The Bell Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Elmer L. Andersen Library building, suite 15.  Exhibits are on view  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The gallery is closed for all University of Minnesota holidays. Maps and Directions

Closing Soon

Festival, Spectacle, and Celebration in the Early Modern World

September 24, 2018 through January 31, 2019 in the Bell Gallery (ground floor) and the Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery (1st floor).

We celebrate.  Humans throughout recorded time have come together to celebrate, to express common cause, and to practice public rituals.  These public expressions of joy, sorry, and protest are integral parts of cultures throughout the world.  From Venice to Beijing, from Cairo to Greenland to the South Pacific, this James Ford Bell Library exhibition will explore this fascinating aspect of the human experience that is common to us all.

This exhibit was co-curated by Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, curator, James Ford Bell Library and Dr. Francesca Bortoletti, research associate, Center for Early Modern History.  Exhibit design:  Darren Terpstra


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Opening Fall 2019 in the Bell Gallery:

Rapunzel, Peanuts, and Thousand Year Eggs:  Premodern Food Cultures and their Legacies

mid-October 2019 through January 2020


Curated by Dr. Marguerite Ragnow with Ezell

Exhibit design:  Darren Terpstra






On Exhibit Elsewhere in the Libraries
Current & Upcoming Schedule


Chinese Comedians


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