Exhibitions


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Written and visual communication has taken many forms over human history, whether based on graphic signs or phonetic-alphabetic systems. This Centennial installation features an ancient Egyptian stela, an illuminated medieval Armenian Gospel, an early modern Inka knotted khipu that records sophisticated numerical accounting, the manuscript of Hank Levy’s 1973 musical score “Whiplash,” after which the 2014 film was named, and the logbook recording “the birth of the Internet” here at UCLA. A selection of rare books and manuscripts showcases the distinctive writing systems of Japanese, Ge’ez, Arabic, Javanese, and English. Religious texts embody the divine; calendars often guide prophecies; and all these texts seek to move a message from sender to receiver. Meanwhile, the art of writing itself has inspired many artists, such as the 20th-century Senegalese painter Yelimane Fall whose inventive calligraphic style manifests the healing power of words.

Image credits:
Yelimane Fall, “Painting on paper depicting Amadou Bamba,” 2000. Paper, paint. Fowler Museum at UCLA.
Mungo Thomson, The White Album, 2008. Ten-volume set of artist’s books in white Plexiglas slipcase. Collection UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum.
Gladzor Gospels, 1300-1307. Collection of Armenian Manuscripts. Parchment, gold leaf, pigment. UCLA Library Special Collections

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