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Exhibitions and Events


Trisha Brown: (Re)framing collaboration

September 28 December, 2015

Hours: 11 am – 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Bryn Mawr College


The Fall semester opens with Trisha Brown: (Re)framing collaboration, an exhibition that explores the work of one of the most important figures in post-modern dance. For over fifty years, Trisha Brown was at the forefront of innovations in choreography and performance. Working with a wide range of dancers, musicians and visual artists, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Simone Forti, Nancy Graves, Elizabeth Murray and Robert Rauschenberg, she developed an experimental approach to dance that blurs the lines between the visual and performing arts.

Brown began working in the early 1960s and was one of the original members of the Judson Dance Theater. In 1970 she established her own company, dedicated to the creation and performance of her work. Throughout the ensuing forty-five years, the company has presented her work in premier performing arts venues across the world and now stands as one of the leading interpreters of contemporary dance.

The exhibition will focus on the relationship between Brown’s performance-based practice and her drawings which evoke the spatial and gestural qualities of bodies in motion. The exhibition will also explore the important role that collaboration played in the development of her aesthetic vision, featuring works by several of her collaborators, including Robert Rauschenberg and Nancy Graves. In addition to her drawings, the exhibition will include sketches, photographs, prints and videos, all of which have played an important role in her creative process. The material on display will be drawn from the Trisha Brown Dance Company Archives, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, and private collections.

Trisha Brown: (Re)framing collaboration coincides with Trisha Brown: In the New Body, a yearlong festival curated by Lisa Kraus and sponsored by the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Department. In addition to the exhibition, the festival consists of performances, master classes and lectures.  There will be a free gallery talk on October October 24, 2015 at 6:15 with Brian Wallace, exhibition curator,  and Marissa Perel, an interdisciplinary artist working with performance.  The talk precedes the evening performances by the Trisha Brown Dance Company.


Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety. From the Collection of Joanna Semel Rose ’52

October 1 – October 7, 2015.

Open 10 am - 4:30 pm M-Sat; noon - 4:30 pm Sunday

Kaiser Reading Room, Carpenter Library

Bryn Mawr College

Exhibition open house: Friday, October 2, 5:00 – 6:30 pm


An exhibition in honor of the publication of Red & White Quilts: Infinite Variety by Elizabeth Warren with Maggi Gordon (Rizzoli, 2015), a book devoted to the extraordinary quilt collection amassed by Joanna Rose, Bryn Mawr College Class of 1952. The exhibition will feature a small number of more than 650 quilts in the Rose collection. Elizabeth Warren '72, is a member of the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees and a consulting curator for the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Elizabeth Warren and Joanna Rose will be in the exhibition from 5:00 to 6:30 on Friday, October 2, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. 


Assembling the Image: Selected Prints from the Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and Howard Levine Collection

Fall, 2015

Open during library hours

Second Floor Gallery, Canaday Library

Bryn Mawr College

Curated by Rachel Dressel.


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.

September 18 (Friday) A Living Manuscript: Bryn Mawr’s Poissy Processional
Nava Streiter, graduate student, History of Art. 3:00 pm. Special
Collections Seminar Room, Second Floor, Canaday Library

October 30 (Friday) Assembling the Image

Rachel Dressel, graduate student, History of Art. 3:00 pm. Special
Collections Seminar Room, Second Floor, Canaday Library

December 4(Friday) All a Board: Games in Special Collections

Patrick Crowley, Rare Books Cataloger, and Rachel Appel,
Digital Collections Librarian. 3:00 pm. Special Collections
Seminar Room, Second Floor, Canaday Library
Additional gaming events will be held on Dec. 5.

For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department:, 610-526-6576.


Exhibitions and public programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.

Past Exhibitions

Ancient Life on Greek Pottery

March 30 – June 1, 2015

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

September 30 – December 12, 2014

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.