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Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions

University Library Exhibit Gallery

September 15, 2022 to July 27, 2023

politics of low and slow

Bajito y Suavecito. Low and Slow. These words capture the innovation and creativity of lowriding as an American cultural practice. Lowriding has a style and art which is distinctly its own. It is more than just customized cars; it is a "way of life." Family, honor, pride, and respect are more than just words, they are social codes of lowrider car clubs....


August 30, 2021 to July 15, 2022

Past / Personal

Oral histories are intentionally-created sources that document personal experiences of the past. For several decades CSUN students, faculty, and others have conducted oral history interviews with individuals who lived through significant historical events, participated in social movements, or experienced cultural trends...


August 22, 2020 to July 30, 2021

los angeles on film and on record thumb

Los Angeles exists in our collective cultural imagination, heavily influenced by depictions of the city on film, though it is also a place of brick and mortar; adobe and asphalt. Los Angeles: On Film and On Record is an online journey through film and archives. It examines a number of popular films that feature the City of Angels within the storyline, setting, or both, and compares...

University Library Exhibit Gallery

August 15, 2019 to July 31, 2020

Right of Way thumb

The environmental justice movement sees people of color, people of low socioeconomic status, indigenous peoples, immigrant populations, LGBTQ communities, and other marginalized groups as being disproportionately burdened by the presence and effects of ecologically harmful infrastructures like landfills, factories....

University Library Exhibit Gallery

August 31, 2018 to July 31, 2019

YWCA of Los Angeles Girl Reserves

Civic engagement, or advocacy on behalf of the public, has long been a critical component of American life. While American women have been involved in public life for centuries, their early engagement was typically via male relatives. It was not until the 19th century that women truly entered the public sphere, engaging in public discourse around specific issues as a bloc. While these early actions helped women learn the power of civic participation, the 19th and early 20th century's suffrage movement, in which women engaged in advocacy and activism...

University Library Exhibit Gallery

August 31, 2017 to July 1, 2018

Selected items from Sources of Inquiry exhibit

Archivists and librarians at CSUN have been building primary and archival research collections for several decades to help students and other researchers discover and analyze critical information about our collective past. Their great strength and challenge as research materials is that they present information without providing interpretation, analysis, or evaluation. Indeed, those who engage with primary and archival sources often encounter information not seen or considered by others. As a result, they can conduct original analysis, advance new arguments, and draw unique conclusions.

Music & Media

April 2, 2018 to May 19, 2018

abstract colored prism

Queertonal highlights the diminished but important narratives of Queer and Trans musicians across multiple eras and genres of music. Inspired by coursework in the Departments of Music and Queer Studies, this exhibit gives a brief overview of musicians from Tchaikovsky and Poulenc to Elton John and Ricky Martin. What is the connection between sexuality and creativity? What are challenges unique to Queer-identifying musicians and composers?

University Library - Robert & Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room

February 23, 2017 to February 23, 2018

Figurines of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

The British duo of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were responsible for producing the most popular of English language operettas.

Over the past century there have been many ceramic figurines of the characters created by some of the most respected houses. Two display cases contain an exhaustive collection of these figurines dating from 1890 to 2010. Some are extremely rare or one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind.

Music & Media

August 25, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Jack Kirby at 100 poster

"Jack Kirby @ 100," an exhibit of comic books and prints at the Oviatt Library, commemorates the centenary of the famed artist known for co-creating the Marvel Universe.

University Library Exhibit Gallery

January 31, 2017 to May 31, 2017

Japanese Family in the Poston Camp

On display along the walls in the Library Exhibit Gallery are posters from the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. As a part of the project, fifteen CSU campuses worked together to digitize letters, photographs, newsletters, and other materials that document the experiences of those imprisoned in camps during the war.