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Lobby and Top Shelf Gallery Exhibits at Mann Library

April 8 - August 31, 2016

Vintage Vision: Vogel, Vogue, and the Art of Gazette du Bon Ton

In 1912 Lucien Vogel started a new magazine dedicated to presenting the fashions of the most prominent Parisian design houses in the most luxurious way possible - La Gazette du Bon Ton. By 1923 he was the Art Director of Condé Nast's VOGUE Paris. In between, a stable of brilliant young artists filled the pages of Gazette du Bon Ton with stylish pochoir prints which would help propel Art Deco to the forefront of the design world. Together, these publishers, painters, and craftsmen would shape the art of fashion for decades to come.

“Vintage Vision” spotlights a selection of images from the Gazette, reproduced from Mann Library's special collections to highlight the brilliance and impact of this artistry. Also featured are vintage clothing loaned by the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection in the College of Human Ecology, as well as work by current students of FSAD 2640 (Fiber Science and Apparel Design – Draping), who, under the guidance of professor Susan Ashdown, have transformed some of the exhibit’s silhouette images into exquisite half-size models of flowing, textured fabric.  

Exhibit funded by the Mary Morrison Public Education Fund for Mann Library and the John Sterling Fund for Mann Library. The Library also gratefully acknowledges professors Denise Greene and Susan Ashdown of the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design and the students of FSAD 2640 for their contributions to this project. 

December 2 - 11, 2015

Borderline Existence: Burmese Chin in Mizoram

Steven Rubin’s poignant photo-documentary offers a glimpse of the lives of Burmese Chin refugees, an ethnic minority who have fled Burma in search of protection and security in the neighboring northeast Indian state of Mizoram, only to encounter additional hardships and challenges across the border. For an estimated 100,000 Chin in Mizoram there is no international or governmental aid – nor have they received the media attention and academic scrutiny focused on refugees along Burma’s other borders.

Steven Rubin is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State University.

Borderline Existence is on display on the first floor of Mann Library November 28-December 11, 2015. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Cornell Southeast Asia Program, the Cornell South Asia Program,  the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and Mann Library.

November 1 - 7, 2015

Sing Our Rivers Red

The Indigenous Graduate Student Association at Cornell University is proud to support " Sing Our Rivers Red," which is a traveling earring exhibit that raises awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women. The exhibit is on display from November 1 - 7, 2015 on the first floor of Mann Library, on the agriculture quad of Cornell University. All are welcome to view the exhibit and attend the panel discussion that will take place on Tuesday, 3 November 2015, 7pm, in Room 160. 

June 4, 2015 - February 28, 2016

In Vibrant Color: Historical Seed and Nursery Catalogs from the Ethel Z. Bailey Collection

Starting in the mid-nineteenth century many gardeners experienced a reprieve from the dark and cold of winter with the arrival of a seed and nursery catalog in the mailbox. The catalog would tempt with beautiful illustrations and vivid descriptions of exotic, intriguing and tantalizing species. The images of flowers, fruits, vegetables and berries are still a delight to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. But historical catalogs are more than a collection of beautiful pictures, they also provide a window into the timing and development of propagated species, demographic and infrastructure changes, mechanical, agricultural, and printing innovations, the evolution of popular advertisement and marketing, pest control methods, and much more. The Ethel Zoe Bailey Horticultural Catalogue Collection housed in Mann Library’s Special Collection is preserving this cultural, historic, and scientifically valuable information in its over 130,000 seed and nursery catalogs. Come discover the history of Seed and Nursery Catalogs, and some of the many fascinating themes that can be gleaned from their pages, in the Mann Library Lobby now through September. 

Exhibit  supported by the Mann Library Excellence Fund and the John Sterling Fund for Mann Library.

May 1 - May 13, 2015

Magic Mushrooms:  Student work from PLPA 2010 on display

PLPA 2010,  “Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds” is not your typical biology class— it’s more like a narrated double-decker bus tour of the Kingdom of Fungi. We tell the stories of weird and world-sustaining mushrooms, pay homage to the noble works of yeasts, and explore humid thickets of medicinal molds. We meet and eat some of our subjects in demonstration labs.

Because the class aims to be approachable, it attracts a delightfully diverse group of students —330 of them this Spring.  For a pinch of extra credit, some seized the opportunity to make fungus-inspired art based on a fungus fact. The public is warmly welcome to drop by an exhibit of their work, on display in Mann Library’s Top Shelf Gallery space through May 13.  

March 24 - May 31, 2015

The History of the Home Economics Fellowship: Reflections on an Evolving Field

This exhibit provides a special opportunity to celebrate the Dean’s Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. Now in its 23rd year, the fellowship has led to a growing collection of scholarly works that trace the history of the field, challenge misperceptions of the past, and connect early efforts to understand the relevance of health, education, and consumer behavior to the College of Human Ecology’s work today. 

The fellows of the Dean’s Fellowship in the History of Home Economics have shared the vision of an effort to uncover and preserve many of the contributions of the field of Home Economics to science, teaching, public health and research. Several of the fellows have reflected on their experience at Cornell and have suggested for inclusion in this exhibit particular items from the holdings of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections that were important in their research.  

To honor Cornell's sesquicentennial, the College of Human Ecology hopes that our reflections on the past can give greater meaning to our present successes and bolster our shared vision for the future.

December 2014 - February 2015

From the World We Live In

Bugs, rainforests, dinosaurs, molten planet landscapes and more--Mann's newest exhibition on display in the Top Shelf Gallery on the Library's 1st floor has something to delight visitors of all ages. "The World We Live In" series made its way into homes across the nation during the 1950s and 60's. Mann's display presents a selection of gorgeous illustrations--created by some of the foremost science writers of the day--that accompanied  the vivid prose of series author, Lincoln Barnett. Featured artists include Chelse Bonestell, Rudolf Freund, Walter Linsenmaier, and Rudolph Zallinger. 

 While art is timeless, our scientific understanding evolves over time.  Be one of the first ten visitors to spot anything in the exhibitions featured illustrations that represents and outdated scientific view, post it to Mann's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mannlibrary) or send it via email to mann-public-ed-prog@cornell.edu, and we'll give you a free gift!  The display will be on view in Mann Library through January.  For information about Library hours, please see http://mannlib.cornell.edu/hours.  

Exhibit made possible through the support of the Bondareff Family Fund for Mann Library. 

June 2014 - February 2015

For a Quart of Ale Is a Dish for a King: The Craft Beer Tradition and Its Revival in New York State

Whether at the Chapter House near Cornell or an upscale pub in Manhattan, the craft beer movement may seem like a new phenomenon — but it has deep roots in New York. The Empire State was home to the earliest breweries in North America and was once the largest supplier of hops to the rest of the country. Drawing from the rich historical resources in the Library’s collection, this summer exhibit traces the regional New York history of craft beer and hops production and puts a spotlight on current developments that suggest a promising future for hops farmers, microbrewers and beer connoisseurs.

Exhibit funded by the Mann Library Excellence Fund.

February - May 2014

“An Extreme Stirrer-Up of Passions" – Falconry at Cornell and Around the World

Mann's early spring exhibit explores the ancient, yet still vibrant world of falconry with gorgeous photography, fascinating artifacts, and items from Cornell University Library’s extensive falconry collection. Presented in collaboration with Abby Duvall (College of Veterinary Medicine) and Tim Gallagher (Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology). Mann Library Lobby and Top Shelf Gallery (1st floor). 

Exhibit funded by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund at Mann Library and the Bondareff Family Fund for Mann Library. 

June - November 15, 2013

Cornell Botanical Illustrators of the 20th Century

Most of us love art and most of us love to see beautiful plants.  So, what happens when these two passions are combined for the purpose of scientific illustration? Botanical illustration is a precise form of representation used to illustrate books and other scientific publications.  To edify and guide both the professional as well as the amateur natural historian, it must be accurate and informative.  But botanical illustration also has an aesthetic mission, aiming to arouse the interest and imagination of the onlooker through artistry.  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Department of Plant Biology, an exhibit at Mann Library showcases the work of six botanical illustrators—Marion Wrench Roosa, Marion Ruff Sheehan, Elfriede Abbe, Mitsu Nakayama, Barbara Bernstein and Bente Starcke King—whose precise and beautiful work has contributed greatly to the department’s scientific and educational mission during the past century.  

Exhibit prepared by Sophia Balagamwala, MFA 2014, with funding by the Elizabeth (Betty) E. Rowley Fund for Mann Library and the Mann Library Excellence Fund.  Mann Library gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Edward Cobb of the Department of Plant Biology in the preparation fo this exhibit.  For exhibit highlights please see our online slideshow.

June - November 2013

Pioneers: Early Women Scientists at Cornell

This display, in the lobby of Mann Library, explores the lives and work of some of the brilliant and fascinating women engaged in scientific research at Cornell in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Archival images and other resources from our collections illuminate their stories - including ornithologist Elsa Guerdrum Allen’s role in the re-discovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker, anatomist Susanna Phelps Gage’s innovations in modeling the human embryo, and bacteriologist Alice Catherine Evans’ pioneering work on brucellosis.

Exhibit funded by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund and the Mann Library Excellence Fund.

April - May 2013

A New Burma?

Reforms in Myanmar are creating new opportunities for exploring a country that has long remained shrouded by geopolitical isolation. This photography exhibit at Mann Library takes place in conjunction with an outreach initiative highlighting how change and classic traditions are together shaping the “new Burma” that is emerging today.  Award-winning  author Naomi Duguid and photojournalist Amanda Schwengel are the featured photographers.  Ms. Duguid’s work specializes in food and agriculture and food as an aspect of culture, and her most recent book, "BURMA: Rivers of Flavor," explores the culinary traditions of Burma in recipes, stories, and photographs. Photojournalist Amanda Schwengel, whose work strives to focus on the conservation of culture in everyday environments, has selected photos that capture the intense engagement of a group of Burmese men playing a quintessentially Southeast Asian sport, known in Myanmar as “chinlone."
A special outreach event, featuring a Burmese cuisine demo and a screening of the film "Mystic Ball," showcasing the fantastically acrobatic sport of chinlone, will take place at Mann Library on April 3, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm. Event and exhibit sponsored by Mann Library, the Cornell Southeast Asia Program, and the Residential Student Congress.

February 2013

Black Is....

A display in celebration of Black History Month, created by Black Students United at Cornell (display in Mann Lobby and Top Shelf Gallery)

October 2012

New Books From Cornell University Press

Come see what's new at Cornell University Press!  An October display in the Mann Lobby shows a selection of new books published by one of the oldest university presses in the U.S. Cornell University Press was established in 1869, giving it the distinction of being the first American university press, although it was inactive for several decades between 1890 and 1930. From that beginning, the Press has grown to be a major scholarly publisher, offering 120 new titles a year in many disciplines. All books that carry Cornell’s imprints have been approved by a Board of Editors, which consists of members of the Cornell University faculty.

June 8 - October 31, 2012 (new date)

Of Tropical Fish and Mermaids: Louis Renard's  "Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes"

First published in 1718, when little was known about East Indian ocean life, Louis Renard’s book presented to his readers a fantastic array of sea creatures thought to be found in the region, some representing completely imagined forms, but most drawn from actual specimens with surprising scientific accuracy.  Highlighting a treasure from the Jay ('77) and Eileen ('76, '78) Walker's private Library of the History of Human Imagination, the select illustrations in this display provide colorful insight into the history of human perceptions and representations of nature. (Top Shelf Gallery, 1st floor of Mann Library)

June - September 2012 

Beyond the Garden Wall: Wild Foods from Page to Plate

From locusts and nettles to truffles and fiddleheads, throughout human history wild foods have sustained the hungry and delighted the connoisseur. Featuring historical illustrations, beautiful photography, and texts—both old and new—from Mann's collections, this exhibit celebrates the lore and the natural history of the edible wild. (Mann Library Lobby).

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Collecting Imagination: Treasures from the Jay Walker '77 Library of the History of Human Imagination” on display in the Rare and Manuscript Collection Division of Cornell University Library.

May 8 - June 11, 2012

The L. H. Bailey Conservatory: A Showcase of Biodiversity and Research in Plant Science

The L. H. Bailey Conservatory at Cornell supports the study of comparative biology as well as active research in fields that transcend the plant sciences. A late spring exhibit in the Mann Gallery features select plant treasures from the Conservatory’s collection—one of the most outstanding of its kind in the world—along with highlights from the Conservatory’s history in promoting a better understanding of global plant biodiversity and public appreciation for art and science. For select highlights, see online slideshow.

Presented by the Dead Plants Society with funding support from the Department of Plant Biology.

February 15, 2012 - April 30, 2012

Portraits of Ground-Breaking Black Cornell Students

Opening in February 2012 in celebration of Black History Month, a display in the Mann Library Lobby highlights the college and post-graduate careers of 5 ground-breaking African-American students at Cornell: Sara Winifred Brown (BSc Biology, 1897); Nathanial Allison Murray (BSc Agriculture, 1911); Owen M. Waller Jr. (DVM, 1918); Flemmie P. Kittrell (PhD Home Economics, 1936);  and Jerome H. Holland (BSc Agriculture 1939; MA Sociology 1941).  For a selection of exhibit images, see the online slideshow

Presented by Black Students United and Mann Library.

January 16, 2012 - May 7, 2012

The Other Side of What? Adventures in Fungal Wonderland

In October of 2011, Mann Library invited members of the community to send us their photographs of the season’s fungal splendor and received many wonderful responses. Some were taken with impressive cameras, some with pocket point-and-shoots. The photographers included children and adults, hikers, birders, professional mycologists, gastronomes, and pedestrian commuters who looked down and were moved by the beauty at their feet.  On display in Mann’s Top Shelf Gallery through April 2012, “The Other Side of What?” is an exhibition that captures some of what they saw, offering an astonishing array of mushroom shapes, colors and settings. Visitors exploring this fungal wonderland are warmly invited to help us find fitting common names for a few of the most intriguing species it features—and be entered into a raffle for a mushroom guidebook that will likely serve them well as the Spring mushroom season begins to unfold later this semester.

An opening reception, hosted by Cornell professors of mycology Kathie Hodge and George Hudler, will take place on Thursday, January 26, 4:30-5:30pm, in the Top Shelf Gallery space on the first floor of Mann Library. Free and open to the public. 

For a virtual view of the exhibit, please visit our online slideshow.

Mann Library gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of Cornell professor of mycology Kathie Hodge in the conceptualization and production of this exhibit. Photography contributions were made by members of the Cornell Mushroom Club, the Cornell Nature Photographers, and the Cayugabirds listserv. “The Other Side of What?: Adventures in Fungal Wonderland”  is generously supported by the Elizabeth (Betty) L. Rowley Fund at Mann Library.

October 20, 2011 - January 28, 2012

The Chronicles of Human Ecology: Academics, Research and Outreach

In an exhibit opening at Mann Library on October 20, 2011, design and environmental analysis student Gilad Meron ’12 chronicles the paths that College of Human Ecology faculty and students have forged over the past century.  Highlighted are the people and principles that have  established the College—from its earliest beginnings to the present day—as a world leader in research, teaching and science-based extension.  For highlights, see online slideshow.

September 20 - October 7th, 2011

Cornell University Press: Through Books to Knowledge

Cornell University Press was established in 1869, giving it the distinction of being the first university press to be established in the United States.  From that beginning, the Press has grown to be a major scholarly publisher, offering 120 new titles a year in many disciplines. All books that carry Cornell’s imprints have been approved by a Board of Editors, which consists of members of the Cornell University faculty. A display in the Mann Library lobby through October 7th shows newest titles released by the Cornell University Press across a variety of fields, from agriculture to history and the humanities. For more information about new publications, please visit www.cornellpress.cornell.edu. 

April 16 - September 19, 2011

Rainbows and Plunge Pools: An Angler's Alphabet

Come get hooked! Mann's summer exhibit in the library lobby explores our age-old fascination with fish and fishing through the double lenses of science and literature. Featured are beautiful images from Mann Library's extensive collection on fish, fish ecology and the sport fishing art. The webcast of the June 10th talk, "Fly-fishing in the Finger Lakes," presented by Michael Lenetsky (Trout Unlimited) is now available; see mannlib.cornell.edu/podcasts/fly-fishing-finger-lakes.

March 18 - April 15, 2011

Cornell Cooperative Extension at 100

An early spring display in the Mann Library lobby presents highlights of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 100 year anniversary celebration.  CCE invites you to enjoy a glimpse of its historical roots and current programs bringing the fruits of cutting-edge agricultural research to the farmers, youth, and citizens of New York State.  For more information about the CCE Centennial, please visit http://www.cce100.com/cce-at-100/

October 29 - February 2011

Dreaming of Electric Sheep: New Frontiers in Fiber Science

Featuring a look at some of the most dazzling--and most promising--innovations being pursued on the frontier of fiber technology by faculty from the College of Human Ecology's Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design. 

October 18 - October 29, 2010

Rice around the World and at Cornell

This display explores global rice consumption and production, with emphasis on Southeast Asia where rice is the main staple in every part of this geographically and ethnically diverse region. Local representations of rice production and objects related to rice production and consumption illustrate the rich cultural dimensions of rice. Cornell, historically a world leader in rice research and Southeast Asian studies, is involved in several important projects which cross-cut numerous disciplines. Efforts to understand and preserve rice diversity are made tangible through the colorful array of rice samples included in the display. This display was arranged by the Cornell Southeast Asia Program in conjunction with the Oct. 21 SEAP Brown Bag Seminar: "Rice, Cornell and the World."

August 17 - September 8, 2010

DesignConnect @ Cornell

A new display in the Mann Library lobby through September 2010 highlights the work of DesignConnect, an interdisciplinary effort by Cornell planning and design students to reach out to local communities in a new way.   The display showcases projects completed in Elmira, Cooperstown, Caroline and Binghamton. For more information, please visit the DesignConnect news item on the Mann news page or contact info@designconnectcornell.com.

May 2010 - October 15, 2010

Glass Past: Cornell's Historic Greenhouses

"Glass Past" looks at the presence of greenhouses and growing spaces in the history of the built environment on the Cornell University campus (view slideshow).