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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


The Tale of Genji from Princesses to Pop Culture

January 25 - March 5, 2017

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

The Tale of Genji from Princesses to Pop unveils the newly restored six-fold screen by Kano Seisen'in Osanobu (1796-1846). Painted in delicate detail with striking gold-leaf and brilliant pigments, Bryn Mawr's Osanobu screen provides a captivating introduction to this literary classic of Japan. Also on view is a range of objects from the College's collection, including items of the contemporary era meant to demonstrate the cultural legacy of “Genji.”

The exhibition is co-curated by Anna Moblard Meier, Nina Blomfield (Ph.D. and M.A. candidates in History of Art, respectively), and Sarah O'Connell (Class of 2017). The screen's conservation was made possible by a grant from the Sumitomo Foundation.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, January 25, 4:30 pm, Canaday Library

Conservator's Lecture

Yoshi Nishio

Monday, February 6, 5-6:30:30 pm, Carpenter 21

Conservator Yoshi Nishio discusses his work to restore Bryn Mawr's six-fold Japanese screen painting. The early-19th-century screen by Kano Seisen'in Osanobu depicts a scene from the female-authored, 11th-century literary classic, The Tale of Genji.

 

 

Exhibiting Africa: Ways of Seeing, Knowing, and Showing

January 25 - March 5, 2017

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Exhibiting Africa: Ways of Seeing, Knowing, and Showing was organized by students in the 360 course cluster, "The Politics and Poetics of Race," and offers a new look at the College's collections of African art and artifacts. Having spent the fall semester investigating a history of exhibitions of "Africa" and African materials, while also visiting present-day displays in local museums, these student curators apply what they've learned in an exhibition of their own making.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, January 25, 4:30 pm, Canaday Library

 

 

 

 

Friday Finds

 

 

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.

 

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


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

 

 

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For additional information: 610-526-6576