In anticipation of the official opening of the newly transformed Olin Library on May 1, 2018, we would like to preview some of the new spaces and exhibitions. Lasting Legacies, the inaugural exhibition of the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of John M. Olin Library, pays tribute to seven influential Washington University alumni whose work has enriched their respective professions and communities.
Lasting Legacies celebrates Washington University alumni’s unique passions, diverse accomplishments, and intellectual curiosity, and will be on view through Fall 2018.
Mary Strauss and the Arts
Mary Strauss received a Master of Arts Degree in art and archeology from Washington University in 1969, and has had a long career in supporting the arts in many forms.
Mary is perhaps best known for overseeing the restoration of the beloved Fox Theater in St. Louis and helping to establish Grand Center, St. Louis’ Arts and Entertainment District. She is co-owner of the Fox Theatre and of Fox Theatricals in New York, whose productions have received over 80 Tony Award nominations. She also supports youth arts programs and serves on numerous national and local arts boards.
Mary Strauss collects a broad range of materials, from fine art prints and photographs to film posters, costumes and props. Her collection of dresses includes costumes from Cleopatra (1963), Dynasty (1980s), and Titanic (1997) among numerous other major productions. Mary has many dresses by prominent designers, including Edith Head, Bob Mackie and Helen Rose.
Come See the Collection
Mary Strauss has generously loaned Washington University Libraries the gorgeous Poker Alice dress from her personal costume collection for the duration of the Lasting Legacies exhibit. Make sure you stop by and see it in the Thomas Gallery before the end of the year!
The Thomas Gallery fosters discovery and inspiration through the display of Washington University Libraries’ vast and distinct collections. The exhibition space is stewarded by the Department of Special Collections and is a lively pathway that spans the distance between the north and south entrances of John M. Olin Library.