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Current Exhibits

The Bio-Medical Library is pleased to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. This traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media.
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 – May 30, 2020 at the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
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.
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.
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).
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.

Upcoming Exhibits

High School students at the Minnesota State Capitol , circa 1950.

By Each Generation: 75 Years of Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government

This exhibit features the YMCA Youth in Government program. In 1946, the program's first year in Minnesota, high school students from across the state met at the Capitol Building in St. Paul. Over the course of the following 75 years, tens of thousands of Minnesota youth have learned about what it means to be part of a democratic society. November 30, 2020 through April 2, 2021
Political illustration from the exhibit

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

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.
Marketing image for 2019-2020 First Fridays series “Animals in the Archives”

Roaring Good Tales: Animals in the Archive

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 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

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
Image of Uncle Sam

The YMCA and Relief for War Victims During WWI

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.
Image for the exhibit THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM: Cybernetics of the Cold War

THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM: Cybernetics of the Cold War

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

Past Exhibits

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