The Land Provides: Iowa's Culinary Heritage

Thursday, January 22, 2015 to Sunday, August 2, 2015

Take a bite of the colorful and flavorful world of food that Iowans grew, prepared, and enjoyed during our state's early years. Through the stories of Iowa immigrants, migrants, and families, The Land Provides explores Iowa's rich culinary history, various agriculture techniques, and the people who brought the earth's bounty from farm and garden to table. Integral to life, food was flavored with tradition, spiced with new ingredients and techniques, and served with Iowa love.

Iowa Law: The Oldest Law School West of the Mississippi

Thursday, February 12, 2015 to Sunday, August 2, 2015

In 1865, the Iowa Law School opened in Des Moines with the goal of educating Iowa's first generation of lawyers. Three years later, it moved to Iowa City and became part of the University of Iowa. This exhibit follows the history of the program, from famous firsts to the promise of the future. See how the curriculum has evolved over the past 150 years, and try your hand at sample questions from the bar exam.

I am Everyday People: Photographs by Kurt Ullrich

Thursday, September 3, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016

Through his black-and-white images, Kurt Ullrich captures the magic of the often overlooked details that give meaning to ordinary life. Explore the stories of everyday Iowans, and discover how their narratives might intersect with your own.

Illustrations of Don Quixote: Interpretation of Imagination

Thursday, September 17, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016

Illustrators have reimagined characters and themes of Don Quixote for centuries, from tilting at windmills and battling sheep, to searching for the beloved Dulcinea and fighting a lion. Explore artistic interpretations of Cervantes’ timeless tale of a dreamer, from the 1600s to the 1930s, through collected images from the Don Quixote Collection at the University of Iowa Libraries and Special Collections.

THEM: Images of Separation

Thursday, January 28, 2016 to Sunday, May 15, 2016

The effects of hatred and bigotry permeate our everyday lives, often without our notice. THEM brings the consequences of this injustice to light, featuring historical pop culture depictions of prejudice and stereotypes based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, culture, and more. Join us as we examine the painful truths this exhibit uncovers and look for a path to a better future.

Artifacts of Engagement

Thursday, March 3, 2016 to Sunday, April 10, 2016

To commemorate and celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Obermann Center's Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement & the Academy, past participants have collected together artifacts of their engagement work. This work represents only a small portion of the larger impact the Institute has had, not only on the Institute's fellows but also on the communities with which they chose to engage.

German Iowa and the Global Midwest

Thursday, August 18, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016

One third of Iowans claim German heritage, far more than any other ethnic group.  Drawing on research by UI faculty and students, this new exhibit examines the lasting influence of German culture in Iowa.  Discover why German immigrants flocked to our state and the influence they've had on our history.  Re-examine current issues such as pro- and anti-immigration sentiment, bilingualism, and multiculturalism through a historical lens as you experience the triumphs and tragedies of the German people who chose to call our state home.  

Extended! Hawkeyes in Space: UI Physics, Past and Present

Thursday, September 8, 2016 to Sunday, August 13, 2017

Have you ever wondered about the universe beyond our planet? For decades, scientists in the Department of Physics and Astronomy have worked to solve the mysteries of space. Join them on this journey for answers as we explore space science research at Iowa. Marvel at the rich history of the department, from the Van Allen era to the present, understand the physics behind space phenomena like aurorae, and discover what’s on the horizon for today’s Hawkeyes in Space.

Have No Fear: Islamophobia in the 21st Century

Thursday, September 15, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016

Have No Fear: Islamophobia in the 21st Century is an exhibit of contemporary art from the Middle East that tells stories of artists directly affected by terrorism. By sharing how conflict affected them, they begin to break down Islamophobia, and help us understand that Muslims, also known as the “Other,” are not to be feared.