Win a 2GB Thumb Drive

The first Bryn Mawr College student to email the correct answer to the following questions to will win a thumb drive.

Tell me the title, artist, and creation date for the object in the art and artifacts collection with the number X.205

Upcoming Exhibitions Update

We are moving quickly toward the opening of several new exhibitions in Canaday Library: here’s a quick update.
Today we took delivery of the 60-plus artworks for Colors of Greece: The Art and Archaeology of Georg von Peschke, which opens in the 1st floor Canaday gallery on March 19 and will be celebrated with a curator’s lecture (4:30pm, Carpenter 21) and public reception (5:30-7:30pm, gallery) on March 21.  Georg von Peschke was part of an important circle of modernist artists and intellectuals (including Bryn Mawr faculty and students), painting with Greek and European artists and working closely with American and European archaeologists in pre-World War II Greece. This exhibition gathers Peschke’s work together for the first time since his death in 1959 and is a timely opportunity to reexamine his work and review the international cultural cross-currents that his career and life embodied. (A second lecture in conjunction with this exhibition will be presented on April 5 at 4:30pm).

We are also working with the Student Art Club on Empowerment: A Martyr Exhibition, scheduled to open in the 2nd floor Canaday gallery on March 16 with a reception from 5-7pm.

Also, please note the upcoming exhibition of six works by New York artist Alix Smith in Carpenter Library: Alix will present a talk on her recent photographic series States of Union in Carpenter 21 on March 15 at 4pm.


Alix Smith public lecture, Thu Mar 15, 4pm, Carpenter 21; support for this program comes from the Center for Visual Culture, The Pensby Center, the Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies, and the Student Art Club.

Empowerment: A Martyr Art Exhibition, opening reception Fri Mar 16, 5-7pm (remarks at 6pm), Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite, 2nd Floor, Canaday Library. The exhibition, conceived, organized, and selected by the Student Art Club, will be on view through April.

Colors of Greece: The Art and Archaeology of Georg von Peschke.
March 19–May 27, 2012
Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library
Monday–Saturday 1 pm–4:30 pm

Opening Reception
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
5:30 pm

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Kostis Kourelis, Assistant Professor of Art History, Franklin & Marshall College and Curator of “Colors of Greece”

“Georg von Peschke: The Archaeology of Greek Life”

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

4:30 pm

Carpenter Library B21


Artemis Leontis, Associate Professor of Modern Greek, University of Michigan

“Greek Dress and the Embodied Archaeology of Eva Palmer Sikelianos”

Thursday, April 5, 2012

4:30 pm

Carpenter Library B21

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Departments of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, and the Gender and Sexuality Program.


Double Take Photography Exhibition Installation is Underway

Double Take Installation

Double Take Installation

Exhibition curator and history of art graduate student Carrie Robbins working with exhibition designer Steve Tucker and curatorial assistant and history of art graduate student Nathanael Roesch.

Please be sure to visit Double Take: Selected Views from the Photography Collection at Bryn Mawr College, 1860s-Present opening September 27, 2011 in the Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library.  Their will be an opening lecture by Peter Barberie, Brodsky Curator of Photographs at the Alfred Stieglitz Center of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; “The Body in the Library: Collection Photographs on a College Campus”, Carpenter Library, Room 21 at 4:30 p.m.
For more information: 610-586-5335.

Better know the collections: Photography

Carrie Robbins is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art. Her work with the Art and Artifact Collections during the 2009-10 academic year has been focused on the college’s photography collection, which includes works by such notable photographers as Eugène Atget, Lewis Hine, and André Kertész. About her work, Carrie writes:

I have been researching, cataloging, and digitally photographing over a thousand of the collection’s beautiful and impressive “art” photographs. The distinction between art photographs and photographs used for the study of art history, or travel photographs, or family photographs, etc. is one example of the challenges faced in cataloging a collection of roughly 15,000 photographs. Another challenge specific to photography is the problematic identification of its specific medium — gum bichromate, collodion, platinotype, albumen, etc. — which can be hard to determine without microscopic or chemical analysis. Fortunately, the Art and Artifact Collections supported my participation in a Photography Identification and Conservation workshop that has aided my ability to make educated guesses and has helped me to understand how difficult an authoritative identification is to make. With these challenges in mind, I become anxious about the ways in which the distinctions I make and the classifications I impose might limit or mischaracterize future study of these objects. So I try to be mindful of the authority my cataloging will have as part of our collection’s archive. Thankfully, the EmbARK database which we use to catalog each object, artist, donor, etc. offers a lot of flexibility relative to data entry, as well as ease of use, so that objects will be searchable in myriad ways.

Two of Carrie’s favorite works from the photography collections:

Hilary Newman, Brooklyn, New York, October 1989 (2009.22.5)

Hilary Newman, Brooklyn, New York, October 1989, Gelatin silver print (2009.22.5)

Edward Sheriff Curtis, Replastering a Paguage House (2009.26.17)

Edward Sheriff Curtis, Replastering a Paguage House, Photogravure (2009.26.17)