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2014 marks the hundredth year since the outbreak of World War I. Special Collections curator Kristi Young and BYU professor Robert Freeman collaborated to put together a stunning exhibition commemorating the anniversary.
The exhibit, located in Special Collections on the first floor of the library, features journals, weapons, uniforms, photographs, posters, and a stereoscope with slides from university collections.
The small travel diary of a typist stationed in Paris tell of sightseeing, hotels, and uncomfortable train rides, while a headphone station nearby allows you to listen to a veteran telling stories from his service.
Track star and BYU hall of famer Clinton Larson served in World War I in a special squadron tasked with maintaining troop morale. He competed for the US in the Inter-Allied Games in France in 1919, winning a gold medal in the high jump. The exhibit contains several items of Larson’s clothing, and information about his service during the war.
Take time to explore, contemplate, and imagine life during this dramatic period of modern history.
The exhibit will be on display until Spring 2015.
Provo art lovers, rejoice!
Local artist J. Kirk Richards has teamed up with BYU student Chiloba Chirwa, depicting scenes from the life of Christ for an exhibition at the Harold B. Lee Library, “From My Brother’s Perspective”. The exhibit, on display by the level one auditorium through September, showcases evocative, earth-toned paintings by Richards, and exuberant, tribal-inspired work by Chirwa as they portray biblical scenes.
The two artists met when a mutual friend showed Richards a drawing by Chirwa. The two admired each others’ work and soon began plans for this exhibition. “We sat down and discussed this show at Slab Pizza about six months ago. Maybe eight, actually.” says Richards, “Then we gradually moved into planning and building panels about five months ago. Most of the painting has been during the last three months.”
When asked to describe his painting style, Richards responded, “I’m a spiritual symbolist; I use the human body as a symbol for a religious concept.” Then he paused. “Tell them I’m stylistically undecided.” His paintings are raw and expressive, using rough strokes and bold lighting to bring power to the scenes he depicts, and his work has been featured in LDS publications like the Liahona, Ensign, and the cover of Jeffrey R. Holland’s book, “Broken Things to Mend“.
Chiloba, a BYU student from Lusaka, Zambia, is a Construction Management major who paints as a hobby. While he typically paints more realistic figures, he decided to channel his African roots in his depictions of traditional Christian scenes. Describing his “Mary and Martha” painting, he said, “African women are excited and jubilant. They’re graceful. I wanted to portray how they might actually react to meeting Jesus; they wouldn’t be humbly sitting there. They would be rejoicing.” Motifs, energetic figures, bright colors, and tribal fabrics give his biblical paintings a refreshing and unique energy.
To learn more about the two artists and their work, check out the show, “From My Brother’s Perspective” on level one of the Harold B. Lee Library through September. For even more, check them out on social media here:
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