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.


Cornell Begins

Michael T. Sillerman ’68 Rotunda

October 24, 2018 - March 29, 2019

Cornell University was founded with the signing of its Charter on April 27, 1865. Ezra Cornell and co-founder and first president Andrew D. White, spent the next three years planning, designing, and building their new university. There was a lot to do: electing trustees; securing the land-grant scrip; writing a progressive Plan of Organization (inventing the modern American university’s elective system); hiring faculty; purchasing books for the library and equipment and furnishings for its laboratories, classrooms and living quarters; establishing admissions policies and attracting students.

Woman Suffrage at Cornell

Woman Suffrage at Cornell


This expanded version of the 2017 exhibit “Woman Suffrage at Cornell,” at Kroch Library, part of Cornell’s celebration of the New York Suffrage Centennial, provides glimpses of that struggle through photographs, broadsides, programs, postcards, and other memorabilia.

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.

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