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Past 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.

Waud Exhibition
Waud Collection

Miniature Storybook Figures

November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

During Wonderland Express, visit the Lenhardt Library to view the Waud collection of miniature storybook figures, hand-stitched in felt. Read the story behind the Waud miniatures.

Curtis’s: the Longest Running Botanical Magazine
Curtis’s

The Longest Running Botanical Magazine

Friday, October 20, 2017 – Sunday, January 21, 2018
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, November 5, 2017
2 p.m.

Curtis’s: the Longest Running Botanical Magazine rare book exhibition showcases the magazine, first published in 1787 and still in publication today. Colorful and botanically accurate illustrations from the Lenhardt Library's complete set are displayed.

Flora Brasil
Flora Brasil

Friday, June 16, 2017 – Sunday, October 15, 2017
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talks:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
2 p.m.

Brazil in the Garden: Flora Brasil presents tropical Brazilian flora and Brazilian biodiversity, and the significance of the specific volumes in the cases. The exhibition features four reproductions of Margaret Mee’s Brazilian bromeliads, highlighting her work as a botanical artist who painted native plants of the Amazon rain forest. Margaret Mee was an early environmentalist for Brazil; she was an influence on Roberto Burle Marx.

Also featured are an original art piece by Roberto Burle Marx, an illustrated map of Brazil from 1772, and a large-sized chromolithograph of Philodendron Burle Marx (Philodendron cannaefolium).

Botanical Charts: 19th Century Classroom Posters
Botanical Charts

Nineteenth-Century Classroom Posters

Friday, March 31, 2017 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2 p.m.

Botanical wall charts, introduced in the late nineteenth century, were considered fundamental educational tools. The large-scale format allowed students to see botanical details from any seat in the classroom without a microscope. Produced in high-quality, brilliant colors, the charts have regained popularity as vintage poster art.

Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties
Orchidpalooza

Illustrated Orchid Varieties

Friday, February 10, 2017 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talks:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
2 p.m.

Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties rare book exhibition features five oversized chromolithographs from Frederick Sander’s Reichenbachia: Orchids Illustrated and Described, published in 1895. These unique proof impressions are unsigned, untitled, and unnumbered, and were likely intended for a third series of this work on orchids that was never issued.

Pteridomania: The Victorian Fern Craze
Pteridomania

The Victorian Fern Craze

Friday, November 11, 2016 – Sunday, February 5, 2017
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

This exhibition features a variety of fern literature, including James Bolton’s first fern history, several examples of Thomas Moore’s intricately produced fern nature prints, and beautifully decorated book covers.

Library Talk:
Sunday, December 4, 2016
2 p.m.

Pressing for Plants: Herbaria in Books
Pressing for Plants: Herbaria in Books

Friday, August 12 – Sunday, November 6, 2016
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, September 11, 2016
2 p.m.

Rather than a botanical illustration of a leaf, stem, root, seed, and flower to describe a specimen, the actual plants are pressed into the pages often with artistic flare.

Language of Flowers: Floral Art and Poetry
Language of Flowers

Floral Art and Poetry

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, June 5, 2016
2 p.m.

This exhibition features an assortment of little-sized books containing poetic floral lexicons. In the 19th century, Victorians expressed their feelings by offering bouquets of flowers to a special person.  Each flower conveyed a particular sentiment and offered a secret message.

Orchidology: Orchidaceous Investigations
Orchidology: Orchidaceous Investigations

A special rare book exhibition featuring volumes of orchid illustrations.

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, May 8, 2016
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
2 p.m

From the smallest to the largest and to the fragrant, orchids are a source of fascination and intrigue.

Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter

Beloved Children’s Author and Naturalist

Friday, November 13 – Sunday, February 7, 2016
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, December 6, 2015
2 p.m.

Beatrix Potter: Beloved Children’s Author and Naturalist is an exhibition describing her early life and publishing career, and her love and preservation of the natural environment. It showcases several of Beatrix Potter’s delightful Little Books, a copy of her lesser known work Fairy Caravan, ephemera items, and more. Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life will present a talk on Beatrix Potter and the exhibition on Sunday, December 6, at 2 p.m. in the Library.

I heard it Through the Grapevine
Ampelography

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Friday, August 21 – Sunday, November 8, 2015
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, September 27, 2015
2 p.m.

Ampelography: I Heard it Through the Grapevine is an exhibition of rare books about grapevines and grape-growing, primarily in 19th century America and Europe. Ampelography is the field of botany concerned with grapevine identification and classification. Traditionally, grapevines were studied by comparing vine leaf color and shape, and the grape themselves.

The exhibition is open from Friday, August 21 through Sunday, November 8 in the Lenhardt Library. Ed Valauskas, curator of rare books, will present a Library Talk about the exhibition on Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m.

Chicago Horticultural Society’s 125th Anniversary
Keep Growing

Chicago Horticultural Society’s 125th Anniversary

Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, August 16, 2015
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, May 17, 2015
2 p.m.

Orchidelirium
Orchidelirium

Illustrated Orchidaceae

Saturday, February 14 – Sunday, April 19, 2015
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talks:
Tuesday, February 24; Sunday, March 1, 2015
2 p.m.

Partial funding for this exhibition is provided by the Harriet Kay and Harold R. Burnstein Fund for Exhibits. More info.

Succulents
Succulents

Featuring Redouté Masterpieces

Friday, November 14, 2014 – Sunday, February 8, 2015
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, December 7, 2014
2 p.m.

Bookplates Through the Ages
Ex Libris

Bookplates Through the Ages

Friday, August 15 – Sunday, November 9, 2014
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Saturday, September 20, 2014
2 p.m.

Japanese Woodblock Printing
Moku Hanga

the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing

Friday, May 16 – Sunday, August 10, 2014
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Click here for more information.

Library Talk:
Sunday, June 29, 2014
2 p.m.

Exotic Orchids
Exotic Orchids

Orchestrated in Print

Friday, February 14 – Sunday, May 11, 2014
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 and
Sunday, March 9, 2014
2 p.m.

Healing Plants
Healing Plants

Illustrated Herbals

Friday, November 15 – Sunday, February 9, 2014
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Saturday, December 7, 2013 
2 p.m. 
Ed Valauskas  

The Feminine Perspective
The Feminine Perspective

Women Artists and Illustrators

Friday, August 23 – Sunday, November 10, 2013
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
2 p.m.
Leora Siegel

There are beautiful works by some of the first women to achieve prominence in the field of botanical illustration.

Butterflies in Print
Butterflies in Print

Lepidoptera Defined

Saturday, May 25, through Sunday, August 18, 2013
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Library Talk: June 23, 2013
2 p.m.

Stunning illustrations of the life cycles of butterflies.

Historic Landscapes
Historic Landscapes

Architectural Designs in Print

February 15 – May 19, 2013
Lenhardt Library, Regenstein Center

Library Talk:
March 16, 2013
2 p.m.