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Multi-Media Project Brings 15th-Century Processional to Life

Posted June 30, 2015

Last summer, a small manuscript volume of liturgical music and prayers found a new home in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections. Copied in the 15th century for a nun in the royal abbey of St.-Louis at Poissy, the processional contains the plainchant music for daily Dominican observance and includes prayers and music for special events like […]

Alicia Walker Receives Fellowship for Study of Gender Issues in the Art and Material Culture of Byzantium

Posted April 16, 2015
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Call someone an iconoclast today and you’re most likely thinking she’s a rebel, a non-conformist, an individualist. But back in 8th-century Byzantium, you would have meant something quite different. Derived from the Greek word for image-breaker, an iconoclast was someone who believed that religious icons were idolatrous. “From 726 to 843, the veneration of icons […]

From the Medieval to the Modern: Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 explores Bryn Mawr’s Levine Collection

Posted October 29, 2014
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A doctoral candidate in the history of art, Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 is a Medievalist, specializing in the Byzantine era. Her master’s theses—she holds two, one from the University of Texas and one from Bryn Mawr—focused, respectively, on Byzantine pilgrimage tokens from Syria and on the glass fragments affixed to burial sites in the Roman […]

History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman Cited in New York Times Article

Posted September 11, 2014

In her review of “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952” New York Times art critic Karen Rosenberg notes the “fascinating” catalog essay by History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman. In the review, Rosenberg writes about what the exhibition’s curator refers to as a “magical synergy” between the artists’ work. From the article: […]

Grant Funding Supports Undergraduate Research

Posted April 24, 2014

For Ivy Gray-Klein ’14, the modest windfall covered her travel expenses to New York City and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Under the supervision of Visiting Assistant Professor Rebecca Deroo ’92, the History of Art major is writing her thesis on the institutional narrative behind the BMA’s period rooms, and to conduct her research, Ivy […]

Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted March 20, 2014

For 10 years, Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Group has brought together students and faculty in the fields of Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art to provide a uniquely interdisciplinary intellectual experience. “There is, as far as I know, no other program in North America that bridges these three disciplines in this distinctive way: that ranges from […]

Bryn Mawr Mourns the Passing of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Gridley McKim-Smith

Posted October 21, 2013
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Professor McKim-Smith received her B.A. from Tulane University in Romance Languages and Literatures and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. She came to Bryn Mawr College in 1982 as an assistant professor, was named associate professor in 1985 and full professor in 1992. In 1999, she was honored with an endowed chair as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Professor in the Humanities.

Bryn Mawr Class Gains Curator Experience as Hosts to Area High Schoolers

Posted April 18, 2013
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In his description for the course “The Curator in the Museum,” Brian Wallace, the College’s curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts, writes that students will examine “the challenges and opportunities confronting curators and their colleagues, peers, audiences, and constituents.” Those challenges and opportunities were made real earlier this month when the class, an […]

Students Present Findings in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference

Posted October 18, 2012
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Fourteen students presented research in the humanities and social sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference held in the Ely Room on Friday, Sept. 28. This is the first year that the Hanna Holborn Gray Program held a formal conference for its fellows to present their findings. The idea came from graduate student mentors Jessica […]

History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman Receives 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship

Posted April 19, 2012
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History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman has received a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, announced the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation last week. A total of 181 scholars, artists, and scientists from an application field of almost 3,000 were selected for the prestigious fellowship. Fellowships were given in 54 disciplines. Saltzman was the lone recipient in the […]