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Exhibit Opening Ties Art & Native American Influences

Cristina Gonzalez spotlights the lasting impact of King James Bible

August 21, 2012
Story by Austin Bowles, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The OSU Library officially opens the traveling exhibit, “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” with Dr. Cristina Gonzalez’s session “King James Bible: Towards a Visual and Transatlantic History” Aug. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room.   

Gonzalez brings both an art and a Native American dimension to the program. She will discuss the King James Version’s impact historically and visually throughout the Americas as well as look at the King James Bible from a Native American standpoint. 

“We felt this was an important component to highlight. The Native American element ties the national traveling exhibit to our own Oklahoma history and culture,” catalog librarian Misty Smith said.

Gonzalez is an assistant professor in art history at OSU with an anthropology degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago.

This event is part of a series of programs and displays related to the traveling exhibit. “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” will be housed in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library from Aug. 22 through Sept. 19. This event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas, to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.

The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local presentation of this exhibit is made possible by the Oklahoma State University Library. Other local partners include OSU departments of art, English and religious studies, and the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Homeschool Group, Payne County Historical Society and Stillwater Ministerium. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in Manifold Greatness do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the exhibit and related events at OSU or to download educational materials and videos visit www.library.okstate.edu/manifoldgreatness.

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VIDEO: An interview with Dr. Cristina Gonzalez

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall12/manifoldgonzalez.htm
Last Updated: 21 AUG 2012

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