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Exhibit Highlight

The Visual Art of Printing: The Curious and Their Collections (Part III) by Peter Michel

By Su Kim Chung on June 15, 2018 11:05 AM | Permalink

From the German Baroque to Revolutionary France, with Bill Harrah’s playing cards in between, the art of printing and printmaking has captured the eye of collectors. This Reading Room exhibit highlights the visual arts of printing from three collections representing three very different collectors: a European scholar of literature, an unknown American collector of Napoleana, and a Nevada gaming mogul.

In the third and final part of this series on his exhibit "The Visual Art of Printing," curator Peter Michel considers an intiguing collection of Napoleana housed in Special Collections & Archives.

Title page: Siege and capture of the Palace of Tuileries from Tableaux Historiques de la Révolution Française, Jean Duplessi-Bertaux, 1817.

Napoleon and his Iconography: The Curious Collectors of Napoleana

Built Exhibit Highlight: SAHARA AVENUE by Aaron Mayes

By Su Kim Chung on June 6, 2018 1:59 PM | Permalink


Visual Materials Curator Aaron Mayes discusses the Sahara Avenue wall section of his BUILT exhibit which is currently on display on the 1st floor of Lied Library in his blog post, "Sahara Avenue: Dissecting the Built environment of the Las Vegas Valley As Seen Along one of the City’s Major Thoroughfares."

Opening reception for Built: A Photographic Survey of the Built Environment of the Las Vegas Valley exhibit at Lied Library. February 20, 2018. (Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services)

New Libraries Exhibit Features Items from University Archives

By Su Kim Chung on October 10, 2016 3:59 PM | Permalink

A new exhibit in Lied Library curated by social sciences librarian Heidi Johnson features a number of original documents, photographs, yearbooks, and copies of the UNLV student newspaper Rebel Yell drawn from the University Archives in Special Collections. The original documents were essential to chronicling the history of student activism at UNLV over six decades.  

“Documents from the University Archives offer examples of students working with administrators to change curricula and programming to meet the needs of a diverse student body,” said Michelle Light, director of Special Collections at UNLV University Libraries. “The exhibit contains powerful examples that showcase how student activism has helped initiate conversations on campus that led to change within the university.”

Shakespeare's First Folio On Exhibit in Special Collections - September 1-29

By Su Kim Chung on July 11, 2016 6:01 PM | Permalink


Shakespeare's First Folio (image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library)

In little over a month and a half, one of the Shakespeare First Folios will go on display in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections reading room as part of the national tour of First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.  Accompanying it will be a number of interesting panels that will put the Folio into historical context, and provide information on the Bard himself, as well as the many theatrical productions of his works that have taken place over the years.

Exhibit Highlights - Building UNLV's Performing Arts Center by Peter Michel

By Su Kim Chung on June 16, 2016 5:12 PM | Permalink

The Once and Future Campus: UNLV’s Mid-Century Modern Performing Arts Center : Visit the third floor of Lied Library outside of Special Collections to view an exhibit of fascinating photographs and drawings that chronicle the building of this campus landmark, curated by Peter Michel. 

The story behind the construction of the striking UNLV Performing Arts Center could be described as a particularly tortuous process compared to other campus buildings. In fact, the end result was something none of the original participants had imagined. Above is an original vision of architect James B. McDaniel. James B. McDaniel Records (MS-00203 )

Exhibit Highlight: Mid-Century Modern Las Vegas

By Su Kim Chung on March 15, 2016 5:28 PM | Permalink

UNLV Libraries latest exhibit highlights the sleek lines of Mid-Century modern design and showcases its influence in architecture, fashion, and decorative arts with an emphasis on how it shaped the look of Las Vegas in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibit draws from UNLV Libraries Special Collections, the Nevada State Museum, and private collections. Exhibit curator Peter Michel provides some highlights of the exhibit in the sections excerpted below. To view the entire exhibit visit the 1st floor of Lied Library where it will be on display until August 31, 2016. Additional Mid-Century Modern Las Vegas material can also be viewed in the Special Collections exhibit "From Tract House To Bauhaus The Modern House In Mid-Century Las Vegas" which is on the 3rd floor. 

Exhibit Highlight: The Game Ball: March Madness 1990

By Su Kim Chung on March 9, 2015 6:14 PM | Permalink


Peter Michel, Head of Exhibits, has curated an exhibit celebrating Jerry Tarkanian, March Madness, and the Game That Put UNLV on the Map!

Check it out on the 1st floor of Lied Library, near Media Services to see THE game ball used in the 1990 championship game. Here's a brief excerpt from the exhibit. 


When Moses Scurry asked Tarkanian about playing in Denver’s mile-high altitude after the team arrived for the 1990 Final Four, Tarkanian said, “Moses, don’t worry about it. We’re playing indoors.”

“The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.”

Exhibit Highlight: The Movies that Made Las Vegas, Las Vegas Makes Movies

By Su Kim Chung on August 4, 2014 6:20 PM | Permalink

Head of Exhibits Peter Michel has curated a fabulous new exhibit in Special Collections on two notable movies filmed in Las Vegas. Michel drew the content largely from the Sands Hotel Collection in Special Collections. Read excerpts from Michel's exhibit text here and visit us on the 3rd floor of Lied Library to peruse the exhibit in person.

Meet Me in Las Vegas, MGM, starring Cyd Charisse and Dan Daily, Directed by Roy Roland, Produced by Joe Pasternak, premiered in Las Vegas on February 21, 1956 at the El Portal Theater on Fremont Street.

Viva Las Vegas! MGM, starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret, Directed by George Sidney, Produced by Jack Cummings, released May 20, 1964.