Event Calendar

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October 7, 2018 - May 1, 2019 Lawrence of Oxford

The exhibition marks the culmination of two years’ intensive collecting around one of Magdalen’s most celebrated Old Members, T.E. Lawrence (better known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’). It is a little-known fact that Lawrence was elected to a Senior Demyship at Magdalen in late 1910, and trained as an archaeologist on a British Museum dig in northern Syria as a member of the College until 1914 when the war broke out. 

Wednesdays 2pm - 4:30pm 
Private viewings and group tours can be arranged by appointment. 

A series of events have been programmed to run concurrently with the exhibition (all events start at 5.30pm, and will take place in the Summer Common Room unless stated otherwise) 

5 November 2018 (Magdalen College Auditorium) 
Grand Opening, with talks by curators Dr Rory McCarthy and Daryl Green 

21 January 2019 
Lecture by Juliet Desplat (Head, Modern Overseas Intelligence and Security Records, The National Archives) 

18 February 2019 
Lecture by Emma Sky, OBE (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University) 

7 March 2019 
Lecture by Anthony Sattin (journalist and author of Young Lawrence) 

2 May 2019 
Special Guest closing lecture (T.B.A.) 

Old Library 
Magdalen College 
University of Oxford


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Exhibits International
October 8, 2018 - April 14, 2019 A Peculiar Paradise: Florida Photographs by Nathan Benn

On assignment for National Geographic, Nathan Benn photographed across the State of Florida at the dawn of the 1980s a time made famous by Miami’s narcotics-related crime wave and influx of newcomers from the Caribbean. After nearly 40 years, Benn has revisited his Florida archives. A Peculiar Paradise exhibits nearly 100 photographs, as well as artifacts related to his 20-year career at National Geographic. His pictures feature, among other topics, Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, extreme affluence, nightlife, immigration, work cultures, tourist attractions, remarkable Floridians, Dundee’s 5th Street Gym, and the narcotics war. Come experience Benn’s images reflecting a dynamic and unique time in Florida’s history. 

A former president of Magnum Photos, Nathan Benn was born and raised in Miami, and currently resides in Santa Fe, NM and New York City. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, powerHouse Books will release a 200-page volume of Nathan Benn’s Florida photographs in November 2018. 

Tue – Sat 10am – 5pm 
Sun 12pm – 5pm 

Opening Reception: Nov 8th 

Children (Under 6) Free 
Children (6-12) $5 
Seniors & Students (with ID) $8 
Adults $10 
Research Center One-Month Pass $10 

101 West Flagler Street

Miami, FL

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Exhibits South
October 10, 2018 - May 27, 2019 Frank E. Schoonover: American Visions

Frank E. Schoonover’s (1877-1972) legendary adventure paintings were inspired by the belief that artists should live what they paint—an adage often repeated by his noted teacher, illustrator Howard Pyle, and absorbed by his fellow student and friend, N.C. Wyeth. This exhibition will explore the breadth of this important Golden Age artist’s career, beginning with Schoonover’s art school experiences as a student in Pyle’s classes at the newly founded Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry in Philadelphia, beginning in 1896, and his time at the Chadds Ford Summer School in 1899, where he honed his skills among other gifted Pyle pupils. The artist’s historical book illustrations and dramatically staged adventure paintings will illuminate the depth of his own wanderlust. Schoonover made daring excursions to Canada and Alaska—during one such trip, in 1903, he traveled 1,200 miles almost entirely by snowshoe, dogsled, and canoe. 

He lived among the Blackfeet Indians of the northern plains, and with Alaskan Eskimos to experience, first-hand, the world portrayed in Jack London’s To Build a Fire, a short story about a protagonist who ventures out in the sub-zero tundras of the Yukon Territory accompanied only by his dog. The artist’s wilderness experiences would inspire his art throughout his career, making authentic portrayals of the far reaches of America possible. 

The exhibition will feature Schoonover’s paintings for such classic stories as Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, and Ivanhoe, as well as illustrations for the novels of Zane Grey, which included Open Range, Avalanche, Rustlers of Silver Ridge, and Valley of Wild Horses, among others. During his long career, he illustrated more than two hundred books, and created memorable portrayals of Clarence Edward Mulford’s Hopalong Cassidy to the delight of the character’s many ardent fans. Schoonover’s long teaching career will also be examined, as will his role in establishing the Delaware Art Museum and obtaining seminal Pyle works for its collection. Eighty original paintings, drawings, and studies will be on view, as will archival photographs and examples of the artist’s daybooks and personal effects. 

Open 7 days a week year-round 
Weekdays: 10am - 4pm 
Weekends & holidays: 10am - 5pm 

Members: FREE 
Kids 18 and under FREE 
Adults $20 
Seniors (65+): $18 
Veterans: $17 
College students with ID: $10 

Norman Rockwell Museum 
9 Route 183

Stockbridge, MA

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
October 12, 2018 - June 30, 2020 Magnificent Obsessions

The impulse to collect is human. We collect for many reasons: to gather information about the world, to preserve the past, or to follow our interests and desires. For some, it is a lifelong pursuit. 

Pioneering collectors have long shaped Smithsonian Libraries. Each had their own unique passions, from hot-air balloons to seashells, from Japanese prints to world’s fairs. Together, these diverse collections form a vast network of knowledge. 

Smithsonian Libraries continues to build upon the work of these curious collectors. We preserve historic treasures and everyday items to provide a window onto the past. We seek out new sources and collections to advance research and scholarship. And we share our collections with the world to inspire curiosity and spark new ideas. Like a modern day cabinet of curiosity, Smithsonian Libraries collections span eras and disciplines, enabling discovery, inspiring creativity, and illuminating history. 

Our collections are living and breathing. What will we collect next? 

10am - 5:30pm 
(summer hours may vary) 

Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery 
Smithsonian National Museum of 
American History 
14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW

Washington, DC

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
October 19, 2018 - April 28, 2019 Gift of a Lifetime: Treasures from Chester Beatty’s Collection

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty’s magnificent bequest, Gift of a Lifetime presents a choice selection of masterpieces from this unique collection. An internationally successful mining magnate and generous philanthropist, Beatty was one of the most prolific and discerning collectors of his generation. From his early years in New York, through his career in London and travels overseas, Beatty acquired rare books, manuscripts and decorative arts of the highest quality and rarity from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

Following his retirement, Beatty brought these collections to Ireland, later placing them in trust to the nation on his death in 1968. From objects of the greatest beauty crafted for powerful rulers to treasures tracing the history of world religions, the artworks drawn together in this exhibition and accompanying catalogue capture the breadth and wonder of this exceptional legacy: a gift to the nation, for Ireland to share with the world. 

Mar to Oct: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm 
Nov to Feb: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm 
(Closed Mondays) 

Sat 11am - 5pm (All year) 
Sun 1pm - 5pm (All year) 

Closed 1 January; Good Friday; 24, 25 and 26 December; and Monday public holidays. 

Free admission 

Chester Beatty Library 
Dublin Castle


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Exhibits International