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What do artists read? Verbal/Visual: The Texts and Influences Behind Mason’s MFA Artists showcases work by six visual artists in Mason’s MFA program in the School of Art together with the books that have most informed the work.
All of the artists in this exhibit are graduating in May 2015 and have, over their time in the MFA program, developed a strong studio practice that includes both creating and reading. Each artist has selected a few books that have had a profound impact on their work. Visit the gallery to discover their visual work as well as some of their greatest influences found right here in the Mason Libraries’ collection. The exhibit runs through May 4, 2015.
In this exhibit are works by:
The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is the fifth of fourteen comic operas with music by Arthur Sullivan and book by W. S. Gilbert. Unlike all their other collaborations, which were first performed in London, Pirates received its official premiere in New York at the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 31 December 1879. Well over a century later, The Pirates of Penzance remains one of the most popular of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and indeed one of the most frequently performed works in all musical theatre. This exhibit traces its history from its earliest productions to the present day. The Pirates of Penzance will be performed April 24-26 by George Mason University’s School of Music in the Harris Theatre. The exhibit in Fenwick Library 2nd Floor, Wing A, runs from April 6-May 1.
Special thanks, recognition and shout-outs to the Mason Libraries’ current Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Professional Assistants for their energy, efforts and enthusiasm!
- Lindsey Bestebreurtje, Special Collections & Archives, Oral History Program Coordinator
- Stephen DiOrio, Collection Development
- Mika Endo, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
- Nicole Gordon, Collection Development, University Libraries
- Anup Kalburgi, Data Services
- Lakishmi Mamidanna, Gateway Library, Teaching & Learning Services
- Elizabeth Moore, Fenwick Research Services
- Venkata Mukkavalli, Mercer Library
- Maya Pham, Data Services
- Anne Smith, Fenwick Gallery Assistant
- Melanie Weyant, Arlington Campus Library
Mark Koyama, assistant professor in the Economics Department and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar, will present the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in 228 Gateway Library, Johnson Center at 2 p.m. Professor Koyama will present his findings on “The Birth of Religious Freedom: Liberalism, Rule of Law, and State Capacity, 1100–1800” which examined Western Europe as the birthplace of modern ideas of political freedom and religious toleration. His study uses a combination of new historical data and approaches from modern political economy. Professor Koyama’s research project was part of a larger endeavor, in collaboration with Professor Noel Johnson, Economics Department and Center for Study of Public Choice. They hope to publish the resulting monograph in 2016.
For more information about the Fenwick Fellow lecture and/or the fellowship program, please contact Debra Hogan, dhogan1 @gmu.edu, 7-3-993-2431.
As part of Mason Pride Week 2015, Gateway Library is sponsoring a screening of the film, Two Spirits, on March 31 at 3 p.m. in the JC Cinema. Two Spirits
examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of agay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a nadleehi or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered at the age of sixteen. The film discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine.
For more information on this event, contact Kara Kiblinger, kkiblin2 @ gmu.edu, 703-993-1142.