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Exhibitions and Events

Illuminating John Sloan

April 30 June 1, 2015
Kaiser Reading Room, Carpenter Library

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.

Opening Lecture
"Not the Men They Used to Be: John Sloan, Race, and the Making of Modern Manhood"
Alexis Boylan ʼ94, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, University of Connecticut
Thursday, April 30, 4:30 pm
Carpenter B21

The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit or call Carpenter Library at 610.526.7912.

Ancient Life on Greek Pottery

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.

Public Programs

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








Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collections

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.

Opening reception
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.

Creative Workshop
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.

Panel Discussion

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.

Social Media
Viewers are invited to engage virtually via a Backtalk webspace at Serendip Studio once the exhibition opens.


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.

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:, 610-526-6576.


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

Past Exhibitions

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.