The Emergence of the Bill of Rights
UCSB Library (Special Collections, Third Floor)
February 24 - May 8, 2014
The Bill of Rights as we know it today emerged from a political struggle that spans the history of the American Republic. From early debates to recent events surrounding Edward Snowden exposing the secret information-gathering of the National Security Administration, Americans have argued about the character and scope of their most basic civil rights.
This exhibition shows how the first ten amendments built upon English rights and liberties protected by the Magna Carta and expanded by Parliament in its 1689 “Bill of Rights,” but only gradually emerged in the early 20th century as something we now understand to be the U.S. “Bill of Rights.”
At the centerpiece of the exhibition is an extremely rare June 13, 1789 issue of The New-York Daily Gazette newspaper containing one of the earliest printings of Madison’s proposed amendments to the new Constitution. The newspaper printing and several other items in the exhibition are on loan from the collections of Sara Miller McCune and SAGE. The exhibition also includes items from the Library’s Department of Special Collections.
The Emergence of the Bill of Rights is curated by UC Santa Barbara professors Patricia Cline Cohen (History) and William B. Warner (English and Comparative Literature).
There will be a lecture by the curators on March 6th at 4pm in the Mary Cheadle Room on the 3rd floor of the Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Fire in Art / Fire as Art
UCSB Arts Library Lobby (First Floor)
February 11 - May 31, 2014
This exhibition explores the correlation of fire and art through artists’ representation of fire in several mediums. For many artists, fire is a source of inspiration and the focus of creation. Other artists use fire as a tool for constructing art itself—art in the form of elemental sculpture.
Fire in Art / Fire as Art is a companion exhibition to Burn Cycle: Sharing Land with Wildfire, on view in the main Library lobby through May.
Burn Cycle: Sharing Land with Wildfire
UCSB Library (First Floor)
February 8 - May 31, 2014
The UCSB Library and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management commissioned Santa Barbara artist Ethan Turpin to create an exhibition on wildfire, in conjunction with the 2014 UCSB Reads book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. Using images and film drawn from the Library's Department of Special Collections, its Map and Imagery Laboratory, and from other local collections of fire artifacts, Burn Cycle points to the perennial fire events that remind residents in this landscape of an underlying wildness, an elemental phenomena that transforms its environment rapidly after waiting for years. Additional information about the exhibition including photos available on the UCSB Current.
UCSB Library (Third Floor Gallery)
January 7 - March 31, 2014
This exhibition explores communities of color in California and their struggles for civil rights and social justice in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Flashpoint issues included racial inequalities, police brutality, opposition to the Vietnam War, and educational inequities.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with UC Santa Barbara’s 2013-14 Critical Issues in America Series, which is examining “The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America, 1964/2014.” Items in the exhibition are drawn from the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) in the Library’s Special Collections.
UCSB Library (Second Floor)
The Library is currently the location for a site-specific digital exhibition created by former UCSB students Raymond Douglas and Chris Silva. Installed at the top of the circular stairs on the second floor of Davidson Library is a network device that enables visitors in the vicinity to view art on their computers and mobile devices. Just look for the network ID called "Art Network." Currently the network is exhibiting animated work by UCSB student Angie Shen. Angie is a 4th year book arts major in the College of Creative Studies.