Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Self Portrait of Artist wearing blue and red floral make-up as camouflage with wallpaper behind her

Cecilia Paredes: Not ~ At Home

October 25, 2023 - June 2, 2024
Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm, and by appointment 
1912 Gallery, Special Collections, Bryn Mawr College
1st floor of Canaday Library

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 25, 6pm
Event parking at Merion Hall and Radnor Hall. See campus map. 

Not ~ At Home features the work of Peruvian-born, Philadelphia-based artist Cecilia Paredes in conversation with archaeological materials from Peru in special collections. The themes of domesticity, gender, and diaspora across her practices of photography, performance, and sculpture also prompt questions of restitution and repatriation – where home is and might be for these artifacts.

Cecilia Paredes: No ~ En Casa

25 Octubre 2023 - 2 Junio 2024
Lunes - Viernes, 10am - 4pm, y con cita 

Galería de 1912, Special Collections, Bryn Mawr College
1st floor of Canaday Library

Recepción: Miércoles 25 Octubre, 6 pm
Estacionamiento para eventos en Merion Hall y Radnor Hall. Ver mapa del campus.

No ~ En Casa presenta el trabajo de la artista nacida en Perú y radicada en Filadelfia, Cecilia Paredes, en conversación con objetos arqueológicos de Perú en colecciones especiales. Las temas de domesticidad, género y diáspora a través de su práctica de fotografía, actuación, y escultura también plantea preguntas sobre restitución y repatriación: dónde está y podría estar el hogar de estos artefactos.


(re)FOCUS 2024 January 27 - May 31, 2024
This exhibition is presented with (re)FOCUS, a Philadelphia festival recognizing women-identified and BIPOC artists through exhibitions, panels, lectures, workshops, and more. Bryn Mawr College Special Collections joins over 60 visual arts organizations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of FOCUS (1974) and 50 years of feminism in the arts.







Who Built Bryn Mawr Disoriented The First Asian Students 1893-1924

Disoriented: The First Asian Students, 1893-1924

October 25, 2023 - June 2, 2024
Hours shared with Canaday Library
Coombe Suite Gallery
Canaday Library, 2nd Floor

The newest contribution to the Who Built Bryn Mawr? project explores the early history of Japanese and Chinese students at Bryn Mawr, a history colored by prevailing stereotypes about East Asian people that were circulating on Bryn Mawr’s campus, Philadelphia, and the country at large. At the turn of the 20th century, Bryn Mawr began accepting Chinese and Japanese students through designated scholarship programs. But were these programs actually intended to benefit Asian students? What would their experiences have been like?​


Timecraft in digital clock style font

November 10, 2023 - June 2, 2024
Carpenter Library - Kaiser Reading Room and Digital Media & Collaboration Lab
hours are shared with library

Timecraft, an exhibition produced to accompany the 14th Biennial Graduate Group symposium, explores how and why we have sought to measure, control, and escape time across many cultures and thousands of years. Drawing from Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections, Rare Books Collection, Geology Department, and tri-co archives, Timecraft encourages viewers to reexamine their relationship with the tools, methods, and reasons we use to measure, classify, weaponize, and (de)construct time. See related catalogue.

Curated by Alexis White (History of Art PhD student) and Mallory Fitzpatrick (Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies PhD student) with curatorial advice from Dr. Carrie Robbins (Curator/Academic Liaison for Art & Artifacts).


The Light of Knowledge: Lantern Traditions at Bryn Mawr College

3rd floor stairwell, Canaday Library

Cassie Paul '18 produced this display of lanterns held in the College Archives as part of her supervised work in Special Collections. 

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