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Special Collections in the Design Library

This guide identifies the rare books, artists books, archival slides, art, drawings, and other special materials held by the Design Library.

Design Library Pop-Up Exhibits

Pop-up exhibitions are one-time events in which works from the Design Library Special Collections are exhibited based on a theme. For information on current and upcoming pop-up exhibits, please see the Design Library Exhibits page. This page includes information and documentation about previous pop-up exhibits.

Past Pop-Up Exhibits

Plant Dyes in Artists' Books
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (11am-2pm). Explore and handle unique artists' books made with plant dyes. Organized in celebration of this year's Common Reading selection, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Limited copies of Braiding Sweetgrass will be available for attendees.

Black Excellence
February 9, 2022 (11am-1pm). View and handle works by Black artists from the Design Library's Artists' Books collection. 

UO Legacies: Books + Designs by Alum
Friday, October 29, 2021 (11am-1pm). Student architectural models can be found throughout the library, but this pop-up exhibit will feature additional works from former UO courses in the College of Design (formerly the School of Architecture and Allied Arts), ranging from Letterpress to Advanced Architectural Design Studio.

Experiments: A Sampler of Artists' Books + Zines 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (11am-1pm). The Design Library's Artists' Books Collection represents one of the most diverse parts of our collection in both form and content. This exhibit will introduce attendees to some particularly unusual "book" designs, as well as recent zine acquisitions. Included are works by Roni Horn, Julie Chen, Richard Prince, Caroline Paquita, Adrian Piper, and many more.

The Built Environment: Urbanscapes + Architecture in Print
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (11am-1pm). This exhibit will showcase both historic and contemporary works, including architecture plans, city guides, and artists' books. Highlights include an 1889 guide to the Eiffel Tower, Ed Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip, and the 1938 special issue of Architectural Forum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Spotlight on a Legacy: Treasures of the Architecture & Allied Arts Library.
October 2014. Open-house exhibit of Design Library's unique artifacts in commemoration of the School's 100th anniversary and the first Design Library librarian, Camilla Leach.

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