Library Exhibits

Exhibits highlight the collections, services and people of the University of Cincinnati Libraries. The 2019/2020 academic year was an active one with exhibits featuring the pivotal role of women, artists’ books, the Labor Collection, the university’s Bicentennial and the artist Shepard Fairey.

200 Years of Curation

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In celebration of the University of Cincinnati’s Bicentennial, the DAAP Galleries presented “200 Years of Curation.” In this unprecedented collaboration of five separate archives and collections from throughout the university. This exhibition featured an array of objects, artifacts, documents and works of art that have been pulled from display, library stacks and storage facilities throughout campus to provide a glimpse into some of the fascinating and unique collections that preserve the university’s history. The exhibit featured work from the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions; the Archives and Rare Books Library; the Oesper History of Chemistry Museum; the Herbarium Collection; the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and the University of Cincinnati Fine Arts Collection.

Women of the Movement

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Women of the Movement: Leaders for Civil Rights and Voting Rights profiles female leaders of the fight for civil and voting rights. Beginning with Sojourner Truth, former enslaved person and abolitionist, and including contemporaries Diane Nash, a key player in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Cincinnati’s Marian Spencer, a champion for Civil Rights both locally and nationally, the exhibit spans history into current times and includes a handout for more information.

Votes for Women

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, on the 5th floor of Langsam Library and online, the Votes for Women exhibit chronicles the timeline of the women’s suffrage fight starting in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. It includes milestones, setbacks and contentions along the way, including after the Civil War when the movement found itself divided over the issue of voting rights for Black men, thus resulting in a split in the group fighting for women’s suffrage.

Working for a Living

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The online exhibit features the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library labor collections. Part of the Urban Studies Collection, the labor collections include records from Cincinnati’s AFL-CIO Labor Council, the Regional Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers, the Barbers’ Union Local 49, International Brotherhood of Painters & Allied Trades Local 308, and others.

Artful Books

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“Artful Books,” on display 4th and 5th floor lobbies of the Walter C. Langsam Library, featured books created by members of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) inspired by and in celebration of UC and UC Libraries.

Shepard Fairey Showcase

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The Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) presented an exhibit highlighting the works of Shepard Fairey. Best known for his iconic “HOPE” portrait utilized in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and the equally striking “OBEY” poster inspired by 1988 classic, They Live, Shepard Fairey has established a sterling reputation as one of the most influential street artists of the century.