The University of San Francisco Debuts New Thacher Gallery Exhibit on November 29 - Quiet Spaces: Picturing Sanctuary in the Illustrated Book

The curatorial collaboration will run through February 10, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 29, 2018) – The University of San Francisco (USF) will celebrate the opening of its new Thacher Gallery exhibit with a panel and reception on Thursday, November 29 from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. in the Maraschi Room of Fromm Hall on the USF main campus, followed by a reception in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature the following speakers: 

  • Professor Arturo Araujo (USF, Fine Arts)
  • Ray Bussolari (Foster Youth Project)
  • Felix Uribe (Tender Souls)
  • Moderators: Emma Doctors, Charlie Moreno, and Maurice Velasco (M.A. Candidates in Museum Studies)

“Quiet Spaces: Picturing Sanctuary in the Illustrated Book” Exhibition (free and open to the public 12–6 p.m. daily)

Sanctuary, a place of refuge, can be found not only in a physical place of shelter, but also in the vastness of nature, in the comfort of home and community, and in our imaginations, dreams, and memories. These spheres of safety are reflected in prints and photographs in the modern illustrated books exhibited in Quiet Spaces: Picturing Sanctuary in the Illustrated Book. Featuring more than 40 volumes from the permanent collection of the University of San Francisco’s Donohue Rare Book Room, Quiet Spaces encourages the exploration of diverse personal and collective experiences and perceptions of the theme of sanctuary. 

Among the featured volumes are Ansel Adams’s Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras (1927), The Collected Sonnets by John Keats illustrated by John Buckland Wright (1930), Joyce Lancaster Wilson’s The Ark of Noah (1975), Kenneth Rexroth’s Between Two Wars: Selected Poems Written Prior to World War II illustrated by Daniel Goldstein (1982), and L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz illustrated by Barry Moser (1985). An interactive iteration of a recent print project related to the theme of sanctuary by San Francisco artists Sergio de la Torre and Chris Treggiari entitled Sanctuary City/Ciudad Santuario will also be included in the exhibition.

This exhibition is a curatorial collaboration by the University of San Francisco's graduate Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class, with the support of USF's Donohue Rare Book Room, Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery, and the M.A. in Museum Studies Program.

About the Thacher Gallery

Celebrating its 20th year, the Thacher Gallery is a public art gallery located in the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library where creativity, scholarship, and community converge.

The gallery is free and open to the public daily 12–6 p.m. Please visit their website for holiday hours. Located at 2130 Fulton Street (at Cole). Phone: (415) 422-5178. 

Thacher Gallery Site

About the University of San Francisco

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