Rotunda Exhibition Timeline


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Installation view of the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors & Drawings (February 8-March 8, 1973). Image credit: Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.


Timeline of Exhibitions Held in the Rotunda, Low Library, 1965-Present
Compiled by Elena Cordova, Intern, Art Properties

Soon after the establishment of Art Properties in 1965, the department took on the role of overseeing exhibitions in the Rotunda of Low Library. This document lists all of those exhibitions from 1965 to the present, taken from information found in the archival files of Art Properties. Most of these exhibitions were organized by faculty and staff from various Columbia schools and departments, librarians and staff from Columbia University Libraries, and external guest curators, in coordination with Art Properties curators and staff. This timeline will expand and grow as new information is discovered and added below.



1965-1969

Opened October 1, 1965
The Columbia University Exhibition of Ancient Textiles from Peru: The Central Coast

December 1965
The Columbia University Exhibition of Ceramics and Bronzes of Korea

November 28 – December 14, 1967
Arthur Rackham Centenary Exhibition (in Low Faculty Room)

1967 (dates to be determined)
Long Term Exhibition of Objects from the Sackler Collections: Sculpture of the T'ang Dynasty and Its Antecedents

1968 (dates to be determined)
[Columbia University Press]
[Gandhi]
[Tibetan Carpets]

November 6 – December 18, 1968
[Modern Persian Painters]

May 5 – 10, 1969
[Student Exhibition: MFA]

April 17 – June 15, 1969
Florentine Baroque Art from American Collections

November 21 – December 12, 1969
New Black Artists


1970-1979

(Dates to be determined)
Inducements of 20s and 30s
The Magnificent Quartz

February 24 – March 6, 1970
Columbia Explores the Moon

1971 (dates to be determined)
From Realism to Symbolism: Whistler and His World

1972 (dates to be determined)
MFA Student Art Exhibition

February 8 – March 8, 1973
Florine Stettheimer: An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors & Drawings

September 11 – November 1, 1973
Drawings by John La Farge: Collection of Avery Architectural Library

November 1973 – January 1974
A Selection of Chinese Objects: Gifts to Columbia University by Frank M. Michaelian

1974 (dates to be determined)
Jack Harris Samuels’ Library

March 27 – April 13, 1974
Michel Butor and His Painters

Spring 1974
[Persian Calligraphy]

December 9, 1974 – January 29, 1975
Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, and Drawings Exhibited to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533)

February 6 – April 29, 1975
The Brothers Harper & Their Authors: An Exhibition of 19th Century Contracts, Letters & First Editions

April 11 – 29, 1975
Surrealism

Summer 1975
Early Astronomical and Mathematical Instruments

October 1 – 29, 1975
Sebastiano Serlio (1475-1555): An Exhibition in Honor of the 500th Anniversary of His Birth

November 10, 1975 – January 22, 1976
Contributions of Columbia Men to the War for the Independence of the United States and to the Formation of the Governments of the United States and New York State

February 26 – March 9, 1976
Resplendent World of the Ming: A Selection of Outstanding Works by Eminent Chinese Writers,
Artists and Artisans of the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644

March 24 – April 16, 1976
Illuminated Manuscripts in Facsimile from the 15th Century

May 6 – 28, 1976
The First Annual Photography Exhibit: Black and White and Color Photographs of Columbia Students, Faculty and Staff

October 1976
Gifts in Honor of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Friends of Columbia Libraries

November 16, 1976 - January 28, 1977
Architects for a New Nation, 1776-1976: Exhibition of Drawings

March 22 – April 22, 1977
Columbia Indoor Miniature Aircraft Society (CIMAS)

April 28 – May 9, 1977
[MFA Thesis Show]

May 13 – June 3, 1977
A Faculty Looks East I: Oriental Art Loaned by Faculty Members

September 12 – October 3, 1977
Italian Treasures from Columbia University: An Exhibition Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Casa Italiana

October - November 3, 1977
The Early Railway Age

November 6 – 18, 1977
Armenian Exhibition Cultural Treasures from the Land of Armenia IX Century B.C. to XIX Century A.D.

November - December, 1977
Installation of Jacques Lipchitz's Bellerophon Taming Pegasus

1978 (dates to be determined)
Brander Matthews Masks
[Jean-Jacques Rousseau]

February - March 1978
John Mansfield Centenary

March - April 1978
Views of the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

May 13 - June 3, 1978
A Faculty Looks East (II): Far Eastern Objects in the Possession of Columbia Faculty Members

September 1978
Alma Mater

October 16 – November 6, 1978
[Joseph Urban Stage Design]

November 6 – 28, 1978
Views of Rome: Then & Now: 41 Etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

November 30 – December 1, 1978
The Merton Commemoration at Columbia 1978

Opened December 12, 1978
[Brander Matthews]

February 1 – 23, 1979
From Picasso to Rauschenberg: Twenty-five Years of Acquisitions on the Albert Ulmann Fund Endowed by Ruth Ulmann Samuel

February 2 – March 30, 1979
Georgian Grandeur: The Classical Architecture of Philip Trammell Shutze

April 2 – 13, 1979
Five Contemporary Photographers

April 17 – 27, 1979
Plans and Models for East Campus

April 30 – May 18, 1979
Los Caprichos

Opened late May 1979
Kees Verkade

Summer 1979
Columbia Souvenirs: Tokens of Remembrance

September 17 – October 19, 1979
Formative Years of the Columbia School of Architecture: Student Architectural Design Drawings, 1881-1900

November 1979
McKim, Meed & White Architectural Drawings

December 1979
American Women Artists in Paris, 1900-1930


1980-1989

February 1980
Avery Library Selected Acquisitions

February 7 – 29, 1980
Six Collections Acquired on the Friends Endowment Fund

March 3 – 10, 1980
The Goddess in Indian Art

April 28 – May 16, 1980
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Centennial

Opened late May 1980
Crown, Scepter, Seal: Icons of Columbia Photographs by Frederick Knubel

September 8 – October 3, 1980
Treasures from Columbia: A Selection

October 6 – 24, 1980
American Tastemakers from the Avery Architectural Library

November 6 – 26, 1980
Fifty Treasures from Fifty Years: An Exhibition Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library

January 5 – 30, 1981
American Indian Art: Power & Transformation

February 9 – March 2, 1981
[Disraeli]

March 2 – 6, 1981
Asian Art from the University’s Collection

March 17 – 27, 1981
Engravings from the Bibliothèque Nationale: Versailles and Le Cabinet du Roi XIV

March 31 – April 11, 1981
A Selection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia University: An Exhibition Held in Conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America

April 1981
Armenian Architecture: IV-XVIIIth Centuries

April 13 – 24, 1981
Perspectives on Jewish Messianism: An Exhibition of Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Judaica Collections of the Columbia University Libraries

September 1 – 30, 1981
A Masterpiece Close-up: The Transfiguration by Raphael

October 14 – November 6, 1981
The Changing Scene: Columbia University and the City of New York

November 9 – December 4, 1981
The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: An Exhibit of Manuscripts

December 7 – January 1, 1982
Marconi: An Exhibition Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Wireless Signal

January 7 – February 1, 1982
75th Anniversary of St. Paul’s Chapel

February 4 – 26, 1982
M. Lincoln Schuster and the Inner Sanctum at Simon & Schuster

April 5 – 30, 1982
The History of Landscape Gardening and Architecture from 1598 to the late 19th century

May 3 – 24, 1982
Harlan Fiske Stone

June – September, 1982
From Nayarit to Tiahuanco: A Pre-Columbian Legacy

October 1 – November 1, 1982
New York City: Arts in the WPA

November 3 – December 3, 1982
Architectural Theory and Practice from Alberti to Ledoux

December 6 – 31, 1982
A Concern for Humanity

January 4 – 30, 1983
Chinese Art from the Columbia Collection

January 31 – March 21, 1983
Bicentennial of the Birth of Washington Irving

March 22 – May 2, 1983
Henry Moore, Large Two Forms: A Photographic Exploration by David Finn

May 3 – June 20, 1983
Vinalhaven, Maine: Landscape, Flowers, Rock

September 6 – October 5, 1983
Russell Drisch, Recent Work: Sculptures and Drawings

October 10 – November 18, 1983
Manuel Alvarez Bravo

November 28 – December 20, 1983
From Generation to Generation

December 21, 1983 – January 27, 1984
Recent Acquisitions at Avery Library

February 3 – March 9, 1984
Russians and the West

March 13 – April 5, 1984
American Architects Abroad

April 9 – 27, 1984
Columbia Artists Exhibition (first annual)

August 27 – October 2, 1984
Four Centuries of Printing and Publishing by the Oldest Press in the World: Cambridge University Press

October 4 – November 5, 1984
[Whitney M. Young]

November 8 – 29, 1984
All Mankind: An Exhibition of Photographs from the Christian Science Monitor by Jordan N. Converse, Chief Photographer

December 3, 1984 – January 3, 1985
A Celebration of the 80s: Portraits, Photographs by Nancy Rica Schiff

January 4 – February 5, 1985
The Care of Prints: Problems of Preservation

March 11- April 1, 1985
Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Exhibition

April 3 – 26, 1985
The Architectural Trade Catalogue in America, 1850 – 1950

April 30 – May 24, 1985
Practicing Law in Eighteenth Century New York: American Documents & English Influences

July 23 – August 28, 1985
Buddha & Bodhisattva: A Chinese Homage

October 7 – November 8, 1985
Romanesque Sculpture of Mossaic

January 8 – February 14, 1986
Lamont-Doherty Geological Exhibition

February 19 – March 21, 1986
Biennial Art Exhibition: Sponsored by the Columbia University Association (second in series)

March 25 – May 1, 1986
[Five Campus Building Projects: 1985 – 1986]

February 17 – March 23, 1987
Third Columbia Artists Exhibition

March 23 – April 23, 1987
Piranesi: Selections from the Carceri

April 24 – June 9, 1987
Columbia Bicentennial Exhibit

June 9 – September 1, 1987
Oriental Art from the Collection of Marshall L. Page and Other Donors

September 3 – 30, 1987
Medical Science in New York State: A Century of Photographs

October 2 – 30, 1987
Spanish Presence in American Architecture: Documents from Avery Library

November 2 – 29, 1987
The Influence of the U.S. Constitution Abroad

November 30, 1987 – February 2, 1988
The Dewey Years at Columbia, 1883-1888

February 2 – 29, 1988
Ocha No Kokoro: The Heart of Tea

March 1 – April 1, 1988
Fourth Columbia Artist Exhibition

April 4 – 29, 1988
Julian Clarence Levi: Watercolors & Drawings, 1884-1971

May 3 – 7, 1988
75 Years of Success: Columbia School of Journalism

May 11 – June 3, 1988
A Backward Glance: Preservation Attitudes in New York City, 1891 – 1939
 
August 2 – September 1, 1988
Photographs by Elliot Erwitt, Lee Friedlander, and Joel Meyerowitz

September 1 – 25, 1988
[Christianization of Rus’]

September 29 – October 11, 1988
90th Anniversary of the Columbia School of Social Work, 1898-1988

October 17 – December 2, 1988
Prints of British India 1780-1860 from the Collection of Max and Peter Allen

December 6, 1988 – January 29, 1989
The Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum Revisited: Prints, Watercolors, and Drawings

February 1 – 21, 1989
An Exhibition of Puppets and Masks from the Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum

February 23 – March 24, 1989
Gordon Bunshaft: A Personal Archive

March 28 – April 21, 1989
[Barnard Beginnings]

April 25 – June 4, 1989
Fifth Columbia University Artists Exhibition

June 6 – September 7, 1989
[Recent Work from the MFA Program]

September 12 – 28, 1989
Nineteenth-Century Photography at Columbia University: An Exhibition Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Photography

October 9 – October 29, 1989
The French Revolution: The First Revolution for the Rights of Man, an Iconographic History of the French Revolution

October 31 – December 7, 1989
[Toru Takemitsu’s Images of Sound]

December 11, 1989 – January 26, 1990
Cats: Lithographs by Karel Appel


1990-1999

December 11, 1989 – January 26, 1990
Cats: Lithographs by Karel Appel

January 30 – February 23, 1990
Harlem Horizon Children’s Art Studio Inaugural Exhibition (first annual)

February 28 – March 23, 1990
Siegfried Kracauer: The Critic in Exile

March 27 – May 11, 1990
Sixth Annual Columbia Artists Exhibition

May 15 – June 10, 1990
1990 Pulitzer Prizes

June 12 – August 22, 1990
Works by Ceramics Students at Teacher’s College

August 27 – October 2, 1990
Eisenhower at Columbia

October 8 – November 1, 1990
Avery’s Choice: 500 Years of Architectural Books

November 9 – 29, 1990
The Diffusion of Tropical Plants and the Portuguese Discoveries

December 4, 1990 – January 30, 1991
Garcia Lorca: Poet in New York

January 22, 1991
The First New York Viewing of The Departure of Columbus from Palos in 1492:  A Recently Discovered Painting by Emanuel Leutze

February 1 – 27, 1991
New Paintings from the Harlem Horizon Art Studio (second annual)

February 29 – April 7, 1991
A Retrospective View of the Columbia University Electronic Music Center

April 9 – May 1, 1991
Seventh Annual Columbia Artists Exhibition

May 6 – 31, 1991
Lorenzo Da Ponte: A Vision from Columbia College

June 5 – August 23, 1991
Portuguese Travels and the Meeting of Civilizations

August 27 – October 8, 1991
Winning Images: An Exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs and Cartoons

October 11 – November 27, 1991
Mitchell’s Choice: Highlights from 20 Years of Acquisitions for Avery Library by Herbert Mitchell

December 6, 1991 – January 29, 1992
Freedom of Speech and Press: American Developments to 1991

Opened February 3, 1992
Recent Paintings from the Harlem Horizon Art Studio (third annual)

March 2 – April 1, 1992
Donald Keene: 50 Years of Scholarship

April 3 – 29, 1992
Eighth Columbia Artists Exhibition

May 1 – June 16, 1992
Century of Caring: 100 Years of Nursing Education

October 15 – November 30, 1992
The Lohf Years: Selected Rare Books and Manuscripts Acquired by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1967-1992

December 2, 1992 – January 29, 1993
Collectif Generation: Painters, Writers, and Books 1988-1992

February 2 – 26, 1993
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: New Paintings (fourth annual)

March 3 – 30, 1993
Giuseppe Prezzolini: The American Years (1923-1962)

April 1 – 30, 1993
The World of Noh and Kyogen: Japanese Traditional Theater

May 4 – June 30, 1993
Columbia University: The Sovern Years, 1980-1993

July 2 – August 20, 1993
Columbians in Depth: Portrait Sculpture from the University Art Collection

August 24 – September 24, 1993
Azorean Trilogy: The Spirit, the People, the Land

September 28 – October 11, 1993
Columbia’s Presidents: 1754 – 1993

October 13 – 19, 1993
A Tradition of Excellence Columbia University Press: Reference Works from 1927 to the Present

November 2 – December 7, 1993
Ninth Columbia Artists Exhibition

December 9, 1993 – January 28, 1994
Andre Cournand: A Nobel Laureate’s Adventures in Science, Medicine and the Humanities

February 1 – 28, 1994
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: 11 Painters (fifth annual)

March 3 – 31, 1994
Women at Columbia: Benefactors, Leaders and Mentors

May 4 – June 17, 1994
Columbia’s Presidents, 1754-1994

May 11 – August 7, 1994
Korean Ceramics: A Selection

September 13 – 26, 1994
Against Hitler: German Resistance to National Socialism, 1933-1945

September 30 – November 3, 1994
Metropolitan Printers: New York Presses in the Nineties

November 4, 1994 – January 13, 1995
Tenth Columbia Artists Exhibition

January 19 – March 9, 1995
The Sixth Annual Harlem Horizon Art Studio Exhibition

March 13 – April 28, 1995
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Earthquakes, Nuclear Blasts and Everyday Seismic Phenomena

April 4 – 29, 1995
Continuity and Change in Korean Ceramics of the Koryo and Choson Dynasties

May 2 – June 3, 1995
New York in Transition: The Work of Mark Freeman

October 17 – November 10, 1995
Journeys in Microspace: The Art of Scanning Electron Microscope (An Exhibit of Images from the Microworld)

November 14, 1995 – January 30, 1996
The Life and Legacy of John Jay (1745-1829)

January 19 – March 1, 1996
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Seventh Annual Exhibition

March 5-27, 1996
Brazil 1940-1943. One Women’s View: The Images of Genevieve Naylor

March 29 – May 3, 1996
Kobo Abe’s Life and Literature: Memorabilia and Personal Items

October 4 – November 11, 1996
Music at Columbia: The First Hundred Years

November 13, 1996 – February 2, 1997
Eleventh Columbia Exhibition

February 4 – March 3, 1997
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Eighth Annual Exhibition

March 6 – April 9, 1997
Rowing at Columbia: An Exhibition Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Lightweight Crew

April 11 – May 8, 1997
The Harriman Institute: Fifty Years, 1946-1996

May 12 – July 14, 1997
Recent Acquisitions in Photography: Lewis Baltz, Marilyn Bridges, Elliot Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, Danny Lyon, Jill Mathis, Alen MacWeeney, Arthur Rothstein

July 16 – September 2, 1997
Columbia in the News

September 23, 1997 – January 25, 1998
Constructing Low Memorial Library

January 27 – March 5, 1998
Ninth Annual Harlem Horizon Art Studio Exhibition

March 9 – April 15, 1998
A View of Native America: Recent Gifts from Stanley B. and Caroline Stein

April 16 – May 4, 1998
Sita in the City: The Ramayana’s Heroine in New York. An Exhibition of Ideas and Images in Conjunction with the International Sita Symposium

May 5 – September 27, 1998
School of Social Work Centennial Exhibition

September 29 – October 7, 1998
Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health

October 9 – November 8, 1998
Havermeyer Hall: 100 Years of Chemistry

November 9, 1998 – January 31, 1999
Images of Dharma: Buddhist Art from Columbia University Collections

April 29 – June 11, 1999
Columbia University Athletics: Through the Lens of Arthur Frank

February 1 – February 28, 1999
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Tenth Annual Exhibition

March 2 – April 28, 1999
Deities, Demons and Other Creatures from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University

June 14 – October 11, 1999
Deities, Demons and Other Creatures from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University

October 12 – November 9, 1999
The Volvo Environment Prize

November 10, 1999 – February 1, 2000
Lamont-Doherty: 50 Years (Books & Instruments)


2000-2014

November 10, 1999 – February 1, 2000
Lamont-Doherty: 50 Years (Books & Instruments)

February 2 – February 29, 2000
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Eleventh Annual Exhibition

March 2 – April 2, 2000
An Exhibition of Africa’s Iron & Copper Currencies

April 4 – June 9, 2000
Columbia Law Review: Celebrating 100 Years of Publishing

June 12 – 23, 2000
Meditations at Sunset: Drawn to the Evening Sun of Amida’s Western Paradise. Photographs by Abbess Seikan Fushimi, Tokujo Myoin Convent, Kyoto, Japan

June 27 – November 13, 2000
Electronic Music/Computer Music Center: A Retrospective

November 14, 2000 – January 29, 2001
Camp Columbia

January 30 – February 28, 2001
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Twelfth Annual Exhibition

March 1 – April 3, 2001
Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World  

April 4 – 30, 2001
Continuity and Change in Korean Ceramics of the Koryo and Choson Dynasties

May 1 – June 4, 2001
New York Through the Eyes of George Zimbel

June 5 – August 26, 2001
Storage Jars and Other Vessels from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University

August 27 – September 16, 2001
George Zimbel, Columbia College, 1951: Photographs 1947-2002

September 17, 2001 – February 6, 2002
Korean Ceramics

February 7 – March 2002
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Thirteenth Annual Exhibition

March 4 – 7, 2002
Gene Conference

March 8 – April 4, 2002
Korean Ceramics

April 5 – June 10, 2002
The Philolexian Society: A Bicentennial Retrospective

June 11 – October 14, 2002
Deities, Demons and Other Creatures from the Sackler Collections

October 14 – November 20, 2002
Columbia Celebrates 75 Years of Women at the Law School

Opened November 21, 2002
Process/ion (MFA Exhibition)

December 5, 2002 – January 28, 2003
Navajo Sandpaintings from the Bush Collection of Religion and Culture at Columbia University

January 28 – March 2003
Harlem Horizons Art Studio: Fourteenth Annual Exhibition

March 2003 – May 28, 2003
Navajo Sandpaintings

October 7, 2003 – January 25, 2004
Alma Mater: Celebrating 100 Years

January 28 – May 10, 2004
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Fifteenth Annual Exhibition

May 10 – November 11, 2004
Columbia at 250: From Park Place to Morningside

November 11 – December 29, 2004
New York City in Focus

December 29, 2004 – February 2005
Vases, Pots and Vessels from the University Art Collection

February 24 – March 14, 2005
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Sixteenth Annual Exhibition

June 2 – July 27, 2005
Americans Who Tell the Truth

February 15 – April 2, 2006
Harlem Horizon Art Studio: Seventeenth Annual Exhibition

November 20, 2006
Chinese Art from the Sackler Collection

February 16 – March 30, 2007
Through the Eyes of the Artists: The Eighteenth Annual Exhibition of the Harlem Horizon Studio (eighteenth annual)

October 15 – November 7, 2007
Primus Inter Pares/First Among Equals: An Exhibition Celebrating 90 Years of Excellence

February 25 – March 13, 2008
“Outside In”: New Realms for Taiwan Art

April 17 – May 8, 2008
What’s it Mean to be a Columbian?

May 12 – 25, 2008
Bites of the Big Apple

June 11 – 22, 2008
Books in Black: A New Page!

May 11 – June 3, 2009
Out of the Box: Anthropology Collections Unpacked

April 16 – May 13, 2010
New Generation, New Perspectives, New Media

May 13 – June 17, 2010
Class of 1960

October 1 -18, 2010
Columbia Engineering: Celebrating Faculty Excellence

October 18 – December 1, 2010
AIDS in Africa: Images of Hope

March 3 – June 1, 2012
Archeology and the City: George Olcott and his Collection, Between Rome and Columbia

Spring – Summer 2013
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