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Default Placeholder Photo A Medium for Modernism: British Poetry and American Audiences
This exhibition examines the concept of literary modernism as it developed through exchanges between British poets and American audiences. Included are manuscripts and letters by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and W. B. Yeats; printed books; recordings and other materials drawn from the Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection and other Library collections.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Aug. 31, 1997
Subjects
English Literature
scrc_wachs_title_panel_webpdf.png Poetic Associations: The Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs
In the period between the French Revolution and the start of World War I, often called “the long nineteenth century,” English poetry enjoyed enormous popularity and respect. The Romantics and the Victorians, as we know them today, were celebrities and, often, close friends, part of a literary community that influenced their professional and personal lives. Dr. Gerald N. Wachs (1937-2013), working closely with his friend, bookseller Stephen Weissman of Ximenes Rare Books, collected their works, using as their guidebook the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (CBEL), the standard primary bibliography of English literature. They sought the finest copies, whenever possible ones that were presented by the author to other writers, friends, or family members. The resulting collection of nearly 900 titles, on deposit from the Estate of Gerald Wachs at the University of Chicago Library, illuminates the life and works of these enduring poets.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 21 — Dec. 31, 2015
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Subjects
Literature
Image 1 Celebrating the Poetry of Asia & the Middle East
For their inaugural joint exhibit, five area-studies librarians on the fifth floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library celebrate poetry from their own areas of expertise.
Locations
Regenstein Bookstacks, 5th Floor
May 1 — June 30, 2018
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Subjects
Korean Studies
Middle East
Southern Asia
Japanese Studies
Chinese Studies
Gallery of Voices Poetry Magazine: A Gallery of Voices
This exhibition draws mainly on the unique historical portion of the Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection, an archive of the tens of thousands of letters and manuscripts Monroe collected exchanged with poets and collected during her tenure as editor of Poetry Magazine.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Oct. 1, 1980
Subjects
Literature
From Poetry to Verse From Poetry to Verse: The Making of Modern Poetry
This exhibition documents the process of bringing new poetry to the public in all its various formats. Drawing upon the archives of Poetry, Chicago Review, Big Table, Verse, LVNG, and the papers of The Poetry Center of Chicago, the exhibit tracks the evolution and changing character of poetry from 1912 to the present.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 28, 2006
Subjects
Literature
Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book Exhibition Title Panel Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book: Artists' Books in German-Speaking Space after 1945
This exhibition highlights the Fluxus movement's conceptual use of the book format.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 17 — March 17, 2017
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Marianne Moore Harriet Marianne Moore and Harriet Monroe: The Poet, The Critic, and Poetry
A revealing glimpse at the artistic and critical tensions between Marianne Moore, the poet, and Harriet Monroe, critic and founding editor of the Chicago-based Poetry magazine, this exhibition also celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — June 30, 1987
Subjects
Literature
City Lights Pocket Poet Series City Lights Pocket Poets Series 1955-2005: From the Collection of Donald A. Henneghan
This exhibition, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Pocket Poets Series.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Jan. 1, 2006
Subjects
Literature
Huidobro Vicente Huidobro Vicente in Avant-Garde
This major exhibition of photographs, manuscripts and books traces the life and work of the avant-garde poet Vicente Huidobo (1893-1948).
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — March 1, 1988
Subjects
Art
Spanish Literature
Default Placeholder Photo William Butler Yeats and Chicago
Offering a glimpse into the public life of Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), this exhibition focuses on Yeat's three visits to Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1994
Subjects
Literature
Sun Ra Sounds from Tomorrow's World: Sun Ra and the Chicago Years, 1946-1961
This exhibit explores Sun Ra’s Chicago years through images and sound recordings of his poetry and music, vinyl records and album artwork, promotional materials and early controversial broadsheets. While living in Chicago, Herman Poole “Sonny” Blount became Sun Ra—the leader of the Arkestra and a composer and arranger of some of the most avant-garde jazz of the time.
Locations
Regenstein 3rd Floor Reading Room
Dec. 1 — Aug. 20, 2010
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Subjects
Music
Chicago and Illinois
Notable Books and Manuscripts Exhibit A Catalogue to an Exhibition of Notable Books and Manuscripts from the Collections of the University of Chicago Library Prepared for the Dedication of the Joseph Regenstein Library
This exhibition showcases 109 highlights from the the Department of Special Collections on the occasion of the dedication of the Regenstein Library.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1970
Subjects
University of Chicago Library
Special Collections
Brooker Prize Symbol T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting
The Brooker Prize is awarded annually to second- and fourth year students with outstanding book collections. This exhibit provides an opportunity for award winners to share selections from their collections with a wider audience.
Locations
Regenstein 1st Floor Reading Room
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Subjects
Latin American Studies
Medieval Studies
Gender Studies
Arts
helen_ruth_regenstein_recent.jpg The Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books: Recent Additions
To mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Mrs. Helen Regenstein and to chart the growth of the collection of rare books that her generosity and vision made possible, the department of Special Collections presents this exhibit representing acquisitions to the collection since her death.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1988
Subjects
Literature
Special Collections
My Budapest My Budapest: Portrait of a European City
Celebrating Budapest and Hungary as a significant part of continental culture and history, the exhibit is drawn from Louis Szathmary's renowned Hungarian collection of over 15,000 volumes, featuring books, artifacts, and documents.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Oct. 1, 1989
Subjects
European History
Wiesel Representations of the Holocaust in the Arts and the Legacy of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)
An exhibit in two cases that examines artistic representations of the Holocaust and the polemics they created as a reflection on the legacy of the work of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016).
Locations
Regenstein 4th Floor Reading Room
Aug. 16 — Oct. 31, 2016
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Martin Pots page 7 cropped War, Trauma, Memory
It seems an understatement to note that war is traumatic to those who experience it in any way, shape or form. The pieces in this exhibit reflect their creators’ experiences in wars from the 16th century through the present day. Each of these pieces was published or made public by their creators; by that action the creator invites us into the captured moment. We see, not a moment of trauma itself but a time after that moment, whether that be seconds or years. In this exhibit, the trauma of war is represented by that very absence of trauma, through the experience creators share with viewers, listeners or readers.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 30 — Aug. 31, 2018
Subjects
History
OntheEdge On the Edge: Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life
This exhibition explores the symmetry between medieval margins and the modern margins of academic life.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 19 — Sept. 10, 2012
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Subjects
Art
European History
History of Print
manifestazione femminista 8 marzo 1977 Artivism: Italy and Social Justice
Art activism in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s
Locations
Regenstein 3rd Floor Reading Room
June 11 — Dec. 15, 2018
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Subjects
Music
Art
Italian Literature
Hours of Gladness On Reading Spring
"On Reading Spring" is divided into six thematic sections, each offering a discreet meditation on the unfolding of the season through experiences commonly ascribed to spring: Refreshment, Vulnerability, Epiphany, Restoration, Tenderness, and Joy. By pairing a selection of the Special Collections Research Center’s rare and unusual published works with archival letters, diaries, photographs, musical manuscripts and early drafts of poems composed between March and June, "On Reading Spring" considers the ways in which diverse works reveal a sympathetic vernal experience across disciplines, cultures, and time periods.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
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Subjects
Music
Art
Literature
Photography