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Past Exhibits

      The ABC of It

      Immerse yourself in over 200 selected treasures including original art and manuscripts — from Millions of Cats to Poky Little Puppy to Beatrix Potter’s sketches for Peter Rabbit — a lush range of materials that explore the impact of children’s literature in society and culture over time.
      Ceramic bookends that appear inspired by the look of sea anemone.

      Alternate Endings 2

      A diverse group of artists have created sets of ceramic bookends. It is part of the Claytopia series of exhibits. March 25 through April 5, 2019 at Wilson Library, lobby and at the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, located in 210 Rapson Hall.
      Horse form from the exhibit Two Sites with a Similar Problem: Neil Forrest and John Roloff

      Two Sites with a Similar Problem

      This exhibit in the Claytopia series features ceramic art. Artists Neil Forrest and John Roloff depict modernist architectural models embroiled in an archaeological/catastrophic narrative. March 26 through May 6, 2019 at the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, 210 Rapson Hall.
      Iron Pour t-shirt from the Wayne Potratz Archive..

      Wayne Potratz Archive

      This exhibit recognizes the significant work and impact of Professor Emeritus Wayne Potratz. Potratz started the Iron Pour events at the University of Minnesota in 1969. April 22 through May 17, 2019 at Wilson Library, fourth floor.
      Curtis at 150 Exhibit

      Such a Big Dream

      October 8, 2018 through January 18, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery. “It’s such a big dream, I can’t see it all,” is what Edward S. Curtis said of his master work, The North American Indian, published between 1907 and 1930. Co-curated by Curtis expert Christopher Cardozo, this exhibit highlights not only this work, but also examines Curtis’ life and the impact he had on photography.
      Atlas moth

      Insects of Vietnam

      Fifty years ago, John Luhman was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served a tour in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. Entymology professor Alexander Hodson asked him to collect insects while he was there and send them back to the University of Minnesota’s Insect Collection. Luhman caught more than 600 insects. For the 50th anniversary, we are displaying some of these insects along with memorabilia from his time in Vietnam.
      Peter Christian Johnson, Lava and Ice

      Geologic Shift: Nine Ceramicists

      View the work of nine ceramic artists. Their work takes advantage of the unpredictable nature of working in clay. January 24 to April 5, 2019 at Wilson Library, fourth floor.
      Botanical illustration of the cannabis plant.

      Roots to Healing

      This exhibit examines the intersection of culture, medicinal plants, and current research. It invites viewers to consider the value of ten plants that have taken root in Minnesota. The exhibit opens January 8 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Andersen Horticultural Library.

      Fortuitous Recovery

      "Fortuitous Recovery" is a multimedia visual arts exhibition by Heidi Jeub inspired by a summer spent with the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library collection. The work on exhibit reflects the relationship between art-making, being an architect, and architecture research.
      Festivals Exhibit

      Festival, Spectacle, and Celebration in the Early Modern World

      September 24, 2018 through January 31, 2019 at Wallin Gallery at Elmer L. Andersen Library. Humans throughout recorded time have come together to celebrate, to express common cause, and to practice public rituals. From Venice to Beijing, from Cairo to Greenland to the South Pacific, this James Ford Bell Library exhibition will explore this fascinating aspect of the human experience that is common to us all.

      A Campus Divided

      A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism, and Antisemitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-1942 examines the campus climate during a time of division over issues including racial and economic equality, opposition to war, and students rights. Exhibit panels on display at Wilson Library, fourth floor, feature archival images and descriptions. This is the reprisal of the exhibit originally displayed at Elmer L. Andersen Library in fall 2017.
      Exhibit: Photographs by Shanna Allyn

      Les Papillons, Les Femmes: Photographs by Shanna Allyn

      Emerging local talent, Shanna Allyn, has composed photographic portraits of women that are like butterfly specimens displaying and showing-off beauty and presence. Two series of Allyn's work are one exhibit, one of which is new and seen for the first time. 
      Digital panel from the exhibit "Gone Into History: 90 Years of the University of Minnesota Archives" displayed in the Elmer L. Andersen Library, January 19 through April 27, 2018.

      Gone into history online exhibit

      2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the University of Minnesota Archives, giving us a prime opportunity to highlight what we have and what we do. Please explore the online exhibit by diving into an entire section examining the role of academic freedom and tenure at the University or the University’s response to the massive influx of students following World War II. Or spend some time with a panel or two.
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      The Best from Pen and Press

      June 4 through September 14, 2018 at Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery and Wallin Gallery. Libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, other cultural heritage institutions, and private collectors are invited to participate in a state-wide exhibition of global treasures from Minnesota’s book and manuscript collections. The exhibits will focus on the “best” rare and unique books and manuscripts drawn from Minnesota institutions and individuals.

      Prairie Poets

      May 14 through September 7, 2018 at Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery. From Winona to Luverne, from Moorhead to Duluth, writers in Minnesota are inextricably connected. This exhibit will explore the reciprocal and often intimate relationships among writers and the role of editors and publishers in anchoring and supporting a literary community.