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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library membership provides our Friends with the opportunity to contribute to the life of the Library and the College.

The Library benefits from annual membership dues and endowment income that:

  • Employs undergraduate and graduate interns in Special Collections
  • Purchases new materials to build our collections
  • Conserves sensitive bindings and fragile books
  • Improves services to students and faculty using the Bryn Mawr Library today


Calendar of 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.

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.  

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


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

October 1 – October 7, 2015.

Open during library hours

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.  Check the latest schedule...


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