Found in Cuba:The Ingenuity and Creativity of Ediciones Vigía

January 20, 2020-February 27, 2020 Vigía began in 1985 in the town of Matanzas as a meeting space for authors and artists. Soon they began to create handmade books, making national literature known and more accessible to Cubans. Despite the economic hardships of the 1990s, known as Cuba’s “special period,” they continued as an independent… Keep reading

Fables and Fantasies: The Illustrations of J.J. Grandville

February 3 – May 24, 2020 The exhibition in the Central Library highlights the books of the influential French illustrator, J.J. Grandville (1803-1847). From satirical political cartoons to personified flowers, the illustrations of Grandville have been very influential. Grandville moved from his birth city of Nancy to Paris to pursue his career as an illustrator,… Keep reading

G is for Gorey: The Remarkable Worlds of Edward Gorey

February 2, 2020 – May 4, 2020 American illustrator and writer Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) rose to prominence in the late 1950s for his macabre slant on humorous fiction featuring Victorian and Edwardian settings.  “If something doesn’t creep into a drawing that you’re not prepared for, you might as well not have drawn it,”… Keep reading

Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture

The Department of French and Italian, Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries, W.T. Bandy Center, and Cinema & Media Art present an ongoing series this spring called “Censored: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture”. There will be several film screenings and lectures throughout the semester. FILMS January 27, Central Library, Authors’ Room, 5:30 pm… Keep reading

The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe | November 4, 2021 – January 23, 2022

The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe will draw from Vanderbilt’s collections to feature approximately thirty-five works from the late medieval and early Renaissance period in Europe, with twelve Renaissance paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection (gifted to the George Peabody College for Teachers, now Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, in 1961) as… Keep reading

Follower of Domenico Ghirlandaio (possibly, Giovanni Battista Bertucci), St. Sebastian, ca. 1510, Italian (1475–1525), Tempera with oil on panel, 19 5/8 x 16 1/8 inches, The Samuel H. Kress Collection,, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1979.0655P

Cooking from the Archive: Figgy Pudding

Have you ever wondered what carolers are referring to when they sing:  “Oh, bring us some figgy pudding?” You’ve probably heard of it (or its cousin, plum pudding) in English literature and nursery rhymes, too, but how is it made, what does it look like, and how is it different from American pudding? Traditionally, “pudding”… Keep reading

Figgy Pudding

American Medevac – Battlefield Rescue

During the Vietnam War, CBS News correspondent Morton Dean and cameraman Greg Cooke flew on a harrowing medevac mission to rescue three wounded infantrymen from an enemy infested rice paddy. Dean long wondered what had become of the medevac crew and the bloodied men who were airlifted to safety on that day in 1971. American… Keep reading

Food for Health and Wealth: Five Centuries of Recipes and Cookbooks from the History of Medicine Collections – August – October, 2019

August 9-October 12, 2019, Central Library (Fourth Floor Lobby) Vanderbilt’s History of Medicine Collections is home to thousands of cookbooks, receipt books, and collections of home remedies. This exhibit, featuring rare and not-so-rare selections from our collections, explores the development of cookbooks across the centuries, with emphasis on the connections between cooking, medicine, class, household… Keep reading