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A list of current exhibits in the University of Louisville Libraries

Digital Exhibits

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Lost Louisville

Lost Louisville presents photographs of buildings that once stood in Louisville, Kentucky. The photographs come from the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections and each image is mapped so that they can be discovered and explored by location.

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Hubbard exhibit

Oral History with Harlan Hubbard

An online exhibit about Harlan Hubbard's life and work, in his own words; illustrated with his artwork, and photographic portraits of Anna and Harlan Hubbard.

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Artist Book page

Artists' Books

Artists’ books are works of art in book form produced in limited editions. Although infrequently included in texts dealing with the history of art, artists’ books have been part of every art movement. They allow artists to disseminate their ideas outside of the constraints of the gallery system.

View the Artists' Books exhibit.

costume historique page

Costume Historique

Auguste Racinet’s obsession with the intersection of art, culture, and world history drove him to compile a catalog of various styles of clothing and accessories. Published between 1876 and 1888 as Costume Historique, the six volumes that comprise Racinet’s study span time and globe; they range from the garb of Ancient Greeks and the piercings of the early Americans to the dress of contemporary Parisians.

View the Costume Historique exhibit.

Printers' ornaments page

Printers' Ornaments

Dingbats, head and tailpieces, fleurons, lunettes, scrolls, no matter what you call them, printers’ ornaments were made to decorate the page. They derive from and continue the aesthetic that informed the decorative work in illuminated manuscripts. Printers continued the scribes’ tradition, using embellishments to mark the end of a passage or chapter, fill in empty space or add a decorative element to the page. These ornaments have been around since the invention of moveable type in the 15th century.

View the Printers' Ornaments exhibit.

flower page

Owen Jones and the Grammar of Ornament

Owen Jones (1809-1874) was a British architect and designer famous for his work in color theory. Jones began his career as a traveling scholar collecting information on the architectural styles of Europe and Africa. During this journey he saw the Alhambra in Granada, Spain and was inspired by the Moorish geometric shapes, flat patterns and polychromatic techniques. Back in England, he disseminated his findings, incorporating various stylistic elements into museum surveys, curricula for the Government School of Design, and his own theory of a uniquely nineteenth-century style of architecture.

View the Owen Jones exhibit.

Ver Sacrum page

Ver Sacrum

Ver Sacrum, which means Sacred Spring, was published in Vienna from 1898 to 1903 by the Vienna Sezession, a group of artists who favored an experimental approach to the arts. Ver Sacrum was one of the outstanding artistic and literary journals of its day. The editors sought to create unity on the printed page between the text, the typography and the ornamentation. Even advertisements were done in the distinctive Secessionist style.

Ver Sacrum's literary contributors included distinguished figures such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Maurice Maeterlinck. The journal contained illustrations by the leading Viennese artist Gustav Klimt as well as other key figures such as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Joseph Olbrich, and theatre designer Alfred Roller.

View the Ver Sacrum exhibit.

Kōno Bairei page

Kōno Bairei

Born in 1844 in Kyoto, Japan, Kōno Bairei was one of the leading practitioners of the ukiyo-e school (scenes of daily life) specializing in pictures of birds and flowers (kacho-ga). Unlike the majority of ukiyo-e artists, he was trained as a classical Japanese painter, studying with several masters of various classical painting styles. He was in favor of a modern system of arts education, and is generally considered one of the most influential literati painters of the period.

View the Kōno Bairei exhibit.

sit in at Blue Boar

Examining Louisville's 1961 Civil Rights Demonstrations

In the spring of 1961, as college students across the south demonstrated for the integration of restaurants, theaters and other public accommodations, a group of high school students in Louisville, Kentucky took the lead in challenging segregation.

View the 1961 Civil Rights Demonstrations exhibit.

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Kentucky Alliance Oral History Project

The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has been at the center of anti-racist crusades in Louisville, regionally and nationally centered on issues of combating police abuse and brutality, fighting for economic justice for the city’s poor and working to educate the broader public about the various effects of institutionalized racism.

View the Kentucky Alliance Oral History Project exhibit.

Current Physical Exhibits

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