Archive for the ‘exhibits’ Category

The Printed Page III exhibit

February 28, 2018

This exhibit opens March 2nd and is one of a series of satellite exhibits celebrating Denver’s Mo’Print 2018 (Month of Printmaking Series). The series features both prints and book works by artists who primarily work in the book arts field. The Dayton Memorial Library exhibit includes work by artists living in Austria, Netherlands, and the United States.

Campaign Clocks of Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 – 1945

February 14, 2018

EXHIBIT : 4th floor, Library, Notarianni Political Collection – last 3 sections of the exhibit case.

One of the interests of presidential campaign memorabilia from past elections is the light they shine on the values and attitudes of their time. On Dec 5, 1933, FDR repealed Prohibition. The clock face shows the bartender with a mechanical arm shaking a drink while the room behind him burns in a fire.

The message is subtle: Prohibition resulted in people drinking secretly in crowded fire-traps. FDR helped the nation by repealing this dangerous amendment. Is this clock face an example of changing times? Would a candidate today depict graphically a picture, or film clip of a horrific disaster on his/her campaign item? It does not seem likely.

The Archives would love to hear from you if you have an opinion on this question. Please email me with your answer.
Elizabeth Cook, Archivist.

Fotos de Habana Vieja – exhibit of photographs by Tony Ortega

January 29, 2018

For the month of February, Dayton Memorial Library presents “Fotos de Habana Vieja” by Anthony Ortega, associate professor, Fine and Performing Arts, Regis College. The exhibit can be viewed in the Doyle and Margaret Hartman Gallery and the Fireplace Lounge from February 1 through February 28, 2018.

Ortega offers the following artist statement about the exhibit:
Historically, artists have responded to social concerns with artwork that depicts culture, traditions, social injustice, human rights, environmental degradation and political power. My goal as an artist is to create artwork that is personal and which expresses a sense of social responsibility.

I created these photographs with digital technology by using three IPAD apps: Vivid HDR to capture the images, Snapseed to process the photos, and Vintage Scene to stylize the images. In my creative process, distortion and exaggeration are used for emotional effect.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many places in Latin America. In May of 2017, my wife and I traveled to Havana. It was an amazing and insightful experience. Since my return, I have had flashbacks of people’s faces, of places we visited and of the moving stories we heard. Based in Old Havana, we visited local art and cultural centers as well as museums, venues in which we became immersed in the beautiful Cuban culture.

Francisco, our airbnb host, has lived in Habana Vieja for many years and is very knowledgeable about the local area. He is street smart and seems to know everyone. He gave us good advice and helped us navigate and understand the city and its culture. We observed Francisco and noted his relationships with friends and others, relationships that appeared to be a microcosm of the people of Cuba who have survived the US embargo. This embargo has significantly affected everybody in Cuba.

The Cuban people help each other with their street smarts, the exchange of services and knowledge as well as mutual financial support. We admire these amazing people and their remorsefulness in the challenge to endure and survive. We wish them the best and hope one day to return to Havana and see them again!!! I am in solidarity with the people of Cuba.

“The Newest Americans Prom” photo exhibit in the Library

January 5, 2018

John Abramson photography show on exhibit January 5 – 30, 2018.

The teenagers in these photographs are all refugees; their families fled their home countries by no fault of their own. Families escaped civil disorder, violence and conflict. Some left their countries crossing unmarked borders by foot, day and night. Most of the youth featured in this exhibit spent their childhood in refugee camps in Kenya or Rwanda. After years of uncertainty, these teenagers arrived with their families in a strange land with a new language and culture, starting over in the United States from scratch.

Prom is an American coming-of-age ritual where teens get dressed up, usually have dates and celebrate in high school gyms. They dance to the latest pop music and have fun. Three years ago, a group of ACC’s International CITY teens decided to host their own prom. These teenagers came from countries with their own traditions, music and dances. Pairing as dates is often not part of their cultures, however, getting dressed up, looking their best, being with friends, dancing to their favorite music, meeting new people and having fun are common to all cultures.

“The Newest Americans Prom” will be on exhibit in the Fireplace Lounge in Dayton Memorial Library now through Jan. 30.

Sculptures by James Dixon on exhibit

November 5, 2017

Sculptor James Dixon will present his work in the Dayton Memorial Library through November. The exhibit is in the DML fireplace lounge and the Doyle and Margaret Hartman Gallery.

As a visual artist, James Dixon has used his cultural experience and knowledge to achieve universality rather than create a barrier to mainstream culture. Because his work is not bound by ethnic stereotypes, his audience is able to appreciate his art as an expression that unites rather than divides diverse communities and interests. In this way, Dixon is a global citizen whose work becomes a crossroads of exploration into the ever-expanding realm of worldwide artistic creation.

Dixon’s bronze sculptures are also currently on display at Art of Life Gallery, located in Denver, Colorado, and Shidoni Foundry and Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Disability Rights Movement exhibit

October 24, 2017

On display through October 31st, the Disability Rights Movement exhibit contains photos and materials starting with the first protests for accessibility and spanning to the present day. The Atlantis Community/ADAPT, two seminal advocacy groups for people with disabilities, requested that their archives not be included in the exhibit – as initially planned – after learning about the unequal accessibility of the location including the front steps and lack of front door wheelchair accessibility to the Dayton Memorial Library.

The Popular Vote…Loses

October 10, 2017

“The Popular Vote…Loses” is a new exhibit on the end shelves of the Notarianni Political Collection, 4th floor, Dayton Memorial Library.

Five presidential candidates have won the popular vote of the people, and yet lost the election: Andrew Jackson, 1824; Samuel Tilden, 1876; Grover Cleveland, 1888; Al Gore, 2000; and Hillary Clinton, 2016. They lost the election because they got fewer votes in the Electoral College. This exhibit displays some of the campaign items of the losers, as well as those of their victorious opponents.
Memoribilia from the Notarianni Political Collection

Celebrating Libraries exhibit and events

April 5, 2017

National Library Week is April 9th – 15th! Join us in celebrating libraries by attending the Library Fair on Wednesday, April 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We’ll have information booths outside in front of the library, as well as food and giveaways.

Come inside and see the coordinating exhibit in the fireplace lounge, presenting art and artifacts from libraries as well as a gallery of READ posters.

Digital Doodles exhibit

February 24, 2017

Doodling has long been regarded as a distraction and a waste of time; not only the doodler’s time, but also the time of anyone who may be attempting to teach the doodler. René L. DeAnda has discovered the hidden helpfulness doodling provides, as her pen acts as a recording device for not only what is being presented, but for recording the energies present in the vicinity as well. Digital Doodles is a compilation of original and digitized doodles; Ms. DeAnda is very excited to share them with you; the exhibit is on display for the month of February.

Holy Words, Holy Images – Then and Now

December 7, 2016

The Dayton Memorial Library presents an exhibition during December and January of the holy books of 2 traditions, The Bible and the Qur’an. The exhibit presents the imagery by which they taught the faithful, which combines original and published images for display.

Early handmade leaves from 13th century prayer books and a 15th century woodblock printed leaf present Biblical imagery. Sandow Birk, an American artist living in Los Angeles, has depicted holy Qur’anic passages in his paintings of contemporary Islam. Lastly, the advent of the camera and the power of digital techniques has presented a new means of further expressing the spiritual life.

The exhibit is on display in the Doyle & Margaret Hartman exhibit gallery.

Bible Qur'an exhibit