2006-2007 Exhibitions

Spring 2007

Louis Agassiz' Contributions to the Natural History of the United States

North American Starfishes

In 1857, famed naturalist Louis Agassiz published the first volume of the Contributions of the Natural History of the United States. His vision was to publish a set of ten volumes, each lavishly illustrated, detailing the entomology, development, and anatomy of animals unique to North America. This exhibit features the four completed volumes of the Contributions from Gould Library Special Collections.

Motion Studies: Gould Library Sports Books

These sports manuals attempt to convey complexHitting .300 Motion Study athletic motion on the printed page through diagrams and photographs. The most successful were influenced by the photographic motion studies pioneered by Eadward Muybridge (1830-1904) and Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904). Methods, rules, and especially fashions have changed a great deal, and these books provide glimpses of how people moved and played in the past.





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The 21st Annual Off-Campus Studies Photo Exhibit

Always a popular exhibit, the Off-Campus Studies (OCS) Photo Exhibit features a juried selection of photographs by students who participated in OCS. The selected photographs capture the sights, colors, textures, and character of students' time away from the Carleton campus.





 Foro Latinoamericano: Argentina, Art and Politics, April 2007

Each year, the students, faculty and alumni of the Latin American Studies Program convene to share in an academic experience that brings to the fore and to campus a major topic, event, and country of Latin America. Originally designed as a capstone experience for the students of the program, we have expanded the Foro to include our alumni and the program's entire faculty in order to give it a truly communal sense. The Foro will also provide the Carleton community at large with the opportunity to participate in a major event involving contemporary Latin America.

The 2006-2007 Carleton Foro Latinoamericano focuses on arts and politics in Argentina. Thirty-one years after the coup d'etat, twenty-four years since the return to a system of democratically elected governments and five years after the last serious economic crisis, this year's Foro will take a look at contemporary artistic production in what has been one of the richest centers of cultural activity in the continent. We will share the experience of the artistic collective Grupo Escombros, the music of Pablo Ortiz and Astor Piazzolla, and the films of preeminent director Lucrecia Martel--all in the spirit of the best innovative Latin American cultural expressions.

Sponsored by: Office of the President, Office of the Dean of the College, Latin American Studies Program, Department of Spanish, Department of Media Studies, Music Department, Committee on the Arts, Distinguished Women's Visitors, Intercultural Life.

Insect Studies: Spring 2007Field Drawings

These graphite, ink, and watercolor drawings were made by students in Professor Dan Bruggeman's field drawing classes this term. The students examined specimens from the Biology Department and recorded the anatomy of these insects in detail. The variety of the resulting images reflects the numerous artistic choices required, even in a scientific drawing.

Special thanks to Alison Unger of the Biology Department for her assistance with the specimens, and also to Tim Vick of the Geology Department for the use of magnifying glasses.

Winter 2007

The Shikoku Pilgrimage

Shikoku Pilgrimage MapBuddhism has a rich tradition of pilgrimage, and physical travel is often a metaphor for the inner journey towards enlightenment. In Japan, following in the footsteps of Kōbō Daishi (774-835) is perhaps the most popular and vital of these. Pilgrims visit 88 Buddhist temples in a circumambulation of Shikoku Island. Kōbō Daishi, who brought Shingon Buddhism from China to Japan, is said to have achieved enlightenment in a cave near Temple 24. Legend has it that the venerable Kōbō Daishi accompanies each pilgrim on this devotional journey. This exhibit highlights artifacts and books from members of the Carleton community who have walked the pilgrimage.

This exhibition is due to the extensive knowledge and generosity of Bardwell Smith, John W. Nason Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Emeritus; Sam Demas, College Librarian; and Jim Smith, Art Collection Registrar.

Peace and Friendship: Stories and Photographs from Minnesota Peace Corps Volunteers

Peace and FriendshipThese photographs and accompanying stories introduce people Peace Corps volunteers have met during their service, sometimes in passing, and other times as colleagues, neighbors, friends, or family. The nineteen photographs which make up this exhibition, organized by Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, were taken by Peace Corps volunteers with Minnesota connections. They show how volunteers work to achieve the mission of Peace Corps, which is to promote peace and friendship, one relationship at a time.

This exhibition was curated by Dan MacLaughlin and sponsored by Utrecht Art Supplies, Pro Color, and Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Legends and Lore: Birthstones from the Carleton Geology Department Collection

Birthstones exhibitMinerals, and particularly gemstones, have inspired a rich tradition of legends and lore in many cultures and historical periods. Featuring specimens from the Geology Deparment's collection of minerals and selected titles from Gould Library, this exhibition highlights the myth and science of birthstones.


The Minnesota Family Project: Photographs by Quito Ziegler

Minnesota Family Project exhibit 

A selection from the hundreds of portraits that Ziegler took in an effort to raise awareness of the problems with our current immigration system. She toured Minnesota in a semi truck converted into an exhibition space, taking photographs of viewers and recording their immigration stories.

This exhibition was made possible by the ACT Center, the Committee for Studies in the Arts, and the Distinguished Women Visitors Fund.





Photographers and Authors: Portraits of Writers from the Carleton College Collection

Photographers and Authors 2007Photographers and Authors is a collection of portraits of twentieth-century authors portrayed by notable photographers. Created by Carleton parents Raphael and Jane Bernstein to mark the 1984 expansion of Gould Library, the collection celebrates outstanding achievements in the literary and visual arts.




These photographs may look familiar; they are displayed in various ways every few years. This year they were accompanied by related works from Gould Library Special Collections and an additional exhibit with images of authors.

Significant Editions: A Selection from Special Collections Inspired by the Photographers and Authors Collection

Significant Editions
Just as the Photographers and Authors collection seeks to represent the great authors of the twentieth century through photographs, Gould Library represents many of these same authors through their published work. This selection of first editions from Gould Library's Special Collections show great authors' works as they first appeared.


Authors & Illustrators: A Selection from Special Collections Inspired by the Photographers and Authors Collection

Authors and IllustratorsIn this selection of illustrated books, great twentieth-century authors and artists conspire to enhance our understanding of a well-known text, or shape our experience of an unfamiliar one. Not only are the texts and illustrations on the pages outstanding; the overall design and materials of these books are noteworthy in their own right.







Publicity, Personality, or Persona? The Image of the Author

Fall 2006

Common Criminals or Portraits of Dissent?: Mug Shots from the Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955-56

Montgomery Bus Boycott 2Curated by Carleton History Professor Harry Williams and a group of students from his Winter 2006 Civil Rights Movement in America seminar, this exhibition featured mug shots and arrest logs from the Montgomery County, Alabama, jail. Focusing on the lesser-known activists, the students conducted original research on the mug shots and considered them in the context of history and memory of the Movement, visual culture, and the role of surveillance in the United States.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

This exhibition was supported in part by the David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professorship in History and the Humanities.


Carleton Librarians (Re)Building Communities

Carleton Librarians (Re)Building CommunitiesIn June 2006, nearly 17,000 librarians gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana for the American Library Association Annual Conference. Many of them, including Sam Demas, Carleton College Librarian, Carolyn Sanford, Head of Reference and Instruction, Heather Tompkins, Reference and Instruction Librarian for Humanities, and Kristin Partlo, Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences, stayed to volunteer their time and energy to help to rebuild parts of New Orleans. This exhibit highlighted the photographs and experiences of Heather and Kristin.


Bird x Bird: Artists Make Art for the Birds

Bird x Bird logo


This special exhibition presented selected works from the artist collective known as Bird x Bird, celebrating its ongoing commitment to artists and the environment.

For five years Bird x Bird has enlisted painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and multi-media artists to create works of art in response to data collected about avian species. Each year the artworks created are exhibited and auctioned, raising funds to benefit organizations that advocate for the environment.

Ranging widely in style, media and content, the works featured in Bird x Bird offered diverse interpretations that are lyrical, ironic, humorous or provocative. The exhibition included indigenous species, imaginary species, and deconstructed species and examined our contemporary relationships with the earth.

For more information about Bird x Bird, visit their website at: www.birdxbird.org

Impudent Instant Message

In this installation, Liz Miller explored the flow of information in its many forms, and the ways in which information can be contaminated, manipulated, and ultimately destroyed. Impudent Instant Message was created on site by Miller and a group of Carleton students. 

Liz Miller Installation 2006 















Project L-Day: The Great Library Move of 1956

In 1956, the students and faculty of Carleton moved the library collection from Scoville Memorial Library to the newly constructed Carleton library. This exhibit documented that monumental undertaking.