Upcoming Exhibits



Autumn Quarter 2017

Red Press: Radical Print Culture from St.Petersburg to Chicago

September 25, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Curators:  Robert Bird, William Nickell

This exhibition explores the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 as it was waged through broadsides, pamphlets, periodicals, and posters. Many materials are drawn from the archive of Samuel N. Harper, son of the University of Chicago’s founding president, the first American Russianist, and an eyewitness to the revolution. Through these rare printed sources visitors can trace the worldwide spread of revolutionary and anti-revolutionary media and ideas.

Marking the centennial of the Bolshevik revolution, this exhibition is being organized to coincide with the annual international conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 9-12, 2017.  A parallel campus exhibition. "Revolution Every Day," will be on display at the Smart Museum, September 14, 2017-January 14, 2018, presenting graphic art including posters, video, and film.


Winter Quarter 2018

Fermi, CP-1, and the Atomic Scientists’ Movement

December 26, 2017 – March 16, 2018


Curators:  Daniel Meyer, Eileen Ielmini

December 2, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Enrico Fermi/CP-1 nuclear pile experiment beneath the West Stands of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. The construction of this first controlled, operating nuclear reactor led to the rapid expansion of the Manhattan Project and later military and non-military applications of nuclear energy.  Drawing on letters, documents, photographs, and artifacts, this exhibition traces the early career of Enrico Fermi and his emigration to America, the formation of the Manhattan Project, the building of CP-1 and organization of the Metallurgical Laboratory, and the impact of the Trinity Test, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the post-World War II atomic scientist's movement for civilian control of nuclear energy. 

The University of Chicago is commemorating this anniversary in 2017-18 with events culminating in seminars and panel discussions on December 1-2, 2017.  Partners in the programs include the Physical Sciences Division, Department of Physics, Argonne National Laboratory, the Museum of Science and Industry, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.



Spring Quarter 2018

War, Trauma, Memory

March 26, 2018 – June 8, 2018

Curator:  Sarah Wenzel

This exhibition explores how those who have been part of modern war or contemporary terrorism represent their experiences and why we as viewers are drawn in by these images.  Spanning the period from Francisco Goya and the early nineteenth century to the present-day, the exhibition will display materials drawn from the Library's General and Rare Book holdings and the collections of the Smart Museum of Art, including prints, illustrated books, graphic novels, and other visual expressions of the enduring effects of war and terror.


Autumn Quarter 2018

Expurgation / Censorship

Curator:  Ada Palmer