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Exhibits in the Library

Arts Library

Roll Film/Cue Tape: The Legacy of Moving Image Formats

Through April 25

To celebrate the ongoing legacy of moving image carriers, the Arts Library and UCLA Film and Television Archive present an eclectic display of various film gauges, magnetic tape formats, and related odds and ends, contextualized with reference books, catalogs, and ephemera.


Powell Library Building

Grow(ing) Up! The UCLA Library Baby Record Books Collection

Through April 2014

This exhibit features examples from UCLA Library Special Collections's large and unique baby books collection, which consists of nineteenth-to-twenty-first-century baby books -- that is, memory books in which parents could record a child's activities and developmental milestones and which provided a place to gather photographs, locks of hair, and other mementos. The books and their handwritten and pasted-in contents have been used for research and teaching in pediatrics, printing history, economic and social status, material culture, linguistics, architecture, advertising, folklore, depictions of family, and other topics and disciplines.


Charles E. Young Research Library East Exhibit Case

The Eclectic View

Through April

Eclecticism has often implied a mode of distraction -– an indiscriminate accumulation of disparate styles and motifs. Its manifestation in architecture, on the other hand, has often been more systematic. This exhibit presents a selection of architectural books featuring Beaux-Arts façade elevation drawings. With a screen of strategically cut architectural trace drawing paper on the surface of the case, the exhibit installation operates as both a collection of disparate objects featuring eclectic architecture as well as a more systematic screening device able to direct and edit views and perspectives. Given its location within the library lobby, the exhibit thus aims to engage with the library as a similar screening apparatus in the face of an infinite accumulation of eclectically varied points of knowledge contained within. The exhibit has been assembled by Christina Gray, doctoral student in the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.


Charles E. Young Research Library Lobby Gallery

Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food

Through April 20

What can the “literature of food” – including literary realism, late modernism, magic realism, culinary writing, food memoir, and advertising – tell us about the connection between this country's identity and its agricultural practices? In her recently published book Global Appetites, UCLA Professor Allison Carruth analyzed texts ranging from Willa Cather’s novels to Novella Carpenter’s nonfiction to offer an account of how industrial agriculture has informed not just U.S. dietary habits and culinary discourse but also the country's global economic power. Drawn primarily from UCLA Library circulating and special collections, the contents in this exhibit follow the chapters in Carruth’s book. Its explanatory texts are also excerpted from her narrative.


Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections

Illuminated Manuscripts in the UCLA Library Special Collections

Through June

This exhibit features illuminated manuscripts and early printed books.