Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

#SHU_Libraries and Seton Hall University are organizing a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.

Please visit the Velvet Revolution Online Exhibition Space for more information https://library.shu.edu/velvet-rev

~ All events are free and open to the public ~


Thursday, February 13th , 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Walsh Library | Ground Floor | Beck Rooms

Thursday, February 27th , 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Corrigan Hall 75

  • Dr. Dena Levine and sophomore Abigail Pierre, in a performance of piano works by Czech composers:

1. Six Piano Pieces, Opus 7, No. 4 (Idyll II) by Josef Suk (1874-1935)
2. From “On an Overgrown Path, Book II”: Andante by Leoš Janáček (1815-1866)
3. Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, No. 8 in A-flat Major for four hands by Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Followed by a wrap-up conversation.
Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided.


Thursday, February 27th , 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Walsh Library | Ground Floor | Beck Rooms

This series of events has been made possible through the support by the University Libraries, the School of the Communications and the Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Russian and East European Studies Program, and the Slavic Club.

Please visit the Velvet Revolution Online Exhibition Space for more information https://library.shu.edu/velvet-rev

Solo Exhibition in Walsh Gallery

GREGORY COATES: SHEER AUDACITY
January 13 – March 6, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30th (5pm to 8pm)

#WalshGallery is please to present Gregory Coates: Sheer Audacity, a solo exhibition of recent work by the internationally renowned artist.

A social abstractionist, Coates uses ordinary objects such as feathers, handbags, curtains and shipping pallets to weave stories about his experiences while simultaneously rousing personal associations for viewers with his chosen subjects and materials.  Using art as a catalyst, Coates lures audiences into open-ended conversations to address varying societal concerns.  Audiences are disarmed by Coates’ use of textures, saturated colors and familiar objects that enables them to participate in a politically conscious dialogue that prioritizes their point of view.  Gregory Coates created new work for this exhibition in an homage to the women in his life, and the strength they embody.

The exhibition is curated by Gallery Director, Jeanne Brasile who notes “Coates’ objects are imbued with history, relevance, memory and identity – giving footing for visitors to voice their position on the subjects the artist addresses through his art.”

Programs associated with the exhibition include a Wikithon co-sponsored by the Seton Hall University Libraries, Art+Feminism and the Feminist Art Project at Rutgers University.  Brooke Duffy, Coordinator of Instruction Librarian, organized the event at which attendees will be instructed how to edit or create Wikipedia pages, using the Miriam Shapiro Archive on Women Artists as reference.  The event will take place on Wednesday, February 26th from 11am to 3pm in the Beck Rooms across from the Walsh Gallery.  No advance registration is needed, attendees may come and go during the event at which all are welcome.

The exhibition is supported in part, by a regrant from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday—Friday.

Gregory Coates "My Feminine Side" (detail)

Walsh Gallery presents “New World Water”

Artists Exhibit Under the Thematic Umbrella of Water
NEW WORLD WATER
November 4 – December 13, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7th (5pm to 9pm)

The Walsh Gallery is pleased to present New World Water, a group exhibition which examines humanity’s relationship with water through the lens of contemporary art. The artists in the exhibition address themes such as: climate change, water contamination, immigration, diaspora, plastic pollution, community water management, leisure, and hygiene.

Participating artists include Keren Anavy, Dotty Attie, Aileen Bassis, Adam Brent, Nancy Cohen, Nancy Crasco, Sally Gall, Tai Hwa Goh, Ellie Irons, Anne Percoco, Nyugen Smith, Allan Wexler, and Woolpunk. The exhibition will also feature art and artifacts from the university’s collections.  A public art project, “Lawn (Re)disturbance Laboratory” by artists Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons, is currently on view on the campus grounds.  The exhibition is curated by Samantha Becker, a graduate student in the Museum Professions Program at Seton Hall University.

Image: Adam Brent “Intake” 3D printed PLA plastic, Acrylic Paint, Wooden Step Stool, 2019

Becker’s goal in curating a show on this theme is to present a diverse, yet important, series of issues surrounding water – a resource we often take for granted.  Notes Becker, “When a social issue is presented in our society, numbers on a television screen or in a newspaper do not evoke the same empathy as a personal connection to the issue.  This show will make the many issues surrounding this precious resource evident in an experiential manner.”  The curator also worked with students and faculty from the University Libraries, Environmental Studies and the School of Diplomacy to understand the issues from numerous angles. One of the components of the collaboration with the University Libraries and the School of Diplomacy is a Water Data Visualization Project, which will be on view in the Walsh Gallery Display Windows.

The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday—Friday.

‘The Jewel of the Campus’: Walsh Library Celebrates 25 Years

‘The Jewel of the Campus’: Walsh Library Celebrates 25 Years
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | By Matthew Minor

Exterior of the Walsh Library. Under the dome of Walsh Library hangs a quote from St. John Paul: “Faith and reason are the two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” For 25 years, Walsh Library has stood as the cornerstone of Seton Hall’s pursuit of reason within our Catholic values.In 1990, the University’s leadership noted the need for a new library. The Very Reverend Thomas Peterson, O.P., former university chancellor, said, “Seton Hall needs a new library and she needs it now. It must be her star, the jewel of her campus.”Four years later, Walsh Library opened. In the April 28, 1994 edition of the University’s student-run newspaper, The Setonian, then-Dean of Libraries Robert jones called the library dome “‘the outstanding architectural feature of the building.’ [Jones] said the dome is the library’s crowning feature and compared it to the dome of the Library of Congress.”

 

A flyer from University Day 1994
A flyer from University Day 1994

In 25 years, the library has seen much change. Richard Stern, acting dean of University Libraries from 2002-2004, said, “a jewel never changes. But as humans learn, they change the buildings they inhabit to suit their needs.” And so Walsh Library has changed from a place of quiet study to a place of lively academic discussion and socialization. In 2012, Dunkin’ opened on the library’s second floor. In March 2019, an after-hours study space opened for students’ use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Daniela Gloor, BA ’14/MPA ’15, and her classmates in the University Honors took advantage of the library to blend their studies with this “lively academic discussion and socialization.” Walsh Library “was a place where you bonded with one another while studying, completing assignments, or writing your papers,” Gloor said. “My Honors Program classmates and I anxiously sought to study in the Library Rotunda when it was available, which has a picture-perfect view of campus and is one of the most unique places at Seton Hall. While we likely cannot remember all the works we read and studied, I can certainly recall the environment of the library, many of the memories made there, and the sleepless nights we spent working toward graduation.”

Seton Hall’s community continues to seek out the Library’s resources. In 2019, 66,000 items were borrowed, loaned and/or used, more than 44,000 books were circulated, 20,000 interlibrary loan transactions were fulfilled for books and articles and keys for the group study rooms were used more than 13,000 times.

A model of Walsh Library
A model of Walsh library

Walsh Library has been a witness to the digital revolution that redefined research and study. Former Acting Dean Stern said the library “has grown from an institution where researchers came to find materials to an institution where researchers increasingly conduct all stages of their research in the digital sphere.”

Elizabeth Leonard, Assistant Dean for Information Technologies and Collection Services, said, “When Walsh Library opened in 1994, library technology, like all technology, was in its infancy…we did (yes, really) hand stamp all books going out on loan to patrons.” When the library opened, The Setonian wrote study rooms were “equipped with windows and outlets [which] are designed so students can bring their own computers and plug them into the University system.” Now, wireless laptops and a plethora of new Macs and PCs allow students to study wherever they like.

25 years later, technology touches almost every aspect of the library. In 2019 alone, roughly 427,000 full-text articles were downloaded, users viewed subject guides more than 64,000 times, the library website received 400,000 views and 1.4 million theses and dissertations were downloaded from the library’s collection. The library’s institutional repository, an online database comprising scholarly pieces such as dissertations and theses written by Seton Hall students and faculty, surpassed three million downloads in June 2019. Thanks to technology, Leonard said the library’s “resources are available to authorized users anywhere in the world, whenever they need them. We digitize lectures, books and other materials for virtual use.”

Walsh Library is looking toward the next 25 years of service to the University community. Leonard said, “We are looking forward by preserving born digital materials in a repository that will ensure they are accessible to future generations of librarians and researchers.”

View the library’s online exhibit Walsh Libraries: 25 Years of Learning, here.

Walsh Gallery Hosting Panel Discussion on Art-Science Dialogues in the 21st Century

#SHU_Libraries The Walsh Gallery will be hosting a Panel Discussion on Art-Science Dialogues in the 21st Century. This  is an interdisciplinary program in association with the exhibition “Strange Attractors” and will be held in Walsh Gallery on Friday, March 8th, 7pm–9pm.

“Strange Attractors” explores the intersection of art and science in our era of increasing interdisciplinary dialogue. Both the panel and exhibition were conceived as an extension of a symposium hosted at New York City’s CUE Art Foundation in November 2017 that addressed ways in which an art-science alliance might contribute to the larger cultural discourse.

Panelists include: Luis Schettino, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Lafayette College; Farzad Mahootian, a philosopher and religious studies scholar and Faculty of Liberal Studies, New York University; and Carrie Rohrman, author of “Choreographies of the Living” and Associate Professor of English at Lafayette College.  The panel will be moderated by Taney Roniger.

The objective of the panel and exhibition is to consider ways in which the arts and sciences might join forces to pursue common goals.  Both are designed to foster a creative space in which students, artists, scholars, and members of the community can engage with art through interdisciplinary frameworks.

The panel discussion and exhibition are free and open to the public.  A full-color catalogue with essays by Taney Roniger and Jeanne Brasile is available at Walsh gallery.  The exhibition is presented with generous support from the internationally renowned The Robert Lehman Foundation and the Essex County Arts Council, through a re-grant of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Strange Attractors Postcard

“Strange Attractors” Exhibition: January 14 – March 8, 2019

Panel: Friday, March 8th 7pm–9pm

SNOW DATE : Saturday, March 9th 7pm–9pm

Gallery hours: Mon–Fri  10:30am to 4:30pm

Further information on “Strange Attractors” and the Walsh Gallery may be found here.


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Walsh Gallery Current Exhibition: Strange Attractors

Walsh Gallery presents Strange Attractors, on view from
Monday, January 14 – Friday, March 8, 2019

Strange Attractors Postcard Front

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm

The exhibition features a variety of artists and scientists making art informed by scientific principles. The show is an offshoot of the virtual symposium, “Strange Attractors,” which Taney Roniger organized in 2017 in collaboration with New York’s C.U.E. Art Foundation. The exhibition builds upon the questions and concepts stemming from the symposium on the current state of relations between art and science, and the growing trend towards collaboration between practitioners of these disciplines.

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Walsh Gallery Presents the Opening of Two New Exhibits on November 8

The Walsh Gallery is pleased to present two new exhibits: “Tom McGlynn: Standards,” a new series of paintings comprised of permutations of shape, color and the interplay of these elements, and “Gas Stop: Culture,” black and white photographs by renowned photographer, David Freund.

The opening reception for these exhibits will take place from
5- 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 in the Walsh Gallery.

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14th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition @ the Walsh Gallery

Everyone is invited to experience College of Communication and the Arts’ 14th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition @ the Walsh Gallery

AMIBGUITY runs from Thursday, April 5th to Friday, May 11thAmbiguity

The Walsh Gallery is located on the ground floor of Walsh Library.

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Walsh Gallery exhibition is reviewed in Critically Acclaimed Digital Magazine

The Walsh Gallery‘s recent exhibition “Mirrors of Midcentury French Culture” was reviewed in the renowned web magazine, artcritical.

Marguerite Louppe, Les Trois Chevalets, n.d. Oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm
Marguerite Louppe, Les Trois Chevalets, n.d. Oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm

The exhibition examined the public and private lives of husband and wife painters, Maurice Brianchon and Marguerite Louppe, both of whom lived and workedin France in the pivotal time leading up to World War II, through the late 1970’s. The exhibition was curated by David Hirsh and William Corwin.

Maurice Brianchon, Bal Masqué, 1948. Oil on canvas, 33 x 55 cm
Maurice Brianchon, Bal Masqué, 1948. Oil on canvas, 33 x 55 cm

Read the review:

http://www.artcritical.com/2018/03/25/charlotta-kotik-on-marguerite-louppe-and-maurice-brianchon/

Maurice Brianchon, Conversation à la Plage, c.1951. Gouache, 32 x 23 cm
Maurice Brianchon, Conversation à la Plage, c.1951. Gouache, 32 x 23 cm

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New Exhibit: The 1916 Easter Rising

Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising

We are pleased to announce a new exhibit on the 1916 Easter Rising which is being hosted by the Walsh Library Gallery and Archives & Special Collections.

The Easter Rising also known as the Easter Rebellion is perhaps the defining moment in modern Irish history. The Rising set the stage for events that changed the course of Irish history. However, the event itself was hampered by confusion and lack of support. On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916 rebel leader Pádraic Pearse read the Proclamation of the Republic from the front of the General Post Office (GPO) to a small and disinterested group of Dubliners.

Pádraic Pearse
Pádraic Pearse

To learn more, please visit our exhibit on the Easter Rising, Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising, on the first level of Walsh Library viewable in the display window adjacent the Walsh Gallery.

You can also learn more by reading The Rising: Easter 1916 by Fearghal McGarry. This book focuses on the experiences of the people who participated in the Rising. McGarry uses eye-witness statements to tell the story of the rebels:

The Rising by Fearghal McGarry
The Rising by Fearghal McGarry

Additionally, the Seton Hall University Libraries provide access to some excellent documentaries on the Rising through our Kanopy streaming service. Liam Neeson narrates 1916: The Irish Rebellion a three-part series on the Rising from the Irish perspective. And The 1916 Easter Rising from the Great Courses series, provides the details of Easter week and its aftermath:

1916: The Irish Rebellion
1916: The Irish Rebellion
The 1916 Easter Rising
The 1916 Easter Rising

All books and facsimile images for this exhibit are provided courtesy of the Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University Libraries.

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