2009-2010 Exhibitions

Bardwell Smith: Treasured Books

Summer 2010


This exhibit features a collection of book on Japan and China from 1902 that Bardwell and Charlotte Smith has given to the Carleton College Library Special Collections. Books on display include selections from works by Captain F. Brinkley;  China: Its History, Arts and  Literature and Japan: Its History, Arts and Literature.

"The fairest sight in all the world..." Five Centuries of Mapping Haiti

Mack Kolarich '10, Jon Fraser '10, Sam Ritter '10, and Peter Ladner '10

Stemming from History of Cartography, an independent study led by Professor Victoria Morse, this exhibition looks at Haiti through a series of maps, both ancient and contemporary, and emphasizes the disparate views regarding Haiti as a nation. The exhibition includes maps from the UN World Food Program, the Onion, and Theodore de Bry's 1594 atlas.

The 24th Annual Off-Campus Studies Photo Exhibit 

Off Campus Studies

An annual favorite of Carleton students, faculty and staff, the Off Campus Studies Photo Contest exhibition will open  with a celebration in late April. A panel of judges will select 25 photographs from over 200 entries, awarding prizes in the person, place, story, and library categories. The campus community is invited to vote for the People's Choice Award on the OCS Website.                     

Taking a New Look at Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg

Samples from an illustrated anthology printed by Davey Bendiksen '10

Taking a New Look at Chicago PoemsCarl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems, first published in 1916, are the subject of English Major Davey Bendiksen’s senior project. The project seeks to bring them new life, pairing individual poems with complementary photographic images in hopes of helping readers envision the poems within their historical contexts, allowing them a profounder reading of Sandburg’s poetry. This exhibition includes a sampling of original glass slides, negatives, and other source materials all dating around the publishing of Sandburg’s Chicago Poems, some of which focus explicitly on Chicago itself. A variety of media supplied the images to be paired with the poems. Before film negatives, photographs were shot on glass plates with light-sensitive emulsions. Glass “lantern” slides, the predecessor to modern-day film and digital slides, were often used as educational tools and were sometimes accompanied by a “script” to be read while viewing. Stereoview cards, which provide many of the images for the “War Poems” section of poems in this anthology, were bound to cardboard and viewed with a hand-held stereoscope, also often used educationally. The printing of images from these negatives, slides, and stereoviews was accomplished in a traditional photographic darkroom without digital means – glass negatives were enlarged directly into prints, but the lantern slides and other materials had to first be copied to a film negative using a 4x5 sheet film camera. These negatives, along with over 90 total printed images, were processed and printed by Davey over the past six months. The finished prints and the entire text of Chicago Poems will be bound into a volume by Special Collections later this Spring term.

Every Book a Tale: Selected Volumes from Special Collections

An exhibition featuring important texts selected by faculty from Carleton’s Special Collections.

Kitty O'Connell '10: Senior Integrative Exercise

A Visual Analysis of Gender through Architectural Form
May-June 2010

Kitty O'Connell
“We navigate our whole lives using words. Change and improve the words and I believe we can change and improve life.”
-Martin Firrell

Victorian Novels: The Carleton ReMix

March 29-August 31, 2010

Victorian Serial Novels

This exhibition will feature photographs and hand-made serial editions of Victorian novels created by Carleton students as part of their course work. The illustration at left is by Joseph Pennell (1857-1926). Click here to view images of this exhibition.

SOAN 111: Sampling the Census Remix

March 30, 2010-August 31, 2010

Census Remix

A collaboration between Annette Nierobisz, Associate Professor of Sociology, R&I librarians Danya Leebaw, Kristin Partlo, and Heather Tompkins, and exhibitions curator Margaret Pezalla-Granlund. Students in SOAN 111 will choose an image produced by the Census Bureau, research its origins and use, and write a label for it for display in the library. Students will visit the library exhibition, Sampling the Census.

Sectarian Identity in "Post-Troubles" Northern Ireland

Ben Mirin '10

March 8-April, 2010

Ben Mirin

Presenting photographs, stories and personal interviews collected during a Larson Fellowship in Northern Ireland, spent tracing the remains of sectarian politics and identity in a nation trying to recover from over 30 years of bloody civil war (The "Troubles").

The talk will link these personal stories and images to discussions of personal and cultural identity captured in contemporary Northern Irish fiction written since the 1994 ceasefires and the start of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Colors from Africa: An Exhibition 

Khant Khant Kyaw '11

January 29, 2010-

Khant Khant
Last year, Khant Khant Kyaw ’11 spent her summer teaching in Cape Town, South Africa and her fall on a study-abroad program in Kenya. Through the photographs in this exhibition, she shares some of the sights and experiences that colored her time there. Khant Khant Kyaw is a junior International Development Studies major at Carleton College.

In the Pocket: Tools for Reading in Books from Gould Library

January 20-March 21, 2010                          

books with propsGould Library General Collections Carleton library staff members have discovered some books that come with hidden surprises: tools designed help the reader comprehend difficult ideas or visualize complex structures. Often tucked into a pocket on the inside of the back cover of the book, the tools expand the experience of reading. 3D viewers help readers imagine themselves on the surface of Mars, color swatches facilitate the identification and description of birds, "soundsheets" make the music described on the page audible.

Monumental Ideas In Miniature Books

September 18-December 1, 2009

Monumental Ideas in Miniature BooksThe traveling exhibition, Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books, featured more than 140 handmade artists' books. The project involved artists from the United States, Korea, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, India, Pakistan, Canada, Mauritius, Argentina, and the United Kingdom. The exhibition was organized by Hui-Chu Ying, Associate Professor at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron, in conjunction with the Southern Graphics Council's 2009 conference. The books will travel to 46 institutions worldwide. We extend especial thanks to Fred Hagstrom for helping to bring the exhibition to Carleton College. See photos of the exhibition by clicking here. This exhibition is part of Carleton's year-long celebration of book arts. For more information on MIMB, please visit the exhibition website, http://mimb.org/.

Art Meets Text: Broadsides from Gould Library Special Collections

September-December, 2009

Broadsides Exhibition

A broadside is a single leaf of paper with text and imagery printed on one side.  A historical predecessor of the newspaper and print advertisements, broadsides evolved as an ideal space for interplay between text and image. The broadsides on display here are drawn from Gould Library Special Collections and incorporate an assortment of printing techniques and types of texts, including poetry, excerpts from novels, and even entomological identifications. The exhibition is part of Carleton's year-long celebration of book arts. For more information about printmaking, the book arts, and broadsides, please visit Midnight Paper Sales at www.midnightpapersales.com and the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts at www.mnbookarts.org.    

Five Books/Ten Weeks Photography from the CAMS Roadtrip 2009

September-December 2009

CAMS Exhibit

In the spring of 2009, the Cinema & Media Studies Off-Studies Program--The New Media Roadtrip--spent ten weeks in New York, Rome and Prague. Along the way, students made photographs, either on their own or as part of specific assignments. These images were assembled during the trip into five books and printed using on-demand publishing technology. This exhibition was organized by CAMS Program Director Professor John Schott. To learn more about the exhibit and view images from the students' books, please click here.

350: Why Carls Care About Climate Change

November 2009

350 Images 350 Carleton students, faculty, and staff answered the question, "why do you care about climate change?" Photographs of each respondent holding a sign inscribed with his or her answer were displayed on the Bald Spot on October 24th to celebrate the International Day of Climate Action. The event- one of more than 2,000 gatherings in more than 140 nations- was coordinated by 350.org to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming by reducing global emissions to the safe level of 350 parts per million. The display was sponsored by the Carleton Environmental Committee and helped to raise awareness on campus about climate change issues.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Cranes Project

September 26 – October 3, 2009

This project serves as a memorial for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside to remember those people who were killed by transphobia. The cranes in Carleton's display contained the names of victims of hate crimes against LGBTQA people. This exhibition was organized by Carleton's Sexuality and Gender Activism (SaGA) group.

Banned Books Week

September 26-October 3, 2009


Since the inception of Banned Books Week (BBW) in 1982, more than a thousand books have been challenged because they've been deemed offensive for one reason or another. These books have been challenged because they are supposedly too sexual or too violent, they use an excess of profanity or slang, or they contain distasteful portrayals of certain racial or religious groups. To see the top ten most challenged titles of 2008, click on the following link to the American Library Association website.