Archive for the ‘Exhibits’ Category

The Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Excerpts from the 2014 Winning Collections

May 12 – 30

Second floor rotunda and landing

Honoring book culture in the digital age, the Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition rewards UCLA graduate and undergraduate students who have assembled outstanding book collections. The competition is named for the Campbells, founders of Campbell’s Bookstore, the original book supplier to UCLA and a vital part of the university community for fifty years. Launched in 1948, the competition is one of the oldest in the country and one of the most distinguished. Displayed are portions of this year’s winning collections selected by the winners themselves.

For more information about the competition visit the website.

Edible Book Festival, 2014

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Powell Library Building
2nd Floor

Friday, April 4

This annual festival celebrates the consumption of books in all ways and honors the late Judith Hoffberg, donor of much of the Arts Library’s artists’ books collection. Individuals and groups from across campus are invited to create entries, which will be judged in a variety of categories. The panel of judges will include Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Timesrestaurant critic. Find contest details, photos, and more online. Admission to the event is free, and no reservations are required; once the judging is complete, the eating begins!


Attention UCLA Book Collectors!

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Campbell Student Book Collection Competition

Honoring book culture in the digital age, the Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition rewards UCLA graduate and undergraduate students who have assembled outstanding book collections. A total of more than $5,000 in prizes is offered in almost a dozen categories. Students who have assembled collections representing personal interests or tied to their capstone, thesis, or creative projects are encouraged to submit entries.

Graduate Prizes

  • $500 First Prize
  • $300 Second Prize

Undergraduate Prizes

  • $500 First Prize
  • $300 Second Prize

Additional Prizes

  • $500 Blanche G. Campbell Outstanding Children’s Book Collection Award: Funded by a gift established by Clarice Campbell Olcott, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Campbell. Awarded in years when a qualifying collection is entered.
  • 2012 Southern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) Special Prizes: $500 Graduate, $500 Undergraduate; funded by a grant from the Southern California chapter of the ABAA, which has been promoting ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade in America and throughout the world since 1949
  • $500 Frieda Kuiper Beaudin Prize for Outstanding Collection in the Sciences: Funded by a gift established by Christy Beaudin in memory of her mother, Frieda Kuiper Beaudin. Awarded in years when a qualifying collection is entered.
  • 2012 John Ebey Special Prizes: $500 Graduate, $500 Undergraduate; for the collections that most inspire their owners’ passion for collecting and give them the greatest pleasure and fun
  • $1,000 Andrew O. Krastins Prize for Printed, Manuscript, and Recorded Materials Prior to 1930: Funded by former Campell Prize winner Andrew Krastins to encourage tangible contact with raw materials of history generated before 1930; awarded for the most thoughtfully organized collection, which may include pamphlets, diaries, newspapers, ephemera, and early sound recordings as well as books; the expense or the value of the items will not be considered in evaluating the entries. Awarded in years when a qualifying collection is entered.
  • $150 Corine Tyler Walker Prize: Funded by a gift from Dr. Bruce Tyler, a former Campbell Award winner, in honor of his mother, Corine Tyler Walker
  • $100 Library Staff Association Prize: Two $100 awards, one for an undergraduate student and one for a graduate student, funded by a gift from the UCLA Library Staff Association

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Celebrating the Life of Vaclav Havel (1936-2011): EXTENDED

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Extended through January 2014

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, this exhibit is part of a commemoration of 2013 as the year of Vaclav Havel. It features visual materials illustrating his contributions to arts and culture, politics and democracy, and human rights and civil society as well as his visit to UCLA in 1991.

Current Exhibit at Powell Library

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Labs on the Go: Scientific Tools for Collecting Empire, 1600 to Present

July 29 – October 4

Labs on the Go examines the reciprocal and productive relationship between science and empire from the Age of Exploration, through the Age of Empire and into the present-day. Drawing on the strengths of UCLA Library Special Collections’ images and objects, the items on display highlight the technical materials developed and utilized by men and women of science for the purposes of examining and documenting unknown landscapes, botanicals and peoples. The instruments range from microscopes to botanical specimens to photograph albums.

Labs on the Go: Scientific Tools for Collecting Empire started as the title of the 2013 Spring quarter seminar for freshman in GE Cluster 21CW: History of Modern Thought. This is the second year of a pedagogical experiment which seeks to teach history of science through the history of primary source objects, in addition to texts.

Einstein’s Dreams

Friday, May 10th, 2013

UCLA Library’s Teaching and Learning Services and Powell Library are delighted to announce the opening of:

Einstein’s Dreams, an exhibit designed and curated by Design|Media Arts department chair, Willem Henri Lucas, featuring the best work created by students in his Winter 2013 DESMA 25: Typography class.

The project was based on the book “Einstein’s Dreams” written in 1992 by Alan Lightman. The book is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by the young Albert Einstein as he’s creating his theory of relativity, a new concept of time. The student project was to design the back, spine and front cover (with eight different limitations) of the book, and the typography for one chapter, using the Times New Roman font.The work of this class, presented on nine large 44 x 64” posters is a design process in eight steps, and shows there is an enormous complexity to design and typography, especially when it is combined with geometric shapes and forms, and the use of color and imagery.

Listen to a 2-minute interview with Prof. Lucas on designing the exhibit:

The exhibit can be viewed in the Night Powell Reading Room on the first floor of Powell Library. Catch a sneak peek of the exhibit in the photos below.

This is the second exhibit in a new “Visible Learning” initiative launched by Teaching and Learning Services to showcase undergraduate achievement.  Special thanks to Catherine Brown for her outreach efforts, Michael Elliott for installing the posters, Janine Henri for facilitating interaction with DMA, and Brenda Williams for keeping us on track.

A Stress-Less Fair

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Stress Less Fair 2.0

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Bruin Plaza – Stage Area

On Tuesday, April 30th from 11am-2pm in Bruin Plaza, the Student Wellness Commission’s Student Health Investigative Task Force will be hosting the Stress Less Fair as part of the SWC’s Bruin Health Week.

Booths will provide healthy study snacks, coupons to popular Westwood study spots, games, and prizes – including sleeping masks and blue books – all to learn how to cope with high stress situations.

Free and open to the public.

International Games Day

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Powell Library Building

Saturday, November 3
10 a.m.

Play board games and video games, hear talks from game creators, meet people, and make new connections at this educational and entertaining event. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; admission is free, and no reservations are required. The event is presented in partnership with the UCLA Game Lab and the Department of Design | Media Arts.


“Public Science: Peepshows, Caskets, and Microscopes”

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

June – September
Powell Library 2nd Floor Rotunda


Peepshows, caskets, and microscopes all are things found in vaults and back-room storage areas in UCLA Library Special Collections that have a wealth of historical value. Yet the lives of these objects extend beyond the Library.

Microscopes are a pervasive emblem of contemporary science, but the microscopic worlds that they make visible are not easily accessible to the broader public without additional technologies such as woodblock and other forms of illustration, film, and photographs. The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library’s microscopes collection ranges from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries and includes those used by merchants and gentleman of science and those found in modern laboratories.

Peepshows were a mobile form of entertainment encountered in the streets and on fairgrounds. One portrays the Thames tunnel, which was an engineering marvel completed in the 1843. For two decades before and after its completion, this underwater thoroughfare was a source of inspiration for peepshows in England, France, Germany, and Russia.

And lastly, caskets: the casket is a technology of collection, display, organization, and conservation. Its place in the title highlights the idea that the cases are part of the exhibit, too. In the museum context, the term was first used by nineteenth-century German natural history museum directors to refer to the small cases used to organize items such as shells and birds’ eggs so that these small items didn’t get swallowed up in the large display cases.

“Peepshows, Caskets, and Microscopes” started as the title of the 2012 Spring Quarter seminar for freshman in GE Cluster 21CW: History of Modern Thought. The students were asked to consider how and where the public and science overlap and where the distinction between science and non-science blurs, and they were asked to focus on the production and use of images and objects as the sites where science and the public meet. To do this, the class entered the archive and brought the archive out with them. The students’ assignment was to work with objects in the UCLA Library Special Collections to determine what history of science can be told through three-dimensional objects and how these objects should be displayed in the libraries of a public university.