Exhibits in the Library


Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics

July 1 - September 15, 2016  |  Gallery, Third Floor

Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain ClassicsThe mythical carefree days of childhood are depicted through Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of Mark Twain’s classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, kindly donated to the University of Colorado by Dr. and Mrs. David R. Gillingham (M.D. – 1963) in memory of Dr. Robert W. Hendee (M.D. – 1961). 

Poignant Humorists: Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell

To celebrate this generous gift, the Health Sciences Library hosted a lecture on February 13th, 2014 with Dr. Pamela Laird, Chair of CU Denver's History Department, wherein she examined these two geniuses.

What a great combination! Norman Rockwell illustrating Mark Twain’s boy legends—Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Fun, mischief, danger, and good intentions that sometimes go awry. . . .

Flipagram slideshow - Poignant HumoristsYet, the countless pleasures and insights that these two American humorists have brought us for generations belie the tensions that too often lay behind their pictures and words. Both Twain and Rockwell struggled with defining their personal goals and professional identities in ways that their art sometimes
reveals and sometimes hides.


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For more information about the exhibit or programming, please contact Debra Miller (debra.miller@ucdenver.edu).  

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Victorian Eyes

An exhibition on computational approaches to analyzing Victorian novels
Artist: Carrie Roy

About: The Victorian Eyes Exhibition was on display at the University of Wisconsin, Memorial Library in March 2014. It also appeared at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in October and early November 2013, and the Wisconsin Science Festival, September 26-29, 2013.

 "Victorian Eyes” is a traveling art exhibition that examines nineteenth-century British literature from literary, statistical, and artistic vantages. With the modern deluge of media and information, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amounts of data available. With “Victorian Eyes,” we aim to inspire both specialists within our fields and nonspecialists to think about how the intersections of literature, statistics, and art can help us “see,” analyze, and explain large amounts of data.

While our fields may seem like an eclectic grouping, all deal in varying modes with perspective, which is the unifying theme this exhibition is designed to explore. One intriguing literary and statistical finding (based on word frequencies, words lengths, unique words, etc.) functions as the muse for each art piece in our exhibition. 

Exhibit dates: April to September 30, 2016
Location: Health Sciences Library, alcove on the third floor by the elevators (directions and parking) 
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A collaborative Research/Exhibition project with funding from the New Arts Venture Challenge. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Roll of the Topics: 5, 10, 20

Wood sculpture, black walnut, cherry, 26” x 15” x 13” 
Dynamics of dice and numbers–one number sets new iterations in motion
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View the 5, 10, and 20 topic word clouds

Art piece: Roll of the Topics: 5, 10, 20 by Carrie Roy


His and Hers Inkwells: 1500

Brass, plastic 10” x 6” x 3”
Wells of inspiration, inspiring new applications for modern technology
View complete lists for male and female authors and works analyzed

Art piece: His and Hers Inkwells: 1500 by Carrie Roy


The Great Unread

Wood sculpture, black walnut, 14.5” x 17.25” x 2.5” 
Study in absence and fragility through black walnut wood
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Read the statistical interpretation and code

Art piece: The Great Unread by Carrie Roy




On Exhibit: November 2015 to November 2016
Location: Second Floor Exhibit Area by the south elevators
Health Sciences Library

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus is located on the former Fitzsimons Army Base, closed in 1999. Fitzsimons was opened in 1918, and was named in honor of Lt. Thomas Fitzsimons, of the Army Medical Corps, who was the first US officer killed in the First World War. The hospital was opened to care for returning soldiers who suffered from respiratory disease. The Base remained a key Army Medical Center until its closure and the iconic main hospital, known as Building 500, is still the center of the campus.

Visit the second floor to further explore the history of Fitzsimons and view artifacts from its Army Medical Corps past.
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Fitzsimons Exhibit at the Health Sciences Library