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The ABC of It

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
Hawthorn Branch with Lichen, watercolor & gouache on vellum, c2017, Linda Medved Lufkin

Out of the Woods

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The American Society of Botanical Artists and The New York Botanical Garden present their third triennial exhibition of outstanding contemporary botanical art. The 43 artworks in Out of the Woods capture strikingly detailed images of trees, all of which are cultivated in public gardens and arboreta. May 9 through August 13, 2019 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Reedy Gallery.
Mail art from the Stamped and Posted exhibit features a colorful background with text and line art.

Stamped and Posted

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This exhibit celebrates mail art — a rare, fun, and enticing form of art and print culture. Mail art became a traceable genre in the early 1960s. Artist-selected networks formed “add and pass” exchanges that resulted in visually provocative correspondence that was stamped and delivered via the United States postal system, fax machines, or computers. July 22 through September 30, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, Wallin Center, Bell Gallery (ground floor).
Banquet illustration from the James Ford Bell Library

Rapunzel, Peanuts, and Thousand-Year Eggs

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Our relationship with food is complex. Food sustains us as living entities, but it also plays a key role in how we live our lives. This exhibition, and its online companion exhibit, explore the history of our relationship with food in the premodern era using sources as varied as travel narratives, art, fairy tales, sagas, and medicinal recipes. October 14, 2019 through March 13, 2020 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, Wallin Center, Bell Gallery (ground floor).
A Woman's Place exhibit illustration featuring an advertisement image from the mid-20th century

A Woman’s Place: Women and Work

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The stories of women as workers are as complex, varied, and engaging as the women themselves. Visit the contentious battleground of women in the workforce and discover the laborers, pioneers, troublemakers, and reformers documented across the Archives and Special Collections. November 11, 2019 through March 6, 2020 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 1st Floor Main Gallery.
Curtis at 150 Exhibit

Such a Big Dream

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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

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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

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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

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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

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"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

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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.

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