November 8, 2014 - Carolee Schneemann event

2pm: Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA) Breaking the Frame screening

4pm: Bryn Mawr College Canaday Library Gallery
Carolee Schneemann at Bryn Mawr exhibition curator talk

5pm: Bryn Mawr College Thomas Great Hall
Performative lecture by Carolee Schneemann and reception

A screening of Breaking the Frame (2012; 100 minutes)—a film on Schneemann’s life and work by Marielle Nitoslawska—at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, followed by a talk with exhibition curator Brian Wallace in the Canaday Library gallery, and then the performative lecture by Carolee Schneeman in Thomas Great Hall.

**Carolee Schneemann at Bryn Mawr exhibition in Canaday Library gallery open 11 am - 7 pm on Saturday**




September 17, 2014 - David Cast

Professor of History of Art
Eugenia Chase Guild Chair in the Humanities
Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

“On maniera, Moral Choice and Truth”

Style, or what in the Renaissance could be called maniera, is at once the defining element in the visual arts, depending as it does on the choices artists make; yet it has its dangers, when style becomes mere repetition. These problems are considered in the writings of the critic and artist Giorgio Vasari and in the work of various earlier and later artists, from Cimabue and Giotto to Constable and Jackson Pollock.


September 24, 2014 - Susan S. Levine, LCSW, BCD-P

Private practice of Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision, Ardmore, PA
Faculty, Institute of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Faculty, Center for Psychoanalysis, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein Medical Center

"Means and Ends in Hitchcock's Vertigo, or Kant You See?"

This paper offers an original reading of Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Using the Kantian categorical imperative, also known as the principle of dignity, the plot is interpreted from the viewpoint of means and ends.  This theme of dignity and dignity violations is juxtaposed with discoveries about the choices of the names “Madeleine” and “Judy” and the two ends of the film.  The significance of the names is explored in relation to the novel on which the film was based and to a recently uncovered interest of Hitchcock.   Through a psychoanalyst’s attention to language and images, this essay explores means and ends from philosophical, psychological, and artistic perspectives.


October 1, 2014 - H. Rosi Song

Associate Professor of Spanish
Bryn Mawr College

"Restaging the 23-F: Transitional Memories in Spain"

The dominant historical account of the transformation of Spain from a dictatorship into a democracy is one of change and political success. The key political event that helped to forge this view was the failed coup d’état by Colonel Antonio Tejero on February 23, 1981. This attempt at a military uprising, when King Juan Carlos firmly stood by the constitutionally elected government, has been hailed as the culminating moment of the Transición and a clear demonstration of the arrival of democracy in the country. In this talk I explore how this narrative has been recently depicted in television and film questioning and reframing this story behind the triumph of democracy in Spain.


October 22, 2014 - Elizabeth S. Bolman

Professor, Department of Art History
Tyler School of Art, Temple University

"The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt"

The results of a ten year conservation project at the Red Monastery church have revealed a fabulously dynamic, painted interior with close aesthetic and iconographic ties to major early Byzantine monuments. The church dates to the late fifth century, a formative period in the history of monasticism. It illustrates one of the earliest conjunctions of spectacular monumental architecture and asceticism, a fusion that has become so familiar that it seems natural. Initially, however, the choice to deploy such tools in a desert community of men who had chosen to leave the world behind was a contentious one.

October 29, 2014 - Erica Levin

Assistant Professor
Film and Art History, Cleveland Institute of Art

"Between Body and Environment: Carolee Schneemann's Kinetic Theater"

Carolee Schneemann's Kinetic Theater developed alongside happenings and Judson Dance Theater in the mid 1960s. This talk looks at how these performance works developed to engage the conditions and limits of becoming involved during the Vietnam era, as a participant in protest, but also as an embodied subject responsive to the demands media make on one’s attention and capacity to connect.