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.
 
Interested in mounting an exhibit in the Clark Library space? Please fill out this application to apply to host your exhibit in the Clark.

Collage of Clark Posters

 

Exhibits

Current Exhibits

Image of a brown house with brickwork and brown roof

Buying Home / Selling America: the House Catalog, 1906-1966

curated by Rebecca Price

The 20th-century American house catalog provides a rich resource for investigation, relating countless stories that reveal a developing suburban middle-class identity. Through their stories the catalogs chronicle and make visible the development of the American family, home, and community through the twentieth century. 

The exhibit, highlighting the growing house catalog collection at the University of Michigan library, tells many of these stories: the historical story recounting Michigan’s industrial past transitioning from lumber to automobile; the architectural story showing changing arrangements of domestic space; the sociological story tracing gender roles in the home; the materials story describing construction to furnishing to decoration; the economic story exposing the sale and financing of the American dream; the communications story visually presenting house plans and their promise; and the urban story tracking the development of suburbia.

When: March 19 - May 19, 2020

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: 03/13/2020