Wofford College’s Sandor Teszler Library Gallery and the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Campus Life Building will each host exhibits during Interim this month. The Teszler Gallery will feature Bird and Animal Prints, which depict the flora and fauna that were discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries. Meanwhile, the Chapman Gallery will feature “Front Page!”, which highlights major headlines pulled from the Teszler Library’s newspaper archives.
The 18th and 19th centuries were times of great progress in science, particularly with regard to documenting and classifying the remarkable range of species across the world. The drive to document the flora and fauna was especially strong in the new territories of America. In the 18th century, Englishman Mark Catesby traveled through the Carolinas, Florida, and Cuba, collecting and painting specimens of birds, mammals, and fish and publishing his work in 1740. A century later in 1839 John James Audubon produced the first edition of his massive “Birds of America” in which the large format could reproduce the birds life-size. In England, John Gould would publish monographs of the birds discovered in Darwin's voyage on the Beagle and contribute to the development of Darwin's seminal work.
The Teszler exhibition includes examples from the collections of the Sandor Teszler Library of the work of these three groundbreaking naturalists and illustrators. The works not only document the increasing importance of scientific discovery, but the advancing of the printmaker's art.
With their daily reporting on current events, newspapers capture the un-winnowed grain and chaff of history. Much of what they report is incomplete, even incorrect. The local or regional biases are present, making even the facts suspect. Nevertheless, the newspaper accounts hold an immediacy that excites much more than later measured accounts.
Pulled from the collections of the Teszler Library, the newspaper headlines on display range from the bombardment of Fort Sumter to the Armistice ending World War I, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, as well as less significant days in national and local newspapers.Both exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, call 597-4300.