February 2018 Archives

Library selected as one of 3 sites for COUNTERNARRATIVES art installation

The Pomona College Museum of Art is pleased to welcome New York artist activist Alexandra Bell to the Claremont campuses. Bell will mount three works from her public art project Counternarrative. Bell's work explores how language perpetuates racist narratives; she highlights the hidden language codes, picture choice, and headlines that expose editorial bias in main stream media. Using articles from The New York Times, the paper of record presumed to be a liberal voice, Bell "radically reedits" the articles. She reads, redacts and erases the loaded text and images, revising the stories with racially neutral language and visual imagery that is more descriptive of the headlines she investigates. Her work underscores the importance of examining the veracity and demanding improvements in our news publications.

Throughout the day on Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, Bell, with the assistance of student volunteers, will mount three Counternarratives at selected locations. Look for "A Teenager
with Promise," on the north wall of the Claremont Colleges Library building. The other two Counternarratives, "Olympic Threat" and "Charlottesville," will be displayed at other sites throughout The Claremont Colleges. The works will be on view through May 13, 2018.

Simultaneously, The Claremont Colleges Library will host a curator-created book display and will document and archive the installation and reception of the works. The library will provide opportunities for viewers to give reactions to the artwork and the books.

For more information, see the full press release from the Pomona College Museum of Art.

New Book Display: Celebrating Women in STEM


We have a new book display celebrating women in STEM, with a special focus on women of color in STEM, sponsored by Library's Dean's Action Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Women have been in STEM fields since the beginning (the term "scientist" was coined for mathematician and astronomer Mary Somerville in 1834!) but their contributions have often been overlooked.

Check out this book display on Mudd 2, near the Main Services Desk. All of them are available for checkout, so stop by and grab one that interests you to learn more about the long history of women in science.

Thursday 2/8: Claremont Discourse, "Text and Image"

Please join us on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 4:15 p.m. for the first installment of this semester's Claremont Discourse 20th Anniversary Series, "Engaging Collections at the Claremont Colleges Library."

"Text and Image: East Asian Rare Books and Art Works at The Claremont Colleges"

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

In this panel four Asian Studies faculty members will discuss some special items from the exhibition "Text and Image: East Asian Rare Books and Art Works at The Claremont Colleges," on display this semester in the Claremont Colleges Library. Panelists will consider the research and teaching values of such resources, brief biographies of major Asian collectors, and a brief overview of the Chinese traditional multi-color woodblock printing and its global impact.

Panelists for this talk include: Zhiru Ng (Religious Studies Department, Pomona College); Feng Xiao (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College); Allan Barr (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College); and Bruce Coats (Art History Department, Scripps College). Learn more about each panelist's talk below.

For more information, please contact Xiuying Zou at (909) 607-4094 or Xiuying.Zou@claremont.edu.

Text and Image Panel: Talk Titles & Descriptions

Zhiru Ng, Religious Studies Department, Pomona College
"Buddhist Manuscripts and Stone Scriptures in the Architectural Cosmology of Leifeng Pagoda in tenth-century Hangzhou, Southeast China"

This talk will examine the architectural and cosmological implications of mass printing of Buddhist spell manuscripts and the inscribing of stone scriptures at the Leifeng Pagoda in the making of a Buddhist kingdom in tenth-century Southeast China.

Feng Xiao, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College
"Multicolor Printed Manuals of Chinese Painting: The Ten Bamboo Studio and the Mustard Seed Garden"

Using books from the Asian Library Special Collections, this presentation will introduce two magnificent Chinese painting manuals and explain the intricate multicolor printing process used on woodblocks. In addition, the global impact of the two painting manuals will be shared.

Allan Barr, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Pomona College
"Qing Historical Sources in the Claremont Colleges Library"

This talk will review some of the major sources for Qing history for which we are fortunate to have original Qing editions here in Claremont, such as an anthology of imperial edicts and a massive compendium of biographies, both printed in the late 19th century. The speaker will also give an example of the kind of discovery that can be made when perusing our valuable collection of Qing gazetteers.

Bruce Coats, Art History Department, Scripps College
"Collectors for Claremont: Asian arts at The Claremont Colleges"

This talk will briefly introduce a few Asian art collectors and their collections which are now part of the special collections at The Claremont Colleges. These extraordinary collections are regularly studied in seminars and used by students in exhibitions about East Asia.

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