4th Floor, Library Exhibit Cases
Graphic artist Jos Sances and educator Bill Morgan created this wonderful series of drawings and biographies as a basic introduction to the labor movement in the United States. The panels are based on a larger set of “labor hero” trading cards, a selection of which are displayed in each case. Sances and Morgan chose working class leaders who were activists in unions as well as other justice movements in order to illustrate the strong connection between labor and progressive social change....
February 1 - July 6, 2018
Frank Silva was born in Oakland, CA and began working on the Oakland waterfront in 1965 after serving in the US Navy. While working on the docks in the 1970s and 1980s, Silva was a part of the Waterfront Writers and Artists, a group of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) members who held poetry readings and art shows celebrating dock work and the union experience. In the late-1970s, Harper and Row published The Waterfront Writers highlighting their work, and many of the...
Sutro Library Reading Room 5th Floor
The Enlightenment fueled Europeans to embark on voyages of discovery during the eighteenth and early part of the nineteenth century. Mounted as purely scientific ventures, they sought to gather specimens and to document and catalog newly discovered flora and fauna that would crowd the cabinets of Natural History Museums. Illustrations were meant to be practical, but they also reflect Enlightenment ideals in their beauty and extra flourishes, perspectives where art and science meet.
Through June 15
Special Collections Reading Room
San Francisco State has been involved with publishing since the 1910s when founding president Frederic Burk took on California State textbooks to introduce individualized instruction. During the Great Depression our yearbooks and newspapers garnered awards, but when our students applied creativity to graphic design, the artist books they produced were stellar. Come see a small sampling of publications produced at San Francisco State from 1910 to 2016.
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