Martha and Maria – Two Dancers Who Changed the World

This blog was expanded from text in SCRC’s Spring Exhibition “Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience. In mid-century America, you would be hard-pressed to find two dancers more popular than Martha Graham and Maria Tallchief. Both masters of their respective arts, the two women were Continue Reading

Marchives Madness

  It is that time of year and SCRC is having another Marchives Madness contest. Our current exhibition is called “Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience. All of the items have been digitized to replicate the physical exhibit as shown. To view all the items Continue Reading

Presidents Series: 1978 – 1996 – George W. Johnson

This post was written by Lana Mason, Processing Student Assistant. Lana has an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Piedmont Virginia Community College. She is currently studying Art History at George Mason University. Lana was the recipient of the University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic Continue Reading

Shattering Stereotypes Instead of Glass: Opera and “Showing Us Our Own Face”

To many 21st century Americans, opera might conjure images of women in horned helmets belting out screechy songs in incomprehensible languages., and shattering panes of glass in the process. This stereotype has its origins in the German composer Richard Wagner’s operas with stories based in Norse mythology, and it is Continue Reading

“Incantations by Mayan Women”: A Look into Artists’ Books

This post was written by Emily Rusch, Research Services Archival Assistant. Many students at George Mason can guess that the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) carries all sorts of books; fiction, non-fiction, history of Virginia and George Mason related materials. However, did you know that SCRC also carries artists’ books? Continue Reading