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Current Exhibits

The Exotic Made Accessible: Culinary Tourism in Time-Life's Foods of the World Series

Thru September 15, 2018  | Upper Level, Near Main Stairs

Curated and written by Dunja Saghir, an international exchange student attending DU in 2015, this exhibit features a selection of the Foods of the World cookbooks published by Time-Life Books, from 1968 through the late 1970s. The entire series of 27 different books provides a broad survey of many of the world's major cuisines. In this exhibit, you'll explore five main techniques -- history of the cuisine/region, culinary romanticism, inclusion of people and stories, visual culture, and emphasis on tools, techniques and simplicity -- that the Foods of the World series utilized to make an unfamiliar cuisine seem fascinating and mysterious, but not too intimidating to approach.

Student Life & Campus Space

Thru August 19, 2018 | Upper Level, The Loft (AAC 340)

 "What's going on around us, and how does it fit with what's happened here in the past?"

That was one of the guiding questions this spring for three sections of a research and writing course: WRIT 1133 - Student Life and Campus Space. This student-curated exhibit collects some of the answers to that question and other inquiries about The University of Denver, its campus, and the lives of its students--past and present.


Thru April 2019 | Lower Level, Fogel Reading Room (AAC 101)

Created from the Lloyd Shaw Foundation Archives, Square Dance in the American West documents the transition from traditional square dance to modern western square dance. Beginning in 1940s Colorado Springs, Lloyd Shaw inspired a new faster-paced and exciting form of this social dance. This exhibit highlights Lloyd Shaw's contribution to square dance and its rise in popularity throughout the United States. The Lloyd Shaw Foundation Archives are part of the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library at the University of Denver's Special Collections and Archives.

Seeking Grace: early black alumnae at du

On Display | Morgridge College of Education, Ruffatto Hall, 2nd Floor

art awareness diversity exhibit

This exhibit features the history of early Black alumnae at the University of Denver (1900-1945). Most histories of women of color at predominantly white institutions begin and end with "firsts" – the first student, first faculty member, etc. Much is known about DU's first Black woman graduate Emma Azalia Hackley (1900) but less so for the second Black woman graduate Grace Mabel Andrews (AB 1908) and the Black women who followed her during the first half of the twentieth century.

Grace, and so many Black women like her, appear in glimpses: a commencement program, a yearbook photograph, an entry in a census record, a mention in a newspaper. Her own records - diaries, photographs, letters - are not found in any institutional archives. This exhibit's title is deliberate; in seeking Grace's history, we also seek a measure of representation and reconciliation for her, and for all who followed in her footsteps.

Blazing the Trail: Colorado Jewish History

Ongoing | Lower Level, near Quiet Study Area (AAC 180)

The Gold Rush of 1859 brought the first Jewish Settlers to Colorado in search of opportunity and adventure. The unpredictability of gold mining and a growing demand for supplies encouraged many of the early Jewish pioneers to open small businesses. By the 1870s, Jewish families helped to establish stable communities in Denver as well as Leadville, Central City, Trinidad, and Pueblo as part of Colorado's development. This exhibit traces the central role of Denver's early Jews in the city's growth and prosperity.

Upcoming Exhibits 

Jacques Parker: The Mountaineer's View

Autumn Quarter | Upper Level, Dean's Suite Area (AAC 370)

This retrospective exhibition showcases the work of Jacques Parker, created during his service as a machine gun squad leader in World War II. A member of the 10th Mountain Division (the first U.S. mountain and winter combat infantry), Parker's artistic hobby led to the creation of nearly 100 pencil, ink, and watercolor works during his deployment, revealing a first-person visual account of military life and skiing warfare. The University Libraries welcomes visitors to experience Parker's artistic legacy, presented for the first-time in the 10th Mountain Division's home state.

Veterans Legacy Project

Autumn Quarter | Upper Level, The Loft (AAC 340)

During Spring and Summer quarters 2018, History professors Elizabeth Escobedo and Carol Helstosky guided DU students through the process of researching the lives of veterans interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado. This Autumn quarter, students will transform their research into an exhibit featuring materials from our Special Collections & Archives, as well as veterans' personal possessions collected from their families and communities. The exhibit will be displayed both at the Anderson Academic Commons, and as a digital exhibit through the University Libraries website.