Exhibitions


Catholicism in East Asia photoExhibit on view through May 2, 2014

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

The Chin Ying Asian Library possesses a significant collection of works chronicling the advent and development of the Catholic Church’s presence and establishment in East Asia to support St. John’s University’s core curriculum and scholarship. This installation of the Asian Collection Highlights Exhibit presents selections from the rich multilingual resources on Catholicism in the Asian Library’s collection, and includes a list of further suggested titles to encourage usage and perusal by students and researchers in St. John’s’ academic community.

Items on display may be removed from the display case upon request and perused in-library or checked out.

women writers exhibit books imageExhibit on view through April 4, 2014

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

To mark Women’s History Month, the Asian Collection Highlights exhibit is showcasing literature anthologies of works by woman writers in East Asia. Covering multiple genres of literature from 1600 through the 1990’s, the anthologies in this exhibit are a small sample of the wealth of works in the Chin Ying Asian Library that observe and analyze the growth and development of women’s voices and representation in the modern international context.

As with all Asian Collection Highlights exhibits, items on display may be removed from the display case upon request and perused in-library or checked out. Previous installations of the Asian Collection Highlights Exhibit have included: Literary Classics and Visual Arts in Japan, the Wang Guanying Gift, the Soong Sisters (for the 2013 observance of Women’s History Month), and Buddhist Art in East Asia.

An Exhibition of Botanical Specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s
February 13 – March 5, 2014
St. Augustine Hall 4th Floor
St. John’s University

Sacred Botany; Seed, Leaf, Flower in the Healing ArtsHidden within the pages of illuminated manuscripts, books of hours and breviaries, intricately illustrated botanical specimens have formed an integral part of medieval manuscripts and religious iconography and later, the Renaissance aesthetics. They illustrate botanical symbolism and its Christian orientation and enhance the visual beauty of a work on paper.

For Mariology students (THEO 3215) of Prof. Andrea Florendo as cross-curricular Mary Gardeners, they constitute intriguing footnotes to the larger but related subjects of art, botany & theology. Their Academic Service- Learning and participation in Learning Communities events lead in part to artistic documentation and record-keeping of botanical specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s habitat, and preserved in a herbarium at St. Albert’s Hall for research purposes. Several works from the Library’s Special Collections showcase images of plants that are used to sustain not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

Exhibit on ViewExhibit photo - Japanese lit classics

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

November 21, 2013 – February 1, 2014

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

This installation of Asian Collection Highlights illuminates the cornucopia of Japanese literary classics and scholarly works on literature in the Chin Ying Asian Library on the Queens campus. The exhibition explores multiple genres of Japanese literature and multiple visual art forms across a wide range of cultural epochs, drawing on significant literary classics from the seventh century through the modern era. It includes notable English translations, Japanese-language source texts, and significant works of scholarly criticism with reproduced paintings and prints. Previous installations of the Asian Collection Highlights have included: Buddhist Art in East Asia, The Soong Sisters, and The Wang Guanying Gift.

Items in the exhibit are available for perusal in the library.

History of DLIS - 75 YearsExhibition on View

November 7, 2013 – December 13, 2013

St. Augustine Hall – 4th Floor

(outside the DLIS office)

In celebration of 75 years since the founding of the Division of Library and Information Science, an exhibition of materials from the University Archives illustrates the history of the program. Included are reproductions of photographs of faculty, students, and events over the years, early advertisements and a copy of a diploma from when the Library Science program was part of the Teachers College at the St. John’s Brooklyn campus.

For more information about the history of St. John’s University, please contact the University Archives at archives@stjohns.edu or 718-990-1465.

 

Original Leaves from Famous Books

Armenian 1121 A_1

Armenian Manuscript Bible, 1121 A.D. One Leaf. Original Leaves from Famous Bibles, 1121 A.D. – 1935 A.D. Collection assembled by Otto F. Ege. St. John’s University Archives and Special Collections.

1122 A.D. – 1935 A.D.

and

Original Leaves from Famous Bibles

1115 A.D. – 1935 A.D.

Selections from collections assembled by Otto F. Ege

 
On view September 18 – October 11, 2013
 
St. John’s University Libraries
St. Augustine Hall, 3rd Floor
 
For more information or to conduct research with these collections,
please contact the University Archives and Special Collections
at archives@stjohns.edu or 718-990-1465.

Exhibition on View April 24 – May 14, 2013rare book title page

St. Augustine Hall, 3rd Floor

Physical books are both texts and artifacts; objects that indicate distinct histories of design, production and use.  Printed works reflect the technologies of paper and parchment making, type casting and printing, and binding – each recording historical developments in book production. They also give clues to past ownership and readership through book plates, inscriptions, marginalia and the occasional ephemera tucked inside their pages (clippings, letters, pressed flowers, etc.). It may well be that the future of the physical book is in peril, replaced by electronic and digitized versions. But books as artifacts of the past will continue to impart other meanings beyond the textual content. 

The twelve books on exhibition – dating from the sixteenth to the early twentieth centuries – were examined and described by graduate students in the Library and Information Science and Public History programs at St. John’s University. The class on special collections librarianship and the history of books and printing was taught by archivist and special collections librarian, Dr. Blythe Roveland-Brenton. The co-curators are: Audrey Belanger, Katie Daniels, Nicole Husbands, Egita Johnson, David McMahon, Janay Meertens-Deans, Kendra Meyer, Christina Orozco, Melissa Perlzweig, Laura Smith, Matthew Weidemann, and Porscha Williams.

Interested in these or other rare books from the University Libraries Special Collections department? Contact us at archives@stjohns.edu to make an appointment.

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