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Alkek Library Exhibitions & Displays

There are exhibit and displays found throughout the library. Learn more about reservable display areas in the library.

Below is what is currently on display in the library.

Alkek Second Floor

2nd floor display cases with exhibit items inside

Transgender Day of Visibility

March 25 – April 1, 2020

Alkek Library is showcasing materials for International Transgender Day of Visibility. The exhibit is on the main floor in the glass display cases near the elevators. Stop by to view books, images, and resources about transgender artists, athletes and more. This internationally recognized event happens March 31, 2020.

This exhibit is located in the glass display cases near the elevators. 

Alkek Third Floor


zine - derived from magazine - is an independently- or self-published booklet, often created by a single person. The Alkek Library has a great selection of zines. And find more information about where to find and how to make zines in our online library guide.

This display is located in front of the Checkout Desk between the elevators and the grand staircase.

Alkek Fourth Floor

Alkek One

Check out the architectural renderings of the new spaces located on the first floor of the library that will be opening soon! Learn more on our web page.

This display is located between the elevators and the grand staircase.

Alkek Seventh Floor: The Wittliff Collections

Cowboy with lasso and horses photography by Bill Wittliff

Blessings and Besos: Photographs by Bill Wittliff

"BLESSINGS AND BESOS" celebrates the photographic legacy of our visionary founding donor, Bill Wittliff (1940-2019), whose enormous and award-winning talents included screenwriting, filmmaking, collecting, book designing and publishing. Together these endeavors embodied his greatest passion—storytelling. Photography, too, was storytelling for Wittliff, and perhaps above all others it was his most private and personal medium.

This exhibition features more than 80 of Wittliff’s photographs, showcasing highlights from each of his major series: vaqueros working cattle in Mexico, the making of the Lonesome Dove miniseries, and his pinhole photographic projects La vida brinca, México lindo and SunriseSunset. The exhibition also includes his first successful photograph (taken as a child) and several images that have never been shown, including an image from his last roll of film.

This exhibit will be open through February in one of the 7th floor galleries of The Wittliff Collections


Arthur Tress: Mexico 1964-65

This exhibition highlights the early career of noted American photographer Arthur Tress.  Tress grew up in New York City and took up photography at a very young age.  After graduating from Bard College in 1962 with a degree in painting, he travelled extensively, including a lengthy stay in Mexico starting in October 1963.

Tress enrolled in art school in San Miguel de Allende and he became fascinated with cultural rituals throughout Mexico.  Much of this imagery features Catholic parades and carnivals in Mexico City and Mérida, as well as the spring ceremonies of the Tzeltal people, descendants of the Maya who lived in the highlands of Chiapas in the village of Tenejapa.  This focus on myth and mystery blossomed in Tress’ later work, which featured “staged” and composed photographs of fantasies, dreamscapes and other tales from the unconscious. 

Tress used a documentary approach to his early work, and a great deal of his imagery from his worldwide travels reveals a young artist fascinated by the people he encountered in city streets and markets, always with a sensitive eye for striking or surprising scenes.