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Mortimer Rare Book Room Past Exhibitions
Following is a list of past exhibitions of manuscripts, rare books, and contemporary book arts that were 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.
|A Room of Our Own: An exhibition celebrating fifty years in the Mortimer Rare Book Room
September 4, 2012 - February 10, 2013
An exhibition celebrating fifty years including books, manuscripts, and photographs documenting the state of rare books at Smith.
|The Cat Lover Speaks
May 10 through July 31, 2012
An exhibition of books and images of our feline friends, curated by Sally Fisher '12.
|Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley
January through May, 2012
An exhibition celebrating the variety of color, design, and technique of a special type of decorated paper—paste paper—by local artists.
|Charles Dickens at 200
January 15 through April 15, 2012
An exhibition of the Mortimer Rare Book Room's notable Charles Dickens collection, including a number of his novels in “original parts."
|Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop
September 8 through December 20, 2011
An exhibition highlighting the creative work of women during the past 30 years at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY.
September 29 through December 22, 2011
The responses of sixteen artists and writers, in books and photographs, were on display to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
|Willa Cather: A Retrospective
Curated by Emily Saer Cook '11 for the 13th International Willa Cather Seminar, hosted by Smith College June 20-25, 2011. The exhibition featured selections from the extensive Willa Cather collections of Beatrice Oenslager Chace '28 and others.
|From a Botanical Family: Emily Hitchcock Terry (1838-1921)
January-June 30, 2011
Curated by Daria D’Arienzo, this exhibition featured photographs of Emily and her family and drawings and paintings by her, primarily from the Smith College Archives and the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
|In the Beginning:The King James Bible, 1611
An exhibition by guest curator Mark Morford marking the 400th anniversary of its first printing featuring approximately 40 manuscript and printed bibles, spanning nearly eight centuries.
|Exhibition: Cabinet of Culinary Curiosities
September, 2010 - February, 2011
This array of more than fifty culinary curiosities from books and manuscripts features images and descriptions of food and eating from the 16th through the 21st centuries. View online.
|A Bloomsbury Tea: Virginia Woolf in America
February 18, 2010
Renowned literary scholar Mark Hussey discussed the role of Second Wave American feminism in Woolf studies. View a slide show presentation.
|Two Sylvia Plath Photos loaned to NYC Exhibition
The Mortimer Rare Book Room loaned the photos to the Poetry Society of America's centennial exhibition "Portraits of Poets: 1910-2010".
|Unconquered by Flames:The Literary Lights of Yaddo
August - October, 2009
An exhibition celebrating the talents of writers Lola Ridge, Sylvia Plath, Constance Carrier and scholar Newton Arvin, Neilson Library.
|"Dearest Marty": Letters from Sylvia Plath
May 14 - July 31, 2009
Letters from Sylvia Plath to her college friend Marcia Brown Stern were on display in the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
|The Meandering Thread: The Work of Enid Mark '54
May 14 - July 31, 2009
An exhibition of the work of Enid Mark who studied literature and art at Smith College and later became a creator of artist's books.
|Darwin & Lincoln: Two 19th-Century Giants
January 27 - May 8, 2009
An exhibition heralding the 200th anniversary of the births of these two notable figures of the nineteenth century.
|Inspired Design: The Mentoring Stamp
August 10 - December 20, 2008
This set book exhibition featured bindings by members of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. A fully-illustrated catalogue is available for sale. Order form.
|Werner Pfeiffer: Book-Objects & Artist Books
April 1 - July 31, 2008
The exhibition featured 39 objects made by Pfeiffer using real books. View a video clip of the opening reception and book assemblage from April 3.
|Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium at Smith College
April 25 - 26, 2008
Several of Plath’s friends read and reflected upon letters they received from Plath, sharing their insight with the audience. View a video from the panel discussion. Order notecards or a poster.
|Exhibition Honoring Frank Ellis
January - March, 2008
Legendary Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature and generous library supporter passed away in November 2007.
|“Step by Step: Photographs from Walking Unidos” by Stephen Petegorsky
February 5 - March 23, 2008
Images by Northampton photographer to raise awareness about land mine victims in Central America.
|Staff Picks: Library staff and student favorites from the Mortimer Rare Book Room
February 5 - March 23, 2008
An exhibition of Library staff and student favorites.
||Poetic Science: Bookbindings by Daniel E. Kelm
September 10, 2007 - January 21, 2008
The first solo exhibition featuring twenty-four bookbindings of the Easthampton-based artist.
|The World in a Garden: Botanical Books & Prints
April 2 - July 15, 2007
An exhibition featuring many notable books in the history of botany in honor of the retirement of C. John Burk, professor of botany & biology, 1961-2007.
|Printing the Greeks: Technical & Aesthetic Considerations
January 25 - March 25, 2007
An exhibition curated by Elaine Chan '07 of classical and Christian texts, ranging in date from 1482 to 2003, and printed using various designs or fonts of Greek types.
|Claire Van Vliet & The Janus Press: 50 Years
August 5 - October 31, 2006
An exhibition featuring books and broadsides published by Janus Press in the collections of the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Janus Press was founded by Claire Van Vliet in 1995. A catalogue, The Janus Press: Fifty Years, is for sale in the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
|Drawing from the Past: Maya Antiquity through the Eyes of Frederick Catherwood
March 15 - July 31, 2006
An exhibition of lithographs from Frederick Catherwood's Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (1844) curated by students in the First Year Seminar, “Making Sense of the Pre-Columbian".
|Poetics of Color: Books by Anne Walker
November 8, 2005-February 28, 2006
An exhibition of more than 30 “painted books” recently presented to the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College
|Paper, Bone, Vellum, Stone: Bookworks by Susan Barron
September 6 - October 28 2005
Artist's book exploring language and its relationship to music, to image and to the natural world.
Letterforms as Design
|The Artists Book in the 20th Century
April - August 15 2005
An exhibition curated by students as part of the final project for the course “The Artists Book in the 20th Century,” taught in the fall of 2004 in the Mortimer Rare Book Room by curator Martin Antonetti.
|Japanese Picture Books from the Collection of George Cash January-February 2005
Books from George Cash's collection of Japanese Picture books (ehon) containing woodcut images by popular ukiyo-e artists.
Handmade Paper & Hand Papermaking Portfolios
January 14 - March 28, 2004
An invitational show featuring printing, books & ephemera. "Made by hand, made by machine, made with humor & passion" Curated by Carol J. Blinn, proprietor of Warwick Press, Easthampton, MA, assisted by Meg Sanders.
|June 3-5, 2003||Wolf in the Real World: Thirteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf
Smith College hosted the 13th annual Virginia Woolf conference. See the conference website for details.
|May through Sept 15 2003||Woolf in the World: A Pen and A Press of Her Own
A major exhibition of Virginia Woolf's manuscripts and Hogarth Press first editions from the Frances Hooper '14 and Elizabeth Power Richardson '43 collections in the Mortimer Rare Book Room (Book Arts gallery only)
|May through Sept 15 2003||A Story of Their Own: Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Gloria Steinem
Using original manuscripts and published biographies, this exhibition examines the various ways women's lives are portrayed (Mortimer Rare Book Room)
|May through Sept 15 2003||"Her Novels Make Mine Possible": Virginia Woolf's Influence on Sylvia Plath
Curated by Amanda Golden, MA, University of Massachusetts (Mortimer Rare Book Room entrance)
|Sept 20 through October||
Holding On. Holding In. The Artist’s Books of Martha A.
|October through December||Staff Visions Art Exhibition
An annual exhibition of arts and crafts created by Smith College Staff members (Morgan Gallery & Book Arts Gallery)