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Calendar of Events
Ancient Life on Greek Pottery
March 30 to June 1, 2015
Hours: Noon – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Viewers are invited to engage virtually via a Backtalk webspace at Serendip Studio once the exhibition opens.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-526-6576.
Exhibitions and public programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.
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Floor 3, main staircase landing
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For additional information: 610-526-6576