Revisiting the Past; Imagining the Future

Friday, January 27, 2023 to Sunday, July 9, 2023

Collections in the Yale Library aim to serve teaching and research by preserving documentation of scholarship and creativity. One of the goals for librarians who build these collections is to identify materials that have been in use at Yale for what may be decades or centuries and identify links to new forms and voices of expression. Materials have been chosen that expand the understanding of Yale collections, add new voices, and reveal new knowledge.

The groupings of materials on view in the exhibition, as selected by curators from Beinecke Library along with subject specialists in the Area Studies department of Sterling Memorial Library, act as focused lessons in pairing the old with the new; the past with future scholarship. This collaborative project, taking place as the Yale Library Special Collections across campus organize into a closer working structure, displays the selections of 10 librarians and 2 undergraduates.

Among the individual displays will be materials from the papers of: Barbara Hammer; Claude Cahun; LeRoy Scott; Georgia O’Keeffe; Gordon Parks; Jacqueline Woodson; Lee Breuer; Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge; Arthur Sze; Marc Allegret; and Simone de Beauvoir 

Some of the themes explored in the show include: Family Photos from the diverse North American West; Fakes, Frauds & Forgeries; Libertine Desire; Erratic Ecologies; and Censorship.