Exhibitions & Events: Current exhibitions
It is the role of the Lilly Library to stimulate the intellectual curiosity of both the dedicated researcher and the casual visitor. In order to achieve this, the Library promotes a wide range of activities including exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings, musical performances and receptions, as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations.
"Raintree County: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr."
January 21 - May 19, 2014
The Lilly Library will explore and celebrate the life and work of renowned Indiana author, Ross Lockridge, Jr., and the world of his iconic novel, 'Raintree County' in an exhibition opening Janurary 21, 2014. The exhibition will showcase the development of Lockridge's work as it evolved and was inspired by real-life Henry County, Indiana, and the history of the extended Lockridge family. On display will be the original art for the controversial geoglyph depicted on the first dust-jacket as well as materials related to novel's Hollywood movie adaptation produced by MGM and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint.
Jack Kerouac's Original Manuscript Scroll of On the Road
February 3 - 22, 2014
The writing of Jack Kerouac's On the Road is the stuff of American literary legend. Kerouac claimed to have written it in three weeks, at such white heat that he taped 12-foot-long stripes of paper together and ran them through a typewriter in a sort of scroll so that he wouldn't have to pause to feed new sheets into the machine. While this pace is probably exaggerated, the original manuscript of the novel was and remains in scroll format, 119 feet 8 inches long by 9 inches wide. In 2001, it was purchased by Jim Irsay, team owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Since then, the scroll has had a special relationship with the Lilly Library, as the Lilly's Conservator, Jim Canary, has assisted Irsay in its preservation and in handling it as it toured.
The scroll will be on display at the Lilly Library from February 3rd through the 22nd on loan from team owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay. It appears in conjunction with the Lilly's exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of Beat writer William S. Burroughs. The scroll is unrolled to display the section in which Kerouac describes "Old Bull Lee," a character based on Burroughs.
Slocum Puzzle Room
"Everything Is Permitted: The Life and Work of William S. Burroughs"
January 20 - March 13
The Lilly Library is proud to host an exhibition of the works of Beat writer William S. Burroughs in conjunction with The Burroughs Century, a conference celebrating Burroughs. 100th birthday. On display will be items from the Lilly.s collections, including first editions of his major novels, ephemeral publications, and items from the archive of his British publisher, Calder and Boyars. Also exhibited are digital reproductions of items from the collections of Ohio State University relating to Burroughs. visit to Bloomington in 1981.
For a full conference program, visit www.burroughscentury.org.
"A World of Puzzles"
A selection of puzzles from the world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles. Read more about these intriguing objects in the Guide to the Collections: Slocum Puzzle Collection.