Current Exhibitions:

Speaking of Sex

Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Carl A. Kroch Library

Speaking of Sex

February 14 – October 11, 2014

Cornell University Library’s new exhibition, Speaking of Sex, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Human Sexuality Collection.

A quarter of a century ago, the Library began to gather rare books, letters, photographs and original artwork, films, erotica, and all sorts of ephemera related to sexuality — much of which was ignored or shunned by academia and society at large. By focusing on marginalized and contested areas of sexuality, the collection encourages us to think about sex from many angles and is a vital resource to the field of sexuality studies that has developed during this time.

The exhibition showcases words and concepts that our objects allow researchers to consider more deeply, like perform, desire, trans, deviant, commercialization. It includes items from the original 1988 Mariposa archives gift through very recent acquisitions. Come see a 1730 Dutch wanted poster for sodomites, an historic vibrator, and photographs of recent protests in India. The exhibition runs from Valentine’s Day to National Coming Out Day.

Prescriptions for Urban Ailments


Prescriptions for Urban Ailments: Planning Solutions of the 1920s-1940s

April 20 - June 30, 2014

From the roaring twenties to the New Deal era, planners, civic leaders, and other reformers diagnosed urban ailments and prescribed new interventions to treat them. The young profession of city planning pointed to the debilitating effects of congestion and sprawl, as large metropolitan areas grew up and out. The negative aspects of automobiles were already becoming noticeable in urban areas. Planning as a profession evolved alongside a growing demand for improvements to urban mobility, safety, and parking.

This exhibition explores these planning approaches through items drawn from the architecture and city planning collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library.

Exhibition organized by Jennifer Minner, Assistant Professor and Liz Muller, Assistant Director and Curator of Media and Digital Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Exhibition co-sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

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