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Current and Upcoming Bancroft Exhibits

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Current Exhibits

Fiat Yuks: CAL Student Humor, Then and Now

October 13, 2017 - June 3, 2018

Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library
Open during the operating hours of the Doe Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected from their humor magazines and other publications.



¡Viva la Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

October 13, 2017 - February 28, 2018

The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship to communal identities, national politics, religious practices, and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are preserved in the Bancroft Latin Americana Collection and date from the sixteenth century to the present, include early baptismal records in Spanish and Nahuatl, images of Christmas pastorelas and posadas, sermons honoring local patron saints, and accounts of Marian devotions, such as the annual festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Image citation: Gabriel Fernández Ledesma, [Cover art], Mexican Art & Life, January 1938. f F1201 M25


The Summer of Love

July 20, 2017 – December 2017

2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library
Open 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft's rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 "Summer of Love" are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael McClure.

Image citation: [A young hippie woman with feathers that look like antlers, in day glow face paint, Avalon Ballroom]. Ted Streshinsky photograph archive. The Bancroft Library, BANC PIC 2004.132--LAN, box 14, file 258