Exhibit on the Third Floor of Hillman Library of Japanese Woodblock Prints

Exhibits

You can see materials from Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) on display in several locations, including exhibit cases on the third floor of Hillman Library, the second-floor lobby at Thomas Boulevard, sometimes on the Ground Floor of Hillman Library, and numerous places around campus! We also periodically present pop-up displays of material in Hillman, and have a digital wall display outside our reading room on the third floor. All our exhibits are free and open to the public, so stop by and check them out! For more information on these and past exhibits, as well as how to work with us, visit our Archives & Special Collections Exhibits LibGuide.

Current exhibits on the third floor of Hillman Library

A Century of Mobilizing for Reproductive Care is curated by students enrolled in GSWS 2240: Reproduction, Fall 2022, taught by Dr. Rachel Kranson. This exhibition traces public conversations over reproductive health as they played out locally, nationally, and transnationally over the course of the twentieth century using materials from the Planned Parenthood Center of Pittsburgh Records.

Materials on display in this exhibit will rotate periodically while the August Wilson Archive is being processed by Archives & Special Collections staff. Currently we are highlighting materials relating to Wilson’s first play to appear on Broadway, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Highlights the work and history of the East Liberty-based Selma Burke Art Center, founded by prominent American sculptor Selma Burke at the invitation of the Mellon Trust. From 1971 to 1982, the Center provided high-quality, accessible art education supporting Pittsburgh's Black community through a variety of classes, exhibitions, and community events. This exhibit features photographs, newspaper clippings, dynamically designed brochures, and other materials documenting the Center from the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Records.

Showcases the work of University of Pittsburgh alumna ('71) and New York Times bestselling author Bebe Moore Campbell. It highlights Campbell's professional life with a specific focus on the creative and administrative process of publishing in the late 20th and early 21st century. Included are drafts and revisions of her writings, a writer's journal, awards bestowed on her by the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College Los Angeles Chapter and the League of African Women, as well as a copy of her novel What You Owe Me signed by the author to Hillman Library.

“We must create, if only for the day”: Craft Manuals from the Walter & Martha Leuba Collection showcases 20th century instruction manuals from the holdings of Archives & Special Collections on print making, Japanese ink-painting, wood engraving, and more.

Curtis Theatre Collection Highlights showcases materials relating to the history of the performing arts in Pittsburgh from the Curtis Theatre Collection. Of particular note are items related to the Kuntu Repertory Theatre and other Pittsburgh Black performing arts groups.

The Mitteleuropa: The Lands Between, 1626-1925 exhibit traces the geographic evolution of “Middle Europe” from the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries. It uses cartographic and published print sources along with musical instruments and an archival collection to illustrate the social, political, and cultural development of the region from the early-modern period to the 1920s. As large numbers of immigrants from “the lands between” settled in Pittsburgh during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the University Library System has long made collecting materials about the region a priority.

The Art of Noh: Woodblock Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo showcases reproductions of a spectacular series of Japanese color woodblock prints by the artist Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927). They are inspired by Noh, a theater form that originated in Japan in the fourteenth century, and represent a wide variety of performers as well as demons and ghosts.

Thanks to the generous donation of Pitt alumni Barry and Elizabeth Rosensteel, this collection is now home to 300 Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. This exhibit presents a series of prints by famous Edo period artists such as Utagawa, Ichirakutei, Katsukawa, and Totoya depicting portraits of Kabuki actors (yakusha-e) and women (bijinga). It also includes a set of privately published prints (sumimono), which were popular among wealthy merchants.

The History of Sound Recording exhibit illustrates the development of recording technology from Edison’s earliest tin foil cylinder to magnetic tape. On display are several early recording devices as well as items from our newest acquisition, the Bing Crosby Collection.

The Artist Books exhibit features artists' books, zines, and prints from the Frick Fine Arts Library Artists' Books collection. Artists' books are works of art that utilize the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects. The themes amongst this selection include racial and social justice, political activism, and environmentalism.

The Erroll Garner exhibit showcases original items from the collection in honor of the remastering and reissue of some of his most popular albums. Included are original master reels from Concert By The Sea, promotional performance posters, and photographs. Stop by the exhibit to scan the QR code or visit The Erroll Garner website and listen to one of the 12 newly remastered Garner albums.

Selections from the George A. Romero Archival Collection features props, publicity, and production materials from across the career of George A. Romero, an independent horror filmmaker best known for Night of the Living Dead. Materials document both some of his most famous films as well as unrealized projects.

Ethelbert Nevin: In his day, Ethelbert Nevin (1862-1901) was recognized as one of America’s leading pianists and composers. This exhibit draws from the Center for American Music’s Ethelbert Nevin Collection to document his life and career, which took him from Pittsburgh to Boston, New York, and Europe.

Selections from Archives & Special Collections’ Political Papers: Documenting public policy and civic engagement has been a focus for many archival repositories throughout the 20th century. Collections of political papers have been a major avenue for researchers to gain an understanding of these areas. Showcased here are buttons, badges, bumper stickers, posters, and flags that are indicative of materials that are found in many of our political collections. Much of these items were worn and used to promote specific candidates at the national conventions of the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Founded in 1929 by George Macy of New York City, the Limited Editions Club was a premiere subscription-based book club for book enthusiasts. The mission of the Limited Editions Club was to produce finely illustrated editions of classical literature to circulate to the membership. George Macy commissioned legendary artists, photographers, and illustrators to bring classic literature to life and published 548 titles between 1929-1985. Although production continued to decline over the years, the Limited Editions Club still circulated titles into the early 2000s. This exhibit will feature some beautiful examples produced by the Limited Editions Club.

While on the third floor, check out our digital wall of interactive exhibits!

  • The Art of Noh Woodblock Print by Tsukioka Kōgyo
  • Skyscraper University: A Timeline of the Cathedral of Learning
  • Borges and Gómez de la Serna in Buenos Aires: Avant garde explorations about literature and tradition (1921-1951)
  • Get with the Program: A guide to Musical Analysis and Storytelling, including Archival Comparisons
  • The Psychology of Film Design: A Re-Imagining of the World of 'The Shining' and Archival Comparisons
  • Remixing the Archive: Students use Archives & Special Collections @ Pitt to Create Visual Arguments

View our other exhibits in Hillman and around campus!

  • George A. Romero, Movie Posters – Hillman Library, Ground Floor Main Hallway
  • Erroll Garner & Martha Glaser – William Pitt Union, Ground Floor, International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame
  • Ramón Gómez de la Serna, "Greguerías"  – Posvar Hall, Global Hub Display Cases

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