Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions
May 13, 2009 to August 11, 2009
This exhibition brings together a celebration of one of the world’s most enduring inventions and pastimes—kites and kite flying. From the Chinese Han dynasty through today’s space age, kites made of leaves, paper, silk, plastic, fabric, mylar, bamboo and graphite have been used to catch fish, spy on enemies, send signals, divine the weather, explore the atmosphere, photograph the earth, tow boats, advertise products, acted as targets for bomb drops and to lift men and women into the wind.
C.K. and Teresa Tseng Exhibit Gallery
September 22, 2008 to August 2, 2009
California State University, Northridge/San Fernando Valley State College are at the half century mark.
April 3, 2009 to May 6, 2009
Personal preparedness is your best defense in a disaster and that is why the CSUN CERT Council has put together an exhibition in the Oviatt Library on Emergency Preparedness. This exhibit was put together to showcase remembering past disasters– reviewing present ones and preparing for the future in the world of emergency preparedness. Also incorporated is the emergency preparedness cycle of hazard mitigation, preparedness, planning, response and recovery.
February 2, 2009 to March 13, 2009
Naturalist Charles Darwin had a momentous impact on the sciences and humanities. The exhibit honored the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species and the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. In a cooperative venture with several CSUN colleges, the exhibit explored Darwin’s work and the study of evolution.
October 20, 2008 to December 19, 2008
The latest Oviatt Library Lobby Exhibit featured a snapshot of democracy in action. As visitors entered the lobby, they were surrounded by images, hung from the ceiling, of presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush — an invitation to experience the exhibit and the political process this election season.
June 12, 2008 to August 6, 2008
Throughout the world, kites have served as toys, cultural and religious symbols, artworks, tools of war, and instruments of science and technology. While materials and designs have changed over the years, kites have endured as devices with many applications and meanings.
C.K. and Teresa Tseng Exhibit Gallery
February 1, 2008 to August 1, 2008
Since antiquity, curiosity about the known world has compelled the adventurous to travel. Over time they have set out by foot, carriage, ship, and train to reach their destinations. Their own travel accounts guided others who followed. This exhibition from the Oviatt Library’s collections gathered travel accounts, guide books and other tourist literature from the time of the ancient Greeks through the early 20th century.
April 10, 2008 to May 22, 2008
The Hand Bookbinders of California celebrated their 35th anniversary with an exhibition of members’ hand-bound books in the lobby of the Oviatt Library. The show featured the work of professional bookbinders, as well as amateurs and students of the art and craft of hand bookbinding. Examples from finely gold-tooled leather bindings to avant-garde artist’s books, and innovative designs that range from the traditional to the unexpected were on display.
February 22, 2008 to April 8, 2008
The influence of Scottish ancestry is woven deeply into the fabric of America. Many of the founding fathers of our country were of Scottish ancestry. The Scots as well as the Irish fled political oppression, poverty, and starvation to come to the new world of America. From within these ranks of impoverished immigrants came some of America’s most innovative industrialists, teachers, inventors, naturalists and artists. The people of Scotland continue today to enrich our American culture.
October 15, 2007 to November 23, 2007
The Oviatt Library celebrates the end of its five-year, $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program grant by presenting an exhibition October 15 through November 23, 2007 entitled, Found Treasures: Latino Archives Supported by the Hispanic Serving Institutions Grant. Curated by Robert Marshall, Head Archivist, and Dr. Karin Durán, Chicana/o Studies Librarian, the exhibit is located in the lobby of the Oviatt Library.