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Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions

Library Exhibit 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.

Library 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 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.

Library 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.

Library Lobby

February 9, 2011 to March 24, 2011

Obatala, creator deity

The exhibit commemorates the legacy of Black History Month and was created by CSUN students for what they describe as “our beautiful, multi-culturally diverse CSUN community.”

Library Lobby

November 1, 2010 to January 29, 2011

Richard Fish / photographer

In this exhibition, we are highlighting the work of Richard Fish (1919-2005), an accomplished photographer whose archive has been donated to the Oviatt Library by Marie Fish, his widow.  Fish was a prolific contributor of photographs and articles to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Sunset magazine, House and Garden, the Chicago Sun-times Magazine, TV Guide and many others.

Library Lobby

August 18, 2010 to December 22, 2010

A Curious Spectrum: Exploring Autism

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time offers a young autistic boy’s unique perspective on everyday life as he tackles a canine murder mystery in suburban London. This exhibit examines autism and showcases individuals who have successfully overcome personal challenges with their extraordinary abilities. It also provides a context for protagonist Christopher’s adventures in and around London.