Current Exhibition: Renaissance Technology in Print

August 20-October 14, 2012, Mildred Hawn Gallery

This exhibition results from a seminar in Renaissance Technology for the Art History graduate students in the Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture (RASC/a) program, and has evolved into a collaborative effort between RASC/aDeGolyer Library, and the Blaffer Foundation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition examines the dissemination of ideas and knowledge through the advancement of print and book production, and includes six fifteenth- and sixteenth-century books as well as the eighteen plates of Stradanus’s Nova Reperta (New Discoveries). These important engravings feature important discoveries and inventions made before 1600. In conjunction with this event, Dr. James Clifton of the Blaffer Foundation will give a lecture the first week of October on the Nova Reperta series. This exhibition is co-curated by two second-year RASC/a graduate students, Emily Anderson and Sarah Foltz.

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New books in the Latin American collection

Hamon recently received a small but focused collection of books on Latin American art from John Lunsford, former curator of the Dallas Museum of Art and former Adjunct Associate Professor in Art History at SMU. Most of these books are in English or Spanish, and several are on colonial Latin American art and architecture, and Indian art and artifacts. To browse these books in the library catalog, please see this list of titles.  Below is a selection of them.

Caso, Alfonso. La cerámica de Monte AlbánNK4032.P8 C28 1967, Hamon

In the early twentieth century, Caso did extensive archaeological research on the pre-Columbian site, Monte Albán, in the Valley of Oaxaca in southern Mexico and on the Zapotec culture. This book highlights ceramic works from this site.

Kennedy Troya, Alexandra and Alfonso Ortiz Crespo. Convento de San Diego de Quito : historia y restauración.  BX2573.Q576 K46 1982, Hamon

This convent in Quito was built by the Franciscan monks in the 17th-century baroque style. In addition to giving the history of this convent, the authors of this book also include chapters on the architecture, and the colonial painting and sculpture in the collection.

Moya Rubio, Víctor José.  La vivienda indígena de México y del mundo.  F1219.3.D9 M69 1984, Hamon

Moya Rubo examines several types of Indian dwellings in Mexico. In his discussion of the architecture, he provides information on materials, plans and elevations.

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Tyler Collection featured on Good Morning Texas

The Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection was featured on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas program this week. Film and Media Arts professor Rick Worland answered questions about this varied group of films, which were made in the 30s, 40s, and 50s for black audiences in segregated theaters.

To find out more…

Watch the Good Morning Texas segment
Stream or download one of the films, The Blood of Jesus
Order the Tyler Collection DVD set
Read more about the Jones Film and Video Collection

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Spring Film Screenings

The Division of Film and Media Arts will screen five 16mm prints from the Jones Film and Video Collection over the next few weeks.

All screenings are open to the public. They will be held in the Greer Garson Theatre, Rm. 3527, at 7:00 PM, and admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-2129.

The program is subject to change, but the scheduled titles are:

  • February 2: Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  • February 9: Viridiana (1961, Luis Buñuel)
  • February 16: Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1955, Jacques Tati)
  • February 23: The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  • March 1: L’Eclisse (1962, Michelangelo Antonioni)


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Reception for Archive of Shadows by Andrew Douglas Underwood

Please join us this Friday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. for the reception for our current exhibit in the Hawn Gallery: Archive of Shadows by Andrew Douglas Underwood.

Dallas-based artist Andrew Douglas Underwood presents his second solo exhibition, Archive of Shadows. His research-based artistic practice explores historic vignettes, examines the notion of perfection, and questions the possibility of objectivity. The museum-esque presentation of the work intrinsically implies, “The mementos collected here are of historic significance.” Also, like a museum, the act of collecting naturally integrates with a practice of creating archives of information. Where this collection diverges from the institutional and the quantitative is in the emotional reaction to the vignettes. For those willing to slow down and engage with the work, the reward is an involvement with a romantic moment from history.

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The Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest

Jerry Bywaters

Photo of Jerry Bywaters

This past December, art work by Jerry Bywaters was donated to SMU’s Meadows Museum by his daughter Jerry Bywaters Cochran (view the press release). This gift of paintings, pastels, prints, and watercolors, along with the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest housed in the Hamon Arts Library, will make SMU the major repository of research materials and art work by Jerry Bywaters for future scholars and researchers interested in the art of the region.

In addition to her gift to the Meadows Museum, Mrs. Cochran also donated the Jerry Bywaters Cochran family papers to SMU which will become part of the existing Bywaters Collection in the Hamon Library.

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New DVDs in the Hamon AV Department

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Outside book drop

Detail map of Hamon first floor, with the book drop highlightedAt the Hamon Arts Library, we are constantly discovering new treasures. Recently, during our daily adventures we re-discovered  something that our patrons may consider very valuable. It is our outside book drop. It is rarely seen and rarely used, but we would like to change that.

The outside book drop is available for those times when you have an item to return and the library is closed. It is located just outside the doors facing Hillcrest Drive on the west side of the Owen Arts Center building.

We have posted a new sign on the door at the library entrance containing a map that gives directions to outside bookdrop, should visit us at a time when we are closed and as an added benefit we have inserted the map into this blog, so that you may view it at anytime.

Our regular hours of operation while classes are in session are Monday through Thursday, 8 am–12 am; Friday, 8 am–6 pm; Saturday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 1 pm–12 am. For exeptions to these hours, please visit http//

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Hamon Book Club

History of Beauty, by Umberto EcoThe inaugural Hamon Book Club event, sponsored by the Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Hamon, will be Thursday, November 10. Beverly Mitchell, Art and Dance Librarian, will lead a discussion of Umberto Eco’s History of Beauty. And there will be chocolate!

Next semester, we will have a second event, with a music-related book soon to be named. We’re excited about the prospects of our new book club—and we hope you get involved!

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Hamon Arts Library 2011 Fall Book Sale

Hamon’s annual book sale for fall 2011 will be on Thursday, November 17th from 9 am – 8 pm and Friday, November 18th from 9 am – 5 pm. The Library will offer many music scores, books, numerous opera CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. Subjects will include art, music, theater, dance, film or fiction. Most items will range in price from $1.00 – $10.00. On Friday, from 3 – 5 pm, prices will be 50% off and Friends of SMU Libraries will receive a 10% discount with their card.

Please note the following policies: check or cash only, no sales tax, all sales final, no holds, and no bulk discounts. The Hamon Arts Library is located in the Owen Art Center, 6100 Hillcrest Ave. For further information, please call 214-768-3813 or e-mail

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