Current Exhibitions

Charting History: Data Visualization Through the Years

July 6 to December 15, 2019
Olin Library, Thomas Gallery

This exhibit presents a history of data visualization that includes examples from the library’s collection and illustrates the importance of data visualization as it relates to research and disseminating information.

Connecting Contexts: The Modern Literature Collection and The Letters of Samuel Beckett

July 15 to December 15, 2019
Olin Library, Ginkgo Room

This exhibition showcases the library’s collection of Samuel Beckett materials, in conjunction with a traveling research exhibition from Emory University intended to complement the recently published, four-volume collection, The Letters of Samuel Beckett.

“if you could finish it…”: Beckett’s Revisions and Autotranslations

Oct 28, 2019 - February 14, 2020
Olin Library, Special Collections Reading Room

This exhibit features a number of Samuel Beckett’s original notebooks, manuscripts and typescripts in both English and French. These pieces offer fascinating insight into the evolution of Beckett’s works across multiple drafts and two languages. Curated by Kyle Young

Second Sight: Ethnographic Photography at Washington University

July 15 to December 15, 2019
Olin Library, newman Tower Level 1

Second Sight exhibits the works of ethnographic photographers in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University.

Momentum: Bridging Past, Present, and Future

September 28 to December 15, 2019
Olin Library, Kagan Grand Staircase

This exhibition celebrates the inauguration of Chancellor Andrew Martin and includes items from University Archives, Local History, and Rare Books. The Eads Bridge is featured along with university history items connected to four areas of focus, including In St. Louis, For St. Louis; Educational Access; Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Academic Distinction and Staff Excellence.


July 19 to December 6, 2019
Olin Library, Risa’s Landing

This exhibit features the Saxophone Figure Collection of James Dwelly Knox (1919-2006). James Dwelly Knox was a big band saxophone player who began collecting saxophone playing figurines in the 1960s. Friends and family helped him grow his collection to more than 250 pieces. There are almost 150 in the exhibit-as many as were small enough to fit in the case.