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January 25, 2019 - May 12, 2019 Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” With these words the Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien ignited a fervid spark in generations of readers. From the children’s classic The Hobbit to the epic The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien’s adventurous tales of hobbits and elves, dwarves and wizards have introduced millions to the rich history of Middle-earth. Going beyond literature, Tolkien’s Middle-earth is a world complete with its own languages and histories. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth celebrates the man and his creation. The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, the exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. 

Tue - Thu 10:30am - 5pm 
Fri 10:30am - 9pm 
Sat 10am - 6pm 
Sun 11am - 6pm 

The Morgan Library & Museum 
225 Madison Avenue

New York, NY

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
January 26, 2019 - July 21, 2019 Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

Journey to a medieval world with Africa at its center. 

Travel with the Block Museum along routes crossing the Sahara Desert to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture, and religious beliefs. 

Caravans of Gold is the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. Weaving stories about interconnected histories, the exhibition showcases the objects and ideas that connected at the crossroads of the medieval Sahara and celebrates West Africa’s historic and underrecognized global significance. 

Caravans of Gold draws on recent archaeological discoveries, including rare fragments from major medieval African trading centers like Sijilmasa, Gao, and Tadmekka. These “fragments in time” are seen alongside works of art that invite us to imagine them as they once were. They are the starting point for a new understanding of the medieval past and for seeing the present in a new light. 

Presenting more than 250 artworks spanning five centuries and a vast geographic expanse, the exhibition features unprecedented loans from partner institutions in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria, many of which will be seen in North America for the first time. 

The Block Museum exhibition will travel to The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (Sept. 21, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2020) and then to the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute (April 8 – Nov. 29, 2020) 

Tue, Sat, & Sun 10am - 5pm 
Wed, Thu, & Fri 10am - 8pm 
Mon CLOSED 

Main Gallery 
Block Museum of Art 
Northwestern University 
40 Arts Circle Drive

Evanston, IL

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Exhibits Midwest
January 27, 2019 - April 21, 2019 All Roads Lead to Rome: 20th-Century Tourism in Italy

For centuries Italy reigned as an essential stop for wealthy people taking the “Grand Tour.” In the wake of the 1922 Fascist Revolution, Benito Mussolini began promoting Italy as not merely a place to marvel over ancient Roman ruins, but also as an impressive testament to the achievements of the Fascist state. All Roads Lead to Rome presents material from The Wolfsonian’s library—including tourist brochures, menu covers, photographs, exhibition catalogs, chapter vignette proofs by the Futurist artist Fortunato Depero, and a unique watercolor sketch book by costume designer Albert Wainwright—that touted Italy as a travel destination to foreign and domestic tourists by offering visions of the glory of Rome, ancient and modern. 

Mon, Tue, Thu, & Sat 10am – 6pm 
Wed CLOSED 
Fri 10am – 9pm (free 6pm – 9pm) 
Sun noon – 6pm 

Members: FREE 
Adults: $12 
Seniors, students with ID, & children 6–18: $8 
Children under 6: FREE 
Students, faculty, & staff of the State University System of Florida: FREE 

The Wolfsonian–FIU 
1001 Washington Avenue

Miami Beach, FL

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Exhibits South
January 28, 2019 - April 26, 2019 Nature on the Page: The Print and Manuscript Culture of Victorian Natural History

This exhibition, featuring materials from the Fisher's Victorian natural history collection. showcases both the collecting and manuscript practices of naturalists and how books - in some instances, encased the specimens themselves. 

Fern-fever, orchidelirium, the seaweed craze: for Victorians, natural history was a pleasurable pursuit sometimes bordering on a psychological disorder. At more than a thousand volumes, the Fisher Library's Victorian natural history collection provides a unique opportunity to trace the ways in which the medium of print stimulated and sustained the nineteenth-century appetite for natural history. This exhibition showcases both the collecting and manuscript practices of naturalists and how books, in some instances, encased the specimens themselves. A special focus here is women practitioners of natural history -- as authors of and contributors to published works, and as artists and collectors. On display will be copies of some of the most popular natural history works of the day: J.G. Wood's Common Objects of the Country - and some of the most beautiful and rare: James Bateman's Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala. Weighing more than 38 lbs, Bateman's work is considered the largest book published with lithographic plates. 

Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm 
Sat & Sun CLOSED 

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library 
120 St. George Street 

Toronto, ON, CANADA

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Exhibits International
January 30, 2019 - May 12, 2019 Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey will present masterpieces of early 19th-century photography by one of its unsung pioneers. A trailblazer of the newly invented daguerreotype process, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) traveled throughout the Eastern Mediterranean from 1842 to 1845, producing more than one thousand daguerreotypes—the largest known extant group from this period and the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jerusalem, and among the first depicting Italy. Featuring approximately 120 of his daguerreotypes, supplemented by examples of his graphic work—watercolors, paintings, and his lithographically illustrated publications—the exhibition will be the first in the United States devoted to Girault, and the first to focus on his Mediterranean journey. Many of the sites depicted have been permanently altered by urban planning, climate change, or conflict. 

Sun – Thu 10am – 5:30pm* 
Fri & Sat 10am – 9pm* 

*Galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closing. 

Floor 2, The Charles Z. Offin Gallery, Karen B Cohen Gallery, 
and Noel Levine Gallery, Galleries 691–693 
The Met Fifth Avenue 
1000 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic