Upcoming Exhibits


Spring Quarter 2017

March 27, 2017 – June 9, 2017

Tensions in Renaissance Cities

This exhibit will focus on tensions in cities during the Renaissance, drawing on highlights of the rare book and manuscript collections and loans from the Smart Museum of Art.  The opening of the exhibition will coincide with the annual meeting in Chicago of the Renaissance Society of America, March 30-April 1, 2017. 


Autumn Quarter 2017

The Russian Revolutions of 1917

Marking the centennial of the Russian revolutions of 1917, this exhibition is being organized to coincide with the annual international conference of the On November 9-12, 2017, the Association for Slavic,East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 9-12, 2017.  A parallel 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

Enrico Fermi’s CP-1 and the Atomic Scientists’ Movement

December 2, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Enrico Fermi/CP-1 nuclear pile experiment beneath the West Stands of Stagg Field.  The operation of this first operating nuclear reactor led to the rapid expansion of the Manhattan Project and later military and non-military applications 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

Expurgation and Censorship

This exhibit will explore the theme of expurgation and censorship, beginning with Homer and the classics and moving through the Renaissance to contemporary times.  Materials for the exhibition will be drawn from the rare book and manuscript collections.