Exhibit talk: What Can We Learn from Law’s Picture Books?

October 27, 2017

Visual Culture and Legal Norms:

What Can We Learn from Law’s Picture Books?


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

12:00 - 1:30pm

Room 127, Sterling Law Building


Over the past decade, the Lillian Goldman Law Library has assembled a unique collection of over fifteen hundred illustrated law books, spanning eight centuries and six continents. The collection is the subject of two ongoing exhibitions, “Law’s Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection” at the Grolier Club in New York City through November 18, and “Around the World with Law’s Picture Books” in the Law Library through December 15. How do these illustrations provide windows into legal norms and aspirations? Join exhibit curators Mike Widener (Rare Book Librarian) and Mark Weiner ‘00 (legal historian, Professor of Law at Rutgers), together with Judith Resnik (Arthur Liman Professor of Law) and Laura Wexler (Professor of American Studies) for a lively discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Lillian Goldman Law Library, the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law, the Yale Women Faculty Forum, and Public Humanities at Yale.

Lunch will be served. Following the talks, Widener will give a guided tour of “Around the World with Law’s Picture Books,” which he co-curated with Emma Molina Widener.

Widener and Weiner will be giving their final lunchtime gallery tour of the Grolier Club exhibition on Thursday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:00pm at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York City. The Grolier Club exhibition has been praised as “fascinating” by the New Yorker, “eye-opening” by the Wall Street Journal, and “courageous” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine.

One final notice: Weiner & Widener are conducting a virtual tour of the “Law’s Picture Books” exhibition at the Concurring Opinions blog.


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