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Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions

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 Exhibit 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

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

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.

C.K. and Teresa Tseng Exhibit Gallery

September 20, 2011 to July 27, 2012

Valley Memories: The Catherine Mulholland Collection

Over the years, Catherine Mulholland, who loved libraries and the Oviatt in particular, donated her personal archives and those of her family to the Library, understanding the importance of preserving the past for future generations. This remarkable collection, dating back to the 1860s, is a journey through Valley history as seen in the photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, clothing and ranch records of this pioneer family. We invite you to come share the story of the Ijams, Haas, Perret, Ferguson and Mulholland families.  Curated by Holli Lovich.

Library Gallery

September 20, 2011 to July 27, 2012

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.