Exhibitions and Events


Carolee Schneemann at Bryn Mawr: Video Sculptures, Photographs, Manuscripts, and a Performative Lecture

September 30 – December 12, 2014

Open 11 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday

Canaday Library Class of 1912 Rare Book Room Gallery

Carolee Schneemann has worked for over fifty years as a solo artist and in collaboration with artists, performers, filmmakers, and writers. Her paintings, photographs, installations, writings, and performances address the aesthetic, political, and personal dimensions of sexuality and self through thoughtfully provocative collisions of images and ideas. The large video sculpture, works on paper, kinetic sculpture, and film/video works in this exhibition show Schneemann focusing on the contradictions and connections engendered in the cultural and the personal body she inhabits, identifies, and constantly homes in on.

Public Lecture: "Between Body and Environment: Carolee Schneemann's Kinetic Theater" Erica Levin, Cleveland Institute of Art

Wednesday, October 29, 12:30 pm, Thomas Hall Room 224

Public Lecture: "MOTORS, FURS, and SCROLLS: Technology and Animism in the work of Carolee Schneemann"
Melissa Ragona, Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, November 5, 12:30 pm, Thomas Hall Room 224

Film Screening/Curator Talk. Artist Talk

Saturday, November 8

2 pm: Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA)

Breaking the Frame film screening

4pm: Bryn Mawr College Canaday Library Gallery

Carolee Schneemann at Bryn Mawr exhibition curator talk


5pm: Bryn Mawr College Thomas Great Hall
Performative lecture by Carolee Schneemann and reception


Carolee Schneemann at Bryn Mawr exhibition open 11 am - 7 pm

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Rare Gifts: An Exhibition in Celebration of the Library’s Friends

Second Floor Gallery and First Floor Lobby, Canaday Library

Sept. 19 - December 23, 2014

As part of the celebration of Kim Cassidy’s inauguration, the Library also celebrates the alumnae, faculty, and friends whose generosity continues to be critical for building and maintaining the rich cultural and historical collections that are among the hallmarks of Bryn Mawr College. This exhibition highlights a few of the many works that have been donated, purchased, or conserved over the last twenty years, thanks to gifts from friends of the College who are committed to the preservation of cultural heritage and to providing students with opportunities for working with historical and artistic treasures first-hand.  The exhibition also shows the breadth of the collections at Bryn Mawr, from African art to early modern European books and manuscripts; from contemporary art prints to ancient Greek ceramics; from eighteenth-century Chinese books to cartoons on student life at Bryn Mawr.

Friday Finds

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.

Sept. 26 Friday Finds –World War I. Elizabeth Reilly 2014

Oct. 24 Friday Finds –Traces of Surrealism: Gifts of Jacqueline Koldin Levine, Class of 1946, and Howard H. Levine. Shannon Steiner, graduate student.

Oct. 31 Friday Finds –Eerie Books: A Halloween Selection. Patrick Crowley, Rare Book Cataloger

Nov. 21 Friday Finds – Bryn Mawr College's African Art Collection: Remembering the Sacred. Whitney Lopez 2015.

For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department: speccoll@brynmawr.edu, 610-526-6576.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

January 22 – March 6, 2015

Canaday Library Class of 1912 Rare Book Room Gallery

This travelling exhibition, produced by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, explores visual arts and other media from the recent political unrest commonly known as the Arab Spring. It was co-curated by Christiane Gruber, Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, and University of Michigan doctoral student in anthropology Nama Khalil.  

Opening: Lecture by Curator Christiane Gruber, Thursday, January 22, 2014, 7:30 pm, Bryn Mawr College Carpenter Library 21

Ancient Life on Greek Pottery

April – June, 2015

Canaday Library Class of 1912 Rare Book Room Gallery

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 will 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.



Past Exhibitions

A Century of Self-Expression: Modern American Art in the Collection of John and Joanne Payson

February 28 – June 1, 2014

A Curious Group: A Cabinet of Curiosities

In Celebration of Ten Years of the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr College

April 4June 1, 2014

Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan: Perspectives and Testimonies from the Tri-Co Collection


Beneath the Printed Pattern: Display and Disguise in Ukiyo-e Bijinga

September 25December 20, 2013

Colors of Greece: The Art and Archaeology of Georg von Peschke

March 19–May 27, 2012

Double Take: Selected Views from the Photography Collection at Bryn Mawr College, 1860s-present

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

Colonial Perspectives: Works from the Louise Bulkeley Dillingham Collection

October 2009-February 2010

Darwin’s Ancestors: Tracing the Origins of the “Origin of Species”
October 2009 - February 2010

"The Best Thing in a Girl's Life": Early Women's Colleges in Fiction and Fact
January - May 2009

Intimate Devotion: The Book of Hours in Medieval Religious Practice
January - May 2008

Breaking Ground, Breaking Tradition: Bryn Mawr and the First Generation of Women Archaeologists

September - December 2007

Pointing Fingers: Women Sin, Crime and Guilt

September - December 2006

Luxuriant Nature Smiling Round
January - May 2006

Building Muscles While Building Minds: Athletics and the Early Years of Women's Education
September - December 2005

Mapping New Worlds: The Cartography of European Exploration and Colonization, 1450–1750
January - May 2005

The Invention of Antiquity
September - December 2004

Bryn Mawr Plays: Dramatic Productions at Bryn Mawr College 1889-1920

Jeannette Jehanne Jeanne Joan: Shepherdess Soldier Savior Saint
January - June 2003

Dedicated 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

The Sargent Portrait: M. Carey Thomas and John Singer Sargent
September 21 - December 20, 2001

Books, Printers, and the Information Revolution in Early Modern Europe: 1450-1600
February 22 - June 1, 2001

It's the Ticket: Nineteenth-Century Bookbinding in the British Isles and the United States
September 23 December, 1998

Leading Bryn Mawr: An Exhibition in Honor of Nancy J. Vickers

The 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.