The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library, 1100 E. 57th St., opened the exhibit “My Life is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography” Monday Jan. 14. The exhibit features “zines,” or small, self-published magazines, primarily written by women.
A major cultural phenomenon in the 1980s and 90s, zines circulated among friends and small communities. Usually produced on home equipment, the magazines provided platforms for individuals and cultures outside the mainstream.
Featured are “perzines” (personal zines), which range in content from playful to dark, alongside other materials that provide historical context. Many of the zines draw from the “riot grrrl” subculture, a feminist element of the punk rock world.
The exhibit will remain open until April 13. Special collections hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on weekdays and until 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays while classes are in session (between Jan. 19 and March 16, as well as on April 7).