Exhibitions

Past exhibition: Titanic

The Rise of Rosenbach

From 02/15/2012 to 07/08/2012

Follow the story of book dealer Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach as he hears about the sinking of the Titanic and realizes a protégé has died on the ship. Learn the details of the tragic event and how, ultimately, Rosenbach’s personal loss led to professional success.

Past exhibition: From Pen to Publisher

The Life of Three Sendak Picture Books

From 01/24/2012 to 05/27/2012

Follow the lives of three picture books by Maurice Sendak: The Sign on Rosie’s Door, Outside Over There, and Brundibar. Spanning more than 40 years, each of these books was inspired and produced in radically different ways by Sendak and his collaborators.

Past exhibition: Inquiring Minds

Rosenbach Researchers Report Back

From 11/23/2011 to 03/25/2012

Each year, hundreds of on- and off-site researchers make use of the Rosenbach’s collections. Inquiring Minds is the first of its kind: an exhibition that shows a cross-section of our researchers’ projects from concept to completion

Dracula and Friends

From 09/21/2011 to 11/06/2011

Dracula, one of the most famous literary characters ever created, first appeared in an 1897 novel written by an Irish theatre manager, Bram Stoker. This exhibit presents a selection of Stoker’s research notes, as well as a selection of “friends”—other literature about the supernatural from across the Rosenbach’s collections.

Past exhibition: Creature Comforts: Collecting Natural History at the Rosenbach

From 09/21/2011 to 01/22/2012

Explore some of the most stunning natural history illustrations in the Rosenbach collections, along with historical documents and decorative arts that document the history of natural history in America.

Past exhibition: Burn This: Censorship,Secrecy,and Survival in the Rosenbach Collections

From 08/10/2011 to 12/11/2011

This exhibition looks at books and art that endured censorship, self-censorship, and episodes of natural and human destruction and survived to and tell us stories of the past.

Past exhibition: Grace Notes

A Sendakian Rhapsody

From 04/06/2011 to 08/07/2011

This multimedia exhibition uses thirty objects from the Rosenbach’s Maurice Sendak collection to reflect the range of musical influences on the author’s work and invites visitors to make connections of their own.

Past exhibition: Exile Among Expats: James Joyce in Paris

From 02/23/2011 to 08/28/2011

This multimedia exhibition illustrates two entwined stories: Joyce during his Paris years and Paris during its Joyce years. How did Joyce—an Irish exile, a devoted family man, a sequestered literary genius—influence the cosmopolitan avant-garde of the Left Bank?

Past exhibition: Elements of Style: Color, Line, and Texture in Maurice Sendak’s Artwork

From 02/09/2011 to 03/20/2011

Past exhibition: The Civil War Begins

From 12/15/2010 to 07/17/2011

The Rosenbach kicks off its commemoration of Civil War 150 with this exhibition focusing on the war’s causes and earliest days, from the pre-war wrangling over abolition and states’ rights to the bombing of Fort Sumter and the first pitched battles.