Category Archives: exhibits

July 6th, 2018

This year’s Madison Early Music Festival, with its theme “A Cabinet of Curiosities: Journey to Lübeck,” offers us the opportunity to showcase our many books of curiosities from the 16th-18th […]

Detail from cover of Psychedelic Review
July 1st, 2018

Our current exhibit, “The Sixties: Remembering Who Was T/here,” pays tribute to, among other, eleven influential novels of the era. Though the exhibit features their front covers, we were also […]

Detail of synagogue.
April 17th, 2018

In the current exhibit in Special Collections, Preserving the Word: World Religions in our Libraries, our colleagues Thomas Durkin, Todd Michelson-Ambelang, and Lisa Wettleson have highlighted many examples from the holdings of […]

March 12th, 2018

Today’s Google Doodle honors Sir William Henry Perkin’s 180th birthday and the organic dye mauveine for which he is best known. We counter with a volume on natural and synthetic […]

Chazen Museum exhibition preparation
February 12th, 2018

Images from our holdings of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin figure in the exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art curated by students in Prof. Ann Smart Martin’s introduction to […]

December 13th, 2017

The presentation about the Library of Stains project on December 13 prompts us to look at different sorts of stains in Special Collections — notably, stains within our chemistry holdings. These […]

October 26th, 2017

We hope you will join us on Monday, October 30, at 3 PM in Special Collections for an informal gallery talk about our exhibit “Iceland.” On hand to talk about items on display […]

June 11th, 2017

Our current exhibit, “Natural History :: Natural Philosophy,” includes much about that quintessential topic of 18th-century natural philosophy, electricity. On display are numerous titles depicting electrical experiments, some for a […]

Jacob's ladder from James Sowerby, English botany, or, Coloured figures of British plants.
April 30th, 2017

Please join us as Martha Glowacki reprises her lecture about the Chazen Museum exhibition “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections” and Robin Rider introduces  the complementary Special Collections exhibit […]

March 6th, 2017

We’re looking forward to the premiere this evening of Wisconsin Public Television’s Polka!, which includes an image of some lively dancing from our holdings: The image comes from Mrs. Perkin’s […]