James Ford Bell Library


The T.R. Anderson Gallery is located at the entrance to the James Ford Bell Library, Suite 472 on the 4th floor of Wilson Library. Exhibits are on view Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; evenings and weekends by appointment. The gallery is closed for all University of Minnesota holidays. Maps and Directions

Check hours for access during Spring Break 2015, March 16-20, 2015 or call ahead; we may be closed or have limited hours due to staffing shortages.

Now Showing--An Exhibit of the Gorman Rare Art Book Collection: Sem, Gigi, & Caricature

February 3, 2015 through April 19, 2015

The exhibition Sem, GiGi, and Caricature celebrates the new 30-foot long acquisition Sem au Bois by the Gorman Art Book Collection at the University of Minnesota. Sem, the pseudonym of French caricaturist Georges Goursat (1863-1934), specialized in satiric portraits of the social elite of France's Belle Epoque. According to co-curator Nikki Otten, in "Sem au Bois he drew the fashionable elite of France (and their laughable hangers-on) en route to Longchamp. The races were social evens where central members of society were expected to put in an appearance. Sem adopted this obligatory parade down the Bois de Boulogne as an opportunity to gently mock the celebrities of his day, caricaturing members of the aristocracy, artists, politicians and socialites." The exhibit includes late 19th and early 20th century illustrated journals, books, prints, and newspapers contextualizing caricature during la Belle Epoque, and as expressed in the comedic novella, GiGi, written by the French author Colette. Materials on display feature items from the Francis V. Gorman Rare Art Book Collection with additional material from Rare Books & Special Collections at the U of M Libraries.

Exhibition Coordinator: Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, Arts & Architecture & Landscape Architecture Librarian
Co-Curators: Lindsay Keating, Arts Librarian Projects Assistant & Nikki Otten, PhD Candidate
Exhibition Designer: Darren Terpstra
Faculty Advisor: Professor Gabriel Weisberg

On Exhibit in the Libraries

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Online Exhibitions

Captain Cook's Voyages of Discovery
Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea
Early Atlases and How They Shaped the World: Examples from the James Ford Bell Library
Olaus Magnus: 16th Century Map of Scandinavia
Portolan Charts

Student & Other Exhibits
Mapping Scandinavia: A "How to Do History" Class Digital Project
Coming soon:
"Beginnings: James Ford Bell, Book Collecting, and the Founding of the Bell Library"


Upcoming Bell Library

"Sphere of Existence" opens April 27, 2015, featuring new works of art inspired by the Bell Library's famous 1507 globe gores by Martin Waldseemuller. These original printed works will first be a featured part of the Southern Graphics Council annual meeting.

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