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Library Exhibitions

Asian Orchids Illustrated
Asian Orchids Illustrated

January 26 – April 15, 2018
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talks:
Sunday, February 25, at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27, at 2 p.m.

For more than 2,000 years, orchids have been intertwined with Asian culture, representing love, beauty, and grace. They are used medicinally, for their fragrance, and collected to the point of extinction. Illustrations of the rare and endangered orchid, Paphiopedilum rothschidianum (Rchb. f.) Stein, are featured along with illustrations of other Asian orchids from the Rare Book Collection. Presented in collaboration with the Orchid Show, several volumes from the Annals of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta series, published in the late 19th century, will be on display.

Color chart and illustration
Color my World: Hues of Nature

Browse volumes from the rare book collection pertaining to color taxonomy including color charts and color samples.

April 20 – July 15, 2018
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talk
Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

Colors are an integral part of nature. Hues represent every aspect of life. How does one describe a color, or devise a language of color? Naturalists and artists developed charts and chromatic scales to form a frame of reference for colors. This exhibition highlights a variety of color charts and examples of colorful botanical art.

Corn illustration
Farmers' Market: Bountiful Harvest

View colorful illustrations of fruits and vegetables on display from the rare book collection.

July 20 – October 14, 2018
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talk:
Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m.

Delectable fruits and vegetables call to us with their recognizable scent and appearance as we wander through a farmers' market. On view in this exhibition are examples of colorful eighteeenth-century illustrations of favorites such as corn, apples, and pears, in works by Johann Knoop, Nees Von Esenbeck, and others.

Illustration by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie

A selections of prairie flowers from the rare book exhibition complement the original art of naturalist Helen Sharp.

October 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talk:
Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was inspired by her natural surroundings. The prairie lands her family lived on and farmed provided her with a rich knowledge of plants and crops. This exhibition features Marta McDowell’s book The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder and showcases original works from the rare book collection including prairie plant illustrations by naturalist Helen Sharp that are published in the book.