Spring Exhibitions in RBML
Opening in January:
A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the University-sponsored Crocker Land Expedition to the Arctic, 1913-1917
Names Swallowed by the Cold:
Hidden Histories of Arctic Exploration
25 January—8 April 2013
Curated by Adam Doskey
This two-part exhibition of unique materials about Arctic exploration commemorates the centenary of the Crocker Land Expedition, an Arctic expedition co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, which included recent University of Illinois graduates W. Elmer Ekblaw and Maurice Tanquary. The exhibition in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library features manuscript materials from Sir William Parry, Sir John Franklin, and Sir John Richardson, and many association copies of works by important explorers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the Anglo-American contribution to Arctic exploration. The exhibits include items from the Palmer-Parry Collection, the Sir John Richardson Collection, the Schwatka Arctic Library, and the Mercanton Polar Library. The companion exhibition in the Library's First Floor North-South Hallway will include a pictorial timeline of Arctic exploration and will highlight the connections between the European Arctic explorers that are represented in our collections.
The opening reception on Friday, January 25th at 3 pm will feature a lecture by Gillen Wood, Professor of English Literature at the University of Illinois. The lecture will highlight the contributions made by Bernard O’Reilly and William Scoresby Jr. to the British search for the Northwest Passage in the early nineteenth century.
On Thursday, February 7th at 3 pm, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will be celebrating Charles Dickens’s birthday with a staged reading of Wilkie Collins’s play, The Frozen Deep. This play was based on Sir John Franklin’s expedition to discover the Northwest Passage and was written by Collins in collaboration with Charles Dickens. Both authors acted in the original performances.
Exhibition curator Adam Doskey will give a guided tour of the exhibition at the February No. 44 Society meeting, held on Wednesday, February 13th at 3 pm.
The closing lecture by Dr. Dag Avango of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at Stockholm will be held on Monday, April 8th at 3pm. Dr. Avango studies the history of technology in the polar regions and has written about industrial archaeology on Svalbard and South Georgia Island.
Opening in April:
A Celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ian Fleming's first James Bond book, Casino Royale
Casino Royale: Sixty Years of Bond
12 April—12 July 2013
Curated by Michael VanBlaricum
University of Illinois alum Michael VanBlaricum '72 ENG, MS '74 ENG, PHD '76 ENG, has amassed perhaps the finest collection of Ian Fleming material in private hands. He is also President of the Ian Fleming Foundation.
To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Fleming's first book featuring secret agent 007, "James Bond," the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music have invited VanBlaricum to curate a multi-venue exhibition.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library will display all manner of editions of Casino Royale, as well as letters, reviews, photos, and other works by Fleming. The Spurlock Museum will host showings of the three film versions of the work (including the rare television show from 1954 with a blonde, American Bond), and exhibits of objects (including a Bond car!) related to the films. The Sousa Archives will concentrate on the music of Casino Royale and the Bond films, particularly the music from the 1967 film made famous by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
Other planned events include a special concert of Bond music and a presentation by VanBlaricum on April 12. Stay tuned for further updates!