The exhibition uses the University of Sydney’s Rare Books & Special Collections to take us from the beliefs of antiquity in the ability of the liver to cause depression to the most recent neuroimaging and neuropathological understandings of how the brain might bring about our thoughts and feelings.
When: 5 December 2016-30 April 2017
Where: Fisher Library F03, Exhibition Space Level 2
Mental illness is a scourge that has always affected humanity, however our understanding of its origins and even more how to treat it has lagged. The exhibition examines the history of sometimes desperate treatments used to help people with a mental illness and our often shameful behaviour towards this vulnerable group in our society. Understanding mental health requires a detailed knowledge of neuroscience anchored in a broader psycho-social framework. Without this the power of physical treatments and the effectiveness of psychological approaches will be diminished. The exhibition illustrates the battle of ideas that have given us this knowledge.
Head curator: Associate Professor Anthony Harris, Discipline of Psychiatry & the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Guest curators: Doctor Richard White, Honorary Associate, Psychiatry, Central Clinical School, Associate Professor Ivan Crozier, ARC Future Fellow, Department of History
Library curators: Emily Kang, Rare Books & Special Collections Liaison Librarian – East Asian Collection; Bernadette Carr, Academic Liaison Librarian – Medical Program; Arian Grant, Graduate Librarian, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Sciences
Rare Books and Special Collections staff have trawled the comic universes to present you with The Weirdest of the Weird – a selection of the most puzzling, convoluted, underwhelming, and bizarre comic heroes of all time. Meet Ragman, Infectious Lass, Skateman, Snowflame, and a host of intriguing others in our latest exhibition.
Rest assured, with your brains and the Library’s science fiction collection, we’ve got a kazillion themes to base your thesis on! But be warned, with over 1,500 comic titles from the 1930s to the 1980s you may be shocked at how many super heroes it takes to protect the cosmos…
The Conservatorium Library showcases researcher and PhD candidate Samuel Cottell’s The Life and Music of Tommy Tycho in a newly opened exhibition. View Tommy Tycho’s career, spanning radio, television and performances at the newly opened Sydney Opera House (in 1973), the opening of the Sydney Entertainment Centre (1983) and many more live concerts and performances.
Curated by Samuel Cottell (PhD)
When: 10 August – 10 October 2016
Where: Conservatorium of Music Library, Glass Space & Glass Case
Further features of the exhibition include key examples of Tycho’s musical output, featuring LP and 45’ recordings, samples of his handwritten sheet music (arrangements and compositions); commercial sheet music, trade journals, concert programs, photographs of Tommy Tycho as well video footage of him performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on the ABC music program, My Music.
Gain a deeper understanding of Tycho’s musical style, output and contribution to Australian music from 1951 when he first arrived in Australia to 2007, when he received an Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sydney.
Samuel Cottell (PhD) focuses his research on the mediation and consumption of ‘light music’ in Australia from 1951-1983. Following the life and career of Tommy Tycho his research addresses a central theme of Tycho’s life; adaptability.
Come and check out the final 2016 installment of our Ex Libris Fisherarium Series featuring students from the Sydney College of the Arts curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg.
When: 20 June – 31 December 2016
Where: Fisher Library F03; Levels 2,3, and 4
This exhibition features Alex GAWRONSKI and Jelena TELECKI. It consists of a series of 10 book titles removed from their original contexts. Each title was chosen for its uncanny or humorous connotations once removed from its wider context. Considered collectively, these titles suggest a type of quasi-Dadaist poetry whose combined effect hints at alternative critical, playful and/or possibly even pataphysical, readings.
Graphically the original layout of each book title has been retained although now each has been rendered in watercolour as a ‘painting’. These works further reference the importance of text in contemporary art and artists as diverse as Ed Ruscha and Marcel Broodthaers. Accompanying these text works are figurative paintings by Jelena Telecki. These all respond to the book titles. Together the appropriated titles and their figurative interpretations, establish an open dialogue of fairly infinite suggestability.
‘Objects in the Mirror…’ (may be closer than they appear – as the warning goes) speaks of how texts and images continually interpolate one another while remaining fundamentally differentiated. The juxtaposition of text and image in this instance may be considered a type of improvisation that draws out the latent possibilities concealed behind the most ordinary words and the words that underlie the most stubbornly elusive representations.
Before the discovery of oxygen, a substance called phlogiston was thought to exist. As scientists experimented on the substances of air, they published their accounts and theories. Some of these publications are now on display at the SciTech Library. Works by the brilliant Robert Boyle; “Hard Luck” Scheele; the philogistically faithful Richard Kirwan; and the first to publish on oxygen, Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier. By 1789 oxygen was firmly placed on the basic table of elements.
This exhibition is a celebration of the University Library’s Rare Music collection, on the occasion of its relocation from the Conservatorium Library to Fisher Rare Books & Special Collections.
When the NSW State Conservatorium of Music was officially opened on 6 May 1915, its stated aims were “providing tuition of a standard at least equal to that of the leading European Conservatoriums”. It would seem logical then that the Rare Music collection of Australia’s first dedicated music education institution be concentrated around two main cultural waypoints: the European classical music tradition that the Conservatorium sought to transmit, and the Australian musical culture that developed from this foundation.
These two areas of strength provide natural entry points for exploring this varied and intriguing collection. They provide the framework for this exhibition, the aim of which is to showcase not only the objects themselves, but the continuation of their stories through ongoing scholarship and engagement.