Clark Library Exhibits Archive

  • India

    An India Map Exhibit

    January 16th through April 22nd, 2014

    An exhibit highlighting the Stephen S. Clark Library’s rich variety of historical and modern maps and atlases of India. Included were many of our earliest maps, including a facsimile of an Arabic manuscript from 1159 C.E. The exhibit covered the history and evolution of the mapping of India, colonialism, modern geoscapes portraying ‘Mother India,’ and maps of India today.

    Maps of India were presented in conjunction with the winter 2014 LSA theme semester "India in the World."

    To see the online version of this exhibit, click here.

    Curated by Jeff Martin and Tim Utter, Designed by Grace Rother and Clara McClenon

  • AfroKilt

    AfroKilt: The Thread that Binds

    October 18th through December 23rd, 2013

    Penny Stamps grad, Sally Volkmann, first created this exhibit as her senior project in 2012. The project was recreated as a more extensive exhibit including maps from the Clark Library's collection.

    Created and curated by Sally Volkmann, Designed by Sally Volkmann and Grace Rother

  • Ukraine

    Land of Many Borders: A glimpse of Ukraine through U-M Library Holdings(September 9th through October 11th, 2013)

    This exhibit happened in conjunction with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko's visit to the University of Michigan. It covered over 900 years of Ukrainian history, with a small section focusing on the emigration of one family from Carpetho Ruthenia to Detroit, Michigan. 

    Curated by Janet Crayne, Designed by Grace Rother

  • Describing Space

    Describing Space: Materials from a creative research trip in Kyoto 

    July 22nd through October 11th, 2013

    A small exhibit which showcased a collection of maps and sketches from the curator's 2013 research trip to Kyoto.

    Curated by Clara McClenon

  • 2013 Fall Art Show

    Fall Art Show 

    July 22nd through October 11th, 2013

    An Exhibit of Local Michigan artists, which included some U of M staff and students.

    Artists: Erin Anderson-Ruddon, Andres Anleu, Aisling Arrington, Ian Bost, Mia Cinelli, Gabriel Duque, Megan Epskamp, Jay Fernelius, Caitlin Joseph, Michael Nagara, Elliot Popoff, Grace Rother, Sunny Smith, Catherine VanVoorhis

    Curated by Grace Rother and Clara McClenon

  • Place: Detroit


    April 22nd through September 5th, 2013

    Place: Detroit was the first in an ongoing series of place-specific exhibits. It offered an opportunity to see some of the Stephen S. Clark Library's collection of books and maps on Detroit. The exhibit was designed to give a small taste of both Detroit's eventful past and exciting present. 

    Curated by Grace Rother, Sarah Helm, and Clara McClenon

  • Student and Staff Show

    Student and Staff Art Exhibit 

    April 22nd through July 17th, 2013

    This rotating exhibit showcased art from current University of Michigan students and staff.

    First Installation (April 22nd through May 17th)

    With works by Parisa Ghaderi, Lyz Luidens, Paula Friedrich, Rachel Tran, Mirae Moon, Kristin Oliver, Sarah Strand, Mary Rose Adelle G. Pacificar, and Alana Hoey.

    Second Installation (May 17th through June 15th)

    With works by Jessica Joy London, Isabel Talsma, Lyz Luidens, Paula Friedrich, Rachel Tran, Mirae Moon, Kristin Oliver, Mary Rose Adelle G. Pacificar, and Alana Hoey.

    Third Installation (June 17th through July 17th)

    With works by Jessica Joy London, Alexis Lyman Peregoy, Lyz Luidens, Paula Friedrich, Rachel Tran, Mirae Moon, Kristin Oliver, Mary Rose Adelle G. Pacificar, and Alana Hoey.

  • Geography of Colorants

    The Geography of Colorants 

    January 17th through April 18th, 2013

    An exhibit that was based on and inspired by the thesis The Geography of Significant Colorants: Antiquity to the Twentieth Century by Melissa Zagorski and showcased maps from the Stephen S. Clark Library Map Collection. This exhibit explored the use of color in antique maps and the geographical origins of the colorants used to make them.

    To see the online version of this exhibit click here.

    Curated and designed by: Grace Rother and Sarah Helm

  • Travel


    August 17th, 2012 through January 10th, 2013

    "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." -St. Augustine of Hippo

    This exhibit explored the various reasons that humans have found to travel. Focusing on travel as close to home as the Great Lakes and as far away as Mecca, the exhibit gave a good overview of the many meanings of the word "travel".

    To see the online version of this exhibit click here.

    Curated by Melanie Langa and Grace Rother, poster design by Melissa Nurre

  • Northwest Passage

    An Imaginary Arctic Speculative Cartography in the Search for the Northwest Passage 

    May 10th through August 15th, 2012

    This exhibit was the culmination of then high school student Melanie Langa's research during the 2011/2012 academic year, which centered around cartographic depictions of the extreme northern reaches of the North American continent. The makers of these maps were searching for an Arctic trade route from Europe to Asia, often known as the Northwest Passage. The Northwest Passage has inspired thoughts of mystery and adventure. Maps have visualized and catalogued the search for this mythical waterway. From the 15th century, cartographic representations of the Northwest Passage has always incorporated unproven and imagined features. Despite numerous voyages, the waterways through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago were not accurately charted until the 20th century; they remained a frozen mystery long after the rest of the Americas had become well known. Maps played a vital role in both the speculation about, and the demystifying of, the Northwest Passage.

    The exhibit attempted to explain the attraction of a Northwest Passage despite Arctic dangers, the ways in which cartographers represented their speculation about such a waterway, and how navigation of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago has changed and will continue to change in the future. 

    Curated by Melanie Langa, poster design by Melissa Nurre

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