About the Exhibition

Connecting the Culture of the Middle Ages and the Present

“Juggling the Middle Ages” will focus on a medieval tale known often as Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit will follow the story from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books. Through its exploration of the many incarnations of the tale, the exhibit will encourage viewers to reflect on the role of the Middle Ages in the fashioning of modern European and American identities through architecture, art, music, and other media.

The “Juggling the Middle Ages” exhibition will be complemented by public lectures, a musical performance, and family-focused events, such as readings by authors of children’s literature. Learn more about the research behind the exhibit here.

Read the Story of the Juggler


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Exhibit Details

“Juggling the Middle Ages” is on display from October 15, 2018 – February 28, 2019, along with a full schedule of events.
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