Pollak Library Exhibits Schedule

Exhibit Opening, 2011

Current Exhibits and Book Displays

The Big Bang Theory

Dates:  February 27 - March 27, 2015
Curators/Contributors:  Reference and Instruction Librarians Joy Sage, Joy Lambert, Anne Rimmer and Exhibit Coordinator Trish Campbell
Location:  First Floor, Pollak Library North (near the elevators)
Description:  This library-curated book display celebrates the television show The Big Bang Theory. Several of the characters on the show work at Caltech, a California University much like this one. Being scientists and self-proclaimed nerds, these PhDs have many books in their apartment. This display has some of those books, but it also includes guest stars, books, and fictional characters they discuss on the show, such as Stephen Hawking, Lord of the Rings, and Batman. The display showcases books ranging from serious hard science, like physics, to comic books.

Kathy Sloane's Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club

Dates: February 11 - March 24, 2015
Project Director: Benjamin Cawthra, PhD, Department of History (CSUF)
Location: Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery
Description: The exhibit commemorates the legendary San Francisco jazz club. Kathy Sloane's photographs and interviews recall a singular community space during a time of cultural change. The exhibition will feature Sloane's photographs, text and audio from oral histories, and memorabilia from the club.

Writing Across Media

Dates: January - March 2015
Organizer: Martha Webber, PhD, Assistant Professor English, Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics (CSUF)
Curator: Nicky Rehnberg, Graduate Student (CSUF)
Location: West Terrace, Pollak Library Second Floor
Description: A key aspect of the exhibit is interactivity, which will take viewers on a trip through the materiality of the writing process--a recursive "adventure" that includes pre-writing, drafting, revising, and producing or performing a "final" text.

Misfires, Cul-de-sacs, and Mistakes

Dates: November 4, 2014 - March 30, 2015
Curator: Klutch Stanaway
Location: East Terrace, Pollak Library Second Floor
Description: The exhibition offers a glimpse into the process of an artist. The artist in the studio makes innumerable wrong turns, suffers material mistakes, makes plans that never materialize, and does experiments that possess them for weeks only to realize their idea is a conceptual cul-de-sac.

Second Act Inspirations

Dates: June 4, 2014 - May 31, 2015
General Curator: Elizabeth Redmon
Location: Pollak Library First Floor North 
Description: In 2014 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in the Ruby Gerontology Center at CSUF is celebrating its 35th anniversary. OLLI provides a continued learning experience for seniors in Orange County. This mixed media exhibit is scheduled to be installed in early June, run through the end of May 2015 and will rotate on a monthly basis.

Upcoming Exhibits

The following exhibits are scheduled to go on display in Pollak Library.

Historical European Martial Arts: A Lost Legacy

Dates: April - June 2015
Student Curator: Myles Cupp
Location: Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery
Description: Will display the emergent field of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), featuring reproductions of surviving manuals on combat from the medieval period, Renaissance and beyond. Accompanying these reproductions will be replicas of historical arms and armor. The exhibit will also feature displays highlighting the role of women, Africans, and Jewish communities that have survived in the historical record.

The Birds & the Beasts: Following the Great Wildebeest Migration (working title)

Dates:  October - December 2015 (tentatively)
Curator:  Diane Witmer, PhD, APR, Fellow PRSA
Location:  Terrace, Pollak Library Second Floor
Description:  This exhibit consists primarily of photographs and images taken or created by Witmer. The images displayed are of wildlife from Tanzania, including Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti, following the route of wildebeest on their great migration, which is widely considered one of the wonders of the natural world.

Igniting Sales Careers - Sales Leadership Center

Dates:  TBD
Curator:  Mark Mantey
Location:  First Floor North
Description:   This display highlights the Sales Leadership Center in the Mihaylo College of Business, what it has to offer and how it can be used by students.  The goal is to help build awareness, highlight the Center's certificate, sales education, leadership, team-work, corporate partners and networking opportunities.

The History of African American Concert Dance

Dates:  January - March 2016
Curators:  Rita D. Page and Alvin Rangel
Location:  Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery
Description:  The exhibit will tell the story of African American concert dancers from the 1930s to the 1970s as part of the social protest movements for civil rights. This exhibit explores the contributions Black dancers and choreographers made to the cultural, political and social context of life in America.

Exhibiting Gender De/Re-Constructed: The Women's History Month Prize for Artistic Excellence

Dates:  January - March 2016
Curator: Karyl Ketchum, PhD
Location:  Terrace, Pollak Library Second Floor
Description:  In support of "Women's History Month" during the month of March, the Women & Gender Studies Program at CSUF will explore age-old beliefs about gender identity as well as reconstructing our notions of gender based on ideals of fluidity, diversity and nonconformity. The goal is to raise campus community awareness on the ways in which we can intellectually and socially stretch our notions of gender identity.

Science in Comics

Dates: TBD
Curator: Zoe Pettway Unno, PhD, Science Librarian, Pollak Library (CSUF)
Location: First Floor South (when it re-opens)
Description: Comic books are universally enjoyed and can be used to convey scientific concepts in education. This exhibit explores some of the forms of comics that present science for better understanding.

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