November 10, 2016 - April 28, 2017
Located on the 3rd and 4th floors of McHenry Library
The Black Panther Party was officially formed in 1966, shortly after the creation of Marvel Comics Black Panther character. Fifty years later, two interconnected exhibits examine the role of women in the Party and the comic.
Curators explore the role of women in the Party through photographs from the Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch collection, ephemera, and original posters by Emory Douglas. About 40 comics have been selected to explore the portrayal of the Black Panther character and African Americans in the second half of the twentieth century. The curators created a digital exhibit featuring extended analysis of these themes available here.
These exhibits have been curated by crystal am nelson, Cathy Thomas, and Kiran Garcha, PhD students at UC Santa Cruz.
Image: Mother and child, Free Huey Rally, De Fremery Park, Oakland, CA July 28, 1968. Ruth-Marion Baruch.
December 3, 2015 to May 15, 2016
Artists’ books are one of the great strengths of UCSC’s Special Collections. This exhibit features a large selection of formats and themes and explores the question “what is a book?” There is no one definition for the term “artists’ books”, but one expert in the field, Stephen Bury from the Frick Museum, says it well: “books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself." And another expert on the subject, Johanna Drucker, says, “an artists’ book should be a work by an artist self-conscious about book form, rather than merely a highly artistic book.” We decided that it was high time to let some of our treasures out of the closed stacks and into the public eye – they deserve the limelight and all of you deserve a chance to peruse the 16 cases that we have filled.
This exhibit has been a collaborative effort of the Special Collections and Digital Initiatives departments. Janet Young is the chief curator of the exhibit. Special thanks are due to Jess Waggoner, Irene Reti, Luisa Haddad, Kate Dundon and Scott Campbell. Our terrific student assistants Sally Lee, Ashlynn Prasad, Pa Lee, Brittany Saephan and Cameron Baker worked alongside us --both on installing cases and preparing the checklist.
The exhibit will run from December 3, 2015 to May 15, 2016. Printed guides are available in our reading room; you can also access the exhibit checklist on your computer or phone: exhibits.library.ucsc.edu
This exhibit is just an “amuse bouche” – you can only see one static moment for each piece. But we invite you to wander from case to case, using your digital guide, or one of our paper guides to create a shopping list for a return visit where you can actually handle these items and peruse them at your leisure in our reading room.
Please consider helping the library to maintain and add to our special collections by making a donation online.
crystal am nelson, History of Art and Visual Culture
Melissa Eriko Poulsen, Literature Department
Samantha Williams, History Department
Founding UCSC Chancellor Dean McHenry's education, research, and practical experience in California politics from the 1930s to the 1950s helped him develop the savvy and political acumen to create and lead a boldly experimental campus of the University of California. This exhibit explores McHenry's political career, focusing particularly on his participation in Upton Sinclair's 1934 End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign for governor of California and his key role in authoring the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education.
The physical exhibit, located outside of Special Collections on the third floor of McHenry Library, is accompanied by an online exhibit, Chancellor Dean McHenry, the Political Mastermind behind UC Santa Cruz.
Artists and their Books: Medieval and Modern examples from Special Collections focuses on the circumstances under which these medieval manuscripts were produced and first used. How were they intended to be used and by whom? What is the relationship between text and image in each of the books, and how does the page layout inform the way a reader looks or looked at the page?
This exhibit was organized, prepared and installed by UCSC students in the senior seminar on the “art of the medieval book” taught by Elisabeth Remak-Honnef. The physical exhibit is on display in the Special Collections Reading Room and is accompanied by an online exhibit created by students in the class.
As part of their coursework, students wrote descriptive captions for the items on display as well as longer essays on single manuscripts. Students also selected a 20th or 21st century artists’ book to compare with their medieval manuscript and prepared short reports on such aspects of book production as parchment preparation, pigments and gilding, scripts and paleography, writing materials and binding techniques.
See the digital exhibit here.
Open February 23 – May 15, 2015
Special Collections and Archives is delighted to exhibit over 40 comic books selected from the recent and very generous donations of UCSC alumni James Gunderson and Peter Coha that form the Gunderson-Coha Marvel Comics Collection. Other items on exhibit have been drawn from existing library holdings.
Marie Severin is a comic book artist best known for her work as a colorist at EC in the 1950s and as an artist at Marvel in the 1960s through the 1990s. Her first major penciling assignment was the Doctor Strange series in Marvel’s Strange Tales, followed by stories featuring the Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Kull. She is the first woman to have been inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame. Learn more about the exhibit here.
Monday-Friday 1:00 - 4:00 pm
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