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Current Exhibits

Stories from the Archives

May 2021 – October 2021 | Upper level, Deline Family Reading Room, AAC Rm 376

Stories from the Archives Exhibition

Throughout the Spring Quarter 2021, students designed research projects around one common focus: to tell stories based on original archival research in DU’s Special Collections & Archives. This exhibit presents preliminary findings of sixteen students’ work, including a carefully selected group of artifacts that offer a glimpse into their research.

Story Line: A Visual Family History from Poland to USA

September 2021 – June 2022 | Upper level, Dean’s Suite Area

Story Line Exhibition

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

February 2021 – November 2021 | Upper level, Loft walls, AAC Room 340

No More Pios Exhibition

This exhibit 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

September 2021 – December 2021 | Main Level, Built-in Cases, AAC 290

Foundational Exhibition

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

September 2021 – December 2021 | Main Level, New Book Area

Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grant Exhibition

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.