If you have been to the Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons lately, you may have noticed some pottery on display. Glancing briefly at these items, it would seem they are quite old. In fact, these objects pre-date Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas in 1492. Hence, they are classified as “pre-Columbian.”
Earthenware created by indigenous cultures inhabiting the Andean mountain region of South America, many items depict familiar things. Often found at burial sites, the pottery includes animals, people, and religious deities.
This exhibit of pre-Columbian pottery will be up through the end of the spring semester. Stop by and spend a few minutes contemplating these works.
Looking for a good reason to break away from your computer screen and stretch your legs a bit? If so, consider walking over to the Post Learning Commons.
On the 2nd floor, outside the Wachterhauser Seminar Room, is a small but moving exhibit of student photography. Dedicated to the memory of beloved teacher and mentor, Susan Fenton, the (mostly) black and white photos vary in subject and style. In addition to the photos, each of the students’ thoughts and feelings about Susan Fenton have been mounted on little plaques.
(Bethany Zaccaria “Portrait Picture”)
Ashley Frankenfield ‘19
Bethany Zaccaria ‘19
Julia Donahue ‘19
Madison Auer ‘20
Alexis Yurgin ‘19
Aedan Accardi ‘19
Paige Santiago ‘19
(Ashley Frankenfield “Boatman in New Orleans” )
Recently, two very different but equally fascinating, samples of student artwork have been hung on the 2nd floor of the Post Learning Commons.
In the lounge area are samples of work from Adjunct Professor Kathleen Vaccaro’s course Drawing I, Fall 2017. It is titled, “Chagall Transcriptions and Student Artwork Selections”. Professor Vaccaro describes the works by saying, “The colorful pastel drawings are the students’ own interpretations of artworks by Chagall. The charcoal and graphite drawings closer to the windows are a mix of drawings that the students chose themselves.” More information, as well as a complete list of the student artists, can be found alongside the artwork.
The other photographic display are selections from the Alternative Photographic Processes Fall 2017 class instructed by Professor Dustin Ream. The students employed “two different historical photographic processes…Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown”. These required multiple steps including creating and applying chemistry. A complete description of the steps can be found alongside the exhibit.
Visually stimulating in their own unique ways, we hope you set aside a little bit of time in your busy schedule, to visit.
– Marian Courtney
To support our visual arts and art history department, the library collects a wide variety of materials about traditional and contemporary artists, art movements and techniques. Typically tucked away on the third floor in our oversized collection, you will find books about digital and traditional photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture and art history that are visually pleasing as well as thought provoking. To find some inspiration for your own creations or to escape for a few moments during final exams, please stop by to browse our current display, All About Art.
– Laurie Palumbo
This display curated by Laurie Palumbo, ILS Administrator/Catalog Librarian.
Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge
Currently on Exhibit
Post Learning Commons 3rd Floor
Curated by the Civic Museums of Pavia and presented in partnership with the municipality of Pavia and the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia, this exhibit presents photographs of Pavia from the 19th to the 21st century by six Italian photographers, Fiorenzo Cantalupi, Guglielmo Chiolini, Antonio Manidi, Giuseppe Nazzari , Pierino Sacchi, and Ettore Valli.
Founded by the Romans on the left bank of the Ticino River, Pavia was a center of art and culture for centuries. Several times capital city during the Middle Ages (8th – 13th century), Pavia preserves many historical and material traces of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, including the massive walls that encircle it, splendid churches with richly sculpted façades (San Michele, San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro), and the lofty towers that overlook the palazzi and populate the city skyline. The Visconti family took control of the city in the mid-1300s and built an elegant and richly decorated castle, the characteristic Covered Bridge over the Ticino, the majestic cathedral (designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci) and the Certosa, a masterpiece of Renaissance art. The origins of the university—one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe– also date to that period (1361). World renowned literati and scientists taught here in the 18th and 19th centuries, from the physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery, to the poet Ugo Foscolo, the naturalist Lazzaro Splallanzani and the neurologist Camillo Golgi. For the beauty of its monuments and the wealth of its educational tradition, Pavia is known as the “City of Knowledge”.
WHAT: The University will host Father Eric Hollas, O.S.B., deputy to the President in the Office of Institutional Advancement of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., to speak about the artistry of the Saint John’s Bible and its ability to convey religious ideas. The first completely handwritten and illuminated, multi-volume Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the advent of the printing press, the Saint John’s Bible weaves together word and image in a powerful way. Saint Joseph’s University is the only institution in the Philadelphia region to own a copy of the limited Heritage Edition, a full-size, fine art replica of the original Saint John’s Bible.
WHEN: Thursday, March 19th 7:00 PM
WHERE: Chapel of Saint Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial
Refreshments immediately following in Wolfington Hall.
WHO: All are invited. Please plan to join us!
For more information, please contact Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian, Drexel Library: “firstname.lastname@example.org” or 610-660-2164.
Looking to spruce up your research paper with something eye-catching? Try adding some images! Artstor is an extensive, searchable index of over 700,000 images of all kinds, from sculptures and classical paintings to famous journalist’s photos. It’s ever-expanding, and their entire collection is browsable by Geography, Classification, or Collection. Search for your topic, or browse through the collections for inspiration.
To get to Artstor, go to the library’s homepage, and to e-Resources A-Z. This gives you a full list of our databases, including this great tool.