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USC Libraries' exhibits since 1998 have often been at least partially documented through photographs. Most of the exhibits have taken place in Doheny Memorial Library whereas others have been co-sponsored by the USC Libraries but were mounted elsewhere. This collection contains both categories of images.

1998: L.A. Obscura

L.A. Obscura: The Architectural Photography of Julius Shulman. Fisher Gallery, Spring 1998 -- in an exhibition of more than 90 works, graduate students in the Museum Studies Program brought together this incredible collection of some of Shulman's most iconic works. One such work is his "nighttime picture of a Pierre Koenig house in the Hollywood Hills (Case study house no. 22), its glass-enclosed living room cantilevered over a canyon, with two smiling women in party dresses lounging on the furniture, oblivious to the twinkling streetlights of Hollywood below." -- Ed Newton in his review "Picturing the good life". These 90 works were selected from a larger group of more than 300 photographs provided by Shulman for the exhibit which ran from 4 March through 18 April 1998.

1999: Black History Exhibit

Black History Month Exhibit, Doheny Memorial Library, Spring 1999 -- Negro History Week, established in 1926 as the second week of February, was expanded to Black History Month in 1976. The USC Libraries has hosted an exhibit to celebrate Black History Month since 1996. The February 1999 exhibit is documented in this small collection. Entitled "African American Angelenos in the greater community: the historic networks of the Vernon-Central / University Park Neighborhood, 1920s-1990s", the exhibit was from 2-26 February, 1999, in the Treasure Room, Doheny Memorial Library and included photographs, postcards, documents, and objects loaned by members of the local community and from faculty and staff of the University of Southern California, as well as owned by USC.

2001: Doheny Memorial Library

Doheny Memorial Library: Heart of the University. Doheny Memorial Library, Fall 2001 - Spring 2002 -- Photographs from an exhibit mounted in the Treasure Room of Doheny Memorial Library (10 October 2001 - 17 March 2002) looking at this important cultural landmark's seventy-year history, coinciding with the library's grand reopening, after its closure for seismic retrofitting. The Library is located on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For photographs of the renovated building just prior to its reopening, see also the University Libraries Collection in the University of Southern California History Collection.

2002: Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: The Discovery and Exploration of Antarctica. Doheny Memorial Library, Fall 2002 -- This collection includes images from the exhibition which was open from 12 September - 12 December 2002. Additional material not in the exhibition is also included.

The exhibition traced the routes of the early explorers (such as James Cook, Richard Byrd, Robert Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Roald Amundsen) via books and maps taken largely from the Hancock Collection, and documentary photographs from the Los Angeles Examiner archives. Also on display was the work of famous University of Southern California researchers, including Dr. Cornelius Sullivan, former president James Zumberge and Dr. Donal Monahan, each of whom has antarctic geographic features named after them.

2002: Trojan of an Ebony Hue

Trojan of an Ebony Hue: The Life and Work of Varnette Honeywood. Doheny Memorial Library, Spring 2002 -- The eternal squabble among art historians is whether to evaluate art on its own merits or to consider it in a broader cultural and historical context. The USC Black Alumni Association makes a mighty case for the latter with Trojans of Ebony Hue: Varnette P. Honeywood, Portrait of a Cultural Artist, an arresting collection of artwork and memorabilia exhibited at the Doheny Library to coincide with Black History Month. Collages intermingle with acrylic and watercolor paintings, all filled with bright hues, vibrant patterns and strong lines. Many of the collages incorporate old photographs into the scene, adding historical realism to the notional works. "Over the years I’ve tried to capture the values and the traditions that I grew up with," says Honeywood MA '74. The art alone is compelling, but the exhibit achieves deeper resonance with an engaging display of Honeywood's family memorabilia. Art and artifact combine to accent the exhibit's overall theme, which is "family, education and the components that helped Varnette become an internationally acclaimed artist," says Lura Ball, director of the USC Black Alumni Association. The decision to tell Honeywood's story so comprehensively during Black History Month is no accident. "The exhibit is black history," says Ball. (from Trojan Family Magazine, Spring 2002). This exibit was open 1 February - 31 March 2002.

2002: The Fantastic Menagerie

The Fantastic Menagerie: Art of the Russian Cabaret, Doheny Memorial Library, Spring 2002 -- Over the years, cabaret has acquired a notorious, albeit largely inaccurate reputation. The cabaret was a creative laboratory where actors, musicians, painters, writers, and intellectuals met to discuss ideas and to be entertained by their fellow artists. The performances usually featured a combination of singing, one-act plays, satire, and social commentary. Russia’s first cabaret, the Bat, opened in Moscow in 1908. Other theaters with such fantastic names as the Stable of Pegasus, the Crooked Mirror, and the Stray Dog, soon appeared in major cities around the country. On display in this exhibition (5 April - 15 July 2002) were announcements, programs, postcards, photographs, and film clips that evoke the spirit of the Russian cabaret. A subset of those materials makes up this collection.

2002: Visual and Virtual Paths to L.A.

Visual and Virtual Paths to L.A. Community Archives and Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, Fall 2002 -- The exhibition brought together an array of historic photographs, documents, artifacts, publications, and ephemera to highlight many of the existing collections from the LA as Subject contributing institutions, organizations, and artists. The exhibition also featured a virtual display of some of these items, which could be viewed on monitors within the exhibition space.

2003: Cinema Posters

Cinema Posters, Audio/Visual Room, Leavey Library, 2003 -- Reproductions of 14 film posters dating from 1941 to 1982 held in the collections of USC's Cinematic Arts Library, exhibited in the Audio/Visual Room, Leavey Library, University of Southern California, from 2003. -- under revision.

2003: Charting the Here of There

Charting the Here of There: French and American Poetry in Translation, Doheny Memorial Library, Spring 2003 -- An exhibition (7 February - 9 May 2003) illustrating the interplay and mutual influence of French and American poetry, beginning in the 19th century with the discovery of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman by French writers. This exhibit expands by a century an exhibition created by Béatrice Mousli Bennett of the department of French and Italian and her husband, poet and translator Guy Bennett, for the New York Public Library. That show, called Reviews of Two Worlds: French and American Literary Magazines, 1945-2002, was presented in conjunction with the Festival of Literary Magazines and closed 7 December 2002. Both the Doheny and the New York Public Library exhibitions are based on the Bennetts' book, Charting the Here of There: French and American Poetry in Translation 1850-2002 (Granary Press, 2002).

2003: Yvonne Brathwaite Burke

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke: A Life in Politics, Doheny Memorial Library, Spring 2003 -- The 8th Annual USC Black History Exhibition (14 February - 31 March 2003), “Yvonne Brathwaite Burke: A Life in Politics,” is an engaging look at this pioneering attorney’s contributions to Southern California and the principles that first attracted her to politics, civil rights and community service. A graduate of USC’s School of Law in 1956, Burke has been a significant force in Southern California politics for more than 35 years. As the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress from California and the first African-American to serve as Chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, Burke has been a pioneering contributor to expanding civil rights for women and minorities. Through newspaper articles, ephemera, photographs from USC’s Regional History Collection and Burke’s personal papers, this exhibit illustrates her achievements as a Black person and a woman. This exhibit is part of the USC Black Alumni Association’s History Initiative to collect, preserve and display information about USC’s African-American alumni. The BAA History Initiative supports the USC Libraries Historic Families project, which is now documenting California Rancho, African-American families and Asian-American families, among others who contributed to the development of Los Angeles and Southern California.

2003: Out West

Out West: L.A.'s Influence on the Gay and Lesbian Movement. Doheny Memorial Library, Fall 2003 -- The exhibition (18 September - 18 December 2003) featured rare books, posters and ephemera from the ONE Institute and Archives, at the time a University Libraries affiliate.

2004: The Foul and the Fragrant

The Foul and the Fragrant: Creating Perfume. Doheny Memorial Library, Fall 2004 -- coming soon.

2004: Three Winters in the Sun

Three Winters in the Sun: Einstein in California. Skirball Cultural Center, Fall 2004 - Spring 2005 -- coming soon.

2005: Don't Stop Moving

Don't Stop Moving: A Celebration of Modern Dance Pioneer Bella Lewitzky. Doheny Memorial Library, Spring 2005 -- coming soon.

2006: The Curious World of Lewis Carroll

The Curious World of Lewis Carroll. Doheny Memorial Library, Spring 2006 -- coming soon.

2006: Pacific Palisades… kalifornische Exil

Pacific Palisades: Wege deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller ins kalifornische Exil 1932-1941, Deutsches Auswandererhaus Bremerhaven, 2006 -- coming soon.

2010: The Voice of the Students -- coming soon

The Voice of the Students, Doheny Memorial Library, Fall 2010 -- A display in Doheny's Nazarian Pavilion (entrance hallway and inside the LiteraTea teahouse) featured reproductions of historical student newspapers from USC's University Archives. The display honored the inauguration of USC's eleventh president, C. L. Max Nikias and highlighted seminal moments in the university's history, including the installation of past presidents and the announcement of plans to build Doheny Library.

"Launched in 1884, four years after the University's founding, the first USC student periodical, The College Review, was a monthly journal consisting of articles selected by an editorial board 'chosen from the Aristotelian and Athena literary societies of the University.' Over the next 30 years a number of other papers debuted, with names such as The Sibyl, The Record, Cardinal, The University Rostrum, and The Courier. The latter eventually morphed into the Daily Trojan, which, as the university's paper of record today, chronicles the events that impact the campus community." -- plaque mounted with the display.

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