Exhibits

The University of Michigan Library regularly presents highlights of unique collections in online exhibits and galleries across campus.

The Library also collaborates with the U-M community, as well as local and national artists, programs and organizations, to host exhibits. If you are interested in collaborating on an exhibit, please contact us at mlibrary-exhibits@umich.edu.

Featured Online Exhibits

Storied Acquisitions: Highlights from the University of Michigan Library Collections
Storied Acquisitions: Highlights from the University of Michigan Library Collections
Martha O'Hara Conway, Director of the Special Collections Library, and Kristine Greive, Exhibits Librarian

In celebration of the University’s bicentennial, this exhibit showcases treasures from a variety of collecting areas and explores the stories behind the development of some of our most distinctive collections. From Audubon’s Birds of America, the first book acquired for the Library, to more recent arrivals like Robert Altman’s Academy Award, the items in this exhibit afford us an...

Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit
Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit
Students of ENG 313 Jane Austen | Winter 2017

This exhibit honors the bicentennial of the death of the English novelist Jane Austen in 1817. To mark this occasion, we invite you to explore some rare editions of her work, as well as a trove of items that deepen our understanding of both the world that influenced her, and her influence on the generations of readers that have grown in size and significance since her death.

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Above Ground: China's Young Feminist Activists and Forty Moments of Transformation
Above Ground: China's Young Feminist Activists and Forty Moments of Transformation
Lü Pin, Media Monitor for Women Network (a Beijing-based NGO)

In March 2015, the arrest and detention of five activists in China brought international attention to the feminist movement in that country, which has battled gender discrimination, sexual harassment, violence against women, and homophobia for many years. While the West has only recently turned its attention to the “Feminist Five” and their fellow activists, China has a long and...

Layered Places: Artists' Books by Kyoko Matsunaga
Layered Places: Artists' Books by Kyoko Matsunaga
Maggie Johnson as part of the Michigan Library Scholars summer internship at the University of Michigan Library.

The University of Michigan Library’s collection includes three Artists’ Books by Japanese artist Kyoko Matsunaga. While different in binding, size and content, the similar themes of the three works demonstrates how Artists’ Books can convey complex ideas about place....

Shakespeare on Page and Stage
Shakespeare on Page and Stage
Pablo Alvarez and Juli McLoone (Outreach Librarians & Curators at the University of Michigan Special Collections Library)

Our exhibit, Shakespeare on Page and Stage: A Celebration, is a virtual record of the physical exhibit that took place in the Audubon Room of Hatcher January 11-April 27, 2016. As the title playfully suggests, the exhibit is a historical journey through different versions of Shakespeare’s plays as they were edited for publication or interpreted for the stage...

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