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Catch campus art exhibits before they end

As the end of spring semester brings summer's slower pace to campus, make time to view these exhibits at the Robert W. Woodruff Library and the Michael C. Carlos Museum before they wrap up in May and June.

Ending in May

Artists’ Books & Archives: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center & Nexus Press

This exhibit on Woodruff Library, Level 2, closes May 29. It features artists’ books and other archival material from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center and Nexus Press collection, recently acquired by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.

Fifteen artists’ books are on view in three cases and a fourth case displays archival material from the records of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the parent organization of Nexus Press. The exhibit was curated by graduate student Lauran Whitworth; Julie Newton, Woodruff Library conservation technician; and Randy Gue, curator of the Rose Library’s modern political and historical collections.

Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art

As part of Emory's celebration and exploration of creation and creativity across cultures, this exhibit at the Carlos Museum features not only indigenous art of the American Southwest, the gifts of Spider Woman, but also beadwork and leather of the Plains, Cherokee sculpture and basketry, and Southeastern Mississippian shell jewelry.

The artworks displayed in the Art of the Americas gallery come from local collectors and the museum's own collection of objects from the Etowah Mounds. This exhibit closes May 29.

Ending in June

Changing Atlanta 1950-1999: The Challenges of a Growing Southern Metropolis

See this exhibit through June 19 in the Schatten Gallery on Level 3 of the Woodruff Library. The materials illustrate how city leaders and citizens met the challenges of Atlanta’s rapid growth during the second half of the 20th century.

The exhibition, which was the focus of an April panel discussion, spotlights four areas: the end of the county-unit political system in Georgia and the revitalization of the state Republican Party; how Georgia responded to the federal mandate to integrate public schools; the effect of advocacy in social planning; and the involvement of neighborhood associations.

It also highlights four collections from the Rose Library: the Randolph Thrower papers, the Druid Hills Civic Association records, the Community Council of the Atlanta Area records, and the John Sibley papers. Some of the featured photographs are from the Atlanta Daily World and Ron Sherman photograph collections.

Learning from the Empire: Japan in the Archives of Oxford College and Emory University

Continuing through June 19, this exhibit of 19th century Asian objects, artifacts and antique photographs features materials from the Oxford College Collection of Asian Artifacts, the Rose Library and the Pitts Theology Library. It is located in the rotunda on Level 3 of the Woodruff Library.

Dispatched in Post: The Bard on Cards

This exhibit, on display through June 26, showcases some of Emory English professor Harry Rusche’s extensive collection of late 19th to early 20th century postcards depicting iconic Shakespearean characters and scenes. The exhibit, located on Level 2 of the Woodruff Library in the alcove near the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, is part of Shakespeare at Emory.

Plants Are Set Before Us: Shakespeare’s Natural Worlds

Another Shakespeare-related exhibit is on Woodruff Library Level 2 in the service desk alcove. Plants play key roles in Shakespeare’s works, symbolically as well as physically. This exhibit cites references from a variety of the playwright’s scenes and includes specimens from the Emory University Herbarium. It is ongoing through June 26.

Reading the Telling: The Passover Haggadah Across Time and Place

The exhibition at the Pitts Theology Library at the Candler School of Theology highlights the Haggadah, a compilation of biblical passages, prayers, hymns and rabbinic literature that is read each year during the Jewish Passover Seder. It will run until June 30, 2016, in the Pitts Exhibit Gallery. A collaboration between Pitts and Emory’s Tam Institute of Jewish Studies, the exhibit includes various Haggadot from 1695 to the present, acquired from the collections of Pitts, Emory’s Rose Library, and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta.

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