Exhibitions

The University Libraries offers exhibitions and special displays throughout our Libraries.


Black Lives Matter Poster Project

UB students returned to campus for the fall 2020 semester in the aftermath of widespread protests across the nation and the world. Sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being arrested by police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, the protests focused renewed attention on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Responding to this moment in our nation’s history, UB’s Campus Living and Intercultural and Diversity Center, in partnership with the Student Life Social Justice Advisory Group, launched the Black Lives Matter Poster Project, an initiative acknowledging that the University at Buffalo community supports and promotes racial equity. The project’s purpose is to create awareness and give a voice to the issues facing those who are marginalized and those who suffer from systemic racism.

The Black Lives Matter Poster Project gives UB students, faculty and staff of all races the opportunity to share their perspectives in their own words. Each individual’s meaningful response articulates why Black Lives Matter to them.

Location: Silverman Library, 3rd floor


The Curative Effect: Richardson, Olmsted and The Kirkbride Plan

In the mid-19th century, attitudes towards mental illness were beginning to change. The Kirkbride Plan, proposed by psychiatrist Thomas Story Kirkbride, asserted the curative effects of a more natural environment featuring fresh air, natural light, and grounds with cultivated parks and farmland in the treatment of the mentally ill.

This era saw a rapid increase in the construction of state asylums following the Kirkbride Plan, including the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, one of 73 such facilities built in the United States from 1845 to 1910. At the time of its construction, the Buffalo State Asylum was considered a state-of-the-art facility, both for its appearance and its use of therapeutic landscape design as integral to treating mental illness.

With buildings designed by architect Henry Hobson (H.H.) Richardson, and grounds by prominent landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the Richardson Olmsted Campus is the preeminent example of the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style and reflects the development of mental health institutions in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the 145-year-old Campus is a National Historic Landmark and home to one of the largest historic preservation projects in the nation.

The pen-and-ink illustrations on view were copied directly from H.H. Richardson’s original plans by Buffalo civil engineer Peter Emslie, the Asylum’s Supervising Architect (1877-1880) and Building Superintendent (1878-1880). Emslie’s drawings were donated to UB’s Architecture & Planning Library in 2018 by the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Location: Silverman Library, 3rd floor, January 2020 - December 2020


Marianne Moore And Her Circle

Marianne Moore “roared like a secret Niagara,” claimed her friend and admirer William Carlos Williams, and the force of her influence was felt across many twentieth-century poetic networks. This exhibition explores Moore’s range of influence by taking a wide view of her legacies as they are represented in the Poetry Collection, bringing together materials from the collections of William Carlos Williams, Jean Starr Untermeyer, Elias Wilentz, Helen Adam, and Robert Duncan, as well as from the Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, which was the original collection of poetry manuscripts and correspondence begun by the founder of the Poetry Collection, Charles Abbott, in the mid-1930s.

Location: Special Collections, 420 Capen Hall, October 1, 2019 - June 20, 2020


The Weird One: Collages of Helen and Pat Adam

A small exhibition of the work of Scottish-American sisters, Helen and Pat Adam. The exhibition is located right outside the Silverman Grand Reading Room.

Location: Silverman Library, 3rd floor, June, 2018-


Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic

A new exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is on display in the 1st floor lobby of HSL. Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, is a 6 poster display documenting the struggle to create a vaccine and develop screening tests while parents advocated for children affected by the disease.

Research in the 1940s and 1950s linked rubella infection early in a woman’s pregnancy to miscarriage, stillbirth, and a constellation of health problems known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). Visit the online Rashes to Research module and explore how experts and parents tried to limit rubella’s impact in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States.

Location: Abbott Library, 1st floor


To Read is To Fly

The images displayed here belong to Steve McCurry and can be found on his blog under the “To Read is to Fly” project. This project combined photos of very different people from across the globe all enjoying a similar moment of reading.

Location: Abbott Library, Lower Level, wall case opposite History of Medicine


Austin Flint and Charles Abbott - Lives and Legacies

Dr. Austin Flint and Charles Abbott - two signature names associated with the Abbott Library.

Location: Abbott Library, 2nd floor, just outside the Main Reading Room, October 2016-