Wisdom of Life


New! Online Exhibitions

The Robertson Davies Library has four small display cases for students in the BHPC
Collaborative Program and Massey Fellows to mount exhibitions. Visitors to Massey College
are asked to sign in and out at the Porter’s Lodge.

Current Exhibition

Robert Reid: Digital Designs, September-December 2017
Curated by CAUSA | Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts

The exhibition presents an assemblage of recently generated documents. Components of this Massey College project will be intermittently replaced (and/or rearranged) in order to maximize the scope of an exploratory curatorial initiative.

A fifth generation Canadian (b. 1927), Robert Reid, at age fourteen, taught himself to operate a hand press – following an absorbing interest in letterpress printing.

In 1962, he became the first ‘design practitioner’ to be awarded a Canada Council Visual Arts Award. Robert Reid’s current practice sustains a digital-experimental typographer’s Teleportation Presence – and a mindful/regenerative Gobal Village Aesthetic. More about Robert Reid here, and a review of the exhibition on the Alcuin Society’s blog here.

Previous Exhibitions

  • Travel Exhibition: Seasons & Directions. Curated by Manuela Büchting.

  • Disjecta membra: medieval manuscript fragments. Curated by Julia King.

  • Flora & Fauna: Nineteenth-century colour printing.
    Curated by Andreea Marin.

  • Book. Art. An exhibition showcasing books constructed by Faculty of Information students as
    their final projects for a workshop course “De/Constructing the Book”. Curated by Dr. Greta Golick.

  • Lest We Forget: Letters & Ephemera from the archive of Carl Dair.
    Curated by Kristine Tortora. (See more here and here.)

  • At the Sign of the Umber Chicken: Poole Hall Press.
    Curated by Kristine Tortora. (See more).

  • On the Fringe (and in the Margins).
    Curated by Timothy Perry for the 2015 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium.

  • Seals of Approval: The Material Culture of Early Modern English Indentures.
    Curated by Elisa Tersigni.

  • Printing Shakespeare for the Cold War.
    Curated by Alex Somerville.

  • Stealing Time: Design Bindings and Artist’s Books.
    Curated by Don Taylor.

  • Snuff & Stuff: Fifty Years of Massey College.  (See more).
    Curated by Elisa Tersigni.

  • Sports et Divertissements.
    Curated by Andrea Stuart.

  • The Most Satisfying of Pastimes: 50 years of The Aliquando Press.
    Curated by Kristine Tortora.

  • 50 Manuscript Leaves: An exhibition of selected leaves from Otto F. Ege’s
    “Fifty original leaves from Medieval manuscripts”  (See more).
    Curated by Brian Maloney

  • Material Narratives: The Book That Was.
    Curated by Matt Schneider.

  • Fighting the Giant & Fighting Death: An Exhibition of Bible Illustrations from
    the Robertson Davies Library Collection.
    Curated by Elizabeth Klaiber.

  • Illustrating Illustration, 1733-1930.  (See more).  Curated by Jessica Duffin Wolfe.

  • Nineteenth-Century British Literary Annuals. (See more). Curated by Lindsey Eckert.

Upcoming Events

  1. Alumni dine in hall

    November 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
  2. Philosophy Reading Group

    November 22 @ 7:45 pm
  3. High Table – Corporation

    November 23 @ 6:00 pm
  4. Coffee House

    November 25 @ 8:00 pm
  5. Chapel Royal Eucharist

    November 29 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm