Current & Featured Online Exhibitions

Anarchy in the Archives

Hirshland Exhibition Gallery

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.

Signal to Code


Signal to Code: 50 Years of Media Art in the Rose Goldsen Archive

March 17 - October 14, 2016

“Signal to Code” explores 50 years of electronic and digital artwork and ephemera held in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art. The exhibition, on display in the Hirshland Gallery of the Carl A. Kroch Library from March 17 to Oct. 14, 2016, offers a unique opportunity to experience more than 60 original electronic and digital artworks in video, sound, portable media and the Internet, on 15 separate media display stations. The exhibition also features posters, pamphlets and other items documenting the work of international media artists and the granting agencies and cultural centers that have supported this work across artistic boundaries and geopolitical zones. “Signal to Code” provides a special emphasis on the influential histories of media art in Ithaca and the Central New York region, along with the Goldsen Archive’s extensive partnerships in Asia.

Gods and Scholars


Gods and Scholars: Studying Religion at a Secular University

From its founding in 1865, Cornell University has been firmly nonsectarian, welcoming students and faculty of any religion, or no religion. This approach — controversial for its time — did not exclude religion from campus life; on the contrary, as its library collections rapidly grew, the new university sought out religious works of all types and eras. By the time the first incoming class arrived in 1868, instructors and students could access a vast array of sacred works. These materials supported courses on topics from philology, art, and architecture, to anthropology, world history, and the history of printing. This exhibition highlights some of the most significant religious texts owned by Cornell, including manuscripts from the Witchcraft Collection, an Egyptian funerary papyrus, Native American prayer books, illuminated Qurans, the Book of Mormon, and Buddhist palm-leaf manuscripts..

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