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Current Exhibits

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.
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.
"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.
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.
Yarn, knotting, and color are used symbolically to raise awareness about domestic abuse. This piece, No Private Matter, offers a sensitive and poignant, and even beautiful, way to think about a serious and painful national issue. Ongoing exhibition.
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.
The Wangensteen Historical Library's new exhibit — "The Secret Lives of Books" — reveals the past and present secret lives of books and tells their captivating stories of health, illness, and the human experience. In an evolving exhibit experience, guest-curated exhibit vignettes will be changed each month to reveal more stories about rare books and their intersections with current events, historical experiences, and the research programs at the University of Minnesota.

Upcoming Exhibits

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.
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 14, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.
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 August 13, 2019 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Skyway Gallery and Andersen Horticultural Library.
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.
A young person holds a sign that reads "Gay Power, Black Power, Women Power, Student Power, All Power to the People"

Fifty Years of Student Organizing

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

Out of the Woods

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.
Banquet illustration from the James Ford Bell Library

Rapunzel, Peanuts, and Thousand-Year Eggs

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 January 31, 2020 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, Wallin Center, Bell Gallery (ground 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.
Postcard art depicting a pencil sketch of faceless cats in a room. A mobile hanging from the ceiling with all of the cats' faces attached to the mobile.

Stamped and Posted

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 1 through September 30, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, Wallin Center, Bell Gallery (ground floor).

The ABC of It

This exhibit features 250 books and objects that show the impact of children’s literature throughout history. Delve into rare volumes of Alice in Wonderland. View rarely displayed original artwork held by the Children's Literature Research Collections. The exhibit opens February 11 at Elmer L. Andersen Library
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.
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 20, 2020 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 2nd and 3rd Floor Atrium Gallery.
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.
Illustration of women carrying briefcases with high rise buildings in the background.

Women and Work

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 February 21, 2020 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 1st Floor Main Gallery.

Past Exhibits