Main Library Gallery


All Main Library Gallery events are free to attend.


  • Sackner Archive: An Iowa Author, A World View

    By Timothy Shipe Curator, International Dada Archive Co-Curator, Sackner Archive exhibition Mary Ellen Solt is the only poet in the Sackner Archive exhibition who is also part of the UI Libraries’ Iowa Authors Collection. Born in 1920 in Gilmore City, Iowa, Mary Ellen Bottom […]

  • Sackner Archive: Poets as Dissidents

    By Timothy Shipe Curator, International Dada Archive Co-Curator, Sackner Archive exhibition In former Czechoslovakia, concrete poets were at the heart of dissident movements seeking to reform or overthrow the Communist regime. Two of these poets are included in the Czech section of our exhibition. […]

  • A Special Collections Graduate Assistant Remembers Marvin Sackner

    The following blog is written by Rich Dana, Olson Graduate Assistant in Special Collections.  Dr. Marvin Sackner passed away on September 29th. A national leader in the field of pulmonology and an inventor of innovative medical devices, Marvin Sackner was also an internationally recognized […]

  • Sackner Archive: Merz, Schwitters, Art

    Timothy Shipe, curator of the International Dada Archive and co-curator of the Sackner Archive exhibition in the Main Library Gallery, has some stories to share about poet artist Kurt Schwitters and his Merz publications in this new video. Merz no. 2 appears in the Fall 2020 Main Library Gallery […]

  • In Memory of Dr. Marvin Sackner

    The following was written by International Dada Curator Timothy Shipe It is with profound sorrow that we note the passing of Dr. Marvin Sackner on Tuesday, September 29 at age 88, just a few weeks after the opening of this exhibition. For those of us at Iowa, Dr. Sackner will be forever remembered […]

  • Remarkable Artistry: Sackner Archive in the Main Library Gallery

      The Main Library Gallery at the University of Iowa Libraries recently opened Sackner Archive, an exhibition featuring select pieces from the world-renowned Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.   Founded by Ruth and Marvin Sackner in 1979 in Miami Beach, Florida, the […]

  • Virtual exhibition: ‘The Pull of Horses’

    While The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities, curated by Dr. Kim Marra and Mark Anderson, is no longer on display in the Main Library Gallery, a virtual celebration of the Spring 2020 exhibition is available online! Learn more about the exhibit here, and find a link […]