Found in Cuba: The Ingenuity and Creativity of Ediciones Vigía

A new online exhibit has been created based on an exhibit in Special Collections and the exhibit-opening lecture given by Paula Covington, subject librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies. Ediciones Vigía began making handmade books in Matanzas, Cuba, in 1985, limited to 100-200 copies, to make national literature known to Cubans and to create… Keep reading

Collage of Ediciones Vigia books

Surface Cleaning Transforms 15th Century Rhenish Pietà

The Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery recently learned more about its Rhenish Pietà, created by an unknown German artist in the 15th century. This sculpture is made of alabaster and is covered in centuries worth of grime, masking the fine details of the Pietà. The Gallery’s Registrar and Collections Manager, Kali Mason, invited Carolina Conservation to… Keep reading

Picture of partially cleaned Alabaster Rhenish Pieta

Buchanan Fellows Curate New Exhibition Slated to Open in the Fall

The University Libraries will open a new exhibition, “Tending to Popular Thought: What People Read and Why,” this fall in the second-floor gallery of Central Library. The physical exhibition, curated by four undergraduate Buchanan Library Fellows during spring semester 2020, delayed by the COVID pandemic will be installed to mark the start of a new… Keep reading

In Vanderbilt News: Visit ‘Dream for Light Years’ visual/musical exhibition online

Dream for Light Years, a two-year collaboration between Ali Smith, a California-based contemporary artist, and Michael Alec Rose, professor of composition at the Blair School of Music, can now be enjoyed online. The opening for the exhibition at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery has been postponed until an unknown future date due to the gallery’s closure during the global… Keep reading

Ali Smith Dream for Light Years, 2020 Oil on canvas 80 x 100 inches

Press for “Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom” at the Fine Arts Gallery

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom at Vanderbilt University was widely reviewed, with features in The Nashville Scene, the Tennessean, Burnaway, The Afro-Hispanic Review and on News Channel Five, among many other media sources. Find links to full articles below:   Nashville Scene, “Winter Arts Preview 2020: Visionary Aponte,” Laura Hudson Hunter, Jan 23, 2020   Burnaway, “Aponte Forever:… Keep reading

Visionary Aponte Exhibition review in Burnaway: The Voice of Art in the South

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom | January 9 – March 8, 2020

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Curated by Édouard Duval Carrié and Ada Ferrer Exhibition catalog Exhibition press   Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom brings together twenty contemporary artists working across a range of media to interpret an extraordinary—and now lost—historical artifact: a so-called “Book of Paintings” created by José Antonio Aponte, a nineteenth-century Afro-Cuban revolutionary… Keep reading

Reminder – Curator’s Talk 2/13: G is for Gorey: The Remarkable Worlds of Edward Gorey

The Edward Gorey curator’s talk has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 13th, at 4:00 pm in Special Collections. G is for Gorey: The Remarkable Worlds of Edward Gorey Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was an American writer and artist, noted for his pen-and ink book illustrations.  Although he was a noted illustrator of literary book covers, he… Keep reading

Curator’s Talk 1/23: Found in Cuba: The Ingenuity and Creativity of Ediciones Vigía

Join the Special Collections Library for fascinating talks this semester led by librarians, archivists, and curators. Topics this fall will range from Cuban publishers to the history of paper making. The talks take place monthly in the Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of the Central & Divinity Libraries building on the first… Keep reading

Ediciones Vigia

Peabody Library: A History of Its First 100 Years

The history of Peabody Library is connected in interesting ways both with the history of Peabody College and with the larger history of libraries and library education in the United States. To help mark Peabody Library’s centennial, this talk by Peabody librarian David Golann will highlight photos and other artifacts that illuminate the history of… Keep reading

What’s Happening in the Libraries: January 2020

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom Artists’ Talk and Opening Reception January 9, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Q&A with artists Edouard Duval-Carrié and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts María Magdalena Campos-Pons, who will jointly launch the opening of Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom. Exhibition opening reception featuring Batá drums by Yosvany… Keep reading

Library Events January 2020