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Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions

Music & Media

October 13, 2015 to May 31, 2016

Painting of Pink Flowers and Chinese Calligraphy

The College of Humanities and the China Institute are proud to present an exhibition in Music & Media at the Oviatt Library of artist Peng Xiu-juan's beutiful paintings and unique Chinese calligraphy.

Library Core Floors 2-4

November 18, 2014 to May 27, 2016

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Read to Lead, a partnership between the Oviatt Library and CSUN Athletics, highlights the reading habits of CSUN leaders.  An important part of this exhibit includes each leader talking about a book that has influenced his or her life and career.   This exhibit sends the powerful message to the CSUN community that books and reading be an influential force in personal and career development, in building relationships, and in developing leadership qualities and opportunities.

Library Exhibit Gallery

February 1, 2016 to May 4, 2016

Pants and shoes featuring images of Bob Marley

In celebration of Black History Month, the Hallowed Grounds Exhibit entitled “Historicizin’ & Contemporizin’ the Black Aesthetic: Keeping the Legacy Alive” takes you on a unique journey into the Black experience, honoring the history and contemporary contributions of people of Black descent, whose experience is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past, present and future.

February 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016

 Celebrate Black History Month at the Oviatt Library

Watch this page for details on Black History Month events and special exhibits throughout the month of February.

Library Gallery

January 16, 2015 to December 23, 2015

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From the United States' earliest days the American West was lauded as a land of uncharted opportunity, with westward expansion the nation's ultimate destiny. California's mid-19th-century Gold Rush helped engender the myth of the state's endless possibilities. Late-19th-century descriptions of California as the "Land of Promise" and "Golden State" serve as further evidence of California's mythos and role in the American psyche as a place of affluence and growth.

Library Gallery

September 17, 2013 to December 19, 2014

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Collective social action movements have been a part of American life since the nation's earliest days whether spontaneous expressions of dissent or high-reaching attempts to change society. While protest movements are not an exclusively American phenomenon, our ability to express dissent has become a defining characteristic of our American identity, rights, and freedoms.

Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

January 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014

20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake

The 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake occurred at 4:31am on Monday, January 17, 1994. Its epicenter was around Wilbur Avenue and Arminta Street in Northridge, about a mile from campus. The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks caused extensive destruction to the Northridge and Sherman Oaks areas.

Music & Media

January 31, 2014 to May 23, 2014

Chinese New Year of the Horse and Cultural Exhibition

In celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Horse, which begins on January 31, 2014, CSUN China Institute and Oviatt Library Music and Media have created a special “Chinese New Year and Culture Exhibition,” which covers four major themes: Chinese New Year Celebration; Beijing Opera at CSUN and CSUN Music in China; Chinese Olympic Stars at CSUN; and Chinese Tea Culture.

Music & Media

November 1, 2013 to December 24, 2013

Native American Awareness Month Exhibit

Please come to see the beauty of the Native culture, traditions and PowWows.  Explore past and present territories and see how Hollywood depicted Native Americans through film.

Library Exhibit Gallery

September 18, 2012 to July 26, 2013

Image from Strange and Fantastic Exhibition Poster

Science fiction literature, one of the most popular and entertaining genres in modern fiction, has been read and loved by children and adults for decades. From the earliest pulp publications to modern masterpieces, science fiction short stories and novels have often functioned as a lens through which we express our sense of wonder, marvel at the possibilities of new technologies, and engage in our wildest imaginings.

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