Admission and parking are free for Library visitors. Advance registration is not required.Exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.
Then and Now: Photography and the Printed Image
October 10, 2019 – March 14, 2020
Funding for Then and Now has been provided by a generous gift from the Hall Family Foundation,
with additional support from donors to the Linda Hall Library Foundation.
About the exhibition
Then and Now brings a contemporary perspective to the shared histories of photography and print media. This exhibition pairs students from the Printmaking Department at Kansas City Art Institute with the Linda Hall Library. Working closely together, the students will be inspired by research with photographs, prints, and books in the Library’s collection. Contemporary art examining the conceptual and tangible sides of media will be on display alongside landmark works from the history of photography.
This exhibition includes rare books and photographs from the Linda Hall Library’s collection, as well as mixed-media artworks made with both old and new methods of printmaking and photography. These processes include: cyanotype, gum bichromate, intaglio printing, photolithography, photopolymer, photosilkscreen, relief printing, salted paper printing, and Van Dyke printing. Overall, the exhibition addresses themes from a historical and contemporary perspective–such as, the purpose of images in our lives, the craft of making images, how we use images culturally, and personal vision and expression within art and science.
The opening night event on October 10, 2019, included a public program with photographer Michael Light in conversation with Jane Aspinwall, Associate Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Gifts from the Nile
November 18, 2019 – April 3, 2020
Gifts from the Nile features the travel accounts of the 19th century women who explored the Nile, Italian archeologist Giovanni Belzoni’s treatise on Egyptian antiquities, and Vivant Denon’s record of his travels through Egypt with Napoleon’s army. Included also are dazzling illustrations highlighting the science and engineering of ancient Egypt that lead to the Egyptomania of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Gifts from the Nile was curated by the Nelson-Atkins’ Amelia Nelson, and Lisa Browar and Jason W. Dean of the Linda Hall Library.
Exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for Library visitors. Advance registration is not required.
Saturday openings for 2020:
|January 11||April 11||July 11||October 10|
|February 8||May 9||August 8||November 14|
|March 14||June 13||September 12||December 12|
Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.