Selected Comics & Illustrations from DC to Dürer
June 22 – September 26, 2015
in Upper and Lower Main Galleries
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition “Graphic Sensibility: Selected Comics & Illustrations from DC to Dürer,” at Hill Memorial Library now through September 26, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Superheroes, swamp monsters, and illustrations through the ages convey the power of the image in this visually rich exhibition featuring materials from a wide variety of materials housed in LSU Libraries Special Collections. This eclectic and vibrant assortment of materials represents the variety of resources available in LSU Libraries Special Collections, all of which rely heavily on graphics to express, narrate, describe and persuade.
Guest curator Brannon Costello, Associate Professor in the LSU Department of English, explores the concepts of place, race and identity in comics through his essays, “Southern Superheroes and Swamp Monsters: Comic Books and the South” and “Comics in Southern Fiction.” Faculty and staff at LSU Libraries Special Collections co-curated the exhibition, examining the Marvel title Fantastic Four as a source for conceptions of race and gender in popular culture, showcasing recently acquired graphic novels set in Louisiana, and highlighting graphic materials of scientific, political, literary and religious interest.
Film crews working on Fantastic Four filmed in Hill Memorial Library in Summer 2014 while on the LSU campus. The feature film is planned for release in August 2015.
Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Head of LSU Libraries Special Collections, notes that the timing of the film’s release is a great opportunity to highlight graphic materials in the collection. “What you see with this exhibition shows how comic books fit into the broader scope of our collecting, and h
ow they can and are used in the classroom and in the library. Reflections of gender, class, race, and much more can be seen in these materials. Our collections are rich in visual resources of all kinds, and are valued and used not just for their informational content but for their appearance and visual representation. The old cliché is really true – a picture really can be worth a thousand words,” said Lacher-Feldman.
On September 22, LSU Libraries Special Collections will present the symposium “New Faces under Old Masks: Race, Gender, and the Future of Superheroes,” featuring acclaimed scholars and creators of comics and graphic narratives. More details on this event will be announced soon.
Also on Display
H. DONALD DEVOL COLLECTION ON HUEY P. LONG, MSS. 3653
LOUISIANA AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY COLLECTIONS
in the Reading Room
Donald DeVol was the personal secretary of Huey P. Long from 1932 until Long’s death in 1935. Prior to his employment with Senator Long DeVol worked for Shell Oil Company. In order to avoid a transfer to Baltimore DeVol left his position at Shell and sought employment with Huey Long. DeVol went to Long’s Senate office in Washington and waited to speak with him about a job. Long hired him and DeVol did government work for Senator Long but did not handle Long’s Louisiana business affairs. DeVol also supervised the secretarial staff who worked in Washington.
This collection includes speeches, notes, and photographs of Huey P. Long in addition to personal items of both Long and DeVol. Noteworthy items include the personal Bible of Huey P. Long, which he carried with him everywhere he went.
Tempests: Storms in the Archives
June 8 – September 12, 2015
in the Lecture Hall
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LSU Libraries presents the exhibition “Tempests.”
Louisiana hurricanes have left their mark in correspondence, photographs, fictional accounts, federal legislation, and oral histories housed in LSU Libraries Special Collections. Archival materials such as these make it possible to take a long view of these storms, revealing recurring themes that can inform social, political and environmental policy making.
“Tempests” features historical materials from statehood in 1812 to the mid-2000s, in a variety of formats and languages, including personal correspondence, political papers, literature and audio excerpts from oral history interviews.