Current & Featured Online Exhibitions

Mixed Media

Mixed Media: The Interplay of Sound and Text

Hirshland Exhibiton Gallery

September 20, 2018 - March 8, 2019

How do you write a sound? How do you hear a text? “Mixed Media” examines how representations of text and sound have shaped our perceptions of the material world, tracing the technologies used to replicate and transmit them. The exhibition features rare artifacts that illuminate 500 years of inventions that record and distribute information—from movable cast metal type to Edison’s model wax cylinder-playing gramophone.

The World Bewitch'd

The World Bewitch'd: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections


“The World Bewitch’d” is an exhibition exploring the origins and spread of the belief in witchcraft across Europe. Featuring rare and unique books and documents—from 15th-century witch hunting manuals to 20th-century movie posters—the exhibition examines themes such as gendered stereotypes, belief in night flying, shapeshifting, demonic pacts, and the witch epidemics that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands. The World Bewitch’d offers a rare glimpse of the treasures of the Cornell Witchcraft Collection, established by Cornell University’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, and now the largest in North America with more than 3,000 items.

Wake the Form

Wake the Form: Artists’ Books in Context


“Wake the Form” explores the modern artist book and its lineage through selections from Cornell’s collections of artist books, rare books, children’s books, games and archives. Placing such seemingly disparate objects in close proximity allows the viewer to make connections between the past and the present, blurring the lines between art and authorship. This exhibit demonstrates how book objects are not passive, but require our engagement in order to be fully experienced. We must participate, activate – we must first wake the form.

Trade Cards: An Illustrated History

Trade Cards: An Illustrated History


“Trade Cards: An Illustrated History” features highlights from the Waxman Collection of Food and Culinary Trade Cards—a remarkable assemblage of advertising trade cards about food and related subjects ca. 1870-1900. Trade cards provide a surprisingly revealing look at America during a period of growth and national pride, set against the nineteenth century’s unshakable faith in perpetual civic and individual self-improvement.This online exhibition provides an illustrated overview of the history of trade cards, while exploring the ways in which they illuminate late-nineteenth-century American life, culture, fashion, society, and identity. Written by Nach (1958) and Maron Waxman.

Anarchy in the Archives

Punkfest Cornell: Anarchy in the Archives


November 4, 2016 - May 19, 2017

On Nov. 4, Cornell University Library will open its punk collections with an inaugural exhibition “Anarchy in the Archives,” exploring punk’s cultural and political impact from the mid-1970s to the present day. “Anarchy in the Archives” offers a vast array of rare artifacts — photographs, art, flyers, posters, clothing, manuscripts, and vinyl — representing work by Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, Dead Kennedys, Los Crudos, Green Day and more.

More Online Exhibitions

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