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

Exhibit Opening: All Hallows: Witches, Magic, and Things That Go Bump

Halloween is a holiday traditionally celebrated each year on October 31.  The tradition dates to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.   The Celtic new year began on November 1st, and October 31st was viewed as the dividing line between the end of the harvest season and the onset of winter.  On the evening before the… 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

Nikki Giovanni Pop Up Exhibit – August 2019

Nikki Giovanni: Black Feeling, Black Talk Central Library Lobby August 2019 Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943) is one of America’s most respected African American poets.  A poet, essayist, activist and educator, she graduated with honors from Fisk University with a B.A. in history in 1967.  She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman… Keep reading

Nikki Giovanni book cover for Black Judgement

143 Years of Commencement Exhibit

April 2019 Central Library Lobby The first Vanderbilt University Commencement took place in the chapel of the Main building, now known as Kirkland Hall, on June 20, 1877.  The fledgling university granted 10 degrees in the Arts & Sciences and 52 in Medicine.  The week of Commencement included Founder’s Day festivities, the annual debates of… Keep reading

Commencement trumpets

Creative Women: Marshall Chapman and Mildred Haun – March – July 2019

March-July 2019, Central Library (Fourth Floor Lobby) Half of this exhibit, The Iconoclastic Marshall Chapman, features letters, photographs, posters, song lyrics, tour memorabilia, and other artifacts highlighting Marshall Chapman’s life and career as a working musician, songwriter, author, and more. The rest of this exhibit focuses on Vanderbilt University alumna Mildred Haun. Growing up in… Keep reading

Our Crowd: Student Life at the University of Nashville – Spring 2019

March 27, 2019-October 31, 2019, Central Library (Second Floor Gallery) This exhibition will be curated by a cohort of Buchanan Library Fellows and their librarian mentors. University life in the 19th century was quite different from today’s modern campus. Every aspect of students’ lives was highly regimented in order to shape the young men into productive members… Keep reading

The Iris at Vanderbilt and Peabody – March – July 2019

March-July 2019 Have you ever wondered why the iris is featured on Vanderbilt’s graduation mace or heard Nashville called “Iris City”? The iris is our official state flower, but at Vanderbilt and Peabody, the iris carries a deeper connection: it was grown and hybridized by many historic figures, from Chancellor James Kirkland to poet Jesse… Keep reading