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.

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Curated by Claudia Sbrissa and Blythe Roveland-BrentonBook Arts: Student Work Inspired by Special Collections Material

St. Augustine Hall, 3rd Floor

October 22 – December 3, 2012

Since 2005, Claudia Sbrissa, associate professor of fine arts, and Blythe Roveland-Brenton, archivist and special collections librarian, have partnered in an undergraduate project for a Book Arts class. The project, entitled “A Special Collection,” utilizes the library’s Special Collections as a source of inspiration and information. The assignment requires the students to research and figuratively deconstruct a book of their choosing. The end result is the creation of a unique book inspired by the University’s Special Collections.

During library visits, students have the opportunity to view and learn about a wide range of books from Special Collections – from incunabula (books produced during the first fifty years of the invention of printing) to art exhibition catalogs, from late 19th-century Japanese crepe-paper fairy tales to Barry Moser’s Pennyroyal Caxton Bible published at the end of the 20th century. The books feature novel cover material, multimedia inserts, and a variety of binding styles.

The items in this exhibition represent a small sample of the work created by students in the Book Arts class together with material drawn from Special Collections that inspired them.