If you’re on the Fresno State campus anytime between now and June 24 — or even if you’re not and would consider planning a trip — I encourage you to pop into the Madden Library to catch a beautiful little show titled “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.” It’s a great chance to visit the elegant Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, which the library and university is touting as a new community-based arts space. The stars of the exhibition are four full suits of samurai armor along with dozens of samurai-related objects from the 13th through 20th centuries.
I wrote about the exhibition in my Sunday Spotlight column. The show is open during regular library hours.
Unfortunately, a mix-up at the library marred an opening-weekend visit for one Beehive reader. Bruce Whitsitt took his family Sunday to see the show and found the exhibition closed. A library staffer on duty told him it was only open Monday-Friday. When I received Whitsitt’s email, I checked with Marcia Morrison, the library’s development director. Here’s her response:
I am so sorry that the family who wanted to see our show was not able to do so. Apparently, our exhibit designer locked the room when he left Friday night and no one had been told to open it up on Saturday. The dean’s assistant had told staff that the show would be open but clearly that message was not transmitted properly. The exhibition was opened Sunday afternoon after the dean’s assistant arrived with the key. In the future, the show will be open every hour that the Library is open. We are posting a sign outside the gallery to that effect. The installation of signage wasn’t totally completed in time for the opening but will be finished today.
Now that the hours are assured, the weekends are actually a great time to visit the exhibition because parking is much easier (and free). The important thing is to check the library hours beforehand (an easy way is at its main website), because they vary, especially with spring break coming up.