Gallery open during library hours
llluminating John Sloan brings to light prints and illustrations by American Ashcan School artist John Sloan (1871-1951) from Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections. Organized by students in an exhibition seminar led by Carrie Robbins, PhD '13, Lecturer, Department of History of Art, this exhibition explores how Sloan used light to direct the viewer's attention to subjects he considered significant.
March 30 to June 1, 2015
Hours: 11 am – 4:30 pm daily
Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library
Bryn Mawr College
Curated by Robert Sutton, professor emeritus of Classical Studies at
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the exhibition
reveals a complicated portrait of the people and the cultures associated
with the objects on view. From personal items to ritual objects, from
pristine examples to enigmatic fragments, and from intimate depictions
to mythic expressions, Sutton's selections illustrate the breadth and
scope of the College's collection of Greek pottery and offer insights
into an ancient world that can seem remote and yet familiar.
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Monday March 30, 2015
Opening reception from 5:30-7:30 pm
Gallery talk by Robert F. Sutton at 6:30 pm
The exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. For information, please contact us at 610-526-6576
Second Floor Gallery and First Floor Lobby, Canaday Library
February - May, 2015
In honor of Black History Month and looking ahead to the completion of the new Black Cultural Center on campus, Bryn Mawr College’s Special Collections and Africana Studies programs have collaborated on Backtalk, an exhibition of selected objects and selective information from the College’s African Art Collection. Showcasing 35 artworks keyed to various aspects of family, political and spiritual life, Backtalk invites viewers to engage questions of what the collection includes, leaves out, clarifies, and obscures, as well as how this collection came to be and how it functions within and beyond the College. As an exhibition, Backtalk strives to facilitate meaningful discussions about the complexity of exhibition and ownership of African cultural items.
On Thursday, February 5, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, the community is warmly invited to a Backtalk opening reception in the Canaday Library Coombe Suite immediately before the Naomi Tutu Black History Month Keynote lecture.
Saturday, February 21, 11:30am to 1:30pm, Canaday Library 2nd Floor Coombe Suite
Participants will respond via writing, visual media, and/or performance to pieces/aspects of the Backtalk exhibition in a workshop led by Alice Lesnick, Term Professor of Education, Director, Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, and Coordinator, Africana Studies. Location: Coombe Suite.
Wednesday, February 25, 6:00-8:00pm, Canaday Library 2nd Floor Coombe Suite
Kalala Ngalamulume, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History; Linda-Susan Beard, Associate Professor of English, BMC; Alicia Walker, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture; and moderator Whitney Lopez '15 will discuss evolving methods for talking back, with attention to the tensions and synergies between scholarly and political discourse.
Viewers are invited to engage virtually via a Backtalk webspace at Serendip Studio once the exhibition opens.
A series of informal chats about historical and cultural objects in Bryn Mawr's Special Collections. All of the events begin at 3:00 in the Special Collections Seminar Room, on the second floor of Canaday Library, and last about an hour.
Feb. 6 Friday Finds – "The Collector's View: Japanese Art Objects in the Bryn Mawr Collection". Anna Moblard Meier, graduate student
Feb 27 Friday Finds – "Marking Time: Renaissance Books of Hours in Manuscript and Print." Maeve Doyle, graduate student
April 3 Friday Finds – "College Women: Researching Seven Sisters Students." Evan McGonagill, Assistant Director of the Greenfield Digital Center, with Brenna Levitin, 2016
April 24 Friday Finds – "Black at Bryn Mawr," Emma Kioko, 2015 and Grace Pusey, 2015
For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department: email@example.com, 610-526-6576.
Exhibitions and public programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.
September 30 – December 12, 2014
February 28 – June 1, 2014
April 4–June 1, 2014
September 25–December 20, 2013
March 19–May 27, 2012
September 2011-February 2012, Rare Book Room, Canaday Library
Beyond the Text: Illustrations in Eighteenth-Century French Novels
April - December 2011, Eva Jan Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite Gallery
mAwRTyrS: Bryn Mawr Women in the Arts
September 2010-April 2011, Eva Jan Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite Gallery
October 2009-February 2010
Darwin’s Ancestors: Tracing the Origins of the “Origin of Species”
October 2009 - February 2010
Intimate Devotion: The Book of Hours in Medieval Religious Practice
January - May 2008
September - December 2007
September - December 2006
Nature Smiling Round
January - May 2006
Muscles While Building Minds: Athletics and the Early Years of Women's Education
September - December 2005
Invention of Antiquity
September - December 2004
Jehanne Jeanne Joan: Shepherdess Soldier Savior Saint
January - June 2003
to the Cause: Bryn Mawr Women and the Right to Vote
September 26 - December 20, 2002
The Very Best Woman's College There Is: M. Carey Thomas and the Making of the Bryn Mawr Campus September 21 - December 20, 2001
Sargent Portrait: M. Carey Thomas and John Singer Sargent
September 21 - December 20, 2001
Printers, and the Information Revolution in Early Modern Europe: 1450-1600
February 22 - June 1, 2001
the Ticket: Nineteenth-Century Bookbinding in the British Isles and the United
September 23 December, 1998
Dr. A. V. Heyl Mineral Collection
Park Science Building and Collier Science Library
Allen Heyl grew up in Allentown, majored in geology at Penn State, then went on to Princeton for graduate work and a Ph.D. He had a long and illustrious career with the US Geological Survey, which required that specialists in mineralogy be able to work in all related branches of geology, including geochemistry and geophysics. Among his numerous publications (over 200) is a valuable work on the chrome mines of southeastern Pennsylvania. This year Dr. Heyl has generously presented the Geology Department with his Pennsylvania Collection of minerals. Many of the sites where the minerals were collected are no longer available or open to the public. Anyone interested in viewing more of the collection may contact Associate Curator, Juliet Reed by e-mail.