Archive for October, 2011

All Things New!

October 20, 2011

Last Tuesday’s open house and exhibition opening made for a very festive evening at the Clark.  We are so thankful to all of our friends who were able to come and celebrate with us, and hope that others of you will be able to join us for more such gatherings in the future!

The Clark on LA Observed

October 18, 2011

After his visit to the Clark during last week’s open house, LA Observed editor Kevin Roderick featured us and our chamber music series on his blog and in his KCRW broadcast!  He highlights the Clark’s place as stellar place for classical music concerts, along with several other historic estates in the city who also host public concerts.

You can listen to or read the KCRW piece on their website; more information about the KCRW piece and some photos of the Clark are on the LA Observed site.

Seventh Annual Kenneth Karmiole Lecture on the History of the Book Trade!

October 13, 2011

The Seventh Annual Kenneth Karmiole Lecture on the History of the Book Trade

English Books Around the World: India and the Globalization of the English Book Trade
given by Graham Shaw

at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Saturday, November 19, 3:00 p.m

There has been much research in recent years about the globalization of the English book trade from the seventeenth century onwards, involving not least the United States. The place of India in that process has been neglected, and it tends to be thought of only as a nineteenth-century market for British educational books. But this lecture will show that book-trade links between Britain and India can be traced back to the early eighteenth century during the East India Company period. The relationship was two-way, encompassing the transplanting of a print culture from Britain to India to serve the needs of the expatriate community and the growth of publishing interest in Indian affairs back in Britain itself. It will trace the development of the tradition of English-language publishing in India and in particular the beginnings of creative writing in English in the sub-continent. It will explore the role print culture can play in shaping one nation’s view of another.

Graham Shaw retired as Head of the British Library’s Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections in December 2010. Apart from three years in the Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, from where he graduated in Hindi and Sanskrit in 1969, he spent his entire career in the British Library holding various senior curatorial and management positions. His field of research is the history of printing and publishing in South Asia from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. His Printing in Calcutta to 1800 was published by the Bibliographical Society of Great Britain in 1981 and his South Asia and Burma Retrospective Bibliography Stage 1: 1556–1800 by the British Library in 1987. Recently he has contributed chapters on “The British book in India” for the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain Vol. 5 1695–1830; “South Asia” for the Blackwell Companion to the History of the Book; and “India” for the Edinburgh University History of the Book in Scotland Vol. 3 1800–1880. In 2004, he delivered the Don McKenzie Memorial Lecture and Seminar at the University of Oxford.

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2011.

Admission is complimentary, but advance registration is required.

Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.

Landacre and Pacific Standard Time

October 13, 2011

By now, 41 of the exhibitions connected to the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time project have opened across Southern California, and one of those exhibits contains material borrowed from the Clark!  PST seeks to investigate and celebrate the birth and life of the Los Angeles art scene from 1945-1989, and encompasses every major L.A. art movement during that period.

At the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, curator Leah Lembeck has assembled Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California, for which she asked to borrow the original woodblock of Paul Landacre’s Lot Clearing to accompany an original print already in the Norton Simon collection.  Several other Landacre items from the Clark’s collections will be included in the accompanying catalog of the exhibition.

Clark News Update…

October 11, 2011

There are lots of new things in the works at the Clark and Center…  Here’s a short round-up!

  • Tonight marks the opening of the exhibit All Things New: Imperialism and Impact at the Clark (during our Open House celebrating the arrival of new Head Librarian Gerald Cloud and Center Director Barbara Fuchs).  The exhibit will run through December 20, 2011.  Please call (323-731-8529) the Clark if you are interested in viewing the show during our regular hours (M-F, 9am-4.45pm).

Lewis and Clark in a Nutshell, one of the items featured in the exhibit

  • Shuttle service from the UCLA campus to the Clark Library will begin this Friday and will continue on selected Fridays throughout this academic year!  Needless to say, this is a very exciting development! More information and a schedule of shuttle times is posted on the Center website.

  • The Clark will once again be participating in the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and hosted by the USC Libraries.  This year’s Bazaar (the 6th!) will take place in USC’s Doheny Library on October 22nd, from 9am-5pm.  It is free and open to the public!