Current Exhibits


From Pattern to Painting: The Religious Iconography of Pimen Sofronov

May 31, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Thompson Library

From Pattern to Painting unveils the process of creating a religious icon through the drawings of Russian-American painter Pimen M. Sofronov (1898–1973). Sofronov created icons and murals in Orthodox Christian churches throughout the United States. The exhibition displays Sofronov’s pattern books, sketches, life-size drawings, and photographs of his finished icons and murals.


Artistically MAD: Seven Decades of Satire

May 5, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Harvey Kurtzman’s brainchild made its debut in 1952. Over the ensuing years, MAD has featured artwork by many of the most talented cartoonists in the industry. This exhibition showcases original drawings and paintings, vintage MAD magazines, and memorabilia branded with the gap-toothed mug of its iconic mascot, Alfred E. Neuman.

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Koyama and Friends: Publishing, Patronage, and the New Alternative Press

May 5, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

In 2013, Koyama Press publisher Annie Koyama donated original art to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum that represented a snapshot of the contemporary alternative comics industry. This exhibit of the Koyama Collection offers an introduction to a diverse network of cartoonists, small-press publishers, and collectives operating today.

Thompson Special Collections exhibit area

Showcase Exhibits in Thompson Library

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Exhibits showcase the University Libraries' distinctive collections, subject area expertise, and diversity and inclusion.

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