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Orson Welles: Beyond the Canon and Into the Archives

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
12:00 AM
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)

This student-researched exhibit. a project done in Matthew Solomon's SAC 330 course, marks the centenary of Orson Welles --one of America's greatest directors of film, theater, radio, and television -- and highlights letters, photographs, scripts, and production materials culled from the University of Michigan's extensive Orson Welles archives. Visitors may begin their exploration of Orson Welles by perusing the library lobby, wherein they will "meet the students" via the reflections they have penned detailing their varied experiences working within the archives; next, visitors enter the exhibition space, wherein they will be taken on a captivating visual and audial journey through the diverse professional achievements of Welles  coupled with the personal life stories that include his relationships with the people most significant to him; finally, visitors enter the gallery space, wherein they will culminate their tour by examining a unique collection of objects from the archives specifically selected by the students to showcase. The exhibition, as a whole, provides insight not often revealed -- and is a must for any Orson Welles fan.