Shain Library First Floor Exhibition Area
Deep Roots: Botany at Connecticut College, 1918-2018, April 2-July 31, 2018
Addressing students and faculty at the first closing exercises of Connecticut College in June 1916, botany professor Arthur Graves laid out a vision of botanical education which emphasized not just the range of possibilities it opened for students, but the potential impact its graduates could have on the wider world.
For Graves, to study botany was to understand the interconnectedness of plants to the world around them - scientific, practical, agricultural, medicinal, and aesthetic. From work in horticulture, agriculture, or forestry to plant pathology, breeding, or bacteriology, “all these occupations have botany as their groundwork,” he said, “[and] depend for their successful operation on a correct knowledge of the principles which govern the life and growth of plants.”
Although the botanical program would grow and change over the course of the next century, it remains deeply connected to its interdisciplinary roots, offering students opportunities to consider its role in shaping the future of natural environments and human society.
Shain Library First and Second Floor Exhibition Areas
Evolution of the Process, April 16-June 30, 2018
The works in this exhibit aim to demonstrate the intersections of the thought, space and formation of design that defines architecture. The student-designers who created these individual projects are connected through their collective challenging of a customary understanding of architecture. Together, the elements of their processes work to demonstrate the logic of their evolution.
Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room
New Worlds: Chinese Landscape Painting since 1949, April 23-August 15, 2018
This student-curated exhibit explores the range of modern Chinese landscape painting using works from the Chu-Griffis Collection of Asian Art.
Reconnecting with History: Chinese Studio Photography, 1950-1980, April 23-June 30, 2018
This exhibition presents photographs taken in professional studios in China from about 1950 to 1980. It is guest-curated by Connecticut College student Erica Yao ('20). "Curating this exhibition has been a personal journey for me," Yao explained. "First it has reconnected me to my beloved grandparents, allowing me to revisit the time period of their youth. It has also allowed me to study the history of my own country, especially for a historical era to which I would otherwise be given limited access in mainland China."
Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives
Fine Press Printing Between the Wars, February 5-June 20, 2018
The Arts and Crafts movement gave rise to the rebirth of book printing as a fine art, with several presses producing exquisite volumes for the luxury market. This style of printing was largely brought to an end by the onset of World War I, but fine printing rose up again in the postwar period, democratized and intended for a large middle-class market. This exhibit will look at a range of fine press printing from England and America in the 1920s and 1930s, from private presses printing less than 200 copies to the mass subscription offerings of the Limited Editions Club.