Summer brings opportunity to view campus exhibitions

By Leslie King | Emory Report | May 22, 2017

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Emory's slower summer pace is the perfect time to explore campus exhibits centered on art, theology, medicine and more. Don't miss “Still Raising Hell: Materials from the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch Collection,” which closes May 28. Emory Photo/Video

Emory's slower summer pace is the perfect time for faculty, staff and students to explore campus exhibitions centered on art, activism, theology, medicine and more.

The next week offers the last chance to see the major exhibition Still Raising Hell: Materials from the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch Collection” from the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.

Since 2002, the Rose Library has been home to the comprehensive collection, which includes playscripts, photographs, works of art and more put together by Billops and Hatch as artists, activists and collectors.

“For more than 50 years, Camille Billops and James Hatch have been stewards of African American history and memory,” explains exhibition curator Pellom

McDaniels III, who is also the curator of the Rose Library’s African American collections.

“This exhibition accounts for their tremendous efforts to preserve materials related to the development of the arts as a form of expression, and as a medium for speaking truth to power for African Americans," he says.

The exhibition, in Woodruff Library's Schatten Gallery, concludes Sunday, May 28. 

Over at the Pitts Theology Library, “The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses” is on exhibit through July 7.

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, being commemorated this year across the globe.

When Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses — a series of statements and proposals about the power of indulgences and the nature of repentance, forgiveness and salvation — on Oct. 31, 1517, the document was originally intended for academic debate. However, it quickly became a rallying point in the history of the Christian church.

The exhibition presents the context of the role of indulgences in 16th century religious life and the use of disputations in theological education. Shown also are the early responses to Luther’s Theses by both his supporters and his opponents; the impact of Luther’s Reformation, including depictions of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses in later Protestant traditions; as well as current attempts by Catholics and Protestants to find common ground.

While everyone is invited to view the exhibition any time the library is open, tours can also be arranged. Contact Rebekah Bedard, reference librarian and outreach coordinator, at 404-727-5094.

An exhibition at the Chace Gallery, “The Spirit Lives on: Art, Music and the Mind,” grew out of a three-part project sponsored by Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Atlanta Master Chorale.

Developed to increase the community's awareness of the issues facing persons living with a dementing illness and their caregivers, the exhibition emphasizes the salience of these illnesses for the African American community. It just opened May 15 and will be ongoing through Sept. 4. The Chace Gallery is in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

“To Care for Others: 100 Years of Nursing at Emory” explores Emory’s nursing program through the past century. On display at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, the exhibition features artifacts and archival documents that bring an Emory perspective of nursing to life in from its original 1907 graduating class of 10 to the worldwide impact of Emory nurses today.

The materials also shed light on the development of medical instruments and the contributions of influential nurses to the profession. These include such artifacts as a Civil War-era stethoscope, reproductions of Florence Nightingale’s letters held by Pitts Theology Library, and a medical journal from World War I kept by Nell Hodgson Woodruff, the woman for whom Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is named. The exhibition runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum is featuring an exhibition of one of the first art forms in the Americas — baskets. Basket fragments have been found in California and the Southwest dating to as far back as 9,400 years ago. “Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America” explores the intersection between material, making and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic. Learn about the materials, the elaborate techniques and intricate designs the makers used as well as the symbolism of the baskets.

This exhibition will run through Aug. 26, 2018.