Happy

Posted: Friday, 5 July 2019 - 9:51am

Happy

 

Marquand Mini Exhibit
May 2018

 

In this exhibit, end-of-the-summer student employees were asked to find a picture that made them happy and tell us why in a couple sentences.

-Jessica Dağcı

 

This art piece makes me happy because when I look at it, I see the interconnectedness of this country and the roots of each state. It is important not only for our past, but our future that we remember the values of where we live and the people who have helped shape it. I like this piece because it reminds me of this nation's story and everything that has been put into laying the foundation so that my family and I would be able to live here and prosper. 

John Garcia ‘21

John G. Hanhardt
Nam June Paik: Global Visionary
Washington, DC : 2012
Marquand, N7369.P35 A4 2012

 

The photo here shows several examples of "azulejo" tiles, which appear infamously all over Lisbon in Portugal. It makes me happy because I recently got back from studying abroad in Lisbon and while I was there the colorful presence of azulejo tiles on the city's buildings made every walk through the city exciting and beautiful. I definitely prefer the colorful looks of Lisbon to the boring steel and grey buildings of most big cities. 

Annie Sullivan-Crowley ‘21

Augusto Moutinho Borges
Colours in Town: Tiles from Alcântara
Lisbon: By the Book, 2013
Marquand, NK4670.7.P62 L57 2014

 

One of my favorite online posts I've ever seen was of a black couple standing and looking directly at the camera. The woman grasping the man’s arm, and the caption read, "You may think she's holding on to me, but in reality she's holding me up." For me, the picture I've picked evokes similar feelings of feminine strength and reinforces the necessity of the female presence and impact contrary to gender norms. Hence, it is my happy pic.

Sara Howell ‘20

Battle of the Sexes: Franz von Stuck to Frida Kahlo, ed. Felix Krämer
New York: Prestel, 2016
Marquand, N8217.G397 B38 2016q

 

In the middle of the mustaches, there is a pair of lips that look like a mustache. I interpreted this as women finally being acknowledged and heard in a male dominated world.

Nadin Mukhtar ‘21

Richard Slee
Means of Production
Carlisle, Cumbria, England: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, 2014

Marquand, NK4210.S564 A4 2014

 

This picture makes me happy because the Korean alphabet reminds me of how much I love learning new languages. It’s also because my passion for learning Korean led me to studying East Asian Studies.

Thea Dimapeles ‘21

Christopher Calderhead
The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy: The Ultimate Compendium on the Art of Fine Writing: History, Craft, Technique
New York: Sterling, 2011
Marquand, NK3600.C24 2011

 

The subject of this book is an often overlooked part of Texas (West Texas). Not only did this book bring me joy because of its proximity to home, but it also brought about an appreciation for photographers who seek out underrepresented communities, locations, and eras. 

Sarah Pacilio ‘19

James Evans
Big Bend Pictures
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003
Marquand Photography, F392.B53 E93 2003q

 

This picture makes me happy because it’s a portrait of a dog, and dogs make everyone happy. This dog also looks like its smiling.

Sam Anderson ‘21

Walter Schels
Animal Portraits
Zurich: Stemmle, 2001
Marquand Photography, TR727 .S34 2001q

 

 

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