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Another Place

This exhibition brings together works by American and international artists that focus on concepts of place and travel, using materials drawn almost entirely from the Book Arts Collection in Special Collections at the UWM Libraries. The unifying element for the exhibition is the recent portfolio project The Other Place, a suite of prints by Wisconsin artist Bob Erickson and Irish artist Keith Wilson, each of whom spent time in the home of the... [Continue reading]

The Classic Text

In what ways have such classic works as the Bible and the plays of William Shakespeare been presented to a loyal readership over the centuries? How have the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans been transmitted through the millennia, and why do they continue to hold such potency and relevance? How has the vivid imagery of Dante's Divine Comedy been depicted and interpreted from the middle ages to the present? Would Milton's Paradise Lost have... [Continue reading]


The Infancy of Printing

The Golda Meir Library holds a modest collection of books printed before 1501. These holdings are vaulable as exemplars of the earliest developments of book production in the first fifty years of printing, complementing the library's holdings of printed works just after the incunabula period. Just as we have witnessed a transition from print to an increase in electronic and multimedia communication, incunabula offer physical evidence of the... [Continue reading]


This retrospective exhibition of the book works of painter, printmaker, and book artist Danny Pierce, entitled "DANNY: 36 Years at the Red Door Studio," showcases twenty of the twenty-one limited-edition portfolios produced by Pierce, all with black and white or multi-color woodblock and linoleum prints. This exhibit originally was on view in the Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery of the Golda Meir Library from September 1995 through November 1995.... [Continue reading]


Author, Publisher, Bookseller, Reader

This exhibition, drawn entirely from Special Collections at the Golda Meir Library, was originally presented in association with the annual meeting in Milwaukee of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 24-25, 1999. It has now been transformed into a digital exhibit. While the exhibit may be of some interest to the specialist, it is intended as an introduction and general overview. The exhibit addresses some of the issues and... [Continue reading]

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Damning Evidence

The atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government during World War II are well documented. Through innumerable media venues we have become acculturated to accounts of German invasions, the response of the Axis powers, and the horrors of the Holocaust. In the United States today, rarely are these events examined from the perspective of the Nazi party or even of the German peoples. We come to acknowledge of the war only from the... [Continue reading]


The Shape and Color of Research

An exhibition of artwork based on research in Special Collections at the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. - In Memoriam - Irene Mitkus (1948 - 2000) The Shape and Color of Research project and online exhibition are dedicated to the memory of conservation bookbinder and book artist Irene Mitkus. Ms. Mitkus, who died in November 2000 after a battle with cancer, was a much beloved and respected figure in... [Continue reading]

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A Vision of Yeats

"A Vision of Yeats," was created by the Special Collections Department in association with the international conference, Re-Visioning Yeats, held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Golda Meir Library October 3-4, 1996. The exhibit highlights two defining characteristics of W. B. Yeats’s long career: his interest in mysticism and his close relationships to other writers, poets, artists, and playwrights. The exhibition contains... [Continue reading]


ECO Ephemeral

This thesis essay and accompanying exhibition approach environmental concerns through an art historical perspective by considering works of art by Thomas Ferrella, M.D. and artists’ books from Special Collections at UW-Milwaukee Libraries. The exhibition evades conventional boundaries of galleries in order to present artists’ books in their intended manner and to display Ferrella’s outdoor installations in context with... [Continue reading]

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Peter and Donna Thomas

The exhibition explores the careers of Peter and Donna Thomas through their work produced over the course of 40 years.