Japanese art gives us the ukiyo-e or “Images of the Floating World.” These prints of gardens, temples, and other sites and occasions of the world’s fleeting pleasures are famous in East and West, with Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” finding all sorts of uses in the West. The images in this show by Dr. Doug Darnowski, Associate Professor of Biology, are doubly “Images of the Floating World.” They present fleeting pleasures, like the bright colors of spring pansies depicted using their own pigments, and many also display aquatic creatures, such as carnivorous plants which float in still ponds and whose brief existence brings marvels of natural engineering to the brief summer.
A selection from the William L. Simon Sheet Music Collection in the IU Southeast Archives.
The Library has generous exhibit spaces on all three floors, and an art gallery on the first floor. On the main (second) floor, there are large glass cases, some of which are lockable. These cases are suitable for display of books, photographs, artifacts, etc., and the lockable cases provide a secure display area for rare or valuable materials. Similar cases are available on the first and third floors. The first floor art gallery is designed for display of hanging art, and there are lockable glass cases nearby. The Library creates exhibits for these spaces but also makes the space available for other appropriate uses. For information, call the Library Reference Desk (941-2489) or Pam Asberry (941-2262).