Eight must-see library exhibitions now on view

  • Illustration of Louis Pasteur in black coat, black cap, and white shirt with standup collar, holding two white bunnies
    Louis Pasteur with rabbits, lithograph
September 21, 2022

Visitors are invited to explore in person Yale Library’s many new exhibitions now on view:

  • “Activism through Historical Posters” at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, in the wall exhibition in the Medical Historical Library corridor: Collection of posters dating from 1970 to 1998 reflecting activism on behalf of women, children, and the HIV/AIDS community.
  • “Knight Errant of the Distressed: Horace Walpole and Philanthropy in Eighteenth-Century London” at the Lewis Walpole Library: Display of images, manuscripts, artifacts, extracted texts, and correspondence that situate Walpole in the philanthropic culture of his age.
  • “Lyric Thinking: Poetry in the World” at Bass Library: Explores how thinking through and with lyric poems takes place across diverse languages, communities, and spaces throughout the historical record.
  • “Pasteur at 200” at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, in the Medical Historical Library rotunda: Commemorates the work of French chemist Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) and his scientific legacy, which we still benefit from today.
  • “Subjects and Objects: Slavic Collections at Yale, 1896–2022” in the Hanke Gallery, Sterling Memorial Library: Explores how the Slavic collections of objects, ephemera, and manuscripts in Yale’s libraries and museums chronicle lived experiences.
  • “We Are Everywhere: Lesbians in the Archive,” a senior exhibit in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibition Corridor: Explores the relationship between lesbians, archives, and lesbian objects in archives. Beginning in the archives of the Harlem Renaissance and ending in the archives of the AIDS crisis, this exhibition asks the question: What does it mean to catalog an object as “lesbian”-–or to not? 
  • “The World in Maps: 1400–1600” at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Showcases many of the collection’s most historically significant manuscript maps from the late medieval and early modern periods.

Image (detail): Théobald Chartran, “Hydrophobia,” lithograph, for Vanity Fair, January 8, 1887. (Portraits) Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

For related news, including a list of new online exhibitions, see our library exhibitions page.
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