Exhibition: The Three Phases by Alex Gawronski

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Published on: 5 September 2014

The Three Pases21 August to 13 October 2014
The Three Phases is a series of 55 predominantly colour photographs mounted on gaterboard. These photos were edited down from hundreds of related others. All the photographs were taken around various Sydney University campuses especially at Sydney College of the Arts and Fisher Library my two workplaces. The photos also include reframed images of otherwise random pages within books I have discovered recently as a frequent user of the Library. Each cabinet has been arranged according to a particular book title suggesting a theme. These constitute the ‘three phases’ of the work’s overarching title; Phase One – The Construction of Reality, Phase Two – The Art Crisis and Phase Three – Archaeology as a Political Practice. There is a strong focus on the everyday in this ensemble of works that is combined at times with other more absurdist representations. This combination speaks of a certain anxiety regarding the ‘truth’ of photographic imagery in our pervasively digital age but also the freedom for constant recombination digital technology allows. Overall, the images are arranged to imply an open poetic narrative relative to the theme of each cabinet. Their arrangement over three descending floors also hints at the spatial dimension of photographs as a collective archive to be mined in ever differing ways.

Fisher Library and Sydney College of the Arts Series of Art projects
This series, curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg, showcases the work of Sydney College of the Arts students, staff and alumni for the wider University community.

Where: Levels 2, 3 and 4 exhibition cabinets, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

For further information contact:
Dr Michael Goldberg
E michael.goldberg@sydney.edu.au

EXHIBITION Books and Things: Collections for Pacific Studies

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Published on: 23 April 2014

copyright Michael MyersCurated by Erna Lilje
24 April to 19 December 2014

This exhibition illustrates the wealth of the Library’s holdings related to Pacific Studies. It includes early printed books, maps and charts, works of natural history and fiction. The books and documents on display are complemented by artefacts from the Macleay Museum’s holdings and together they celebrate the wealth of the University of Sydney’s heritage collections.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

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Symposium – The Great Novels of 1814: Austen, Burney, Edgeworth and Scott

novels1814This symposium celebrates the bicentenary of four great novels published in the same year. Jane Austen is widely known and loved by a vast audience and The Great Novels of 1814 exhibition currently on display in the Fisher Library celebrates her novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley.

The proceedings will be chaired by Professor Margaret Harris, University of Sydney, starting at 9.30am with a welcoming morning tea during your registration. The symposium will feature papers from Professor William Christie, University of Sydney, Emeritus Professor Jocelyn Harris, University of Otago, Dr Stephanie Russo and Dr Ryan Twomey, Macquarie University, and Dr Olivia Murphy, Murdoch University.

A sandwich lunch will be provided at midday followed by a choice of activities: a screening of the film Amazing Grace, which is part of the Films at Fisher program complementing The Great Novels of 1814 exhibition, as well as the chance to visit the Nicholson and Macleay Museums.

At 5.30pm there will be a talk by Jacqui Grainger, Manager of Rare Books and Special Collections, about curating the exhibition, followed by a reception in the Exhibition Space, and a private viewing with the opportunity to talk to Jacqui more about the exhibition.

Event details

When: Wednesday 16 April 2014
Time:
9.30am – 7.30pm
Where: Seminar Room, Level 2, Fisher Library F03, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free with booking required. Places are limited to 50.
RSVP by Thursday 10 April 2014
E library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au
T 9114 0866

Great Novels of 1814: Austen, Burney, Edgeworth and Scott

novels1814Exhibition
6 February to 17 April 2014

This year we celebrate the bicentenary of four great novels published in the same year. Jane Austen is widely known and loved by a vast audience and this exhibition celebrates her novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

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Image: From Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott (Hurst, Robinson & Co 1821), one of the Three-Decker Collection at Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Sydney Library.

Exhibition: Treasures lost and found

LostTreasures5_15618 November 2013 to 31 January 2014

Shipwrecks and lost treasures captivate human curiosity and inspire treasure seeking. These books purchased to support postgraduate studies on Chinese and Vietnamese pottery describe treasured pottery. They provide a background to rumours and clues about the voyages and underwater sites where ships were thought to have sunk.

Cargoes of unique Chinese and Vietnamese pottery were shipped to remote destinations but not all ports were reached. Some ships suffered disastrous misfortunes and sunk to the sudden destination of the seabed.

The exhibition is presented by Aleksandra Nikolic (Arts Team) and the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 3, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Further information
T 9351 4762
E aleksandra.nikolic@sydney.edu.au

Sense and Sensibilities – a history of the neurosciences

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Published on: 1 November 2013

Neurosciences156Exhibition dates
18 June to 17 December 2013

The brain must surely be the most fascinating of all human organs. The early anatomists first explored its secrets; the physiologists began to investigate its pathways; the clinicians made clinic-pathological connections but we still have much to learn. This display includes many of the original works of the 14th to 19th centuries, which laid the foundations of our current knowledge of the neurosciences.

The exhibition is presented by the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and International Society for the History of the Neurosciences.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E sara.hilder@sydney.edu.au

Image: Descartes, René, 1596-1650
De homine fi guris, et Latinitate donates a Florentio Schuyl
Lugduni Batavorum, ex offi cinal Hackiana, 1664. D3 Moore Collection.

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Colin Rhodes: Shibboleth

Exhibition dates
12 August – 28 March 2014

Shibboleth by Colin Rhodes is the first project in the Fisher Library Series of Art Installations which explore ideas about the functions and purposes of libraries and the many different manifestations of books available to readers and researchers through library collections. The Series will also look at how contemporary art can revive an appreciation of the printed page in an age of digital media.

Colin Rhodes is the Dean of Sydney College of the Arts. Rhodes’ research is primarily in the areas of 20th century and contemporary art history and theory. He has written and lectured widely on Modernism, especially Expressionism in its many forms, and Self-Taught and Outsider Art. His books include the influential Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (2000), which has also been published in Spanish, French and Finnish editions, and Primitivism and Modern Art (1994), which is also in French translation. He has a particular interest in the ways in which western art and culture has interacted with that of its perceived others, and in those cultures of production that exist in the margins of the dominant art world. He is a regular contributor to Raw Vision, Création Franche and The Burlington Magazine. He has a keen commitment to drawing and exhibits his own art occasionally.

This installation is curated by Michael Goldberg, a senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts. He holds a particular interest in working in spaces not usually associated with contemporary art and how artwork that is commissioned specifically for those spaces can enliven them, encourage discussion and bring about new perspectives. He has curated art projects for Sydney Living Museums at Elizabeth Bay House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the Australian Museum and the City of Sydney.

The installations makes use of minimal labeling and instead encourage viewers to look at Tumblr and other blog sites associated with the projects. These online resources will offer artists’ information, descriptions and interpretations.

The exhibition is presented by the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and Sydney College of the Arts

Where: Exhibition showcases, Level 2, 3 and 4, Fisher Library North.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Image C.Rhodes, Australian Spirit I-IV and Nude Woman with Raised Arms (Level 2 Fisher North) taken by Michael Goldberg

Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits — Sharon Zwi


DavidStrattonW15622 May — 29 June 2013

The exhibition has been extended to 31 July 2013.
Please note: some portraits have been collected since 1 July.

Exhibition Space
Level 2, Fisher Library F03
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Open daily during Fisher Library opening times
Closed Sunday

Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits now presents 42 composite grid photographs in black & white, in the style of traditional analogue photography akin to a contact sheet. Each portrait is made up of 25 images spanning the person’s life.

Each photograph celebrates from babyhood to the present life, people whose achievements Zwi admires and respects. Not all are high profile people, but many are: Eva Cox, Margaret Whitlam, Michael Kirby, John Coetzee, Bob Debus, Bruce Petty and David Stratton, to name only seven out of the 42 complete portraits. The collection of 42 portraits is represented by about half featuring women, and half of men. There are politicians, feminists, teachers, scientists, activists, environmentalists, refugees, filmmakers, writers, social commentators – the list goes on. The photographs supplied to Zwi have been sourced from personal photo albums and archives. Each composite portrait was a personal collaboration with the subject and the artist. The last portrait in each grid has been taken by Zwi herself.

Photographs address the photographer’s interest in memory, place, identity and history: each photo was taken in a time and place of different historical events. Zwi also finds it fascinating to see the changes as people grow up, mature and age; at what stage you see the ‘essence’ of the person, when their personalities are formed and their faces take on their identity. Zwi has chosen the people in these portraits as she feels they are making a difference in society in various ways – some intentionally and others simply in the way they contribute in their community.

Sharon Zwi was a finalist in the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize, at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, with portrait of David Stratton. Zwi studied Art and Photography at Reading University in the U.K. and Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Zwi has taught art and photography and has exhibited at the Sydney’s Kodak Gallery. Her work is about the world we live in, the environment and people. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, social issues have always been of primary importance, and these are reflected in her art practice. Zwi moved from Johannesburg to the UK in her 20s and moved to Sydney in 1982, where she undertook more arts studies in Photography at TAFE and Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.

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Contact
Rhonda Myers, Coordinator, Library Communications
T 9351 7266
E rhonda.myers@sydney.edu.au

ANZAC display! A new exhibition the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections

25 March to Friday 5 April 2013

ANZAC material from the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections is on display in the Fisher Library Level 2 exhibition area until Friday 5th April.

Notable items include the Gallipoli diary of Francis Badham Oliver, C.E.W. Bean’s personal copy of the ANZAC book which was compiled by troops in the trenches and camps of Gallipoli in 1916, and the Sydney University Union War Service Record of Captain Percy Storkey, recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for acts of bravery in wartime.

The display is open the same hours as Fisher Library.

History Matters! a new exhibition on the history of anaesthesia

23 January to 12 May 2013AnaestheticWeb_156

Painless surgery is a modern phenomenon, but the concept was an ancient one. The exhibition includes many of the pioneering works of 16th to 19th century medical science, which transformed the idea into a reality.

Presented by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the University of Sydney Library this joint exhibition features rarely seen books from the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and the Richard Bailey Library, in association with retired anaesthetic equipment from the Harry Daly Museum.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library

Further information
T 9036 6465
E sara.hilder@sydney.edu.au

Image: The administration of nitrous oxide and ether by means of a Clover’s Portable Ether Inhaler, a special form of stopcock, and a detached gas-bag.
Frederick W. Hewitt, Anaesthetics and their Administration (1893)

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