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Past Exhibits

      Image for the exhibit The Mississippi Bubble: John Law and the Collapse of the French Economy, 1718–1720

      The Mississippi Bubble: John Law and the Collapse of the French Economy, 1718–1720

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      Here is the story of one of the earliest economic “bubbles” — a lesson in “if it's too good to be true, it probably is” that continues to resonate today. September 14, 2020 through January 8, 2021
      Marketing image for 2019-2020 First Fridays series “Animals in the Archives”

      Roaring Good Tales: Animals in the Archive

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      This exhibit features selections from First Fridays' 2019-2020 season — “Animals in the Archives” — where we explored the wild side of history. August 3 through December 31, 2020.
      Image for the exhibit THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM: Cybernetics of the Cold War

      THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM: Cybernetics of the Cold War

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      Since the late 1950s, states and corporations have utilized the various philosophies and applications of cybernetics to control and command the most basic data that underpin society. This exhibit will investigate the political and economic implications, and cultural representations of cybernetics. July 13, 2020 through November 13, 2020
      Political illustration from the exhibit

      Politics of Humor, Humor of Politics: Comics, Graphics, and Illustration From the 18th Century...

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      This exhibit features the work of cartoonists, illustrators, and graphic artists who unabashedly address political topics relevant to the concerns of the people. March 27, 2020 through August 14, 2020.
      Image of Uncle Sam

      The YMCA and Relief for War Victims During WWI

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      The YMCA deployed 25,926 men and women at home and abroad in the trenches, training camps, leave areas, and prisoner-of-war camps during World War I. This exhibition explores these courageous actors and the significant aid they provided to the armies and civilians of both the Central and Allied Powers. March 23 through June 26, 2020.
      Nature Heals display in Wilson Library

      Nature Heals

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      The Nature Heals display is a "dose of nature" to restore and refresh your overall well being. The display is a collaboration with the University of Minnesota Libraries, Landscape Arboretum, and Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.
      Image from rare book with ornate initial letter

      Initial Impressions

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      In conjunction with the exhibition Initial Impressions: Renaissance Type and the Grammar of Ornament at the University of Minnesota's Goldstein Museum of Design, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine will exhibit additional works by Geoffroy Tory and Hans Holbein.
      Marsh wren

      Flights of Fantasy — extended through Oct. 31

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      This fanciful exhibition of ceramic works features a flock of Minnesota birds in their habitats, playfully interpreted in abstract compositions by award-winning artist Susan Feigenbaum. The exhibit is open February 5 – Oct. 31, 2020 at the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
      Artwork by Liv Valmestad

      In Between (S)P(L)ACES

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      “In Between (S)P(L)ACES: Scenes from Norway and North Iceland” features artwork by Liv Valmestad. The exhibit is open December 20, 2019 – February 21, 2020 at the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, 210 Rapson Hall.
      Seeing Child Labor exhibit poster image

      Seeing Child Labor

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      Child labor evokes images of exploitation. And yet, it’s complicated. Through one photographer’s lens, we view children across the globe as more than just “objects” who are manipulated by adults. Though relatively powerless, they are also active subjects who see the world through their own perspectives and act on it as agents.
      Two women practicing yoga outside in winter.

      Yoga ON Ice: Commemorating a Frozen Wonderland

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      The Bio-Medical library is hosting the “Yoga ON Ice” exhibit by artist Nancy Chakrin as part of its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibit series. The exhibit features fine art metal photography prints of yoga practice at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

      Bluff Towns

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      The exhibit "Bluff Towns: Looking Down the Mississippi River" features drone and panoramic photographs by David Husom. The exhibit is open October 17 through December 15, 2019 at the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, 210 Rapson Hall.
      A woman tosses pizza dough with her hands. Image from the Immigration History Research Center Archives.

      Unity Without Uniformity

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      Minnesota is sometimes referred to as the land of 10,000 lakes and 100 countries. This exhibit celebrates the communities of New Americans who have shaped Minnesota into a strong, multicultural state. It also celebrates the International Institute of Minnesota. October 14, 2019 through January 17, 2020 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 2nd Floor Atrium Gallery.
      Art from the Alignments exhibit

      Alignments

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      “Alignments: Paula McCartney and Melanie Pankau” is a conversation between artists working separately in their respective mediums — McCartney in photography/ceramics and Pankau in drawing/painting. The exhibit is open July 29 through October 4, 2019 at the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, 210 Rapson Hall.
      Colliers magazine cover from November 22, 1913 featuring an illustration of Sherlock Holmes looking sickly for "The Adventure of the Dying Detective."

      Dark Places, Wicked Companions, and Strange Experiences

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      In August 2019 the Sherlock Holmes Collections will co-host the latest in a long and distinguished line of triennial conferences devoted to the world’s most famous consulting detective. This exhibit echoes the conference theme and will explore those places, companions, and experiences that continue to draw readers and fans to the ever expanding universe of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson. July 8 through October 25, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.
      Historical photo of a table with pamphlets and a sign behind it that says FREE: Gay Liberation, Minnesota

      FREE: Remembering the History of Early LGBTQ Organizing in Minnesota

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      Opening June 17, this exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of FREE. It features materials from the Tretter Collection. It considers the legacy of student organizing in historical context. Additionally, it invites visitors to wonder about the pasts, presents, and possible futures of LGBTQ and student activism. June 17 through September 27, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 2nd and 3rd Floor Atrium Gallery.

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