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Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children's Books and Graphic Art
Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary examines both the intensive and extensive dimensions of Soviet posters and children books.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Aug. 22 — Dec. 30, 2011
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Subjects
Slavic/Eastern Europe/Eurasia
Art
living the legacy African Americans in the Sciences
The Library joins the University of Chicago in its celebration of the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth with Highlights from the Library's African American Collections.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Jan. 7 — Jan. 31, 2005
Subjects
African-American Studies
Default Placeholder Photo African-American Studies: Resources in the University of Chicago Library
This exhibition explores the University of Chicago Library's broad array of research materials documenting African-American history and culture.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — June 1, 1999
Subjects
African-American Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Arcangela Tarabotti: A Literary Nun in Baroque Venice
The exhibition focuses on the writing and cultural context of Arcangela Tarabotti, a Benedictine nun who published defenses of women that protested against social injustice, especially that of forced religious vocations.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Aug. 31, 1997
Subjects
Women's Studies
Italian Literature
archetypeandadaptation Archetype and Adaptation: Passover Haggadot from the Stephen P. Durschlag Collection
“Archetype and Adaptation” explores the enduring influence of early printed Haggadot as well as the ability of modern versions to reflect political and social developments such as the Holocaust, Zionism, gay rights, and feminism.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 2 — May 12, 2012
Subjects
Jewish Studies
bakwin-010_100dpi copy.jpg An Art of Persuasion: Soviet Posters from the Library's Collections
The exhibit showcases twenty-four Soviet political posters from the 1930s. Drawn from the E.M. Bakwin Collection of Soviet Posters and the War Poster Collection in the Library, the exhibition explores the role that these images played in rallying the peoples of the Soviet Union to take up social, political, and war-time causes.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
July 1 — Oct. 31, 1987
Subjects
Art
Slavic/Eastern Europe/Eurasia
Asia In the Eyes of Europe Asia in the Eyes of Europe: Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries
From the time of the Renaissance onward, Western consciousness has been shaped by a multitude of diverse and rapidly changing images of Asia and its peoples. This exhibition examines the process of Western exploration and discovery of Asia.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — May 31, 1991
Subjects
History
Southern Asia
By Study and By Watchfulness Exhibit By Study and By Watchfulness
This exhibition of illustrated editions of Ovid and artists' depictions of people with books, selected from the collection of William and Marianne Salloch, is dedicated to both pursuits.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — May 1, 1984
Subjects
Classics
Ludwig Rosenberer Bookplate Christian Hebraic Scholarship
The Rosenberger Library's rich collection of Christian Hebraic scholarship forms the basis of this exhibition which focuses on the sometimes accidental, sometimes deliberate contributions of Christian scholars to the preservation of Hebrew usage, and Jewish legal commentaries and ceremonial practices from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 1, 1983
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Closeted/Out in the Quadragles feature image Closeted/OUT in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago
Historical view of LGBT faculty, student, and staff life at the University of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 30 — June 12, 2015
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Subjects
LGBT Studies
University of Chicago
Default Placeholder Photo Collecting the Classics
Collecting the Classics
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1977
Subjects
Classics
Ludwig Rosenberer Bookplate The Dreyfus Affair: In the Public Eye
Almost one-hundred years after it captured worldwide attention and threatened to topple the government of the Third Republic of France, the Dreyfus Affair continues to evoke strong response. The exhibit explores contemporary popular perceptions of the affair through these media in examples drawn from the Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — March 1, 1989
Subjects
European History
Jewish Studies
rosrenberger.jpg East European Jews in the German-Jewish Imagination from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica
This exhibition traces the place of East European Jewry in the imagination and experience of German Jews from emancipation in the nineteenth century to the decline of German-Jewish life on the eve of World War II.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — June 30, 2009
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Subjects
Jewish Studies
Ludwig Rosenberer Bookplate Emma Goldman in Her Own Words: Perspectives from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica
This exhibition features books, pamphlets, and trial reports by Emma Goldman, drawn from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — May 1, 1993
Subjects
Political Science
Jewish Studies
Ludwig Rosenberer Bookplate Enhancing the Legacy: Gifts from Irmgard Rosenberger to the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica
This exhibition includes a selection of important recent additions to the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica presented by Mrs. Irmgard Rosenberger, including a 16th-century decree restricting Jewish actions to the visitor's book used at the Palestine Government House in the 1920s and 1930s.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — June 30, 2003
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Razm-nāma Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies
This exhibition introduces the Regenstein Library's extraordinary resources related to South Asia through visual metaphors of imagination, representation, and engagement.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 11 — March 18, 2016
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Subjects
Southern Asia
South Asia
Ludwig Rosenberer Bookplate Eureka! Discovering Sources in the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica
This exhibition explores various access tools to the over 17,000 titles in the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, from the topically arranged print catalog published when it was a private collection to records in the Library's online catalog.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — June 30, 2004
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Far East Exhibition Far East: An Exhibition of Resources in the University of Chicago Library
The exhibit represents the breadth of the Library's East Asian holdings, which have developed with the University and the Center for East Asian Studies since the Center's beginnings at the University in the 1930s.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1973
Subjects
East Asian Studies
Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Flavius Josephus' "De Bello Judaico"
Exhibit on Flavius Josephus' "De Bello Judaico"
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 1, 1988
Subjects
Greek - Ancient
Default Placeholder Photo From Palm Leaf to Printed Text: The Traditional Indic Book
Drawn from the collection donated by Mrs. Edwin Asmann, this exhibit highlights the structure and usage of the palm leaf format, from the preparation of the leaves themselves to their illumination and binding. The manuscripts are also discussed in relationship to their role in the transmission of the Buddhist Canon.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — July 1, 1989
Subjects
Southeast Asia
Religion
Southern Asia
South Asia
Ludwig Rosenberer Bookplate Germany on the Eve of the 1848 Revolution: Selections from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica
This exhibition focuses on political, social, and cultural trends in Germany during the VormŠrz period, the two decades preceding the March Revolution of 1848. On display are selected works by prominent poets, journalists, and revolutionary theorists, including Heinrich Heine, Ludwig Bšrne, and Karl Marx.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Oct. 1, 1994
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Silhouette of Crowd with Shahada The Graphics of Revolution and War: Iranian Poster Arts
Designed for mass distribution and aimed towards a large public audience, posters embed social, political, and religious concerns that frequently are articulated through both text and image. Perhaps more so than at any other moment in recent history, posters served as powerful modalities for mobilization and communication during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88).
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 15 — Dec. 18, 2011
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Subjects
Middle East
Art
Hebraica at the University of Chicago Hebraica at the University of Chicago
This exhibition honors the long tradition of Hebrew scholarship at the University of Chicago. The books in the exhibition were selected to provide an overview of the scope of the Library's holdings and to indicate the variety of sources which exist.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1965
Subjects
Jewish Studies
homer_title_graphic.jpg Homer in Print: The Transmission and Reception of Homer's Works
Homer in Print illustrates what we can learn when we look beyond the stories to ask what sources went into shaping this particular edition or how the multitude of English translations differ from each other.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 13 — March 15, 2014
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Subjects
Classics
Homosexuality in the City Homosexuality in the City: A Century of Research at the University of Chicago
This exhibition situates the University of Chicago's pioneering approach to the social and cultural study of homosexuality amid the political and cultural developments of the past century, while simultaneously examining the University's role in the policing of homosexuality in Chicago during this same period.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Dec. 1, 2000
Subjects
Gender Studies
The Life of the Mind Integrating the Life of the Mind: African Americans at the University of Chicago, 1870-1940
This exhibit presents original manuscripts, rarely seen portraits and photographs, African American publications, books by African American graduates of the University of Chicago, and other documents that trace the interlocking strands of academic and gradual social integration through the mid-twentieth century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 28, 2009
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Subjects
University of Chicago
African-American Studies
Ludwig Rosenberer Bookplate Jewish Music and Jewish Culture in Germany, 1918-1938
Drawing upon publications in music and the arts in the Rosenberger Library of Judaica, the works displayed in this exhibit narrate the complex transformation of the German-Jewish community on the eve of the Holocaust.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — May 1, 1995
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Julius Rosenwald Exhibit Program Julius Rosenwald 1862-1932: An exhibition honoring the One Hundredth Anniversary of his birth
This exhibition commemorates the centennial of the birth of Julius Rosenwald, president and chairman of the board of Sears, Roebuck & Co., and a major philanthropist in support of progressive and social welfare reforms.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Jan. 31, 1962
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Jewish Studies
Social Services
Default Placeholder Photo Kafka, Kraus, Masaryk, Lilien: Central European Cultural Migration
The careers of Franz Kafka, Karl Kraus, Tomas Masaryk, and E. M. Lilien, featured in this exhibition, illustrate the internal and external migration of cultural and political figures. All had to negotiate the breakdown of empire, World War I, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — June 30, 2002
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Karl Marx in the Rosenberger Library of Judaica
Drawing on sources in the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, this exhibit explores Karl Marx's complex relationship to Jews and Judaism and his writings on these subjects.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — June 30, 2007
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Economics
Latin Manuscript Book The Latin Manuscript Book: An Exhibition Held on the Occasion of the Seminars in Latin Palaeography Sponsored by the Division of the Humanities of the University of Chicago and the Medieval Academy of America, Summer MCMLXXIII
This exhibition honors the practice and the tradition of paleography at the University of Chicago, tracing the full history of the Latin manuscript book.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
July 1 — Sept. 30, 1973
Subjects
Classics
Medieval Studies
Default Placeholder Photo The Life and Legacy of Edmond de Rothschild
This exhibition draws on books, pamphlets, prints, cartoons, caricatures, and other materials, primarily from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, to present the Rothschild family background and the role of Edmond de Rothschild as supporter of Jewish settlements in Palestine and as collector.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — June 30, 1998
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica Exhibit The Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica: A Selection Exhibited at the Joseph Regenstein Library
This exhibition features 126 items from the Rosenberger Collection, arranged in three sections that correspond to emphases in the collection: Pre-Emancipation, 1200-1777; The Enlightenment and Emancipation, 16656-1858; and The Modern World, 1840-1940.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — May 31, 1976
Subjects
Jewish Studies
European History
American History
Default Placeholder Photo Ludwig Rosenberger: The Reader as Collector
This exhibition explores the ways in which Ludwig Rosenberger's life and reading shaped his vision as a collector of books and other materials portraying the history of the Jews. Organized in conjunction with "Building Collections," the Regenstein Library's twenty-fifth anniversary exhibition.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — June 30, 1996
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Max Liebermann (1847-1935)
Max Liebermann was a German-born Jewish painter and etcher whose career was marked by both success and controversy. The untraditional, proletarian style of his early work contrasted sharply with the academic art then in vogue in Germany. His later impressionist tendency contrasted no less severely.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — April 1, 1986
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Art
Default Placeholder Photo Max Liebermann: The Eye of the Artist
Max Liebermann (1847-1935), the German Jewish artist who shocked audiences in the 1870s with his somber and rough-textured depictions of workers and later rose to prominence with light-infused scenes of leisure that evoke the style of the French Impressionists, is the subject of this exhibition.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — March 1, 2001
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Art
Moses Mendelssohn Moses Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn, who was born the son of a poor Jewish school teacher in the Jewish quarter of Dessau in 1729, achieved prominence in eighteenth-century intellectual and philosophical circles. The exhibition presents his extraordinary career and its enduring relevance for scholarship through a display some of Mendelssohn's books, drawn from the Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Sept. 1, 1987
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Default Placeholder Photo The Napoleonic Sanhedrin: 1807-1808
On 6 October 1806 a body appointed by Napoleon and known as the assembly of Jewish Notables invited members of the Jewish communities of Europe to participate in a "Sanhedrin." This exhibition presents the event through archival materials from the Napoleonic government and from the court itself.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 1 — Jan. 1, 1987
Subjects
Jewish Studies
European History
Cover of O Brother Where Art Thou O Homer, Where Art Thou? Adaptations of the Iliad and Odyssey: Ancient and Modern
A two-case exhibit displaying a wide array of adaptations of the Homeric epics running from January 5 – February 28, 2014, in the Joseph Regenstein Library, Fourth Floor.
Locations
Regenstein 4th Floor Reading Room
Jan. 5 — Feb. 28, 2014
Subjects
Classics
On Equal Terms Exhibit On Equal Terms: Educating Women at the University of Chicago
Since the University welcomed its first students in the fall of 1892, women have had very different stories to tell about the experiments in co-education and faculty diversification; the experience of the classroom, the laboratory, the dorm, and the streets of Hyde Park; the issues of mentorship, intellectual community, and career advancement; and the opportunities for political action and community involvement, for friendship, romance, and sexual experimentation.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — July 31, 2009
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Subjects
Women's Studies
University of Chicago Library
Default Placeholder Photo Practical Grievance: 200 Years of Anglo-Jewish Emancipation
The exhibition focuses on three events: the re-admission of Jews to England in 1656, the Naturalization Act of 1753, and the lifting of remaining civil disabilities between 1830 and 1858.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — Aug. 1, 1992
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Prayers and Politics
This exhibit, drawn from the rich resources of the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, depicts a variety of prayers, sermons, and other writings composed by Jews in reaction to political events.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1984
Subjects
Jewish Studies
The Printed House The Printed House
This exhibit focuses on the many aspects of the house as it is presented in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English and American books. The exhibit traces discussions of architectural style, construction, household taste, domestic reform, town planning, industrial housing, tourism, and the treatment of the house in fiction.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 1, 1985
Subjects
Area & Cultural Studies
Race and the Design of Everyday Life Race and the Design of American Life: African Americans in Twentieth-Century Commercial Art
Drawing from collections of food packaging, advertisements, children's books, album covers, and other household goods, this exhibit traces the vexed history of African Americans in commercial art—as images and as makers of their own image—and their vital role in shaping the rise and establishment of our modern consumer society.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 14 — Jan. 4, 2014
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Subjects
African-American Studies
Art
Rajasthani bir gathaem Regional Traditions and Local Patrons: Recent South Asia Acquisitions
The exhibit presents North Indian materials ranging from historical publications to a variety of representations of the epic Ramayana. The volumes exhibited were a gift to the Library by Professor & Mrs. Kali C. Bahl.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — June 1, 1986
Subjects
Anthropology
South Asia
Southern Asia
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
mexico_web_exhibits.jpg Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014
University of Chicago scholars have traveled to Mexico since the late nineteenth century, pursuing research subjects ranging from archival investigation of revolutionary leaders, to documentation of indigenous communities and languages, to the search for the cause of a deadly strain of typhus.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 30 — Oct. 4, 2014
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Subjects
Latin American Studies
Russian and Soviet Studies Exhibit Russian and Soviet Studies at the University of Chicago
This exhibition traces later developments through the career of Samuel N. Harper and other faculty specialists, the growth of library collections in Russian studies, the formation of the Committee on Slavic Area Studies, and the founding of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1977
Subjects
Slavic/Eastern Europe/Eurasia
Default Placeholder Photo Scenes of Jewish Life from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica
An exhibition of books and prints featuring illustrations of Jewish life and customs and highlighting the work of Bernard Picart, a French Protestant book illustrator who settled in Amsterdam and produced engravings of Jewish life based on first-hand observation.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — June 30, 1997
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Art
Default Placeholder Photo The Search for the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel
Drawing upon eighteen texts and illustrations from travelers, missionaries, explorers, and clerics, the items in this exhibition illustrate the enduring story of the Ten Lost Tribes, as well as depicting isolated Jewish communities throughout the world.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 1, 2000
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Selections of Works by Karl Marx
The majority of items in this exhibition are first or early editions of Marx's work, and represent only a small fraction of the Marx-Engels collection housed in the Rosenberger Library, this 25,000-volume collection of Judaica was given to the University of Chicago in 1979 by Ludwig Rosenberger.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — April 1, 1984
Subjects
Jewish Studies
South Asia at Chicago South Asia at Chicago: Fifty Years of Scholarship
This exhibition appears in conjunction with global events marking the 50th anniversary of Indian and Pakistani independence on August 15, 1947. Rare older publications, recent imprints linked to current faculty, student research projects, and archival and manuscript materials from the formative years of the University's focus on languages and civilizations of the region are exhibited.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Jan. 31, 1998
Subjects
Southern Asia
South Asia
Texts and their Transformations Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition
Via manuscripts, printed editions, commentaries, works of criticism, translations and illustrations, Greek and Roman texts have inspired and provoked readers for thousands of years. The exhibition Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition, embraces all these media and reactions from antiquity to the present day.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 1, 1995
Subjects
Special Collections
Classics
Comparative Literature
Ukrainian Books Exhibit Ucrainiana: An Exhibition of Ukranian Books and Books about Ukraine
This exhibition of Ukrainian books honors the formal introduction of Ukrainian studies at the University of Chicago. It offers a general view of the history and culture of Ukraine from a growing body of books which are not frequently found in American libraries.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — May 31, 1971
Subjects
Slavic/Eastern Europe/Eurasia
The Un-German Spirit The Un-German Spirit: The Nazi Assault on Arts and Letters
The exhibition documents the attempt by German National Socialists of the 1930s to eradicate German avant-garde art, music, literature, theater, and film.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
July 1 — Feb. 1, 1992
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Why War? Freud and Einstein in Dialogue
Drawn from the Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica, this display presents correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein on the subject of peace and war. This exchange was commissioned by the League of Nations in 1931.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — July 1, 1990
Subjects
Jewish Studies
Public Policy