The Virgen de los Ángeles

Published: July 14, 2022

Little is known about the Virgen de los Ángeles sculptural group other than its early manufacture decades before the other sculptures and the altarpiece of which they are a part. A polychromed wood sculpture group—the Virgen de los Ángeles—fills the bottom left niche of the retablo mayor (main altarpiece) in the church at the Convento…

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Evergreen Empire: The Horticultural Politics of British Painting, 1848–1910

Published: July 14, 2022

Flowers are a common feature of nineteenth-century caricatures of Oscar Wilde and his circle.  As part of her postdoctoral fellowship with the Clark’s core program “Victorian Apocalypse: The siècle at its fin,” Dr. Lindsay Wells examines the floral imagery of the British aesthetic movement from a horticultural perspective. At first glance, the sheet music cover…

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Iberian Romances

Published: July 14, 2022

The popularity of Iberian romances allowed them to cross political, religious, and linguistic borders. Early modern English translations employ paratextual strategies to cloak, adapt, or elevate these controversial foreign texts. “Away with your Amadis of Gaule, your Palmerins, your Mirrour of Knighthood, […] all of them such trash as is scarce worth the inke of…

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William Andrews Clark Lecture on Oscar Wilde

Published: July 14, 2022

On April 28, 2022, we gathered at the Clark Library for a very special William Andrews Clark Lecture on Oscar Wilde. That lecture, “Confounding the Critics, Surviving the Scandal: The Remarkable Reputation of Oscar Wilde”, was given by Merlin Holland, Wilde scholar and Oscar Wilde’s grandson.

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Animation, Materials, Transcultural Ecologies: Performing Worlds at the Baroque Savoy Court of Christine of France

Published: July 14, 2022

In 2018–19 I had the pleasure of working at the Clark Library as an Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow for the Core Program “Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization,” organized by Angela Vanhaelen and Bronwen Wilson. I moved from the University of Venice–Ca’ Foscari, where I completed my PhD, to UCLA to explore the integration…

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Friends and Donors Special Thanks

Published: July 14, 2022

The Center and Clark thank the following for their generous support during 2021–2022: Major Supporters Dr. Paul Chrzanowski Colburn Foundation Dr. Patricia Bates Simun and Mr. Richard V. Simun Memorial Fund Professor Emeritus Nathaniel Grossman J. Paul Getty Trust Penny and Ed Kanner* Stephen A. Kanter, M.D.* Kenneth Karmiole Virginia F. and Dr. Lawrence Kruger…

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UCLA’s Clark Library receives centuries-old rare books from longtime donor

Published: June 28, 2022

Margaret MacDonald | June 27, 2022 A new donation of 40 historical texts from Paul Chrzanowski further bolsters an already remarkable collection of early English texts at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The newly added items—including a 17th-century parchment with the seal of Queen Elizabeth I and a handwritten manuscript describing precious metals and gems—have…

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Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival, 2022

Published: June 7, 2022

This annual festival was founded in 1988 by Professor Henry J. Bruman (1913–2005), who sought to introduce new audiences to chamber music at informal concerts on the UCLA campus. This summer we present 5 free lunchtime concerts featuring acclaimed local musicians in the elegant Powell Library Rotunda. The festival is directed by UCLA graduate, violinist …

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Center Announces 2022–23 Fellowships

Published: May 20, 2022

As we emerge from the pandemic lockdown we are very happy to announce a full raft of fellowships to support research at the Clark Library during the 2022–23 academic year. The Center offers fellowships each year to graduate and post-doctoral researchers as well as support for senior researchers and independent scholars. Applications for fellowships are…

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Researching Family Histories

Published: November 9, 2021

Whispers & Legacies: a Conversation about the Clarks, the Posts, and the Palés On the photos, see the Clark Library Instagram post One highlight for all of us during the summer was Whispers & Legacies, organized and moderated by our own Rebecca Fenning Marschall. (Clark Library Manuscripts and Archives Librarian). The event was a panel…

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Reflections on Research

Published: November 9, 2021

Taking Comedia Online, by Barbara Fuchs, UCLA It has been an interesting year for a core program on performance studies, to say the least. As with so much, the pandemic necessitated a switch to virtual programming for our planned conferences (“Resituating the Comedia”), and meant that our Ahmanson-Getty postdoctoral fellows could only join us remotely….

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Clark Library Flora and Fauna

Published: November 9, 2021

The traditional thinking about the Clark Library’s collections is that they comprise just those books, manuscripts, archives and art housed in the historic building, but since 2018, librarians have been thinking of ways to shift that thinking to include the library’s grounds as another collection worthy of study. Though the pandemic has made it difficult…

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Friends and Donors Special Thanks

Published: November 9, 2021

The Center and Clark thank the following for their generous support during 2020-2021: Major Supporters Dr. Paul Chrzanowski Colburn Foundation Dr. Patricia Bates Simun and Mr. Richard V. Simun Memorial Fund Professor Emeritus Nathaniel Grossman Paul Getty Trust Penny and Ed Kanner* Stephen A. Kanter, M.D.* Kenneth Karmiole Virginia F. and Dr. Lawrence Kruger Linda…

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Center & Clark Collaborations

Published: November 9, 2021

A Transatlantic Happy Hour, by Helen Deutsch, UCLA Plans have been in the works for a collaboration between our Center and the Centres for Eighteenth-Century Studies and Early Modern Studies at the University of York in the UK. Faculty members from each institution have long enjoyed cordial and productive intellectual relationships which we hope to…

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Students at the Clark

Published: November 9, 2021

We want to take this opportunity to thank our student worker, Lauren Caspersen, for her stellar support of the Clark Library. Lauren has recently graduated from UCLA, and left us in September to pursue a master’s degree in Information Studies at the University of London. We are happy and honored that her experience here played…

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News from our Fellows

Published: November 9, 2021

Translating Borders / Negotiating the Past, by Richard Huddleson Queen Mary, University of London Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow In early April, 2021, many of us were horrified to see images of a Belfast bus being engulfed in angry flames. The fire wasn’t a mechanical flaw or some terrible accident, but rather a deliberate act. As events…

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Center/Clark Fellowship Applications Open

Published: October 26, 2021

The Center offers a broad range of graduate and post-doctoral fellowships to support research within the Clark Library’s collections. Applications for research fellowships during the 2022–23 academic year are now open and submissions will be accepted until this year’s deadline of February 1, 2022. Fellowships offered this year include our annual Ahmanson-Getty postdoctoral fellowship for…

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New Research Fellowship at the Clark Library

Published: October 5, 2021

The new Wilde-Holland Fellowship supports 1–2 months of research at the Clark Library in its Oscar Wilde collection. The award is funded by an endowment established by William Zachs and Martin Adam. In 2007 these benefactors also endowed the biennial William Andrews Clark Lecture on Oscar Wilde (held at the Clark Library), which focuses on…

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Call for Proposals: Forging Ahead: Fakes, Fabrications, and Facsimiles in Cultural and Literary History—Medieval to Modern

Published: September 14, 2021

Forging Ahead: Fakes, Fabrications, and Facsimiles in Cultural and Literary History—Medieval to Modern A two-day conference: Thursday, May 5–Friday, May 6, 2022 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles Plenary speakers: Siân Echard (Professor of English, University of British Columbia); Aaron T. Pratt (Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Modern Books…

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