Founders Memorial Library Exhibits

April 2019

“Bauhaus Stage Class.” In The Theater of the Bauhaus, by Oskar Schlemmer et al., Wesleyan U P, 1961, p. 70.


The Crystal Symbol of a New Faith: 100 Years of Bauhaus (1919-2019)

In 1919, the German architect Walter Gropius produced a manifesto which called for a radical reimagining of art education, focused on craftsmanship and an elimination of hierarchies and class divisions in order to "create the new structure of the future, which will embrace architecture and sculpture and painting in one unity." That vision became a reality in the form of the Staatliche Bauhaus (roughly translated as state building house). Though it remained open for only 14 years, the Bauhaus produced art — and artists — with a profound and lasting effect on twentieth and twenty-first century culture and aesthetics. The Crystal Symbol of a New Faith: 100 Years of Bauhaus not only explores the vast and varied works of the Bauhaus’ masters and students, delving into the historical and cultural landscape of the interwar period in Germany that birthed and, ultimately, destroyed the school, it also examines how the Bauhaus style has come to represent modernity and the vision of the future.

Contact person: Dee Anna Phares,, (815) 753-0343.


International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019) - Second Floor

The United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO have proclaimed 2019 to be the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.”  This is also the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, since Dmitri Mendeleev discovered Periodic Law in 1869.

Contact person: Meredith Ayers,, (815) 753-1872.


Regional History Center – Fourth Floor

Reading Room cases: “NIU Student Festivals: Traditions of Fun”

Campus has come together for friendly competition, light-hearted entertainment, carnivals, and social dances since its founding in 1899. These events are ways for NIU students to build community and unwind. Today Homecoming remains the one major campus event, but in the past May Fete and Winter Carnival were just as important.

These festivities serve as reminders that college is about more than academics, and offer the chance for campus-wide fun.

Entry Way Exhibit case: “NIU's Memory Art Walk”

From our Art building’s studio spaces to visiting artist, there have been a broad range of artwork that has been created and displayed throughout campus. The mini display holds event postcards featuring artwork for exhibitions held at campus, memorabilia and student artwork.

Contact person: Margret Abbott,, (815) 753-1779.


Rare Books and Special Collections - Fourth Floor

“Celebrating Spring”

This exhibit embodies all things spring and Easter found in Rare Books and Special Collections.

Contact person: Angie Schroeder,, (815) 753-8091.


Southeast Asia Collection - Fourth Floor

“Discover Myanmar”

In conjunction with the symposium on Burmese reverse glass painting, the visit of the Ambassador of Myanmar to the US, Aung Lynn, and as part of International Education Week, the Southeast Asia collection has put together an exhibit about Myanmar.  It features books, and artifacts that focus on the history, politics, culture and art of Myanmar.  Included in this are some old and rare books from the rare books annex.  The exhibit also highlights NIU’s involvement with Myanmar through the Center for Burma Studies as well as workshops in two university libraries in Myanmar taught by Hao Phan.

Contact person: Joanna Kulma,, (815) 753-1819.

Contact Us

Dean Fred Barnhart

Phone: (815) 753-1094

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