Scott O’Hara (1961–1998) was a sex radical, porn star, writer and publisher. Between 1983 and 1993, he performed in over twenty gay and bisexual adult films. He also edited and published the quarterly sex-positive journal Steam and the short-lived cultural magazine Wilde.
O’Hara was hospitalized at San Francisco General Hospital with AIDS-related lymphoma in February 1998. He chose to leave the hospital on the afternoon of February 18, and he died at home that evening. He was thirty-six years old.
San Francisco General Hospital was at the forefront of the AIDS crisis. In January 1983, the hospital opened the first outpatient AIDS clinic, followed later that year by the first dedicated AIDS ward in the United States. The hospital became known for the “San Francisco model” of care, an approach to treatment that emphasized compassion and respect, centralized health and social services, and collaboration with community partners.
The pillowcase will be on view in recognition of World AIDS Day.
Dates: December 1 – 21, 2017 Time: John Hay Library Hours Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence
The Brown University Library recently acquired the papers of award-winning science fiction and dark fantasy writer Caitlin R. Kiernan.
“In April 2011, I wrote a story featuring my recurring character Dancy Flammarion. The story was titled “Bus Fair,” and it concerns Dancy having to play a riddle game with a werewolf to get back a cigar box containing her most precious possessions. The story became the basis for the first issue of Alabaster, the graphic novel series I scripted for Dark Horse Comics between 2011 and 2015.
In October and November of 2010, after I’d gotten the idea for “Bus Fair,” Kathryn and I created Dancy’s cigar box, because sometimes we do things like that. To pay bills, we auctioned it on eBay, where it brought a very respectable $785 from a longtime fan from Virginia. In July 2017, the fan offered to return the box to me, so that it could be kept with my papers at the John Hay Library. The New Testament in the box was donated by another fan (it had been her mother’s), and the cigar box itself was given to us by Kathryn’s cousin.” —Caitlín R. Kiernan
The Dancy Box is currently on view.
Dates: November 3 – November 30, 2017 Time: John Hay Library Hours Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence
Victorious Secret: The “Bikini Girls” are Winning the Pentathlon on view at the Rockefeller Library, from August 31 – November 20, 2017
Surprise! The nearly two-thousand-year-old mosaics from Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily, known simply as the “bikini girls,” are really female athletes from prestigious Roman families. Brown University is the tenth venue for this traveling suite of triptychs, made of buttons and hairpins, which sets the record straight on women in sports.
Meet artist Angela Lorenz, class of 1987, P’18 to learn about her visual arts project and the impact of study abroad on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library.
The historians of the Brown University Band present an exhibition on the band’s long and great history, currently on display at the Orwig Music Library. Since 1924 the Brown University Band has entertained on the field at football games, on ice at the hockey games, and in locations all over the country. On view are the musical “BU” sweater worn by the band’s founder, photographs, world famous buttons, as well as an iPad containing sound recordings from 1927-2000 and videos of the band.
Curated by Sean Briody, Greer Christensen-Gibbons, Ingrid Mader, and Gaby Usabal
Dates: October 12 – December 21, 2017 Time: Library Hours Location: Orwig Music Library, 1 Young Orchard Avenue, Providence
Chocolates E. Juncosa Advertising Cards Scenes from Cuba’s War of Independence,1895–1898.
These advertising cards for the firm Chocolate E. Juncosa, in Barcelona, depict scenes from Cuba’s War of Independence, 1895–1898. Founded in 1835, the company offered cocoa and sugar of the finest quality. This set contains 36 numbered chromolithography cards with color illustrations and caption titles. The reverse of each card contains text advertisement for the company.
Dates: October 5 – October 31, 2017 Time: John Hay Library Hours Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence
Greetings and Salutations: Lovecraft on the Road & Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University on view at John Hay Library, exhibition gallery from August 16 – December 15, 2017.
Greetings and Salutations: Lovecraft on the Road
Journey from Providence, Rhode Island, to St. Augustine, Florida, during the spring and summer of 1934 with one of America’s most influential fantasy and horror fiction writers. Explore the life, past and places of Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) through his correspondence, postcards and related drawings from the Brown University Library, Special Collections.
Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University
With novels, chapbooks, comics and more than 250 short stories to her credit, science fiction and dark fantasy writer Caitlín R. Kiernan (b. 1964) is a prolific and independent force reflecting the formative influences of her youth, including H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, William S. Burroughs and Angela Carter.
The Brown University Library recently acquired the Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers, gifted by the author, consisting of personal papers, manuscripts, books, related artwork and objects. The collection represents both early and current works by the multiple award-winning author and published paleontologist. Additions to the collection will be made regularly by the author.
“Reflective” A. R. Ammons (1926–2001), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York, NY), ca. 1992–1996
The Mobile Verse: Bus and Subway Poetry from the Harris Broadside Collection is now showing at John Hay Library, exhibition gallery from June 26 – July 26, 2017.
Explore poetry from the United States and Great Britain that was designed to be enjoyed on buses and subway cars from the 1970s through the 1990s. Growing in popularity, public- and private-sector programs such as these continue to link literary arts and transportation as a way to communicate, influence and curate through our communal environments. Selections from more than 300 examples highlight the young, mature, novice and experienced poets of diverse backgrounds and locations as they share on various topics.
Dates: June 26 – July 26, 2017 Time: John Hay Library Hours Location: Exhibition Gallery, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence