Past Exhibits

Tales from the Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
March 25 - October 22, 2017

Explore 40 stories about fascinating collectors, groundbreaking comics, controversial cartoons, influential characters, innovative cartoonists, and more from 40 years of collecting at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.


Founding Collections: 1977-1987
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
March 25 - October 22, 2017

This exhibition celebrates the story of the library’s founding and its first decade of collecting, beginning with works from its original collections, the archives of Milton Caniff, creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon, and illustrator Jon Whitcomb.

Hot on the Trail of Iconic Detectives
Thompson Library Gallery
May 24 - September 17, 2017

The game is afoot! Hot on the Trail of Iconic Detectives explores popular depictions of fictional detectives over the last 150 years, from 19th-century dime novels to contemporary Japanese manga.


Before and After: Realizing the "Ideal State"
Thompson Library, 1st Floor
April 12 - July 28, 2017 

Before and After displays objects restored by the University Libraries’ Conservation Unit. The exhibit, curated by conservator Harry Campbell, showcases rare books, illustrations, set designs, and a 14th-century scroll that have now been preserved for future scholarship.


Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of Thompson Library
Thompson Library Gallery
February 1 - May 14, 2017

Building Ohio State tells the story of the unique connections between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. Since its beginning as a land-grant institution, the University has been instrumental in promoting research, education and management of Ohio’s forests.


What a Hoot! A Mike Peters Retrospective
 
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Between Peters' popular comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm and his body of editorial cartoons spanning nine presidencies, visitors will learn about Peters’ world-view as well as his fervent sense of humor.


Windows on Death Row
 
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Using art as a tool for social awareness, this exhibition opens a window into an often hidden part of the ongoing conversation about capital punishment – exploring the system through the eyes of the incarcerated.


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From Author to Reader: Charvat at 50
 
Thompson Library Gallery
September 14, 2016 - January 22, 2017
This exhibition explores the complex relationships between the people and processes behind the creation, production, dissemination, consumption, and reinterpretation of American literature.


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Good Grief!: Children and Comics
 
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
June 4 - October 23, 2016
From the Yellow Kid to Calvin, this exhibit examines the history and role of child characters in comic strips and comic books.


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Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream
 
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
June 4 - October 23, 2016
Contemporary cartoonists pay tribute to the great Winsor McCay through their interpretations of his masterpiece Little Nemo in Slumberland exhibited alongside McCay’s own work from the collection of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

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Fun with a Purpose: Highlights and its Contribution to Childhood Education.
 
Thompson Library Gallery
May 4 - September 4, 2016.
This interactive exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to learn the history of Highlights magazine as it celebrates its 70th year in publication.


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Dedini: The Art of Humor
 
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
February 13 - May 22, 2016
For almost half a century, both The New Yorker and Playboy regularly published his work, which featured a unique blend of art and humor informed by his insatiable appetite and his love of fine art, jazz, wine, and life.


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Berona Collection
 
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
February 13 - May 22, 2016.
Historian, librarian, and scholar, David Beronä’s collection is one of the most complete representations of the scope of wordless books.


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Dancing in the Streets: Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond.
Thompson Library Gallery
January 13 - April 24, 2016.
This exhibit looks at Carnival as a cultural expression of enslaved people and their descendants, who transformed the festival into an event that defines and tells the history of each place.


Mysteries in Ice

Mysteries in Ice
Thompson Library Gallery
October 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016
An exhibit about polar exploration, past and present, and how it impacts our understanding of the Earth’s climate.


Puck

What Fools These Mortals Be! The Story of Puck
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum 
July 25, 2015 - January 24, 2016
Discover the history and highlights of Puck, America’s first and most influential humor magazine of color political cartoons. This show presents some of Puck‘s greatest cartoons featuring politicians, personalities, and issues that dominated its forty years of publication.


Seeing the Great War

Seeing the Great War
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum 
July 25, 2015 - January 24, 2016
This exhibit explores the power of images generated during World War I, through the work of James Montgomery Flagg, Bud Fisher, Billy Ireland, Percy Crosby, Nell Brinkley, Frederick Burr Opper, Louis Raemaekers, and others.


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On the Edge with William T. Vollmann 
Thompson Library Gallery 
May 20 - September 20, 2015 
Rare Books and Manuscripts featured the work of William T. Vollmann. The work of this writer stands on the edge of art and politics and represents a deep exploration of some of the most challenging issues of our times.


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Rough Edges: Women in the Collegiate Press Tradition 
Thompson Library Gallery 
January 14 - May 10, 2015 
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University Libraries honors the innovative practices of women artists who collaborate with the collegiate press.


Remembering the Act

Remembering the Act: Archival Reflections on Civil Rights
Thompson Library Gallery
September 15, 2014 - January 4, 2015
This exhibit celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by recounting the political, historical, and cultural aspects of the struggle for civil rights through the lens of The Ohio State University Libraries Special Collections.


World Perspectives on the Great War

World Perspectives on the Great War
Thompson Library Gallery
May 21 - September 7, 2014
The Area Studies Department offers a collection of historical and contemporary perspectives on the 100th anniversary of World War I, which united and devastated many geographically distinct places around the globe.


Theatre Magic: Technology, Innovation, and Effect

Theatre Magic: Technology, Innovation, and Effect 
Thompson Library Gallery
January 21 - May 11, 2014
This exhibition explores the unsung heroes of theatre—the innovators, designers, and technicians—whose “magic” has wowed audiences since the beginnings of show business.


The Irish Literary Renaissance

Of What is Passed, Passing or to Come: The Irish Literary Renaissance  
Thompson Library Gallery
September 18, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Highlighting collections of Rare Books and Manuscripts, this exhibit delved into the time when the native voices of Irish writers burst boldly onto the literary scene at the end of the 19th and advent of the 20th century.


Travelers to and from Mount Athos

Travelers to and from Mount Athos: The Translation of Culture, Knowledge, and Spirituality 
Thompson Library Gallery
May 18 - September 8, 2013
This exhibit focused on the monastery Mount Athos, which has been the center of Eastern Orthodox spirituality and a repository of knowledge for over a millennium. Materials on display were from the Hilandar Research Library.


100th anniversary of Jesse Owens birth

100th anniversary of Jesse Owens birth 
Thompson Library Gallery
January 9 - May 5, 2013
This exhibition honors Jesse Owens in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. It features material from the Jesse Owens Papers held at the University Archives.


Dance Dimensions (TRI)

Dance Dimensions 
Thompson Library Gallery
September 5 - December 30, 2012
The exhibition highlights dance and movement collections of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institure.


Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President

Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President 
Thompson Library Gallery
May 9 - August 26, 2012
Drawn from the papers of the Ohio Congressional Archives, this exhibit showcases the relationship between the 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes and The Ohio State University.


Year of Shakespeare: The Exhibition

Year of Shakespeare: The Exhibition 
Thompson Library Gallery
January 11 - April 29, 2012
A showcase of Shakespeare-related holdings from the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts collections.


Fruits of Devotion: Slavic Medieval Heritage

Fruits of Devotion: Slavic Medieval Heritage 
Thompson Library Gallery
September 6 - December 30, 2011
This exhibit commemorated the 30th anniversary of Hilandar Research Library through an exploration of medieval Slavic manuscripts from the Hilandar Monastery.


The Prehistory and Abiding Impact of the King James Bible

Translation... openeth the window, to let in the light: The Prehistory and Abiding Impact of the King James Bible
Thompson Library Gallery
May 4 - August 28, 2011
An exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.


Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (ALA  exhibition)

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (ALA  exhibition) 
Thompson Library Gallery
March 9 - April 24, 2011
This exhibit celebrated Franklin’s contributions to the nation and humanity.