Exhibition of the Mexican Revolution

Revolutionary SoldiersThis spring the sixth floor will be inundated with images of the Mexican Revolution. To celebrate the centennial of this momentous event the sixth floor will host an exhibition of three photographic collections in Special Collections, the Parlor, and even the Atrium. The Mexican Revolution, more than any other event, lead to the modern Mexican nation-state. It was also the impetus for the flight of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Mexico to the United States which changed the demographics of the American Southwest and Texas in particular.

Images of Conflict: The Mexican Revolution features photographs from Special Collections and leads visitors through the course of the war. The exhibit features powerful images of Mexico before and during the Revolution from the Byron C. Utecht Scrapbooks Collection and the James Edward Long Collection.

The second exhibit Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond is on loan to UTA from the Mexican government and features the photographs of Augstin Victor Casasola, the founder of the world’s first news photography agency. The exhibit, which will be displayed in the Parlor, covers the decades from 1910 to 1940 and is a unique and compelling chronicle of life in Mexico in the early part of the 20th century, according to Sam Haynes, director of the Center for Southwestern Studies and the one who arranged for the exhibit to come to UTA. A reviewer for The New York Times described the exhibit as “in every way extraordinary” when it was shown in New York City in 2005.

The third and final exhibit comes to the Library from UT-Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and will be displayed in Special Collections. La Tierra y su Gente: The Rio Grande Photography of Robert Runyon is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the 1900s. Runyon photographed the development and events along the South Texas border, including the Mexican Revolution and the U.S. military presence at Ft. Brown and along the border prior to and during WWI.

All three exhibits are free and open to the public, but times vary. Call 2-3997 (Southwest Center) or 2-2179 (Erin O’Malley) for more information. If you wish to delve even deeper into the Mexican Revolution the History department’s annual Webb Lecture series will also be focused on the event. The Mexican Revolution: Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940 will be a two day event and will feature eight distinguished scholars from Mexico and the United States who will discuss the violent social revolution that took place in Mexico from 1910 to 1920. For more information about all these events please see http://www.uta.edu/southwesternstudies/upEvents.html.

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The Workroom…

I was out taking pictures of the exhibit yesterday (which I will post up soon) and i thought I’d take some pictures of my work area as well to let everyone see where/how I work. Enjoy!

My desk area.

My desk area.

My workroom area

My workroom area

My mat board :)

My mat board :)

View from the 6th floor.

View from the 6th floor.

Back to the grind stone

Now that the exhibit is all up I’ve turned my attention back to all the projects I had to put on the back burner. It’s all that little stuff that isn’t “must be done now”, but that will pile up if you don’t deal with it. So for me that means mostly web-site design. Last fall we had our biannual Garrett lectures on the History of Cartography. The exhibit was wonderful (50 maps!) and much praised. We had in our plans to have an online component, but exhibit duties made me put it, 1/2 finish, on those back burners. Over the summer I thought I could get back to it, but no, I had to curate and design the summer exhibit (which I loved, but it kept me busy). Then this fall our exhibit came together in 1.5 months, so needless to say I put in some long hours. Now fast forward to October and I finally have some breathing room to work on the web-site. Only problem is I have to remind myself what I was doing. There is nothing more fun the trying to figure out what was going through your mind when you typed in that html code.
So hopefully I’ll be able to get that site up and live soon. Thankfully the spring exhibit is a traveling exhibit, so not as much prep work for me (I hope at least). Keep your fingers crossed and remember not to burn those items you’ve left simmering. :)

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Humboldt Exhibit Brochure

I completely forgot to post the brochure for the Humboldt exhibit. It turned out rather well I think. BROCHURE
On a side note, the exhibit is now completely done. All labels, graphics, and objects are up! This exhibit was put together super fast (only about 1.5 months) so that’s why it was a bit delayed from it’s opening date. All the items were up last month, but it took the curator a bit longer than expected to get the text edited. Thankfully everything is ready for the TMS (Texas Map Society) meeting this weekend. Their theme is Humboldt, so they should really enjoy our exhibit.
By the way feel free to come up and take a look at the exhibit, don’t be scared: we don’t bite :) The exhibit is open Monday:9-7, Tuesday-Saturday: 9-5. It is free and open to the public (not just UTA students) The exhibit is located on the 6th floor of the Central Library.
I’ll get some gallery shots posted as soon as I can get the time to shoot them. By the way does anyone want to see what it takes to frame/mount items for exhibit? Would that interest anyone out there? If so I’ll be sure to take some pics of prep work with the next exhibit :)

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“Everything Is Interrelated”:Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections

“Everything Is Interrelated”—Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections

September 1, 2009 through January 9, 2010

The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Sixth Floor Central Library Special Collections

In conjunction with the Texas Map Society’s Fall Meeting on October 3, 2009, The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections commemorates the 150th anniversary of the death of Alexander von Humboldt by celebrating this remarkable man whose influence dominated United States’ exploration and cartography for more than half a century between the time of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the American Civil War. Considered by some to be the last Renaissance man, Alexander von Humboldt possessed a brilliant capacity to promote his own research, to cultivate his own persona, and to connect peoples, places, things, facts, and ideas. For him everything was interrelated. This exhibit, drawn from UT Arlington Library’s Special Collections, Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library, and other collections, focuses not only upon many of Humboldt’s own major publications, but also examines original works of the American Southwest, Mexico, and Texas by nineteenth-century German authors, cartographers, artists, and printmakers for evidence of direct connections with Humboldt and/or his ideas. Highlights include a rare manuscript copy of Humboldt’s map of New Spain, nineteenth-century German hand atlases with thematic maps of the United States, Texas, and Mexico, and printed panoramic views depicting the valley of the Humboldt River in Nevada and the German settlement of New Braunfels in Texas.

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Exhibit Workroom

Hum….my old blog and entries seem to have vanished into thin air. Here is my 2nd attempt at keeping an exhibit related blog :)

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