Clark Library Exhibits Archive

  • Civitates Orbis Terrarum: Braun & Hogenberg’s Evolving World  

    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.

  • Organic Matter

    June 7th to September 6th, 2019

    Organic Matter is a series of diverse multimedia works inspired by the natural world, both real and artificial ecosystems, unparalleled in their complexity and chaos, created and curated by the Media Design artists at the Office of Academic Innovation. The diversity of the pieces surrounding by a unified theme speaks to the team's strengths and how they each independently work and create art. The artists are Cy Abdelnour, Andre' Barbour, Jeff Butler, Eleanor Daftuar, Alex Hancook, Sean Curtis Patrick.

  • Image of an old library reading room with card catalogs, overlaid with a colorful gradient and text about the exhibit

    Bookmarks: Speculating the Futures of the Book and Library

    March 26, 2019 - May 26, 2019

    A multi-venue exhibition of site-specific installations, performances, interventions, and events by University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students, Bookmarks: Speculating the Futures of the Book and Library was curated by Guna Nadarajan, dean of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, in partnership with the University of Michigan Library. The exhibition was located in several locations within Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Hatcher Graduate Library, and the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.

    The continued proliferation of digital formats and systems for the embodiment, distribution, and delivery of knowledge increasingly displace the book as form. As a result, the spacial limitations of libraries are challenged. The value of the book and the function of the library demand cultural attention. In this moment, we ask ourselves: what is the future of the library? What is the future of the book? This exhibition seeks to instigate and showcase creative responses to the challenges to the book and the library in the forms we have inherited as well as to project ways of reimagining futures for/of books and libraries.

  • Sinking Cities:  Documenting the realities of climate change in cities around the world

    November 16th, 2018 - February 28th, 2019

    By the end of the century oceans are predicted to rise between .3 and 2.5 meters. This will result in major flooding in coastal cities around the world. The Sinking Cities Project aims to document this inundation through the stories of residents and the changing landscape of their cities. This exhibition provides a platform to begin understanding the effects of rising sea levels along the coasts of Indonesia, Bangladesh, The Netherlands, Italy and the United States.

    This photo and video exhibit was produced by Marcin Szczepanski, visual communications director at Michigan Engineering, and Frank Sedlar, Michigan Engineering alumnus.

  • Unique Perspectives: Maps from Tokugawa & Meiji Japan

    August 28th through November 4th, 2018

    This exhibit of Japanese maps produced during the Tokugawa and Meiji eras (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), includes maps of the world, Japan, and cities including Tokyo (Edo) and Kyoto. A major loan from the collection of Barry MacLean, Lake Forest, Illinois, forms the core of the exhibit, supplemented with works on loan from the Robert B. Hall Collection illustrating the Tokaido road, and selected maps from the Stephen S. Clark Library collection.

  • Unraveling a Cartographic Mystery from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography

    Mr. Vignaud's Maps: Unraveling a Cartographic Mystery from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography

    February 1, 2018 - July 27, 2018

    In 1922 the University of Michigan acquired the library of Henry Vignaud, an American diplomat living in Paris, whose extensive personal library included thousands of books, atlases, maps, and other publications. Many of Vignaud's maps were extracted from broken atlases, originally published by the illustrious Hondius and Janssonius publishing houses. Staff in the Clark Library sought to organze these fascinating maps based on their physical characteristics and similarities, with the ultimate goal of reassembling the original atlases. This exhibit and the accompanying online exhibit feature the results of their remarkable findings, as well as a glimpse into the history of the Golden Age of mapmaking in 17th century Amsterdam.

    When: February 1 - July 27, 2018

  • Creating a Campus Bicentennial Exhibit Poster

    Creating a Campus: A Cartographic Celebration of U-M's Bicentennial

    July 21, 2017 through January 19, 2018

    Learn about the campus’ history and architecture and explore the campus that might have been. In honor of the University of Michigan’s bicentennial, we highlight the U-M Ann Arbor campus, both before its creation and throughout its continuous evolution. Depicting the Ann Arbor area before the establishment of the city, the exhibit celebrates the Native American community and highlights its presence throughout the decades. Featuring the work of famous architects such as Alexander Jackson Davis, Albert Kahn and Eero Saarinen, the exhibit presents maps, plans, architectural drawings, proposals, and photographs of the campus throughout its evolution.

    Curated and designed by Tim Utter and Erin Platte

  • Student Experience Poster

    The Student Experience: Flappers, Mappers, and the Fight for Equality on Campus

    January 14th through July 14th, 2017

    In honor of the University of Michigan’s bicentennial, the Clark Library highlighted the student experience in the exhibit, The Student Experience: Flappers, Mappers, and the Fight for Equality on Campus. Join flappers as they stroll through 1926 Ann Arbor with a beautiful pictorial map and experience the busy student life of the 1920s, celebrate two University of Michigan alumna who have greatly influenced the field of cartography, and come explore the rise of diversity and the fight for equality on campus through protest posters from the Joseph A. Labadie Collection of the University of Michigan Library’s Special Collections.

    Curated and designed by Tim Utter and Erin Platte

  • A2WW2

    A Community for Victory: Ann Arbor in World War II

    May 1st through September 21st, 2014

    The exhibit explored community life in Ann Arbor during World War II, using the Ann Arbor District Library's extensive local historical archives, the Stephen S. Clark Library's map collection, and special materials from the U-M Library's American Culinary History Collection.

    The exhibit was a partnership between the University of Michigan Library and the Ann Arbor District Library.

  • Place: Ann Arbor

    Place: Ann Arbor

    May 1st through September 21st, 2014

    This exhibit montage includes Ann Arbor maps, photos, and ephemera collected through the years, highlighting the Stephen S. Clark Library's collection of local maps ranging from Arboretum planting plans to bus routes of long ago.

  • 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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