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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
Animal Vegetable Mineral Animal-Vegetable-Mineral: Natural History Illustration from the John Crerar Collection
The art and beauty of illustrated natural history books is celebrated in this exhibition. The collection exemplifies the development of natural history illustration and the role of the image in disseminating knowledge of the natural sciences.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 30, 1991
Subjects
History of Science
Art
Art in the Stacks Art in the Stacks
The Special Collections Research Center is known for being the University of Chicago Library’s center for rare books, manuscripts, and university archives. Nestled within these materials, there is a lesser known aspect of our collections—art. Art in the Stacks highlights these holdings with a selection of original paintings, drawings, and sculptures, in addition to artists’ books and other works on paper produced in the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 19 — Sept. 15, 2017
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Subjects
Art
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
audobon.jpg Audubon's Birds
This exhibition serves as a model for an irregular series of displays from the set of Audubon prints over the next few years.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — May 1, 1996
Subjects
Organismal Biology
Art
Curated Mysticism Curated Mysticism: Visual Representations of the Cosmos and Consciousness
Humans have had a long history of interpreting the "symbols" around them, from divining the future through the arrangement of stars in the night sky, to tracing out the lines of luck and life on palms, to predicting future fortunes from a stack of cards. This rich visual tradition of mysticism has trickled down to us today in the form of magazine horoscopes, "cootie catchers" (origami fortune tellers), appropriated evil eyes, and more recently, the outpouring of mandala colouring books.
Locations
Regenstein 1st Floor Reading Room
May 16 — July 31, 2016
Subjects
Religion
Art
scrc_baldridge_titlegraphic.jpg Cyrus Leroy Baldridge: Illustrator, Explorer, Activist
Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1977) was an artist, illustrator, and author whose travels took him across Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Far East. His artistic training began at age 9, followed by education at the University of Chicago. Baldridge also developed an acute social and political awareness through a range of experiences, from working in a social settlement house to cattle ranching in Texas.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 27 — Sept. 9, 2016
Subjects
Humanities
Social Sciences
Art
enguerre_cover.jpg En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I
En Guerre will offer a fresh examination of World War I through the lens of French graphic illustration of the period.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 14 — Jan. 2, 2015
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Subjects
European History
Art
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
Default Placeholder Photo Hands Making Paper: The Art of Japanese Papermaking
More than thirty-five examples of traditional paper types from Japan, including the multi-layered, tie and fold dyed, gilt, and printed papers, were displayed for the first time in Chicago in this exhibit.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 1 — Sept. 1, 1988
Subjects
Art
Technology
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
I Step Out of Myself thumbnail I Step Out of Myself: Portrait Photography in Special Collections
An exhibition of portrait photography collections in the University Archives.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 12 — March 20, 2015
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Subjects
Art
Photography
University of Chicago
Livres D'Artiste Livres D'Artiste: An Exhibition of Books from the Collection of Dr. & Mrs. Sam Berkman
The display includes roughly fifty books, on loan from Mr. And Mrs. Sam Berkman, representing thirty-five artists who took part in the collective livre d'artiste effort near the turn of the century in Paris.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Oct. 1, 1981
Subjects
Art
History of Print
Default Placeholder Photo Looking to Learn, Too: Visual Pedagogy at the University of Chicago
This exhibition explores the ways in which objects, artifacts, and images have been collected, deployed, and displayed in teaching, research, and self-representation since the early days of the University.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Oct. 31, 1996
Subjects
Art
University of Chicago
Default Placeholder Photo Matisse's Jazz
"Matisse's Jazz" displays the Library's copy of Henri Matisse's famous livre d'artiste, published in 1947.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 28, 1997
Subjects
Art
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
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
Origins of Color main poster The Origins of Color
The Origins of Color exhibit explores the historical and scientific development of pigments and dyes and their production and uses in both fine art as well as craft manufacture.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
April 16 — Nov. 2, 2007
Subjects
Materials Science
Art
History of Science
Technology
Default Placeholder Photo Over There and Here: Posters from the Great War
The exhibit showcases posters commissioned and circulated during World War I by the Committee on Public Information.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — April 1, 1983
Subjects
Art
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Exhibit Planes, Trains and Automobile: The Transportation Revolution in Children's Picture Books
This exhibition reflects growing interest in the artistic and historical significance of children's literature. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" examines how illustrators in several countries exploited the great changes in travel and transportation that succeeded the coming of the railroad.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — Aug. 30, 1995
Subjects
Art
Literature
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
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
Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
With over 900 engravings of views and monuments of Classical and early modern Rome, the selections in this exhibition reveal the nature and variety of the University of Chicago's Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae collection, and the rarity and quality of individual prints.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1966
Subjects
European History
Art
Architecture
art and astronomy They Saw Stars: Art and Astronomy
This John Crerar Library exhibit highlights works of art and literature influenced by astronomy, either through scientific study, a fascination with the night sky, or as an inspiration for the literary imagination. Both contemporary and historical works are included.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
June 2 — Nov. 1, 2005
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Subjects
History of Science
Art
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Main exhibit poster Under Your Feet, Chicago's Water, Freight, Subway and Storm Tunnels
Under Your Feet explores the system—from the first water tunnels completed in 1867, to the now defunct freight tunnels of the early 1900's, to the subway system we use today, to the Deep Tunnel project and storm tunnels of the future.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Feb. 14 — March 31, 2006
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Subjects
Art
Chicago and Illinois
Technology
Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome Exhibit The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome: Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
This exhibition examines the publishing history of Antonio Lafreri's Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae through several generations of printmakers and print publishers, showcasing the Library's Speculum Romanae Magnificantiae Digital Collection.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 29, 2008
Subjects
European History
Art
Default Placeholder Photo Writing for the Eyes from Antiquity to the Renaissance
Interactions between the visual and verbal arts are explored in this exhibition of illustrated texts that contain descriptions of actual or imagined works of art.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Oct. 31, 2003
Subjects
Literature
Art