Sincere and Emotional: Stories of Connection

The William H. Hannon Library’s Fall 2018 exhibition from Archives and Special Collections is now on display in the Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery. “Sincere and Emotional: Stories of Connection” includes books, manuscripts, poetry, correspondence, drawings, prints, and sculpture from authors and artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Marilyn Monroe, Harriet Tubman, John August Swanson, Corita Kent, Will Pupa, Max Thalmann, Jane Austen, and many more.

sculpture of nun and priest
Detail of “That All May Have LIfe” by Will Pupa

Drawn from our Archives and Special Collections, with loans from artist Will Pupa, the Corita Art Center and the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture and the Arts, this exhibition was curated by LMU graduate student in English, Nina Keen, with editorial assistance provided by Rachel Mullens (LMU ’18). The items in this exhibition tell stories of human connection: our connection to faith, our familial bonds, and our working relationships.

The exhibition is aligned with the theme of this year’s Bellarmine Forum, “Collaboration and Creativity.” The Marymount Institute of Faith, Culture and the Arts, a leading partner of this year’s Forum, is itself featured within the gallery. “I felt a sense of kinship to the people who created these wonderful pieces of art and writing,” says curator Nina Keen, “and my hope is that you will too.”

title page of Northanger Abbey
Detail of title page from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (1818)

“Keen’s exhibition invites viewers to connect to the human experience,” says Cynthia Becht, Head of Archives and Special Collections. “We can reflect on an unidentified Belgian nun, whose 18th century manuscript of liturgical music is on display, and marvel over Hans Holbein, who, barely out of his teens, collaborated on a book project that shot him to fame, opening doors for him to become Henry VIII’s court painter. I love how the art work of Corita Kent and John August Swanson, onetime teacher and student, seem to be in conversation with each other. I love how contemporary artists, Beatrice Wood and Will Pupa, have created works that are reminiscent of objects from earlier eras. This exhibition reminds us that artifacts resonate with shared emotion as well as encourage intellectual discovery.”

“So many emotions are expressed through these objects: love, pride, fear, disappointment, devotion, hope.” says Becht. “I hope viewers will feel the presence of the people whose stories are glimpsed in the exhibition”

manuscripts and printed works
Various manuscripts and printed works on display (15th-18th century)

The Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and is located on level 3 of the William H. Hannon Library on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on September 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

For more information about this exhibition, please contact Special Collections.

About Archives & Special Collections

The William H. Hannon Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections acquires, preserves, makes available, and promotes rare and unique research materials of enduring historical and cultural value in support of Loyola Marymount University’s mission to provide a transformative academic experience. We seek to enhance learning and scholarship at the university and worldwide through our diverse collections, services, and collaborative programs.

About the William H. Hannon Library

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