Undergraduate Curators to Discuss Medieval Manuscripts at Opening of Exhibition January 31

Posted January 24th, 2008 at 5:14 pm.

The spring exhibition in Canaday Library, Intimate Devotion: The Book of Hours in Medieval Religious Practice, will feature some of Bryn Mawr’s most gorgeous medieval manuscripts and printed books and an extraordinary group of novice curators.

The exhibition is the work of the students in Professor Martha Easton’s undergraduate seminar last fall, “The Book of Hours and the Art of Devotion.” It will open on Thursday, January 31, with a panel discussion featuring the student curators. The program will begin at 5 p.m. in Carpenter 21, and will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition in the Rare Book Room of Canaday Library.

Martha Easton, lecturer in History of Art, said she developed the course so that students could work with original objects, but also have to think about how to present the subject to a wider public.

“From the beginning this has been their show,” she said. “Collectively they came up with the theme, decided what aspects of the book of hours they wanted to highlight, and chose the objects and images they wanted to display. I have been very impressed with the way they collaborated together in a professional way, listening to divergent points of view but finding the common ground between them, meeting deadlines and commenting on each other’s work. The end result has been a cohesive and thoughtful examination of the book of hours in medieval religious life.”

Thirteen students participated in the class, including eight from Bryn Mawr, four from Haverford, and one from Swarthmore. The students are Bianca Bromberger ’08 (HC), Jacob Carroll ’09 (HC), Jenny Castle ’09, Erina Donnelly ’08, Brittaney Golden ’08, Talia Greenwald ’08, Kira Grennan ’08 (SC), Lavanya Jayakar ’09, Margaret Livingston ’08 (HC), Lindsey Merikas ’08 (HC), Annie Morse ’09, Alex Solomon ’08, and Arianae Tsavaris ’09. Special Collections Librarian Marianne Hansen helped the class with expertise on the physical production of medieval manuscripts and also served as the exhibition coordinator.

The exhibition will be open from January 31 through May 30. The exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department at 610-526-6576.

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