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June 24, 2002

Woodruff Library, Carlos showcase summer exhibits

By Stephanie Sonnenfeld

While the Emory campus may slow down academically this summer, it isn’t lacking for cultural activities—thanks to an array of wide-ranging exhibits at the Woodruff Library and the Carlos Museum.

On June 10, Woodruff’s Schatten Gallery officially celebrated the opening of its latest exhibit, “Reporting Civil Rights: Media and the Movement in Atlanta.” Through drafts of newspaper stories, press releases, reporters’ notebooks and other artifacts, “Reporting Civil Rights” examines Atlanta’s role as the cradle of the civil rights movement from the unique view of the journalist.

Also included in the exhibit is the debut of the Robert Churchwell papers, detailing the life of the first African-American to be hired by a major metropolitan daily paper. A third exhibit, “The South Reconsidered,” features cinema posters of African-American films from the 1950s and 1960s, and is a subset of the “Selling Race” exhibit from 2000, and is housed in the Schatten’s Corridor Gallery. All Schatten exhibits run through Sept. 30 and are free.

“[‘Reporting Civil Rights’] really showcases not only Emory’s collection, but collections in the Atlanta and Athens area,” said Linda Matthews, director of Special Collections and Archives.

Documents in the exhibit are from the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta University Center, Auburn Avenue Research Library, the Herndon Home and the University of Georgia. Also included is a piece from the private collections of James Allen and John Littlefield, whose collection of lynching photographs make up the “Without Sanctuary” exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

The exhibits don’t stop in the Schatten Gallery. On Woodruff’s top floor in Special Collections, selections from the J.M. Edelstein modern poetry library collection are on display through early August. Obtained during the spring semester, this collection represents one of the most significant collections of modern American poetry, containing more than 2,000 volumes, with a substantial number of fine press works and rare editions.

Matthews noted that the library’s exhibits were planned in part to showcase Special Collect-ions and area archival holdings to the participants of the annual meeting of the Rare Book and Manuscripts section of the American Library Association, which met at Emory June 12–14.

Exhibits in the Schatten Gallery are open during all scheduled Woodruff Library hours, while exhibits in Special Collections are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Down the Quad at the Carlos Museum, an ongoing show featuring works by the late artist Andor Weininger will run through July 1. The 15 pieces in “Andor Weininger: Beyond the Bauhaus” are part of the museum’s collection of 25 watercolors and drawings donated by Weininger’s widow, Eva Fernbach Weininger.

Weininger, who died in 1986, was a student and associate of the Bauhaus, the influential German art and design school. His work ranged from theater stage designs to furniture and lamps, to geometric abstraction and surrealist-themed paintings. The exhibit is in the John Howett Works on Paper Study Room.

Opening Aug. 24 in the same gallery will be “Mel Bochner: If the Color Changes.” Bochner is a conceptual artist who began exhibiting his works in the 1960s. Several of the pieces to be shown are part of the Carlos permanent collection, and others are on loan from other institutions.

Also running through the summer is, “The Arts of India and the Himalayas: Recent Acquisitions.” Featured works include a late first-to-second century seated Buddha, and an 11th-to-12th century relief sculpture of an 18-armed Vishnu.

Admission to the Carlos is free for students, faculty and staff, as well as museum members. A $5 donation per person is suggested for nonmembers.

The museum is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; on Thursdays from 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; and on Sundays from noon–5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.