The exhibition includes photographs gifted to the university by S.D. Alimonte, (Law ‘68) and by Theodore L. Barba (Law ‘65).

Encompassing examples of documentary photography, street photography, commercial photojournalism and fine art photography, the exhibition emerged from the students’ deep research on their subjects, as well as their studied application of theories and practices of contemporary curating. The group experimented with different display techniques and different approaches to juxtaposing text and image. The exhibition highlights students’ interpretative responses to the photographs’ distinctive visual, affective, and narrative qualities.

“The students’ work reveals an exceptional level of professionalism,” said Dr. Susan Rosenberg, Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Administration, who oversaw the project’s realization as part of her class, “Introduction to Curating.”

Exhibition: Book Arts: Student Work Inspired by Special Collections Material – A Second Look

Curated by Claudia Sbrissa and Blythe Roveland-Brenton

April 14, 2015 – May 1, 2015
St. Augustine Hall, Floors 3 & 4

book arts poster 2015Since 2005, Claudia Sbrissa, associate professor in the Department of Art & Design, and Blythe Roveland-Brenton, archivist and special collections librarian, have partnered in an undergraduate project for a Book Arts class. The project, entitled “A Special Collection,” utilizes the library’s Special Collections as a source of inspiration and information. The assignment requires the students to research and figuratively deconstruct a book of their choosing. The end result is the creation of a unique book inspired by the University’s Special Collections.

During library visits, students have the opportunity to view and learn about a wide range of books from Special Collections – from incunabula (books produced during the first fifty years of the invention of printing) to art exhibition catalogs, and from late 19th-century Japanese crepe-paper fairy tales to Barry Moser’s Pennyroyal Caxton Bible published at the end of the 20th century. The books feature novel cover material, multimedia inserts, and a variety of binding styles.

Initially exhibited in the fall of 2012, the present selection includes some new works. The items in this exhibition represent a small sample of the work created by students in the Book Arts class together with material drawn from Special Collections that inspired them.

Exhibition: Book Arts: Student Work Inspired by Special Collections Material

Curated by Claudia Sbrissa and Blythe Roveland-Brenton

October 22, 2012 – December 3, 2012
St. Augustine Hall, 3rd Floor

bookartsimg2Since 2005, Claudia Sbrissa, associate professor of fine arts, and Blythe Roveland-Brenton, archivist and special collections librarian, have partnered in an undergraduate project for a Book Arts class. The project, entitled “A Special Collection,” utilizes the library’s Special Collections as a source of inspiration and information. The assignment requires the students to research and figuratively deconstruct a book of their choosing. The end result is the creation of a unique book inspired by the University’s Special Collections.

During library visits, students have the opportunity to view and learn about a wide range of books from Special Collections – from incunabula (books produced during the first fifty years of the invention of printing) to art exhibition catalogs, from late 19th-century Japanese crepe-paper fairy tales to Barry Moser’s Pennyroyal Caxton Bible published at the end of the 20th century. The books feature novel cover material, multimedia inserts, and a variety of binding styles.

The items in this exhibition represent a small sample of the work created by students in the Book Arts class together with material drawn from Special Collections that inspired them.