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Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions

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.

March 10, 2013 to July 10, 2013

 Seamanship and Settlement: The Portuguese Maritime Tradition and Macau’s Architectural Duality

Join us to celebrate some 500 years of Portuguese maritime skill, daring exploration, and mutual cultural influence with China as exemplified by magnificent photographs of the N.R.P. Sagres, which has roamed the world’s oceans as the Portugues Navy’s school ship, and of the historic architecture of the port city of Macau, the first enduring point of contact between China and the West.

Library Gallery

September 20, 2011 to July 27, 2012

Image from the Mulholland Collection

Few families have played a larger role than the Mulhollands in the development of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Catherine Mulholland's grandfather, William Mulholland, was Chief Superintendent of the Los Angeles Bureau of Water Works and Supply (now the Department of Water and Power.) As such, he built the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which to this day brings water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles.

Library Lobby

January 30, 2012 to May 31, 2012

Endangered Languages: A Linguistics Exploration

What if you were one of the last speakers of your language? Though it seems improbable, almost one half of the world’s 7000 languages are endangered – many have fewer than 25 living speakers. If nothing is done, these languages will die in this century, taking with them thousands of years of unique history, memory, culture and thought. Visit the Endangered Languages Exhibit in the lobby of the Oviatt Library to learn more about this linguistic crisis.

Library Lobby

August 24, 2011 to December 23, 2011

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, is an intense memoir in which the author recounts her at times astonishing and difficult childhood. As this year’s selection for the Freshman Common Reading Program, it will challenge students to look at themes like poverty, childhood, parenting and alcoholism. The Oviatt Library’s exhibit, in conjunction with the book, highlights the University Counseling Center, and its connection to the book, memoirs on similar topics and the Common Reading Program itself. Finally, because one goal of the Common Reading Program is to promote a lifelong love of reading, the exhibit looks at the evolution and future of reading and what some of the Oviatt Faculty and Staff are reading now!  Find out more about the Common Reading Program.

Library Lobby

October 31, 2011 to December 23, 2011

National Student Exchange

Students interested in expanding their horizons by studying in another country or at another school in the United States have a fantastic opportunity to do so through CSUN.  We invite you to learn about the affordability of the programs, look at photos from students that have already been and find out more about how you can be a part of this life changing experience. Piece together your World and visit the library today!

Library Lobby

April 22, 2011 to August 22, 2011

watercolor by Dolores Yonker

Curated by students enrolled in the CSUN Department of Anthropology’s Spring 2011 Museum Anthropology course, this exhibition highlights artworks donated to the Oviatt Library Special Collections by CSUN Emeritus Professor of Art Dolores M. Yonker (1926 – 2008). An art historian, artist and hounsi kanzo, or Vodou initiate, who traveled frequently to Haiti, Yonker not only assembled a fine collection of Haitian art but also created a striking series of pen and ink vignettes of life in that county. Her captivating drawings and vivid, first-person journal accounts well illustrate her abiding respect and appreciation for this widely misunderstood nation and offer a unique opportunity for viewers to see Haiti as she did.

C.K. and Teresa Tseng Exhibit Gallery

October 19, 2010 to July 22, 2011

One of a Kind: Celebrating Thirty-seven Years of Special Collections

For this exhibition, marking the thirty-seventh anniversary of the Library’s Special Collections, we have searched the vault for those one-of-a-kind pieces that have never or seldom been on display.  Here is your chance to see unique books, letters, costumes, maps, sculptures, paintings, engravings and manuscripts.