Mortimer Rare Book Room Exhibitions

Exhibitions in the Library

Exhibitions of manuscripts, rare books, and contemporary book arts are shown in three places in Neilson Library: in the Morgan Gallery on the main floor, in the Book Arts Gallery on the third floor, and in the Mortimer Rare Book Room vestibule.

Spring 2016

Angela Lorenz: Collecting to Create

March 7-July 31, 2016
Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, level 3

Visual artist Angela Lorenz uses found objects, interesting trash, vintage ephemera, and strange “stuff” she has stumbled upon over the years as the raw material and inspiration for some of her artists books and projects. Meticulously organized in over 100 categories, these “research materials,” as she calls them, have served various purposes in the process of creation over the last 25 years. They were initially collected for use in art installations and watercolor paintings during her junior year abroad in Bologna in 1985. The bulk of Lorenz’s “ephemera paintings” were created for private pleasure, rarely exhibited or viewed, while her principal bread and butter consisted of artists books, many of which were acquired by the Mortimer Rare Book Room. This exhibition focuses on several categories of her “research materials,” and relates them to the fully-realized finished work. Read more...

Water color by Angela Lorenz
Watercolor by Angela Lorenz

Eleanor Wilner: Finely Printed

March 1-July 31, 2016
Mortimer Rare Book Room

An exhibit curated by Jessica Ryan, Ada Class of 2017, to accompany the Enid Mark lecture on April 7, 2016, given by Eleanor Wilner, Book Artist as Muse: The Story of a Collaboration. View a video of the Lecture. The exhibition features Wilner’s poetry as it is printed in limited edition books. Read more...


Double-page spread from Eleanor Wilner, Precessional (ELM Press, 2004)

See also Past Exhibitions.