Dance & Performance

Teeny tiny artists' books

Submitted by christik on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:32

Peter and Donna Thomas are a couple of wandering artists who chronicle their adventures in their handmade books. Donna and her friend, Katy McLaughlin, trekked the John Muir Trail in 2002, which spans approximately 210 miles through California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. Their 29-day trip inspired several artists' books in which they hike from Yosemite Valley, through the High Sierras, and summit Mt. Whitney. [slideshow_deploy id='3105']   Peter makes the paper by hand, while Donna hand paints and binds the books.

Duke Ellington’s only opera "Queenie Pie"

Submitted by smacleod on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:18
Special Collections and Archives has a little known and rarely performed score of Duke Ellington’s only opera Queenie Pie. Ellington began work on the composition he called a “street opera” in 1962. He had just received a commission from public television station WNET in New York for an hour-long broadcast. The broadcast didn’t materialize, and in 1971 Ellington decided to expand the effort into a full-length production. He worked closely with librettist Betty McGettigan until Ellington’s death in 1974, but the work remained unfinished.

Collection Processed: Bernard Johnson papers (MS-P053)

Submitted by sseltzer on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:28
The following post was written by Special Collections and Archives intern Judy Chou, a library student at San Jose State University (SJSU)’s Master of Library and Information Science graduate program. She is graduating this month with her MLIS! Best of luck in your future endeavors, Judy! Through SJSU’s internship program, I have had the opportunity to intern at UCI Special Collections and Archives. For the past five months, I became intimately acquainted with the life of Bernard Johnson, a director, choreographer, performer, costume designer, and teacher.

Collections at Work: Irene Saltern Salinger papers (MS-P059)

Submitted by sseltzer on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:54
Archival collections are put to use in a variety of intellectual and creative ways, and we're on a mission to share them with you! Last Friday, a few of us Special Collections and Archives mavens made the trek across the fifth floor patio to the Caroline A. Laudati Conference Room to hear UCI Professor Emerita of History Lynn Mally give a talk on American fashion. The event was part of the Library Workshop Series hosted by the UCI Libraries, which features a number of events throughout the year.

New Exhibit "A Meditation on Plagues" December 11 – January 31, 2014

Submitted by smacleod on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 18:06
A new exhibit of artists’ books made by undergraduate art students has been installed in the Special Collections and Archives lobby cases, on the 5th floor of Langson Library. The artist’s books were made by the students as final projects in Professor Antoinette LaFarge’s Art 106C, Design for Print, class.

New Archival Collections in the Performing Arts and Art History Available Now

Submitted by smacleod on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 16:55

In an earlier post, we introduced our efforts to provide researchers with access to unprocessed collections. We recently completed the project, which surfaced 219 previously hidden archival collections to the public, comprising over 1,250 linear feet of material. We will continue to share brief information about recently “exposed” collections here in the “New & Noteworthy Collections” blog. Below is information about a group of collections related to the Performing Arts and Art History.

Verena Ruegg Collection

Submitted by aeyun on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:34

Not too much is known about the life of Verena Ruegg. The things we know can be counted in one hand, perhaps two, but definitely no more than three: She was born in San Francisco, CA. She attended Chouinard Art institute, and then Otis Art Institute. She participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics, competing in the Art Competitions for the United States. Her house was destroyed in a fire in 1939, but her husband, Fred Robinson, made every effort to save her paintings. The next year, her husband was killed by a car while out walking the family dog, Rags. She died in 1973.