Clark Library Exhibits and Events

The Clark Library hosts exhibits that have included art work, maps, and other materials that provide unique perspectives on the history, geography, and cultures of the world. These exhibits draw heavily from the library's collections, and often engage students in their creation and curation.

Collage of Clark Posters

 

Exhibits

Current Exhibits

picture frame surrounding a panoramic view of a city, with text of exhibit title and dates

Civitates Orbis Terrarum: Braun & Hogenberg’s Evolving World  

When: September 18th to December 24th, 2019

Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of the World), the first standardized city atlas, contains over 540 maps and views between its six volumes. First published in 1572 by Georg Braun (1541-1622) and Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590), Civitates was first intended as a companion to Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. New editions of the city atlas continued to be printed through 1617. Hogenberg, one of the most prolific engravers of the time, was joined by many other engravers in creating the Civitates. Braun edited the work and provided the descriptions of the cities on the verso of each plate. This exhibit contains 18 works from the Civitates, including many from the Clark Library’s holdings. Also included are reproductions of large panoramas Amsterdam, London, and St. Petersburg that reflect the evolution of city mapping through the 17th and 18th centuries.

 

Image of an older map with the words Disorder on the Border overlaid

 

Disorder on the Border

A Clark Library Art Installation in Conjunction with the Stamps School of Art & Design Exhibition - Bookmarks: Speculating the Futures of the Book and Library

By Erin Platte and Tim Utter

Disorder on the Border explores the wonder, beauty, and variety of maps, and what happens when, through a lack of organizing structures, we cross over the map’s orderly borders and begin the fall into the abyss of disorder. 

When: March 26, 2019 - ongoing

Where: the Stephen S. Clark Library

Online exhibits
Past exhibits

If you have a question about an exhibit or are interested in collaborating with the Clark on an exhibit, please email our exhibit coordinator at clarkexhibits@umich.edu .

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Last modified: 09/19/2019