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Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions

Library Exhibit Gallery

September 8, 2009 to August 31, 2010

“Now Give Three Cheers” The Timeless Magic of Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan operas have been enjoyed by countless theater goers since they were first performed over 100 years ago. Their characters and music continue on in our culture in many ways. Come join us and be entranced by the David Trutt Gilbert and Sullivan Collection with its Peter Goffin posters, music scores, Bab Ballad books, theater programs, advertising cards, and other ephemera produced for fans of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Curated by Tony Gardner.

Library Lobby

June 21, 2010 to August 13, 2010

Floating on Air – Kite Exhibition

Come explore the fascinating history and artistry of kites. Experience the feeling of flight with a riot of vibrant and colorful kites hung from the ceiling of the Oviatt Library’s Lobby.

Library Lobby

April 19, 2010 to June 12, 2010

Bindings and Books from the Guild of Bookworkers

The display showcases Bindings created by the members of the Guild of Bookworkers. The exhibit includes Botanica Magnifica (2009) by binder and artist Tini Miura. This exquisite book bound in morocco goat leather features thirty-three images of rare or extinct flowers and plants.

Library Lobby

February 8, 2010 to April 1, 2010

Cal State Northridge: Working toward a Sustainable Future

How is CSU, Northridge saving electricity plus creating energy? How are our recycling and water saving efforts contributing to a more sustainable campus?

Music & Media

December 23, 2009

The Soloist and the Art of the Cello

Supporting CSUN’s Common Reading Program, this exhibit illustrates passages from Steve Lopez’s account of passion and courage in The Soloist, plus highlights contemporary master cellists and explores the anatomy of the cello.

Library Lobby

May 13, 2009 to August 11, 2009

Painting the Sky with Kites

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.

Library Exhibit Gallery

September 22, 2008 to August 2, 2009

Commencement ceremony, May 1982

California State University, Northridge/San Fernando Valley State College are at the half century mark.

Library Lobby

April 3, 2009 to May 6, 2009

 Emergency Preparedness – Past, Present and Future CERT CSUN

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.

Library Lobby

February 2, 2009 to March 13, 2009

Charles Darwin and the Study of Evolution

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.

Library Lobby

October 20, 2008 to December 19, 2008

We, the People: A Retrospective Look on Elections

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.