Collection Highlights

Turkish Film Poster Exhibit

This exhibit will showcase Turkish Film Posters from the collection of Stanford Libraries and Academic Information Resources. The exhibition will feature rare, yet highly sought-after, hand-drawn film posters that date back to the early 1950s offering the best examples of the Turkish film industry's golden years. The exhibit will highlight concepts such as foreign adaptations and imitations, Western and Eastern influence and representations of gender, minority, or majority, and as a result will provide a base for discussion between Turkish cinema and other cinemas. By providing visual print materials and scholarly research, we expect to initiate further discussion on interpretation of poster art as historical artifact and Turkish cinema in general, and incorporating cinema in teaching of humanities and social sciences in particular.

When: Ongoing every day from Monday, October 3, 2011 through Friday, October 14, 2011.

Where: Cecil H. Green Library, East Wing Lobby


Stanford Silicon Valley Archives include records of Steve Jobs' early career

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs announced last week his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc. If you want to see the records of his early career with Apple, you can view the Stanford Silicon Valley Archives, which include the Apple Computer, Inc. records from 1977 to 1998. There's a story in the Stanford Report with Green Library's Henry Lowood, curator for history of science and technology collections; you can see see a related video here.


Cantor Arts Center presents book arts from Stanford Library Collection, June 1 through August 28

Ninja Press, Burn Down the Zendo, 2004, Stanford Library Special Collections

The Cantor Arts Center is presenting an exhibition featuring the "new book," as defined by contemporary art practices, successful experiments with media, and innovative structures in book production. “The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses,” on view from June 1 through August 28, includes some of the most significant works from each press, with approximately 50 works in all.

From the Cantor Arts Center's press release:

"During the last 50 years, the conception and production of the book has evolved into an art form that exceeds all former standards for the book as object. Book arts have become a mature medium, and California artists and printers are leaders in the fine arts of the book," said Roberto G. Trujillo, head of Stanford Library's Department of Special Collections, which is lending works for this exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center. "We are pleased to share these exemplary works from our Special Collections for the exhibition, and we hope this display inspires viewers to come to the library to further explore this artistic medium."

The exhibition presents works by Foolscap Press (Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence G. Van Velzer) of Santa Cruz; Moving Parts Press (Felicia Rice) of Santa Cruz; Ninja Press (Carolee Campbell) of Sherman Oaks; Peter Koch Printers (Peter Rutledge Koch) of Berkeley; and Turkey Press (Harry and Sandra Reese) of Isla Vista. Each press is unique, and each produces books and related art with a rich variety of content and media, often in collaboration with other artists and writers and often incorporating their own writing and art practices. All five presses are distinguished by their typographic sophistication, excellent design, discerning presswork, and attention to the bookbinder’s art.

A companion exhibition, “Illustrated Title Pages: 1500 – 1900” on view through October 16 at the Cantor, traces the development of layouts, printmaking techniques, and typography through title pages.

The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses
Cantor Arts Center
June 1 – August 28, 2011
Admission is free.


Stanley Fish on Howl as literary criticism

Allen Ginsberg reading his poems to the crowd in Washington Square Park in 1966.

Literary critic Stanley Fish has an enthusiastic essay on the new film Howl in the New York Times' Opinionator blog. Fish says of the film:

There are movies based on literary works (“Paradise Lost” is on the way, I am told), bio-pics about literary greats (“Bright Star,” “The Hours”), movies that feature a bit of literary criticism (“Animal House,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The History Boys”), even movies — documentaries — about literary critics (Zizek and Derrida, who are only literary critics occasionally), but no movies I know of about literary criticism as such. None, that is, until “Howl,” the new movie about Allen Ginsberg starring James Franco, which is not only about literary criticism but is the performance of literary criticism, an extended “explication de texte.”

Check our catalog SearchWorks for Ginsberg's poem Howl. We also have here in Special Collections Ginsberg's papers, photographic archive, and film and video archive.


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