Category: NN Exhibits (page 1 of 3)

Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo

Walt Kelly. Pogo, April 21, 1971. Publishers-Hall Syndicate. Reprinted by permission.

Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo

January 30 – October 31, 2021
Open Thursday – Sunday
Exhibit Hours: 1 – 4 p.m., appointment required
Closed April 19 – June 11

Walt Kelly’s newspaper comic strip Pogo was a platform for political satire and commentary using a motley group of swamp critters. Kelly tackled many of the political issues of the world in which he lived, from the Red Scare to civil rights, the environment, scientific exploration and consumerism. We celebrate Walt Kelly and his social commentary through the joyous, poignant and occasionally profound insights and beauty of the alternative universe that is Pogo. Working in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly drew on the legacy of earlier generations of newspaper cartoonists and then became a major influence on his successors.

This exhibition primarily features art and archival materials from the Walt Kelly Collection, which was donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum by Selby Kelly. It also showcases artwork from the collection of Doonesbury cartoonist Garry B. Trudeau, which he generously donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in 2020.

Co-curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita and Founding Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and Jenny E. Robb, Curator & Associate Professor.

Due to COVID-19, museum hours are limited and subject to change. Please consult for more information when planning your visit.

Image credit: Walt Kelly. Pogo, April 21, 1971. Publishers-Hall Syndicate. Reprinted by permission.



Rare Books and Manuscripts Library Suffrage Postcards and Scrapbooks Digitized

Submitted by Jolie Braun:

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RBML) is excited to announce that materials from its Women’s Suffrage Collection have been digitized and are now available online via University Libraries’ Digital Collections. 

Users will find nearly 40 early 19th-century American and British postcards with both pro- and anti-suffrage viewpoints, including postcards of the 1913 Suffrage Parade in Washington, D.C., cartoons satirizing suffragists and postcards featuring key individuals involved in the British movement.

In addition to the postcards, two scrapbooks (one containing pro-suffrage materials, the other containing anti-suffrage items) have also been digitized. Both feature small publications, clippings, leaflets and other ephemera documenting suffrage perspectives and efforts from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.

This digitization project was motivated in part by the women’s suffrage centennial. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which established the right to vote for many women. 

Thanks to the many University Libraries team members whose work made this project possible: 

• Kallen Alsdorf, Thompson Library Special Collections Student Worker 
• Ariel Bacon, Metadata Program Assistant 
• Joelle Cassetto, Thompson Library Special Collections Student Worker 
• Miriam Centeno, Preservation and Digitization Strategist 
• Lisa Iacobellis, Instructional Services Coordinator 
• Annamarie Klose, Metadata Initiatives Librarian 
• Morris Levy, Head of Bibliographic Initiatives 
• Amy McCrory, Digitization Program Manager 
• Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Coordinator 
• Rocki Strader, Catalog/Authorities Librarian 
• Theresa Wei, Library Associate

Artists’ Talks & Featured Speaker Marti Chaatsmith at The Fine Arts Library

Submitted by Courtney Hunt:

Join Marti Chaatsmith and student artists Mona Gazala, Lydia Smith and Caryl Gonzalez on Wednesday, March 4 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. for an afternoon of talks at the Fine Arts Library.

Marti Chaatsmith is the Associate Director of the Newark Earthworks Center at The Ohio State University at Newark and will be speaking about earthworks as being integral to Indigenous life in the Eastern Woodlands; an alternative to the normative archaeological and historical narratives that have been created around them.

The three student artists will be speaking about their work currently on display in an exhibition in the Fine Arts Library.

Mona Gazala presents Symbolic Activities, a series of digital prints and multimedia that explores the Hopewell geometric earthworks in Newark and Chillicothe from the perspective of displacement and colonization. Gazala is an MFA candidate and graduate fellow in the Department of Art.

Lydia Smith’s Memo for Research reflects on the power embedded within maps. Her hand-dyed banners provide the viewer with data points marking “sacred landmarks for community from past and present.” Smith is an MFA candidate and graduate teaching associate in the Department of Art.

Caryl Gonzalez’s work includes a series of four photographs and a handmade mask, together forming the project Otro Vejigante. This body of work explores the artist’s own gender identity and familial heritage through striking portraits that present a Vejigante mask with contrasting Ohio landscapes, suggesting Gonzalez’s feelings of displacement. Gonzalez is an artist working toward her BFA in the Department of Art.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit our exhibit page:


New Exhibition in Thompson Gallery Shows Ohio State’s Time & Change

Submitted by Ken Aschliman:

Time & Change: 150 Years of The Ohio State University, a free exhibition pulled from the University Archives, celebrates the shared past that exemplifies The Ohio State University’s memorable history.  The exhibition includes artifacts highlighting fascinating and everyday moments of life on campus.

Dates: February 1 – July 19, 2020

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm

About the exhibition: Over 150 years, Ohio State has gone from a small college of 24 students to a major research university with more than 68,000 students. Ohio State has experienced Time & Change both cyclical – from semesters to quarters to semesters again; from a College of Arts and Sciences to a system of colleges and back to one college – and linear. As we celebrate this anniversary we remember the university’s past, celebrate its present and envision its future.

Open at the Thompson Gallery: “Scarlet and Gray: The Student Experience”

For 150 years, every Ohio State student has lived their own unique experience as a member of Buckeye Nation. But university life also binds each generation together with traditions, orientations, commencement, classes, campus living, and activities that make up the web of a student’s life.

Scarlet and Gray: The Student Experience, an exhibition pulled from the University Archives, celebrates the shared past that exemplifies The Ohio State University’s memorable history. The exhibit includes artifacts highlighting fascinating and everyday moments of student life on campus.

“Just Chill” at the Fine Arts Library

Submitted by Courtney Hunt:

Design MFA candidate has brought together theories of fractal patterning and biophilic interior design to create an art installation in the Fine Arts Library.

Noor Murteza

In the words of Murteza, “This installation is the result of an investigation that considered traditional ornamentation, textile patterns and wallpaper designs in light of fractal patterning. In an homage to traditional craft traditions, a chosen pattern, reimagined by the designer to fit a set of established characteristics of fractals, was stitched into fabric and installed in the Fine Arts Library.”

Please visit us at the Fine Arts Library to experience this inspiring work of art and consider how your surroundings might affect your own well being.

The installation will be on view from Friday, August 30 – Friday, December 6, 2019 in the Fine Arts Library Reading Room. Please share with your anyone you think might be interested.


New Thompson Gallery exhibit, “Thurber’s Columbus,” opens May 18

“Thurber’s Columbus,” the upcoming exhibition on  beloved humorist James Thurber, opens Saturday, May 18 in the Thompson Library Gallery.

Curated by Jolie Braun,  with assistance from Eric Johnson, the exhibit explores the lasting impact Columbus had on Thurber, who grew up in Columbus.  Drawn from University Libraries’ Special Collections, the exhibition highlights his early life, works inspired by his experiences here, and his legacy in Columbus and beyond.

One of the most popular writers and cartoonists of the mid-20th century, Thurber attended Ohio State. As an adult, Thurber moved away from the city, yet his hometown left an indelible mark on his imagination and was a source of inspiration throughout his career.

“Thurber’s Columbus” is one of several activities marking “The “Year of Thurber,” a year-long, community-wide celebration in honor of James Thurber’s 125th birthday and the 35th anniversary of Thurber House. Additional events can be found here:

The exhibit runs through August 18. 

New Exhibition: “Creative Responses to the Cold War”

Submitted by Ken Aschliman:

Location: Thompson Library Gallery, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
Dates: February 2 – May 5, 2019
Gallery hours:

  • Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: 12–6 p.m.

The Cold War is over, but traces are still visible in many parts of the world. The exhibition Creative Responses to the Cold War gathers international expressions of hope, anxiety, and dissent during an era of international fracture. 

Curators Ann Marie Davis (Japanese Studies Librarian) and Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros (Latin American Studies Librarian) selected items from the collections of The Ohio State University Libraries. Collections represented include:

  • Area Studies
  • Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
  • Hilandar Research Library
  • Historic Costume & Textiles Collection
  • Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
  • Ohio Congressional Archives
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
  • The Ohio State University Archives

Mark your calendars for February 21, 2019, 10 – 11 a.m.:  Curators Ann Marie Davis and Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros will lead a guided tour of their exhibition.

Five new showcase exhibits in Thompson Library

Submitted by Ken Aschliman:

Stop in Thompson Library to see new exhibits that display the University Libraries’ subject area expertise and highlight diversity and inclusion. These exhibits will be up through December 16.

Harlem on My Mind

Harlem on My Mind: Our Faces, Our Places
This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance through the people and places that made it possible.

  • Curated by Leta Hendricks
  • Outside rooms 160 and 165, First floor of Thompson Library





Bad but Beautiful

Bad but Beautiful
A small percentage of the over 5000 minerals described by scientists are dangerous. This exhibit displays some of these dangerous minerals from the Orton Geological Museum. For resources related to this exhibit, visit





Victorian Crime and Detective Fiction

Victorian Crime and Detective Fiction
This exhibit highlights the multimodal research projects created by students in the 2018 Literature and Culture of London course.





The Uprising

The Uprising
50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a sniper’s bullet. His death spurred social justice protests across the globe and at home. These protests brought about profound changes at OSU.

  • Curated by Leta Hendricks
  • Reading area 240, Second floor of Thompson Library





Global Water Issues

Global Water Issues 
Climate change is causing a crisis in water resource management, and this exhibit presents books on the issue. For resources related to this exhibit, visit:

“Bad but Beautiful Minerals” on display in Thompson Library, first floor

Submitted by Patti Dittoe:

Dale Gnidovec (Geology Museum) and Patti Dittoe (Geology Library) have curated a new display case on the first floor of Thompson Library entitled Bad but Beautiful Minerals.

A small percentage of the over 5,000 minerals described by scientists are dangerous (such as asbestos) or contain elements (such as arsenic, lead and mercury) that are dangerous when released. Some of those dangerous minerals are beautiful.


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