Exhibitions & Events: Current exhibitions
It is the role of the Lilly Library to stimulate the intellectual curiosity of both the dedicated researcher and the casual visitor. In order to achieve this, the Library promotes a wide range of activities including exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings, musical performances and receptions, as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations.
100 Years of Orson Welles: Master of Stage, Sound, and Screen
January 20 - May 20, 2015
100 Years of Orson Welles: Master of Stage, Sound, and Screen commemorates the centennial of the creative visionary behind the "Voodoo" Macbeth, The War of the Worlds, Citizen Kane, and other groundbreaking achievements in theater, radio, and film. Featuring an array of rare and unique items from the Orson Welles Manuscripts and several more collections at the Lilly Library, this exhibition casts a spotlight on Welles' innovative spirit and his enduring body of work.
Projecting the reach of the United States throughout the world required the effort and determination of many Americans willing to cross vast ocean distances on sailing ships and steamships ... to negotiate, to trade, to battle, to proselytize, to explore. It moreover required the knowledge and promotion of many writers urging their countrymen to venture across the globe in the face of opposition and indifference at home, and competition and resistance abroad. Over the course of three generations Americans would succeed in shrinking the geographical distance between the United States and almost every other place in the world -- even as they would come to magnify the cultural distance between themselves and almost every other people on the globe.
Craig Simpson, Lilly Library Manuscripts Archivist and the curator of "100 Years of Orson Welles: Master of Stage, Sound, and Screen," will provide an introduction to the remarkable life and work of Orson Welles and highlight items from the exhibition that showcase Welles' transformative achievements in theater, radio, and film.
The Speculative Worlds of Margaret Atwood
January 28 - February 20, 2015
To celebrate the campus visit of Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic Margaret Atwood, the Lilly Library presents an exhibition celebrating her life and work. Some of Atwood's most memorable works include The Handmaid's Tale (1985), a novel of a dystopian future in which a comprehensive system of patriarchal oppression relegates the women to roles of laborer, domestic, or concubine. Her recently-completed MaddAdam trilogy (Oryx and Crake, 2003; The Year of the Flood, 2009; and MaddAdam, 2013) explores human relationships in a post-apocalyptic world of environmental catastrophes, pandemics, and genetic manipulation.
The exhibition situates Atwood's work in the larger context of speculative fiction, showcasing treasures from the Lilly's extensive collections. Highlights include rare first editions of Atwood's work; high points from the history of utopian and dystopian literature which inspired or were inspired by Atwood's writing; and an array of early 20th-century science fiction pulp magazines of the kind described by Atwood in her novel The Blind Assassin (2000) and in her recent volume of essays on speculative fiction, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011).
The Speculative Worlds of Margaret Atwood was curated by Rebecca Baumann, Education and Outreach Librarian at the Lilly Library.
Slocum Puzzle Room
A World of Puzzles
A selection of puzzles from the world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles. Read more about these intriguing objects in the Guide to the Collections: Slocum Puzzle Collection.