Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Post Chiaroscuro: Prints in Color After the Renaissanc


September 16 - December 13, 2013

Drawing on the resources of the Hamon Library's Jerry Bywaters Special Collections and loans from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston, this exhibition explores how color prints were made after the 16th century, when the technique known as chiaroscuro woodcut had been developed. Print matrices, such as metal plates and linoleum blocks, assorted proof impressions, and finished prints by James Gillray (c. 1756-1815), Janet Turner (1914-1988) and Octavio Medellin (1907-1999) demonstrate the steps in producing multicolor prints. The prints on view also provide examples of the three main printing techniques: intaglio, in which the design is incised into the matrix; relief, in which the negative space around the design is cut away from the matrix surface; and planographic, a chemical process in which the matrix remains perfectly flat. Post Chiaroscuro is offered in conjunction with two art history courses taught by Associate Professor Lisa Pon: the History of Western Printmaking, 1400-1750, and Early Modern Print. Members of the general viewing public are invited to try answering questions from the class assignments, made available on gallery handouts. Responses from students in the class will be added while the exhibition is on view. Samantha Robinson, a second year M.A. student in art history, is the exhibition's student curator.

Companion Exhibit

Are You Close Enough? SMU Libraries as Learning Spaces


Are You Close Enough? SMU Libraries as Learning Spaces


November 12 - December 13, 2013

Year of the Library

2013 was the Year of the Library at SMU. To celebrate, SMU Libraries highlighted collections, resources, and places that are unique to our campus. As part of that, the Year of the Library Committee put together a meta-exhibition examining the creation of the Post Chiaroscuro: Prints in Color after the Renaissance exhibition in the Hawn Gallery at the Hamon Arts Library.

View the full exhibit online.


Linda Darnell: From Dallas to Hollywood – Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection


February 3 - June 7, 2013

Film historian Jeff Gordon (Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari) bequeathed his extensive collection of posters, lobby cards, scrapbooks, and other film-related items to SMU. He curated this exhibition drawn from its holdings as a "sneak preview," with special attention being paid to the acting career of Dallas native Linda Darnell, who was born and raised in Oak Cliff.