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Webster Library Exhibitions

Image (above): A print by Jean-Paul Lemieux (part of the Camlot Collection) which was a study created for the book La petite poule d'eau by Gabrielle Roy, with illustrations by Jean-Paul Lemieux (1971).

We present temporary exhibitions of art and cultural experiences in the Library to enrich student learning and to foster a welcoming environment to Concordia students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Current exhibition

The image shows the spines of 11 books standing upright.

Celebrating Pride: A Donation of Gay Literature to Concordia Library

June 3 – September 5, 2024

Webster Library LB-2 vitrines

In 2017, the Concordia Library was gifted a personal collection of books related to gay culture, with a particular focus on gay men. In celebration of Pride month, this exhibition features just a few of the more than 300 gifted books.

The exhibition showcases art and photography books, biographies, memoirs, literary and historical works by and about gay artists and authors. Books in the collection reflect changing attitudes over the last century both within and without the gay community.

The exhibition is arranged chronologically by subject: books about the arts in Paris and Berlin before the First World War; the careers of English authors W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and Stephen Spender, who explored life in 1930s Berlin before living in the United States; the works of American artists Paul Cadmus and Jared French beginning in the 1930s; American gay-themed novels from the 1950s and later; and stylized homoerotic drawings from the 1960s onwards. Photography celebrating the male figure is represented by George Platt Lynes' and Robert Mapplethorpe's early exhibition catalogues, as well as works by other pioneering photographers.

This exhibition is curated by Karen Jensen, Head of Cataloguing and Collection Maintenance, and Christopher Carr, Special Materials Cataloguing Librarian at Concordia University Library. The exhibition will be on display in the Webster Library vitrines on LB-2 from June 3 to September 5, 2024.

Location and contact information

Webster Library, LB-2 (main floor of Library)
Sir George Williams (Downtown) Campus

Contact us

Library Exhibitions Committee

John Latour, Chair
Boi May Ang
Hélène Brousseau
Natalia Diaz
Sarah Lake
Aeron MacHattie
Sandra Margolian

Potential exhibitors are asked to consult our Library Exhibition Policy & Procedures before completing and submitting a proposal form.

Exhibition Proposal Form

Exhibition Policy & Procedures

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