Upcoming Exhibits

Spring Quarter 2022

On Reading Spring
March 21 through June 10, 2022

*On view in Special Collections' main department

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.

Spring-Summer Quarters 2022

The History of Comics/Graphic Medicine
May 9 through July 15, 2022

*Gallery access may be limited to University of Chicago students and staff, please consult this link for up-to-date access information

This history and development of comics as a graphic and narrative medium can be traced from the late medieval/early Renaissance period to the present. Drawing on the rare book, manuscript, and archives collections, with additional materials from the general collections of the University of Chicago Library, this exhibition will present an overview of comics in the context of literary form, social and political expression, and medical care.

The exhibition will coincide with the annual international Comics and Medicine Conference, which is meeting in Chicago in the spring/summer of 2022.

Summer Quarter 2022

Encore viewing of The Black Metropolis Research Consortium: Fifteen Years of Preserving and Documenting Black History and Culture in Chicago
July 25 through September 2, 2022

*Gallery access may be limited to University of Chicago students and staff, please consult this link for up-to-date access information

In 2021, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC), a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, museums, community/arts organizations, and other archival institutions, celebrated its 15th anniversary. The BMRC was initiated in the spring of 2006 at a meeting of chief executives from fifteen Chicago area institutions. Professor Danielle Allen, then serving as Dean of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, convened the meeting to discuss forms of collaboration that might support African American studies in the Chicago area. After a year of consortium construction and governance development, the BMRC was launched on July 1, 2006, with the appointment of its first steering committee and the election of its first board of directors.

This exhibition explores the history of BMRC and key aspects of the BMRC’s mission, which is to connect all who seek to document, share, understand and preserve Black experiences. It is the vision of BMRC to be essential to promoting discovery, preservation, and use of Black historical collections. Through consortial programs, the BMRC aids in expanding broad access to its members’ holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago.

Autumn Quarter 2022

The Life and Work of University of Chicago Art History Professor Paul B. Moses
September 12 through December 16, 2022

*Gallery access may be limited to University of Chicago students and staff, please consult this link for up-to-date access information

The exhibition centers on Moses’ professional life and contributions to both the University of Chicago and the field of art history. Following a loosely chronological organization, the exhibition looks at his early life and academic accomplishments, including studies abroad; the relationships he cultivated with influential figures in the art world; his time as a professor at the University; his curatorial and research projects; and his work as a practicing artist.