*EXHIBITS: We are pleased to host the following exhibit in the Collins Link:
Louder Than Words: A Portrait of the Black Panther Movement: (February 1-May 15, 2018)
Full list of library exhibits (past, present and future)
- Exhibit: “Louder Than Words: A Portrait of the Black Panther Movement”, (February 1-May 15, 2018)
Curated by Black Panther Party Archivist and Historian Bill Jennings, Louder than Words: A Portrait of the Black Panther Movement focuses on the Party’s social justice and community programs. The exhibit features a broad range of artifacts, including original pamphlets, newspapers, memorabilia and books on the Black Panther reading list. The Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California, by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton while they attended college. Motivated by the Civil Rights Movement, the assassination of Malcolm X, and riots in Los Angeles, the initial impetus for the party was to protect local African American neighborhoods against police brutality. However, the party was more than armed patrols. It also established free breakfast programs, health clinics, and some of the first drug education programs. Billy Jennings grew up in San Diego and moved to Oakland in June 1968. He was a member of the Black Panther Party from 1968 to 1974. He currently works to maintain the legacy of the Black Panther Party, running the website It’s About Time which was started by former members of the Black Panther Party in Sacramento in 1995. The Link, Collins Library.
- Monday, Feb. 12: A Conversation with Bill Jennings, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Trimble Forum.
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- Puget Sound Book Artists: Summer 2018
- Mark Hoppmann, Tacoma Artist: Fall 2018
Partially funded by a Tacoma Artist Initiative Project (TAIP) grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, The Imaginarium is an exhibition of new work by Tacoma book artist and illustrator, Mark Hoppmann. See if you can translate the cryptic text of Coptic bound, Hidden Writings, a, handwritten and illustrated manuscript transcribed in a new alphabet inspired by the decaying wharfs of Tacoma’s seafaring past.Or explore the strange collection of images found in A Garden of Earthly Delights as the artist attempts to depict what Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece might have looked like had he lived in the present day Pacific Northwest.In addition to alliterative haiku in Ode to the Northwest, a collection of sketches titled Menagerie, and other new works, the exhibition will also include previous works not to mention many of the artist’s past and current sketchbooks, studies, and tools, all of which challenge the viewer’s perceptions of the Pacific Northwest and the art of the book.Mark Hoppmann graduated from Drake University with a BFA in graphic Design and Commercial Art in addition to studying art for one year in Florence Italy. After working for twenty years in the graphic arts industry as an offset pressman, prepress and bindery operator, he resumed his art career and has been an artist in Tacoma Washington, working primarily as a book artist, illustrator, and watercolor painter for the last twenty years. He says, I have always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which in turn, inspire my art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, my intent is to design illustrated books for those, “with ‘satiable curtiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, but thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.
- Jessica Spring, Tacoma Artist: Winter 2019
Memory Lane, and the description for TAIP follows, though exactly what form this all takes I’m not yet sure. I’d love to include the work of other artists too, particularly non book artists. This exhibit is partially funded by a Tacoma Artist Initiative Project (TAIP) grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission.As an aging artist having a front-row seat to my father’s ravaging by Alzheimer’s disease, memory continues to be an intriguing, even unavoidably nagging topic of interest. In a previous exhibition entitled “reCollection” I created a miniature museum of ephemera in Tacoma’s downtown Post Office building, examining how objects—even the most ephemeral—can be a trigger for memory.It is my intention to continue my investigation of this theme, particularly focusing on aspects of retention and loss. As humans we employ many memory aids—from digital apps to old-fashioned mnemonic devices—to readily access facts we need. Derived from the Greek μνημονικός (mnēmonikos) and related to Mnemosyne, the mythological goddess of memory, mnemonics make use of encoding, retrieval cues and imagery to better retain information. Ancient Greeks identified two types of memory: “natural” is inborn and used instinctively; and the other “artificial,” which one can train and develop. Commonly encountered mnemonics are often used for lists and in auditory form, such as acronyms or memorable phrases, but mnemonics can also be used in visual or kinesthetic forms.As a letterpress printer, I employ such mnemonic devices on a daily basis—to recall how type is distributed in cases (big cars drive elephants into small ford garages), adjust the height on a press (right raise / left lower), or mix inks (ROY G BIV)—and confess I still rely on reciting “30 days hath September…” to determine a month’s length. Wordplay makes a constant appearance in my work, so there is much here to inspire as I often employ text as image. I will draw from found materials, my collection of wood and metal type and ornaments to create an artist book, reinforcing and expanding the content with structure. I’m interested in exploring memory from multiple vantage points, both artistic and scientific, and that sweet spot where both dance together.