Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Stories from the Archives, 2022

Upper level, The Loft Walls

May 9, 2022 – October 2022

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For Stories from the Archives, 2022, students delved into DU’s Special Collections and Archives to tell the stories that interested them the most, from early tuberculosis treatments to DU’s sporting history, from students’ yearbook memories to student activism.

UNCONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE: A collection of work from 11 artists, all connected through the CREATIVE mind.

Upper level, Deline Family Reading Room, Northwest corner

May 12, 2022 – June 6, 2022

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This exhibition features the works of student artists from Professor Chinn Wang's BA Portflio class, 2022.

The Windstorm of Woodstock West: University of Denver, May 5-13, 1970

Lower level, Wall across from Special Collections, AAC Rm 101

May 5, 2022 – September 2022

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The Windstorm of Woodstock West exhibit timelines the events that led up to University of Denver students going on strike, building Woodstock West, and protesting between May 5 and May 13, 1970. This exhibit attempts to close the temporal distance between the DU students now and the DU students of 1970.

Story Line: A Visual Family History from Poland to USA

Upper level, Dean’s Suite Area

September, 2021 – June 30, 2022

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Story Line is an art installation that explores changes in time and place of Susan Cooper and her family from Poland, a country of pogroms and the Holocaust, to the safety of America, then on to lives well lived. Story Line, a collection of bronzes painted and placed in maple frames, is accompanied by Periodic Story Line, elements of Story Line etched on neon Plexi Glas, “blueprint” style paintings, family photos, and heirlooms.

View Susan Cooper's gallery tour on YouTube

No More Pios: The Legacy of Settler Colonialism and the University of Denver

Upper level, Loft walls, AAC Room 340

February, 2021 – November, 2021

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No More Pios explores DU’s history of mascots, nicknames, and branding and the changes over its 150 year history, which often took place alongside related social and cultural changes. “Pioneer” has not always been the nickname and Denver Boone was not the first mascot. DU’s traditions have changed considerably over time, and these changes — like the demands to remove “Pioneer” as the nickname — have largely been student-driven.

FOUNDATIONAL: Citizenship Day and Constitution Week

Main Level, Built-in Cases, AAC 290

September, 2021 – December, 2021

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FOUNDATIONAL explores the dynamic history of the U.S. Constitution changing definitions of citizenship through United States history. The exhibition focuses on the populations excluded from citizenship and the long struggle to pass legislation that finally allowed them to apply for citizenship.

"It's the Most Revolutionary Text We Have": Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grant and the "Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous Graphic Novels" Collection

Main Level, New Book Area

September, 2021 – December, 2021

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The Will Eisner Graphic Novels awards are given to proposals that include social justice themes, such as our proposal tying DU's terrible legacy and history with the Arapaho and Cheyenne nations and our recent work on collections to bring more Native voices and visual materials into the libraries' collections.

1973: A Landmark Year in the Struggle for Social Justice at DU and in Denver

Lower Level, Wall across from Special Collections, AAC Rm 101

August, 2021 – January, 2022

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Denver had a landmark year in the struggle for social justice and civil rights in 1973. Simultaneously, the University of Denver was resonant with voices for change. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds and liberation movements spoke to students and the DU community. This exhibit features the nationally and internationally recognized figureheads of social justice movements and organizations that visited DU to give guest lectures, hold rallies, and perform.