Past Exhibitions

Below is a list of exhibitions held at the Newberry from 1995 to present. Please contact Anne Cullen, Program Assistant for Exhibitions, at cullena@newberry.org, for information about Newberry exhibitions before 1995.

Past Exhibitions

Thursday, June 4, 2015
An Exhibition Curators' Talk
In this illustrated talk, the curatorial team behind the Newberry’s current exhibition Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday will demonstrate how printed ephemera allow us to study, document, or just imagine the Chicago we have lost to “progress.”
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Join us for this free tour of Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday, a display of approximately 180 items, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.
Monday, March 16, 2015Friday, June 12, 2015
The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications. This annual juried exhibition of members’ work includes handmade artists’ books and broadsides alongside three-dimensional works executed in various media and styles, from classical to contemporary.
Thursday, January 15, 2015Saturday, April 4, 2015
Love comes in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe – especially when expressed on paper. That’s precisely why the Newberry’s Love on Paper displays such an eclectic array of collection items, ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
An Exhibition Lecture
Bruno Cabanes, a historian of twentieth-century Europe, will give an illustrated talk on the aftermath of the Great War, which brought the most troubled peacetime the world had ever seen. Survivors of the war were not only the soldiers who fought, the wounded in mind and body.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
An Exhibition Program
In partnership with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the Institut Français in Paris, and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the Newberry presents a public program on Jane Addams, pacifism, and contemporary reflections on anti-war activism, with readings of World War I soldiers’ poetry by DePaul University students.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
An Exhibition Lecture and Performance
Join musicologist William Brooks and historian Deniz Ertan as they explore how World War One sheet music was created, reproduced, and received by people who performed and heard it. Music from the exhibition, Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, will be performed as well.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014Saturday, January 3, 2015
The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014Saturday, January 3, 2015
Presented by the Newberry and the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt
The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014Monday, June 23, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014Friday, June 27, 2014
The 28th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
Friday, September 27, 2013Monday, March 24, 2014
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War and in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library have mounted “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” an exhibition of more than 100 items that focuses on the enormous, and costly, effect the war had on civilians.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013Saturday, July 6, 2013
In this exhibition you will see a small sample of rare and special books on religion, published from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries that the Newberry collected over the last two decades. In 1991, Newberry Trustee Sister Ann Ida Gannon, president Emerita of Mundelein College, arranged for the transfer of Mundelein’s rare book collection to the Newberry.
Monday, March 11, 2013Friday, June 7, 2013
The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
An Exhibition Program
Think contemporary American political debate is vicious? Our experience is mild compared with seventeenth and eighteenth-century French political infighting, a period famous for royal claims to divine right and for regicide.
Monday, January 28, 2013Saturday, April 13, 2013
This exhibition displays French pamphlets published during the transitional period from the Ancien Régime to the French Revolution. They served as modes of dissemination and diversion, teaching tools and educational models, and the foundation for current and future scholarly projects.
Thursday, September 6, 2012Monday, December 31, 2012
The Newberry celebrates its quasquicentennial with a can’t-miss exhibition of 125 of the millions of books, maps, manuscript pages, drawings, and photographs in its collection.
Friday, March 30, 2012Saturday, July 7, 2012
How a Friendship Enriched Our Understanding of American Culture
When Chicago steel magnate Everett D. Graff walked into Wright Howes’ bookshop on Michigan Avenue in the 1920s he sparked one of the most important friendships in the book world. Their four-decade partnership, which included cross-country road trips in search of books, manuscripts, and maps, resulted in a world-class American history collection, which Graff donated to the Newberry in 1964.
Monday, March 12, 2012Friday, June 8, 2012
The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications.
Thursday, January 5, 2012Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Today most Americans remember the War of 1812 for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” Many of the conflict’s most familiar events—the battle of New Orleans, impressment of American sailors into the British Navy, and the British assault on Washington D.C.—took place far away from the Great Lakes.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011Saturday, December 31, 2011
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
This exhibition, curated by Dr. Scott Stevens, Director of the McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, features a wide variety of historically and culturally significant items from the Newberry’s world-renowned collection.
Saturday, August 13, 2011Saturday, October 29, 2011
This exhibition highlights the ways in which architectural books were developed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries to display the military and political power of European rulers and states. Drawing on a collection first assembled in the 1950s and continually enriched with new acquisitions, it also explains how books on military architecture are used by scholars today.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011Friday, May 27, 2011
See also the online component of Illuminated Manuscripts and Printed Books: French Renaissance Gems of the Newberry.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011Saturday, March 12, 2011
See also the online component of French Canadians in the Midwest.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010Saturday, January 8, 2011
See also the online component of Approaching the Mexican Revolution: Books, Maps, Documents or our Spanish-language version, Un acercamiento a la Revolución Mexicana: Libros, mapas, docum
Thursday, September 30, 2010Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010Saturday, October 16, 2010
See also the online component of “Everywhere West”: Daily Life Along the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010Saturday, May 1, 2010
Saturday, October 10, 2009Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, October 10, 2009Saturday, December 19, 2009
A Library of Congress traveling exhibition
Tuesday, August 4, 2009Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009Wednesday, July 15, 2009
See also the online component of Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis.
Monday, June 1, 2009Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009Saturday, May 30, 2009
A McCormick Foundation exhibition
Wednesday, March 25, 2009Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009Saturday, March 21, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009Friday, April 17, 2009
An exhibition by Pamela Paulsrud and the late Marilyn Sward
Tuesday, December 16, 2008Monday, February 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 7, 2008Saturday, December 6, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, August 14, 2008Saturday, September 27, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008Saturday, May 3, 2008
Saturday, November 3, 2007Saturday, February 16, 2008
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
Saturday, November 3, 2007Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, June 8, 2007Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007Saturday, April 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007Saturday, March 10, 2007
Monday, November 20, 2006Saturday, January 13, 2007
A McKinley Park Elementary School Project
Monday, October 16, 2006Sunday, November 12, 2006
A traveling exhibition
Thursday, September 28, 2006Saturday, January 13, 2007
See also the online component of The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico.
Thursday, September 7, 2006Saturday, October 7, 2006
Tuesday, June 6, 2006Saturday, July 15, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006Saturday, July 15, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006Saturday, June 3, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006Saturday, April 29, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006Saturday, March 11, 2006
Tuesday, November 22, 2005Saturday, January 14, 2006
Saturday, November 12, 2005Monday, November 21, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005Saturday, January 14, 2006
See also the online component of Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country.
Monday, July 4, 2005Saturday, July 16, 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005Saturday, May 28, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005Saturday, July 16, 2005
Saturday, March 19, 2005Saturday, April 16, 2005
Wednesday, February 2, 2005Saturday, March 26, 2005
Saturday, January 29, 2005Saturday, March 12, 2005
Monday, November 29, 2004Saturday, January 22, 2005
Saturday, October 23, 2004Saturday, November 20, 2004
Friday, October 1, 2004Saturday, January 15, 2005
See also the online component of Outspoken: Chicago’s Free Speech Tradition.
Saturday, September 11, 2004Monday, October 18, 2004
Saturday, June 12, 2004Thursday, June 17, 2004
Monday, May 3, 2004Saturday, June 5, 2004
Saturday, April 17, 2004Saturday, July 17, 2004
A traveling exhibition from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.
Sunday, April 4, 2004Monday, April 26, 2004
Saturday, October 25, 2003Saturday, November 15, 2003
Tuesday, September 30, 2003Saturday, January 17, 2004
See also the online component of Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend.
Saturday, September 20, 2003Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Wednesday, July 2, 2003Saturday, July 12, 2003
Saturday, May 3, 2003Monday, July 7, 2003
Wednesday, April 9, 2003Saturday, July 12, 2003
Friday, March 7, 2003Saturday, March 29, 2003
Friday, February 7, 2003Saturday, March 1, 2003
Saturday, December 14, 2002Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Friday, November 29, 2002Saturday, December 7, 2002
Thursday, November 7, 2002Sunday, November 17, 2002
Wednesday, October 23, 2002Saturday, November 2, 2002
Saturday, October 5, 2002Saturday, October 19, 2002
Saturday, September 14, 2002Monday, September 30, 2002
Saturday, August 24, 2002Saturday, September 7, 2002
Saturday, April 13, 2002Saturday, July 13, 2002
Wednesday, October 10, 2001Saturday, January 19, 2002
Saturday, October 7, 2000Saturday, January 13, 2001
Monday, April 24, 2000Saturday, July 15, 2000
Tuesday, October 5, 1999Saturday, January 8, 2000
Monday, March 15, 1999Tuesday, June 15, 1999
Tuesday, December 15, 1998Monday, March 15, 1999
Saturday, October 3, 1998Saturday, January 9, 1999
Sunday, March 15, 1998Monday, June 15, 1998
Wednesday, December 10, 1997Saturday, March 14, 1998
Monday, September 15, 1997Monday, December 15, 1997
Friday, May 16, 1997Wednesday, July 16, 1997
Saturday, February 1, 1997Saturday, March 29, 1997
Saturday, September 14, 1996Saturday, December 14, 1996
Friday, March 22, 1996Saturday, June 22, 1996
Wednesday, March 22, 1995Thursday, June 22, 1995
Friday, August 26, 1994Saturday, January 7, 1995