Year: 2018

Film Review: Roma

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma begins quietly and thoughtfully with the character, Cleo, played beautifully by Yalitza Aparicio, who serves a well-to-do family in their home in a suburb of Mexico City.  Her life, seeming so insular and placid, will expand to engulf the film’s universe.  Every action and word of hers has a hidden meaning, and…Continue Reading Film Review: Roma

Corporate Christmas Greetings

As Mitt Romney famously said, “Corporations are people, my friend.” Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, corporations, at times, do act like people. This is most evident during the Holiday Season. Businesses, made up of people, mark this time of year in creative ways. Sometimes they try to increase sales, and sometimes they are…Continue Reading Corporate Christmas Greetings

Bernardo Bertolucci: 1941 – 2018

Bernardo Bertolucci’s recent death left us with an unsolvable problem.  Over the course of a fifty-year career, he wrestled with ideas both grand and small, from the tragically human to the sublimely divine.  His focuses were on sex and growing old, politics and youth, and the ways in which we define ourselves and how systems…Continue Reading Bernardo Bertolucci: 1941 – 2018

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: November 2018

In November 2018, SMU Libraries uploaded 404 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include: 188 notes, ca. 1882-1929, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency, as part of the TexTreasures FY2019 grant program, sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These notes…Continue Reading SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: November 2018

A Life of Service: George H. W. Bush

A Texas icon and 41st president, George H. W. Bush (1924-2018) died November 30, 2018 at his home in Houston. Bush, the patriarch of one of the most influential political families in the U.S., was 94. Barbara, his wife of 73 years, died last April. They had six children, among them George W. Bush, 43rd…Continue Reading A Life of Service: George H. W. Bush

Collection spotlight: William Lester artwork and papers

William Lewis Lester was born in Graham, Texas in 1910.  In 1924, he moved to Dallas with his family and attended Bryan Street High School. Lester spent his senior year at Woodrow Wilson High School where he graduated in 1929.  By 1931, Lester was already showing his work with other Dallas artists, such as Jerry Bywaters,…Continue Reading Collection spotlight: William Lester artwork and papers

Primrose’s Past lives on in the Archives of Women of the Southwest

Longtime Dallas businesswoman, philanthropist, and writer Caroline Rose Hunt passed away on Tuesday, November 13 at the age of 95. In 2008 Ms. Hunt donated her personal papers to the Archives of Women of the Southwest at the DeGolyer Library. Her papers include letters, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, speeches, diaries, awards, and business related papers from…Continue Reading Primrose’s Past lives on in the Archives of Women of the Southwest

Mike Morris: Thoughts on books & videos, plus a few recommendations

Given the Hawn Gallery’s location in the Hamon Arts Library, one of the goals of the exhibition program is to reveal the natural intersections between art, artists, books, videos or other resources SMU Libraries provides. This posting is for those bibliophiles and videophiles who love to learn about what other people are reading and watching….Continue Reading Mike Morris: Thoughts on books & videos, plus a few recommendations

Discovery in the Bywaters’ Archive: 1932 Exhibition by Young Painters

As a curator, I am always amazed at what I come across in the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest.  Upon recently discovering a small brochure entitled “Exhibition by Young Painters” published in 1932 in the archive, I noticed the names of two former SMU students listed among the ‘young painters’ – James…Continue Reading Discovery in the Bywaters’ Archive: 1932 Exhibition by Young Painters

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: October 2018

In October 2018, SMU Libraries uploaded 156 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include: 4 oral histories have been added to the Southern Methodist University Oral History and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. This month’s uploads are the first three videos in the Latinx History at SMU series: Reverend Paul Barton, Erik Burgos, and…Continue Reading SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: October 2018