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Item12-inch Messages: A Brief History of African-American Spoken Word Vinyl Records(2017-08) Chambers, Eddie; Doroba, Mark (photographer)On exhibit on the third floor of the library, the FAL is happy to present "12-inch Messages: A Brief History of African-American Spoken Word Vinyl Records". The exhibit is curated by Professor Eddie Chambers of UT's Department of Art and Art History. The 1960s and 1970s were the heyday of African- American spoken word vinyl records. Sometimes these records were privately produced, by activists or entrepreneurs; at other times, major companies and corporations such as Motown Records produced spoken word records through subsidiary labels such as Black Forum. Sometimes these records were recordings of sermons, speeches, rallies or poetry; at other times, with the emphasis on civil rights struggles and/or Black History, they were made for the classroom, and juvenile audiences. Over a period of over two decades, many different records were made, including ones of speeches by celebrated figures such as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver, and Stokely Carmichael. This display brings together a selection of these records, some of which have sleeves every bit as striking as the voices and sentiments of the records themselves. Photos and design by Mark Doroba ItemAlafia(2009-12-01) Nyaphaga, Issa; Okediji, Moyo; Willmann, Travis (photographer)On December 1, 2009 the Fine Arts Library hosted Alafia, a performance and installation in honor of World Aids Day. The performance and installation of African art was presented by Issa Nyaphaga and UT Art History professor Moyo Okediji. Alafia – which means “health” in Yoruba – focused on health matters (art and healing go hand-in-hand in African and African diasporic arts), in particular the scourge of epidemic and pandemic ailments such as AIDS, swine flu, tuberculosis and Ebola. A procession of masks was to start from the “Igbale” (or shrine) at the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and lead to the Fine Arts Library, where the grand performance and installation took place. Although the procession did not take place due to rain, the masks were on display on the third floor of the FAL through December 8. Photos by Travis Willman. Design by Mark Doroba. ItemThe Art & Art History Collection (AAHC)(2017) Bourget, Stephen; Jones, Kimberly; Runggaldier, Astrid; Doroba, Mark (photographer)The Art and Art History Collection (AAHC) consists of ancient artifacts, historic objects, and ethnographic materials from the Americas and Africa. The bulk of the collection was formed in 2004, consisting of cultural collections transferred from the Texas Memorial Museum (TMM), currently part of the Texas Natural Science Center (TNSC). The initial transfers from the TMM included largely pre-Columbian and ethnographic collections pertaining to Central and South America. Subsequent acquisitions expanded the scope to include objects from Central Africa and the North American Southwest. The transfers continued through 2008, bringing the current department holdings to nearly four thousand artifacts. The Art and Art History department acquisitions were supplemented in 2005 by a generous donation of sixty-five objects from Duncan and Elizabeth Boeckman of Dallas, Texas. The Boeckman collection represents cultures from Central and South America, predominantly ceramic figurines from Nayarit, Jalisco, and Colima cultures of West Mexico. The artifacts complement well the pre-Columbian acquisitions and further enrich the strong Americas focus of the department collection. The most substantial holdings of the AAHC are the ancient ceramic, stone, and textile artifacts created by various pre-Columbian societies. From South America, the collection includes numerous ritual ceramics and exceptionally fine textiles, pertaining to the Nasca, Moche, Chimú, Lambayeque (Sicán), and Chancay cultures. From Central America, the AAHC boasts a rich variety of ceramic vessels, modeled figurines, bone and stone sculptures created by the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Colima, Nayarit, Zapotec, and Veracruz cultural traditions. The holdings further comprise tripod vessels and bowls from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Bolivia, and Ecuador. In addition to the pre-Columbian objects, the AAHC has a distinguished group of over 700 historic and ethnographic textiles from Mexico, Guatemala, and the U.S. Southwest. These include numerous colorful huipiles (womens’ shirts) from Guatemala and mantas (shawls) from Zinacantan, Oaxaca, and the Huichol regions, collected largely from the 1960s through 1970s. The collection also hosts over sixty Navajo and Hopi textiles that date from the 19th to early 20th centuries. There are a limited number of African artifacts within the department collection. The objects largely derive from West Africa, such as a divination tray from the Yoruba. There are also wooden sculptures and masks from the Dogon, the Senufo and Mali regions. Representing over two thousand years of ritual and artistic practices, the collection supports a broad range Representing over two thousand years of ritual and artistic practices, the collection supports a broad range of academic interests for individual research and course instruction. Highly select and representative examples of the collection are on permanent display in the Fine Arts Library, including pre-Columbian ceramics, stone sculptures, and textiles, as well as the African wooden sculptures. Portions of the collection have further been exhibited in the Mexic-Arte Museum, the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, the UT Visual Arts Center, and the College of Fine Arts Deans office. Finally, the collection is being digitally catalogued for greater accessibility. Through exhibition, teaching and research, the AAHC thus serves as a substantial resource for university students and the greater scholarly community. ItemArt History: Selections From the Green-Christian Collections(2014-01) Ragbir, Lise; Doroba, Mark (photographer)“Art History: Selections from the Green-Christian Collection” Concurrent with the UTVAC's exhibit of "Art History: Selections from the Green-Christian Collection", the FAL is showing from January 31-March 8, 2014 examples of African-American and African Diaspora art practice from the mid-20th century to the present. The work and publications presented in our 3rd floor glass display cases reflect the type of historical narrative arc found in the UTVAC's show. All of the publications are available at the FAL for public use. The selections in the UTVAC's show are part of a collection owned by Rudy Green and Joyce Christian. This is the second exhibition of work related to the Green-Christian Collection here at the the FAL. A previous exhibition at the FAL ran concurrently with “Five Decades of Haitian Painting: Selections from the Green-Christian Collection” highlighting Haitian art that was on view from September through December, 2013, at the ISESE Gallery in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Photos and design by Mark Doroba ItemArtstream Ceramic Library(2009-01) Holt, Karen; Doroba, Mark (photographer)The Artstream Ceramic Library, featuring the work of thirteen nationally recognized ceramic potters, is being hosted by the Fine Arts Library through Thursday, March 31. Similar in structure to a literature-based library, the Ceramic Library loans out unique handmade cups for a period of seven days. Borrowers from the Ceramic Library are required to take a digital photograph of the cup in use, though other art forms are encouraged as well, including music, video and visual art. The photographs and art based on the loaned items will be posted online. The borrowing program is limited to University of Texas at Austin faculty, staff and students. The Artstream Ceramic Library is an extension of the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. Housed in a vintage 1967 silver Airstream trailer, the Library travels across the country to libraries and organizations interested in sponsoring this project so that people from coast to coast may participate in this distinctive cultural exchange. A reception highlighting the 40 cups available for checkout will take place Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Lisa Orr – a local potter and one of the Artstream artists – will speak at 5:30 pm about the Artstream project. And on Monday, March 7 at 9 a.m. there will be a demonstration by Lisa Orr and Austin potter Ryan McKerley in the Ceramics studio in the Art Building, Room 2.410. For more information visit: www.art-stream.com/library. Photos and design by Mark Doroba. ItemBlack History: Some Documentation(2017-01) Chambers, Eddie; Doroba, Mark (photographer)Located next to the periodicals section, the Fine Arts Library is proud to host Black History: Some Documentation. The exhibit was assembled by UT's Art & Art History Department Professor Eddie Chambers to commemorate Black History Month, which takes place every February. We have the historian Carter G. Woodson to thank for Black History Month. In 1926, Woodson worked with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to announce the second week of February as being, in the terminology of its time, ‘Negro History Week.’ Assembled here is a range of material, from first or early editions of important works of American/Black Diaspora literature, through to MAIN LIBRARY Perry-Castañeda Library 101 East 21st St. Austin, TX. 78713 Phone: (512) 495-4250 Other Libraries, Centers and Museums VIEW ALL BRANCH HOURS Help Comments Web Privacy Web Accessibility Policy PDF Reader Material Usage Statement Connect with UT Libraries © The University of Texas at Austin 2018 UTDIRECT material referencing today’s Black Lives Matter campaign. Included in the display are first editions of Marcus Garvey’s ‘Philosophy and Opinions’, published in two volumes in 1923 and 1925. It was Garvey, through his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association, who pioneered the rallying cry, “Africa for the Africans, those at home and those abroad!” Also included here are copies of the original journals in which appeared the seminal texts by George Schuyler and Langston Hughes respectively – “The Negro Art Hokum” and “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” Also on display is a tract penned and selfpublished in 1931 by wealthy white socialite Nancy Cunard, in defense of her relationship with Henry Crowder, an African-American jazz musician who was working in Paris – a relationship that incurred the displeasure of Cunard’s mother. The display will be on view throughout the Spring Semester 2017. Photos and design by Mark Doroba ItemBritish Artists of the African Diaspora(2015-08) Chambers, Eddie; Doroba, Mark (photographer)The FAL is proud to present the exhibit "British Artists of the African Diaspora". Located in the periodicals section on the 3rd floor of the library, it features a small sampling of materials selected by Dr. Eddie Chambers that relates to the history of Black culture in Britain. The exhibit coincides with the course of the same name that Dr. Chambers is teaching this semester. Both the FAL and the PCL have much material relating to these histories and to the visual arts activity by Black British artists. Photos and design by Mark Doroba ItemCaribbean: Some History(2016-08) Chambers, Eddie; Doroba, Mark (photographer)During Fall Semester 2016, the IDEA LAB in GWB Building will be showing This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands,an exhibit by Annalee Davis, one of Barbados’ leading artists. In recognition of this, the Fine Arts Library (FAL) is showing a display, assembled by Eddie Chambers, of the Department of Art and Art History, Caribbean: Some History, which contains various publications relating to different aspects of the Caribbean, a region of the world that was, until relatively recently, more commonly referred to as the West Indies. It is a region of the world rich in many different histories. Religion, music, literature, art, and sport are amongst the many fascinating subjects of the books and other publications in this display. The largest countries of the region are those such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, followed by comparatively smaller countries such as Jamaica. Caribbean countries such as Haiti and Cuba have renowned and celebrated art histories, and this display includes several publications related to these histories. The display points to some of the ways in which publications related to the Caribbean have changed over the course of a century. Though most people of the region might identify their religion as Christianity, it is perhaps the syncretic belief systems of the region – Santeria, vodũ (voodoo),Rastafari – that the region is better known for. Of the many different types of music emerging from the region, it is perhaps reggae that dominates many people’s associations of the region’s music. Though the Caribbean region is rich in a variety of music traditions, it is certainly reggae that the region is best known for. And within reggae, Bob Marley is the singer whose music is most recognized. A great many books have been written on the late singer, and this display includes several. Despite the extensive scholarship and research coming out of the region and its diaspora, the Caribbean continues to be a misunderstood and somewhat caricatured region of the world, often regarded in the imagination of many as a holiday destination. These publications aim to present a more nuanced understanding of the Caribbean and its fascinating, multiple histories. The pan-Caribbean cricket team of the region is still known as the West Indies cricket team. It has a very distinguished history of cricketing success, particularly during parts of the mid, late 20th and early 21st century. A number of the books and publications in this display are available in FAL, PCL, and in particular, the Benson, which contains extensive material relating to the region. Photos and design by Mark Doroba ItemCharles White: Some Material(2019-01) Chambers, Eddie; Doroba, Mark (photographer)This exhibition was curated by Art and Art History Department Professor Eddie Chambers in Spring 2019. This collection correlates with exhibitions of the work of Charles White at both the Blanton Museum of Art and the Christian-Green Gallery. Born in Chicago in 1918, Charles White was a highly skilled and accomplished draughtsman, painter, printmaker and muralist. He dedicated his life to his art which was characterized by its commitment to depicting African Americans as dignified, resilient survivors.