Exhibitions

"Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy": Philadelphia's Savoy Company

Exhibition
December 8, 2014-December 9, 2016
University of Pennsylvania
The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas… view complete listing>>

The School of Atha: Collaboration and the Making of Children's Books

Exhibition
September 8, 2014-March 27, 2015
University of Pennsylvania
"The School of Atha: Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books," celebrates the life and work of children's book designer and… view complete listing>>

As the Ink Flows: Works from the Pen of William Steig

Exhibition
August 22-December 19, 2014
University of Pennsylvania
This exhibit explores the life and career of the artist, cartoonist, and children's book author/illustrator William Steig. The exhibition highlights… view complete listing>>

This Little Picture Went to Market: Stories of Art at Auction

Exhibition
February 4-June 30, 2014
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Going to sale at auction is a momentous step in an artwork’s career: it’s on the precipice of a new… view complete listing>>

Knowledge Building

Exhibition
October 28, 2013-January 31, 2014
Temple University
For over 45 years, Paley Library has been a “Knowledge Building.” During that time, library staff has worked with faculty, donors, alumni,… view complete listing>>

Devotion: An Iconography of the Life of Jesus

Exhibition
September 23, 2013
La Salle University
The Connelly Library's newest exhibition, Devotion: An Iconography of the Life of Jesus is now on view! This exhibition will present, in… view complete listing>>

Recent Acquisitions

Exhibition
September 3, 2013-January 24, 2014
University of Pennsylvania
Annually, the Penn Libraries acquires thousands of new books, periodicals, and materials in various formats for use by students and… view complete listing>>

Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone

Exhibition
February 22-August 4, 2013
Independence Seaport Museum
Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone The Seaport Museum will debut our newest exhibition, Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone on Friday, February 22.   The exhibition, located in the Museum’s… view complete listing>>

"The Fun of Speaking English": Alternative Poetry from Our Collections

Exhibition
February 7-August 31, 2013
Temple University
Explore 20th century alternative and small-press American poetry through the many archival and rare book collections in Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections… view complete listing>>

The Origins of Valley Forge National Historic Park/The Best Pennsylvania Cartoonists and Graphic Artists

Exhibition
December 10, 2012-February 28, 2013
State Library of Pennsylvania
The winter Rare Collections exhibit will examine the origins of Valley Forge National Historic Park, including the earliest initiatives for its preservation… view complete listing>>

Ormandy and China: The Historic 1973 Tour

Exhibition
November 2, 2012-December 8, 2014
University of Pennsylvania
The 1973 tour of China by the Philadelphia Orchestra marked an important milestone in relations between the United States and… view complete listing>>

Disasters on the Delaware: Rescues on the River

Exhibition
September 6, 2012-September 30, 2014
Independence Seaport Museum
Disasters on the Delaware: Rescues on the River Stories of tragedy, heartbreak, and heroism Explore the disasters that unfolded as the… view complete listing>>

Harboiled: Philadelphia Noir in Fact and Fiction

Exhibition
September 6-December 31, 2012
Temple University
Take a trip through Philadelphia noir this fall.  Learn about Philadelphia’s purveyors of noir, authors David Goodis and John T. McIntyre,… view complete listing>>

Paper: A Deckled Edge - The Paper Artwork of Lesley Haas

Exhibition
September 4, 2012-February 15, 2013
University of Pennsylvania
Lesley Haas uses handmade paper as her art medium. As an extension of her papermaking, she has created artworks from… view complete listing>>

Van Pelt at 50

Exhibition
August 27, 2012-February 24, 2013
University of Pennsylvania
October 22, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Charles Patterson Van Pelt Library. The Dietrich wing was… view complete listing>>

Resolved? God Does Not Exist

Exhibition
August 27, 2012-February 24, 2013
University of Pennsylvania
According to a 2011 Gallup Poll, nine out of ten Americans reported that they believe in God or some form… view complete listing>>

Audubon's Birds of America

Exhibition
May 11, 2012-October 31, 2016
University of Pennsylvania
John James Audubon's Birds of America appeared in 87 parts over a twelve year period (1827-38). It is known as… view complete listing>>

Titanic Philadelphians

Exhibition
April 14, 2012-December 31, 2013
Independence Seaport Museum
Titanic Philadelphians spotlights the personal lives of the Philadelphians directly affected by the ship disaster. The exhibit is told through the accounts… view complete listing>>

Silver Bells and Oscar Gold: Ray Evans in Hollywood

Exhibition
April 11-October 29, 2012
University of Pennsylvania
Ray Evans (W'36) was the lyricist for one of Hollywood's most successful songwriting teams in the decades following World War II.… view complete listing>>

Home of the Brave: The War of 1812 in Art, Story & Song

Exhibition
March 15, 2012-March 31, 2013
Independence Seaport Museum
To mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and help visitors discover an important part of our nation’s heritage, Independence… view complete listing>>

Wonders of the Microscope!

Exhibition
March 14-August 17, 2012
University of Pennsylvania
Drawing upon the collection of Karen and Howard Schwartz, this exhibition explores the revolution in observational science facilitated by the… view complete listing>>

Character Sketches from the World of Charles Dickens

Exhibition
January 31-March 23, 2012
Free Library of Philadelphia
A vibrant and colorful exhibition that highlights one of the most enduring legacies of Charles Dickens's genius: the unforgettable characters he… view complete listing>>

From the Desk of Charles Dickens: Celebrating the Great Writer at 200

Exhibition
January 31-May 25, 2012
Free Library of Philadelphia
View some of Dickens's earliest published works, his private correspondence, original art based on his richly imagined stories, and objects… view complete listing>>

"Capitalism by Gaslight: The Shadow Economies of 19th-Century America"

Exhibition
January 17-August 24, 2012
Library Company of Philadelphia
Drawing on books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines, prints, photographs, and ephemera in the Library Company's collection, guest curator Wendy Woloson explores underground urban commerce… view complete listing>>

Jane Irish: War Is Not What You Think

Exhibition
January 17-March 29, 2012
La Salle University
  The La Salle University Art Museum and the Connelly Library have prepared a collaborative exhibition to show and explore the work… view complete listing>>

The Artist in the Nursury: Illustrated Children's Books

Exhibition
December 20, 2011-May 31, 2012
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Books for children can be examined in several lights--we might consider their lessons in morality or language, or we might… view complete listing>>

John A. McAllister's Civil War: The Philadelphia Home Front

Exhibition
May 17-December 16, 2011
Library Company of Philadelphia
  "John A. McAllister's Civil War: The Philadelphia Home Front" is the Library Company's principal effort to commemorate the American… view complete listing>>

Gather all nations & tongues: Rare & Unique Bibles from Haverford College

Exhibition
March 14-September 16, 2011
Haverford College
As a collection of scripture sacred to both Judaism and Christianity, the bible is the most translated text in the… view complete listing>>

Good Modern Work: Women Gallerists in America

Exhibition
February 15-June 15, 2011
Philadelphia Museum of Art
In the early 1900s the business of art was a quiet one, typically dominated by males. By the 1920s, however,… view complete listing>>

“Building a City of the Dead: The Creation and Expansion of Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery”

Exhibition
November 15, 2010-April 29, 2011
Library Company of Philadelphia
Laurel Hill Cemetery is among the most celebrated – and most densely populated – swaths of Greater Philadelphia. Beneath seventy-eight… view complete listing>>

"ye Quackers doe here handel men": Confronting Slavery within the Society of Friends, 1676-1776

Exhibition
October 18, 2010-February 11, 2011
Haverford College
The Society of Friends is rightly known for being the first corporate body in North America to fully condemn slavery,… view complete listing>>

Revisiting the Centennial: Resources from the Library and Archives

Exhibition
June 15-December 18, 2010
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The invaluable resources in this exhibition--including books, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and ephemera--document an extraordinary civic event as well as the broader… view complete listing>>

Philadelphia on Stone: The First Fifty Years of Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878

Exhibition
March 18-October 15, 2010
Library Company of Philadelphia
Philadelphia on Stone, generously funded by the William Penn Foundation, explores the history of 19th-century Philadelphia lithography and its… view complete listing>>

Charles Willson Peale / Belfield Estate exhibitions at La Salle University

Exhibition
February 9-May 16, 2010
La Salle University
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of colonial painter Charles Willson Peale's coming to what is now the Belfield/Peale House property of La Salle… view complete listing>>

Darwin's Ancestors: Tracing the Origins of the "Origin of Species"

Exhibition
October 22, 2009-February 26, 2010
Bryn Mawr College
Darwin's Ancestors: Tracing the Origins of the "Origin of Species" Through February 2010. Mariam coffin Canaday L:ibrary. Rare Book Room. Open… view complete listing>>

Charles Darwin, Edward Drinker Cope, and the Evolution of the Natural Sciences at Haverford College

Exhibition
October 19, 2009-February 12, 2010
Haverford College
When Charles Darwin proposed his theory of natural selection as the means by which organisms evolve, his solution was but… view complete listing>>

Catching a Shadow: Daguerreotypes in Philadelphia, 1839-1860

Exhibition
September 28, 2009-February 26, 2010
Library Company of Philadelphia
This exhibition explores how news of the daguerreotype spread throughout Philadelphia both to the scientifically inclined men who experimented with the new… view complete listing>>

Werner Pfeiffer (censor, villain, provocateur, experimenter): Book-Objects & Artist Books

Exhibition
September 8, 2009-February 12, 2010
University of Pennsylvania
Werner Pfeiffer, a sculptor, printmaker, and painter renowned for his insightful and moving book-objects and artist books, masterfully constructed and beautifully printed,… view complete listing>>

Who's Coming to Dinner? Cooking for Different Audiences

Exhibition
August 24-December 18, 2009
University of Pennsylvania
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said "[t]ell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." That's what this exhibition… view complete listing>>

Mirror of a City: Views of Philadelphia Recently Acquired from the Jay T. Snider Collection

Exhibition
May 4-September 4, 2009
Library Company of Philadelphia
Over the years, avid collector and former Library Company Trustee Jay T. Snider amassed a truly impressive array of books,… view complete listing>>

L'arte d'alluminar: Illustrations of Dante's Divine Comedy from the Tri-Colleges

Exhibition
January 20-May 22, 2009
Haverford College
The imaginative vision embodied in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy has inspired pictorial illustration since shortly after its first recounting in… view complete listing>>

Philadelphia Gothic: Murders, Mysteries, Monsters, and Mayhem Inspire American Fiction, 1798-1854

Exhibition
October 29, 2008-April 14, 2009
Library Company of Philadelphia
Perhaps the most enlightened, genteel, urbane, and humane of American cities in the first half of the 19th century, Philadelphia spawned a… view complete listing>>

"Inspired by Mark Dion" - A Cabinet of Curiosities comprising 153 years of collecting at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

Exhibition
October 15-November 26, 2008
Wagner Free Institute of Science

Documenting Ethnic Wedding Traditions in America: The Photographs of Katrina Thomas

Exhibition
September 23-December 19, 2008
Bryn Mawr College
“Documenting Ethnic Wedding Traditions in America: The Photographs of Katrina Thomas,” an exhibition of work by Katrina Thomas (BMC Class of 1949),… view complete listing>>

Connecting Cultures: China & the Haverford Experience

Exhibition
September 19-December 19, 2008
Haverford College
During Haverford's earliest days, China already played a role, as when its critical financial disaster was alleviated by a Quaker who… view complete listing>>

There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak

Exhibition
May 6, 2008-May 3, 2009
Rosenbach Museum & Library
There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak, a major retrospective of the work of artist and author Maurice Sendak. His own words… view complete listing>>

Black Founders: The Free Black Community in the Early Republic

Exhibition
March 10-October 10, 2008
Library Company of Philadelphia
The struggle of American blacks to secure rights as citizens—as free people—began years before our first bearded President took up… view complete listing>>

Melting Pot Woes: Suspicions on the Homefront 1917 - 1919

Exhibition
October 1, 2007-October 31, 2008
National Archives at Philadelphia
After several instances of perceived German aggression, the United States entered World War I on 6 April 1917.  Americans at home… view complete listing>>

UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers, 1760-2007

Exhibition
June 22, 2007-December 28, 2008
The American Philosophical Society
What does it take to be an Explorer? FIND five intrepid individuals who shared a sense of adventure and the… view complete listing>>

The Immigrant Experience in Philadelphia, 1850-1960,

Exhibition
Temple University
This year’s One Book, One Philadelphia book is Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train, which traces the story of an Irish… view complete listing>>

Ensemble: Albert C. Barnes and the Experiment in Education

Exhibition
The Barnes Foundation
This exhibition explores the formation and distinctive presentation of the Barnes Foundation's permanent collection, traces the roots of Dr. Barnes’s… view complete listing>>