Exhibit: American Popular Music in the Age of Ragtime and Jazz

The sixth annual student-curated exhibition of works from the William H. Hannon Library’s Archives & Special Collections opens this summer at the Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery. “American Popular Music in the Age of Ragtime and Jazz” features selections of popular music from our Clara Jane Nixon Sheet Music Collection.

Curated by LMU students, the exhibition opens on Monday, May 21, and continues through July 27. The gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Clara Jane Nixon Sheet Music Collection offers a view into the world of popular music in the United States from the 1890s to the 1950s. Beyond the often light-hearted music, the lyrics and cover art reveal societal attitudes toward women, people of color, and life during World War I. Eighteen library student workers explored the collection and shared their thoughts about the art and history reflected in selected pieces. This exhibition showcases how, in 2018, contemporary audiences relate to popular music from earlier centuries.

Friday, July 27, 2018 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

William H. Hannon Library, Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery (Level 3)
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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