Lilly Library exhibition and symposium examine ‘Globalization of the United States 1789-1861’

With today’s technology, ideas and information travel the globe in the blink of an eye. Of course, that wasn’t true in the first years of the United States, but its early citizens certainly did look out at the wider world and consider their place in it. This idea is the focus of a Lilly Library […]

Understanding impossible images: Reutersvärd lecture to be held at the Lilly Library

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic: Somewhere between the second and third dimension lies the impossible world of Swedish graphic designer Oscar Reutersvärd. Now, at the center of Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, one can catch a glimpse of that world in the new collection of his “impossible images” at the Lilly Library. “My breath is […]

The Lilly Library engages in some paranormal activity

Watch a sneak peak of the Lilly’s latest installation, “Spiritualists, Sorcerers, and Stage Magicians: Magic and the Supernatural at the Lilly Library.” “We have everything from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, and there is just this continued historical obsession with things that we can’t see,” said Rebecca Baumann, co-curator and Lilly Librarian.

Lilly Library exhibit displays intersection of stage magic, puzzles

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom colleague Jaclyn Lansbery: Lilly Library curator Andrew Rhoda considers himself only an average puzzle-solver, but he’s figured out how to solve some of the most difficult puzzles in “Delightful Deceptions: The Magic of Puzzles,” now on view in the library’s Slocum Puzzle Room. Several of the puzzles in the […]

Performance, sex and punk feminism: Lydia Lunch to speak, perform in Bloomington

UPDATE: Lydia Lunch’s lecture at the IU Cinema has been moved to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, due to the weather. Spoken-word performer Lydia Lunch will be in Bloomington this week to help celebrate “The Burroughs Century,” a five-day festival organized in honor of the centennial birthday of famed Beat writer William S. Burroughs. But […]

Lilly Library adds new piece of Vonnegut memorabilia

On the heels of author Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday celebration, I wanted to share a reminder to check out a cool bit of memorabilia the Lilly Library recently acquired. When Vonnegut visited IU in 1983, he gave a lecture titled “How to Get a Job Like Mine.” During the course of the evening, he fielded questions […]

Collections at IU Art Museum, Lilly Library honor President Kennedy

The IU Art Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with a special “pop-up” exhibition from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the museum’s viewing room. The small exhibition will include a portrait taken by Arnold Newman shortly after the president’s inauguration; two prints made by Andy […]

Nation’s oldest bibliophilic society visits Lilly’s Grolier exhibit

Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” The poetry of Browning, Longfellow and Keats. The Book of Common Prayer. Gibbons’ “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” And the works of Shakespeare, of course. Book lovers are likely to recognize many of the titles on display in the main gallery of the Lilly Library, […]

Darwin bicentennial exhibition evolves into online collaborative project

“Your father says he shall never think small beer of himself again,” Emma Darwin wrote her son in November 1859, just a few weeks after the original run of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” had sold out and his publisher had already committed to a second edition. “Candidly, he does think it very well […]

Fall has arrived, and is brimming with art

When the tent sales featuring mattresses and cheap furniture pop up on vacant lots and the streets are clogged with moving trucks, I know it is official: The students have returned. Classes in Bloomington start Monday, and campus is already starting to hum. There are plenty of great arts happenings on tap this fall, so […]