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Past Exhibits

      Nature Heals display in Wilson Library

      Nature Heals

      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

      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.
      Artwork by Liv Valmestad

      In Between (S)P(L)ACES

      “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

      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

      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

      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

      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: 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

      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

      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.

      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.
      Black and white photo shows a crowd of student protestors holding signs to support the former General College. A protestor in the foreground speaks into a microphone to address the group.

      Calling to Question

      Calling to Question celebrates the people at the U of M College of Liberal Arts. The exhibit explores the challenges they have faced. Through their struggles we see how liberal education promotes questioning as a way to strive for the betterment of the human condition. March 4 through June 12, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.
      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.
      Japanese Larch illustration by Judith Spiegel

      Celebrating Arboretum Trees

      The Flora & Fauna Illustrata collection of art on display includes fruit and nut trees, Big Woods species, invasives, and more. May 9 through October 27, 2019 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Skyway Gallery and Andersen Horticultural Library.

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