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Celebrating National Poetry Month at the Sutro Library

A photo of the ""Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows" exhibit.Dates: April 1, 2014 – April. 30, 2014

Location: The Sutro Library, J. Paul Leonard Library, Fifth Floor

Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Sutro Library is exhibiting rare works from the original collection of Adolph Sutro. On display are Shakespeare’s First Folio, an original King James Bible, a sixteenth century book of Petrarch’s sonnets, and other beautifully bound works of art.

While the Sutro Library is well known for having one of the premier genealogy and local history collections in the United States, we also house a truly world-class and unique special collection that was once the private library of Adolph Sutro.  With the intent to build a public research library for the city of San Francisco, Sutro traveled the world buying rare books, archival collections, maps, pamphlets, and scientific and engineering journals.

Of particular note, the collection includes approximately 80 incunabula, Adolph Sutro and Joseph Banks manuscripts, Hebrew scrolls, illustrated botanical books, Asian art ,Pre-1900 maps, over 10,000 English pamphlets (1600s-1800s), and the Mexicana Collection, which contains over 12,000 pamphlets (1605-1888), the largest collection of its kind in the world.


Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion

A photo of the ""Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows" exhibit.Dates: Feb. 28, 2014 – May. 30, 2014

Location: Library Gallery, Fourth Floor

Hours: Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: Library, Special Collections

Phone: (415) 338-1649

E-mail: debellis@sfsu.edu

Marking the Frank V. de Bellis Collection¹s fiftieth anniversary, the J.Paul Leonard Library is producing an exhibit, Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion, in the Library¹s fourth floor Gallery. The exhibit will highlight music holdings dating back to the 1450s including unique manuscripts and unpublished works of the Neapolitan school, first editions of Baroque chamber music, instrumental and vocal music, opera scores and libretti, along with antique instruments and sound recordings of the twentieth century. The exhibit will feature a short video of SF State faculty member Dr. Victoria Neve performing works by Muzio Clementi (1652-1832) on a historic Clementi forte piano manufactured in 1808.


Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden

A photo of the ""Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows" exhibit.

Dates: Jan. 27, 2014 – Jul. 1, 2014

Location: Alumni Hall Gallery, Administration Building

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: Art Department

Phone: (415) 338-2176

E-mail: artdept@sfsu.edu


Opening Reception: April 4, 3-5 p.m.

In this exhibition and her latest book, artist and avid beachcomber Josie Iselin (M.F.A., Art, '94) celebrates the unexpected beauty of seaweed, an often overlooked but fundamental aspect of ocean life. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin's vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than two hundred specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts. Like her previous books, "An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed" is a poetic and compelling tribute to the natural world and the wonder it

Iselin is a photographer, author and designer of seven books. Her books focus on those forms in nature we find at hand and in particular, at the beach. Her mission is to produce enticing, original and well-designed books that combine art and science, leaving the reader with new information about, and an appreciation for, the world around them. Iselin began her art career in photography and installation art, exhibiting throughout the Bay Area in the 1990s.


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