Current & Upcoming Exhibits

All Exhibits

Story Line: A Visual Family History from Poland to USA

Upper level, Dean’s Suite Area

September, 2021 – June, 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.

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.

Travels with Wyn: Collages by Michael Pulman

Upper level, Deline Family Reading Room, AAC Rm 376

November, 2021 – May, 2021

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Travels with Wyn features the thirty-three travel photo collages made by University of Denver Professor Emeritus Michael Pulman. In each of the collages, Wyn, Pulman's cat, is PhotoShoped into one of the photos. The collages showcase Pulman's creative approach to sharing his experience and knowledge. The exhibition aims to inspire university students to consider studying abroad.

Art and Observation in Health Care: A Student Art Installation

Upper level, Loft walls, AAC Room 340

November, 2021 – April, 2021

This art installation provides the student artists and the DU community audience with insight into the scientific basis of health care and the social and cultural contexts of human health that make up the art of medicine. The student artists used critical thinking skills to create works of art that embody their observations and interactions while looking at medicine through diverse, equitable, and inclusive lenses.