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Lewis & Clark College Aubrey Watzek Special Collections

Date: February 1, 2007 PST Location: Watzek Library

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Lewis & Clark College Aubrey Watzek Special Collections

Footprints of Pacifism: The Creative Lives of Kemper Nomland and Kermit Sheets
Spring 2007 Exhibit
February 1-May 31, open daily

Sheets and Nomland were key figures in the WWII CPS Camps in Oregon. Their artistic talents had an impact both socially and artistically on their fellow camp members, and the literary and artistic society of America during the war. Nomland went on to continue the literary magazine The Illiterati, and establish himself as a leading architect in Southern California. He is best known for his contribution to the Case Study Home designs and fabrications of the 1950s. The Case Study Houses were experiments in residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers.

Sheets also continued printing and publishing. He was co-founder with James Broughton of the Centaur Press in San Francisco in 1949 which published poets Robert Duncan, Madeline Gleason, Glen Coffield, Muriel Rukeyser, and James Broughton. Sheets also worked with Broughton on films, one of which, The Pleasure Garden, won the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 for Best Fantastic-Poetic Film. He also was the founder of the Interplayers a small but influential theater group in San Francisco after the war.

WWII brought these men together, and they remained linked through friendship, social causes, and as advocates for peace for the rest of their lives. This exhibit will look at how peace, art, and social advocacy were all woven together in the lives of these men.

This exhibit includes photographs, architectural drawings, typescripts, books, and original art from the Watzek Special Collections.

For further information, contact Doug Erickson, director, special collections (503) 768-7254

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