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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.”

George J. Crane Papers, 1898-1949

George James Crane graduated from Boys High School, Brooklyn, in 1910, and then earned a B.A. (cum laude) at St. John’s College in 1914, an M.A. at Columbia University in 1917, and a Ph.D. at Fordham University in 1929. He also served in the armed forces during World War I. Crane was a teacher and principal at several New York City area elementary and high schools including Boys High and Boys Summer High in Brooklyn; East Side Evening High in Manhattan, and P.S. 71. He was the first principal of Bayside High School in Queens, from 1936 until 1951 when he retired. Additionally, from 1920, Crane taught courses in English and American Literature at St. John’s University and Manhattan College. George Crane passed away in 1966.

This collection contains the personal papers of George Crane, including memorabilia, correspondence, photographs, clippings, class and lecture notes, a master’s thesis, dissertation, and publications. There are two scrapbooks; one contains personal items such as school and drama club materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The other scrapbook was compiled by Crane’s students in 1933 prior to his trip to England.

George J. Crane portrait

Harold Kleinsinger Collection, 1942-1979

Letterhead of 1944 correspondence to Professor Kleinsinger

Finding Aid (PDF)

Harold Kleinsinger was born in New York City on July 20, 1907. He studied at Fordham University and received a Ph. G and Ph. C there. He received his B.S. from the City College of New York and M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Kleinsinger was a professor of analytical chemistry and physics at the St. John’s University School of Pharmacy from 1931 to 1973. He established the Iota Chapter of Rho Pi Phi, and was an honorary member of the Skull and Circle honor society. He died in New York City on January 6, 2001.

This collection is comprised mainly of letters sent to Professor Kleinsinger, as well as a few pieces of memorabilia and other papers. Kleinsinger maintained correspondence with his former pharmacy students who joined the war effort, becoming pharmacists, medical technicians, chemists, soldiers and sailors during World War II. The letters include observations of daily life on the military base or aboard navy ships, requests for letters of reference, news of promotions in rank, and progress in their studies and research. On a more personal note, his students also sent announcements of marriages and births, and requested news of former classmates and professors back home at St. John’s University. Some of the students were Jewish, as was Kleinsinger: one former student, Nat Simon, writes to Kleinsinger about facing discrimination due to Jewish quotas in medical schools. There is one letter from pharmacy faculty member Hugh Luongo, who left St. John’s to serve in the war. Many of his students continued the correspondence for years after the war ended. Letters were sometimes addressed to Harold and his wife Frieda and their children. There are also a number of letters sent to Harold by his family members.

St. John’s University made important contributions to the wartime effort. In addition to the work of students in the pharmacy program, the university provided training for two hundred and fifty men for basic engineering. They were subsequently transferred to foreign battlefronts. St. John’s also offered free courses in engineering, science, and management war training with help from the U.S. Office of Education. St. John’s served as a training site for the Army Specialized Training Corps, (3230th Service Command Unit) from December 1943 to April 1944.

Exhibition: Lecture on American Friends of Irish Neutrality

To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the American Friends of Irish Neutrality, the St. John’s University archives will exhibit some of the records and materials of the World War II era organization at a special academic lecture on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at its Manhattan Campus.
For more information and to RSVP: http://goo.gl/604TUl
American Friends of Irish Neutrality lecture and exhibit

Exhibition: Chinese Paper Cuttings

Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Hall
On view through May 12, 2015 (M-Tu 10:00-4:00; Th-F 9:30-2:30)

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Chinese paper cutting (Jianzhi 剪纸) is a form of folk art spanning back millennia.  The University Archives & Special Collections Department holds a collection of paper cuttings from the 1960s through the1980s.  The selection on view includes works by prominent artist Deng Gong Yunzhang, known as “Grandma Teng.” For more information: 718-990-1465/archives@stjohns.edu.

Records of the American Friends of Irish Neutrality (AFIN), 1938-1952

American Friends of Irish Neutrality The American Friends of Irish Neutrality (AFIN) was formed in New York City in 1940 in order to support the preservation of Irish neutrality during World War II. The records contain telegrams, minutes, news clippings, correspondence, membership and donation cards, postcards, texts of speeches, press releases, pamphlets, and photographs. Among the correspondents are Bennett Champ Clark, Martin Conboy, Éamon de Valera, Sean Keating, Henry Cabot Lodge, Breckinridge Long, Joseph Cardinal MacRory, Robert F. Mahoney, Caroline O’Day, Charles Poletti, Patrick Walsh, and Paul O’Dwyer.

Finding aid (PDF) Records of the American Friends of Irish Neutrality

Exhibition: Sacred Botany: Seed, Leaf, Flower in the Healing Arts

An Exhibition of Botanical Specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s
February 13 – March 5, 2014
St. Augustine Hall 4th Floor
St. John’s University

Mary Garden

Hidden within the pages of illuminated manuscripts, books of hours and breviaries, intricately illustrated botanical specimens have formed an integral part of medieval manuscripts and religious iconography and later, the Renaissance aesthetics. They illustrate botanical symbolism and its Christian orientation and enhance the visual beauty of a work on paper.

For Mariology students (THEO 3215) of Prof. Andrea Florendo as cross-curricular Mary Gardeners, they constitute intriguing footnotes to the larger but related subjects of art, botany & theology. Their Academic Service- Learning and participation in Learning Communities events lead in part to artistic documentation and record-keeping of botanical specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s habitat, and preserved in a herbarium at St. Albert’s Hall for research purposes. Several works from the Library’s Special Collections showcase images of plants that are used to sustain not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.