Current Exhibitions

Olin Library and our exhibitions will be closed to the public until further notice. Please refer to our COVID-19 information page for more detailed information about Libraries operations.

Liberty and Justice for All: ACLU of Missouri, 1920 – 2020

January 11-July 5, 2020
Olin Library, Thomas Gallery and Small Declaration of Independence case

This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the official founding for the ACLU in Missouri and coincides with National ALCU centennial planned exhibitions and programs. The ACLU-MO archives are a part of the library’s permanent collection and are testament to the long, intertwined history of our organizations dating back to 1906. This exhibition was organized by Miranda Rectenwald, Curator of Local History, for Washington University Libraries.

Section & Detail: The Work of Phil Durham

December 28, 2019-July 6, 2020
Olin LIbrary, Thomas Gallery

This exhibition highlights Washington University Libraries' recently acquired Phil Durham collection and recognizes an alumnus and his contributions to local architecture and design. The exhibit consists of large architectural models, drawings, books, and photographs. This exhibition was organized by Miranda Rectenwald, Curator of Local History, for Washington University Libraries.

Worlds of Imagination

January 10- July 6, 2020

Worlds of Imagination features themes of youth and playfulness. The exhibition cases will showcase materials from Special Collections, including items from the Dowd Modern Graphic History Collection, Rare Books, and Numismatics. This exhibition was organized by Len Augsburger, Alison Carrick, Kate Goldkamp, and Skye Lacerte for Washington University Libraries.

It’s Complicated: Documents of Love

January 11- July 6, 2020
Olin Library, Ginkgo Room

Items related to love from across Special Collections are presented in this exhibit arranged into sub-themes of love letters, poetry, courtship, and heartbreak. Examples of items include romance comics, dance cards, ephemera from local dances and university events, and others. This exhibition was organized by Special Collections Curators Cassie Brand, Skye Lacerte, Joel Minor, Miranda Rectenwald and Sonya Rooney.

The Life and Legacy of a Himalayan Buddhist Master: Pema Döndrub (1668 –1744)

January 11- April 27, 2020
Olin Library, Kagan Grand Stair

This exhibition documents research conducted in Nubri at an ethnically Tibetan archive in Nepal, where Anthropology Professor Geoff Childs has been conducting research since the 1990s. This particular project is the result of a Newman Exploration Travel Fund awarded to Geoff in 2019 and traces the legacy of a Buddhist Lama from Nubri. This exhibition was organized by Jessi Cerutti, Exhibitions Manager, for Washington University Libraries in collaboration with Geoff Childs, Professor of Anthropology.

Kid Collector: Artifacts from Growing Up in the ‘90s

January 13-june 30, 2020

The Collect O'Rama table is a space for individuals to share unique personal collections. Kid Collector: Artifacts from Growing Up in the ‘90s highlights Associate University Librarian Nadia Ghasedi's colorful toys, games, and cultural artifacts from the '90s.

Truths and Reckonings: The Books Arts of Transformative Racial Justice

February 7-April 19, 2020

A companion exhibit to the Teaching Gallery at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice, exploring the potential for reparative curatorial practices to attenuate legacies of racial violence. Guest curator Geoff Ward (associate professor of African and African American Studies) designed Truths and Reckonings as a “pop-up” memorial museum, using groupings of artworks, illustrations, and other material culture from the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections to support understanding and commemoration of legacies of racial violence. Co-curated with Miranda Rectenwald and Jessi Cerutti.

Why So Small?

September 2019-April 2020, Miniature Book Case, Kagan Grand Staircase

While miniature books are most definitely cute, they are also so much more than that. Miniatures have existed since the earliest forms of writing on clay tablets and the format has endured through time. Medieval manuscript books of hours were created in miniature for portability, early printers and binders experimented with bookmaking techniques to test the limits of production, and the nineteenth century saw improvements in technologies that allowed for smaller and smaller type. This exhibtion was curated by Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books.