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

Currently on exhibition in the Bell Gallery is Stamped and Posted:  A Communication Art from Around the US, an exhibition of the Frances V. Gorman Art and Media Collection, U of MN Libraries

Opening 14 October 2019: Rapunzel, Peanuts, and Thousand Year Eggs:  Global Premodern Food Cultures and their Legacies

Colored line drawing of Rapunzel by artist Pat BrennanOur relationship with food is complex.  Food sustains us as living entities, but it also plays a key role in how we live our lives.  This exhibition, and its online companion exhibit (, explore the history of our relationship with food in the premodern era using sources as varied as travel narratives, art, fairy tales, sagas, and medicinal recipes, among others.  See how food shapes our understanding of society and culture around the globe and how the legacy of premodern foodways and cultures resonates in today's world.

14 October 2019 through 31 January 2020

Curated by Ezell Carter, guest curator, and Dr. Marguerite Ragnow
Design by Darren Terpstra

A conference, Premodern Food Cultures and their Legacies, will be held 14-17 October 2019 in 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library in conjunction with the exhibition.  This year's James Ford Bell Lecture, by Professor Paul Freedman, Yale University, will serve as the opening keynote address of the conference.


Coming in Fall 2020:  The Mississippi Bubble:  John Law and the Collapse of the French Economy, 1718-1720







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Woodcut of medieval banquet, 1481


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