This exhibit traces the development of the literary Gothic, which took shape as a literary movement in England in the 1760s, and explores the Gothic thematically as a threshold genre. The threshold, literally a place-between-places, is something you can step over to cross from one realm into another. Metaphorically, the threshold is a space of tremendous power and possibility. It is a region of monsters and of the supernatural. Crossing Thresholds brings together rare books, artworks, and materials from motion pictures found in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. Among the items on display are the first Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto, the screenplay for Rosemary’s Baby, the first edition of Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” in Lyrical Ballads, and Dante’s Inferno illustrated by Gustave Doré. Photographic art prints by student artist Lisa Nicchi, class of 2013, are also on display - evoking the eerie fluidity of the threshold’s edge. The exhibit is curated by graduate student intern Alexandra Halicki, a student in the English Department at LMU. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Archives & Special Collections Gallery, William H. Hannon Library, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Free to the public.
This exhibition is a part of the semester-long series Spaces Between, a joint initiative of the Laband Art Gallery and the William H. Hannon Library at LMU, and the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art & Design.
This exhibition explores the fascinating range of inscriptions, scribbles and doodles left by centuries of readers and writers, the identity of whom is now mostly lost in time.
On display are rare printed books from the 15th through 19th centuries, facsimile leaves of the famous Ellesmere Canterbury Tales (ca. 1400 A.D.), and ancient artifacts on loan from the LMU Archaeology Center, the oldest of which is over three thousand years old.;
From finely detailed sketches and scholarly comments to random pen trials and shopping lists, the people who touched these objects once upon a time have become a permanent part of their historical record. Did they know how their inscriptions and squiggles, curses and scratchings would change the character of the objects and give them unique personalities? Did the graffiti writers expect their work to last so long?;
Exhibition curated by graduate student intern Shannon Billimore, Museum Studies, Massey University, New Zealand.
The exhibit is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Mahan Archives & Special Collections Gallery, Hannon Library, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Free to the public.
Continuing our Centennial celebration, Special Collections presents the second in a series of three exhibitions honoring the 100 years of Special Collections donors and the important treasures they entrusted to Loyola Marymount University.
Through the generosity of our donors, William H. Hannon Library is home to historically valuable and significant archival collections. They range from the personal papers of major Los Angeles families like the Dockweilers to records of L.A. organizations dedicated to civic reform to sources documenting the history of the entertainment industry in Southern California. " Sustaining Scholarship," through selections from major collections, pays tribute to our benefactors and the cultural and historical value their donations hold for both the general public and the scholarly community.
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