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Library of Congress puts Library and Archives Canada to shame

Further to recent posts about the lack of real displays and/or exhibits offered at/by Library and Archives Canada, here is a list of what you can currently see at the Library of Congress:

Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
March 20–September 15, 2012

Offers an opportunity to deepen understanding of Japanese cultural, intellectual, and social life while celebrating the Washington cherry blossoms as symbols of the enduring friendship between the people of Japan and the United States. Coincides with the city-wide centennial celebration of the 1912 gift.

Politics and the Dancing Body

Performing Arts Reading Room, First Floor, James Madison Building
February 16–July 28, 2012

Explores how American choreographers between World War I through the Cold War realized this vision, using dance to celebrate American culture, to voice social protest, and to raise social consciousness.

Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
June 11, 2010–Ongoing

Politicians and entertainers have dominated public life in America for much of the twentieth century. Members of both professions have found their worlds increasingly entangled. The exhibition explores some of these entanglements, focusing on the careers of Bob Hope and other entertainers who were involved in the political climate of their times. Explore artifacts that represent an array of viewpoints on the interplay of politics and entertainment in American public life.

Thomas Jefferson’s Library

Southwest Pavilion, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
April 11, 2008–Ongoing

Take a trip through a re-created version of Jefferson’s library, which assembles 6,487 volumes that founded the Library of Congress, and learn how one of America’s greatest thinkers was inspired through the world of books.

Exploring the Early Americas

Northwest Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
December 12, 2007–Ongoing

Examine indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and the resulting changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds, which features selections from the Jay I. Kislak Collection. This exhibit also features Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 map of the world—the first on which the word “America” appears.

Creating the United States

Southwest Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
April 11, 2008–Ongoing

Gain insights into how the nation’s founding documents were forged and the role that imagination and vision played in the unprecedented creative act of forming a self-governing country. Participate in the process and delve into historic drafts of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s copy of the Constitution, and John Beckley’s Bill of Rights.

Earth As Art 3: A Landsat Perspective

Geography and Map Corridor, Basement, James Madison Building
May 31, 2011–May 31, 2012

Showcases Landsat 7 images created by the United States Geological Survey. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have collected from space information about Earth’s continents and coastal areas. The images on display are actual digital photographs of the Earth, created by printing visible and infrared data in colors visible to the human eye.

Herblock Gallery

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
March 18, 2011–Ongoing

The Herblock Gallery celebrates the work of editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block—better known as “Herblock”—with an ongoing display of ten original drawings, to change every six months, drawn from the Library’s extensive Herbert L. Block Collection.

Swann Gallery

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
March 18, 2011–Ongoing

The Swann Gallery introduces visitors to the fascinating world of caricatures, political cartoons, comics, animation art, graphic novels and illustrations. A permanent memorial exhibition features fifteen facsimiles of treasured cartoons from the Swann and other cartoon collections, which represent the broad range of holdings in the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress Bibles Collection

Great Hall East, First Floor Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
April 11, 2008–Ongoing

Explore the significance of two monumental Bibles that face each other in the Library’s Great Hall—the Giant Bible of Mainz and the Gutenberg Bible. Through an interactive presentation, examine pages from these Bibles and learn about sixteen selected Bibles from the Library’s collections.

Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin

Gershwin Gallery, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
December 11, 2008–Ongoing

Experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to the brothers who helped provide a musical background to the period. The exhibition contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into their careers and personalities, including manuscript and printed music, lyric sheets and librettos, personal and business correspondence, photographs, paintings, and drawings, all from the Gershwin Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, the world’s preeminent resource for materials about the Gershwins.


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