On Reading Spring
Exhibition Dates: March 21 – June 13, 2022
Exhibition Location: The Hannah Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center Lobby, The Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Why do we all respond so similarly to the “characteristic and essential” traits of spring? Can we trace the genesis of too familiar rhetorical devices, poetic flourishes, and seasonal tropes to authentic, lived experiences of the seasons? How is the creative impulse vulnerable to the physical environment in which it germinates?
On Reading Spring explores these questions by pairing a selection of rare and unusual published works with archival letters, diaries, photographs, musical manuscripts, and early drafts of poems composed between March and June. Through six thematic sections—Refreshment, Vulnerability, Epiphany, Restoration, Tenderness, and Joy —On Reading Spring considers the ways in which these diverse works reveal a sympathetic vernal experience across disciplines, cultures, and time periods.
The exhibit includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Margaret Danner, Emily Dickenson, Vivian Maier, Igor Stravinsky, Virgil, Virginia Woolf, and Carlos de Francisco Zea.
On Reading Spring inaugurates a new exhibition case located in the lobby of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center. The exhibition takes the form of six rotations, each on display for two weeks. The entire exhibition can be viewed on the web exhibit.
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