April 18, 2019 – Thelma Thomas

The Bryn Mawr College Friends of the Library and the Center for Visual Culture

Lessons in Cloth from Late Antique Egypt: Worn, Embodied, and Remembered

Thelma Thomas
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
The Institute of Fine Arts
New York University

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Carpenter B-21
4:30 PM
Reception following lecture in Canaday 205

Support provided by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library, LITS and its department of Special Collections, the Center for Visual Culture, the Program in Middle Eastern Studies, Jefferson University, 360° Program

In conjunction with the exhibition
Byzantine Textiles from Late
Antiquity to the Present
April 18-June 2, 2019
Canaday Library, Lobby and Special Collections Suite
Park Science Center, Science Crossroads

October 10, 2018 – Domietta Torlasco at Slought

Slought is pleased to announce “An island, a ship, a prison”, a conversation and installation of video works by Domietta Torlasco on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6-8pm. The event will begin with the screening of House Arrest (2015) and Sunken Gardens (2016), two videos that engage themes such as migrancy, borders, surveillance, and debt, followed by conversation with Homay King, Professor in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. In conjunction with this event, Torlasco’s work will also be continuously screened in the Slought Mediatheque from October 10-31, 2018. This program is co-presented with the Bryn Mawr College Program in Film Studies.

For more info visit: 

4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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

Camera Obscura editorial collective

February 8, 2017 – Homay King

President Kim Cassidy cordially invites you to a lecture by:

Homay King
Eugenia Chase Guild Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History of Art

“A Tale of Four Butterflies:  Early Madame Butterfly Film Adaptations”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Thomas 224
4:30 p.m.

 Reception to follow in the London Room.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – Zoë Cohen Lecture

The Bryn Mawr College Department of History of Art presents:

Zoë Cohen (HC ’99)

“Sanctuaries & Origin Stories: The Schul/Church Project and Other Recent Work”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Carpenter Library 21
4-6 PM

With additional support from the Bryn Mawr College Undergraduate Dean’s Office and the Haverford College John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities

Zoë Cohen is a visual artist who works in a wide range of materials and modalities, creating works on paper, sculptures, installations, audio works, and public participatory projects. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Haverford College and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Brooklyn College. Zoë’s work has been exhibited at numerous venues including the Abington Art Center (PA), The Flux Factory (NYC), The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, The Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), and at Arttransponder (Berlin), and is in the permanent collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, The Philadelphia Cathedral, the Museum of Art and Peace, and Kol Tzedek Synagogue (Philadelphia). Zoë’s Residencies include The Vermont Studio Center, Philadelphia’s 40th Street AIR program, and the Artist-in-Residence program at the Philadelphia Cathedral. She has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and as an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of the Arts and Moore College of Art. She was recently awarded the New Courtland Teaching Fellowship from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Zoë lives with her husband and two children in West Philadelphia.

Zoë Cohen creates images, installations, and situations that explore origins, identities, and environments. Her research-based practice bridges contemporary concerns with inquiry into a wide range of visual and cultural heritage.  In her talk she will discuss her current Shul/Church projects, in which she works with watercolor, paper, and sound, using a light touch in relationship to the weight of history, in order to offer a window into the layers of identity and experience that inform our complex contemporary lives.


October 19, 2016 – Diane Favro Lecture

The Dangers Of Representation:
The Battle of the Xs in Digital Urban Simulations

Diane Favro
Associate Dean, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:30 pm, Carpenter B21
Pre-lecture reception at 6pm in the Quita Woodward Room.

Co-sponsored by:
Mellon Curricular Development Seed Grant
Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Department
History of Art Department
Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies
Department of Italian and Italian Studies
Graduate Group in Classics, Archaeology, and History of Art
Center for Visual Culture
Tri-College Digital Humanities
Philadelphia Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Every type of representation offers opportunities and dangers. Digital simulations of historic urban environments have been created for over 20 years, with ambitious early examples produced at UCLA. As we enter the second phase of production, scholars are increasingly interrogating the inherent representational challenges. After situating the issues at play today (X marks the spot), this talk will interrogate other Xs and their interaction. AesthetiX evaluations of most image types rely on familiar value judgments about urban viewing; those for digital urban simulations are more problematic, often involving conflicting technological and artistic proficiencies. Similarly, the equation “X = literacy” is not readily resolved in reference to digital recreated worlds where legibility centers on evolving means of user engagement. Hypothesis testing and other eXperimentation characterize current digital investigations exploiting approaches that tend to negate traditional evaluative strategies. Though overall the dangers inherent in digital representations can be destabilizing, they also foster heightened acuity and maintain eXcitement about research on the meaning, viewing, and experiencing of cities. 

Diane Favro is Associate Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, and Director of the Experiential Technologies Center. 
Diane Favro


Tri-Co Digital Humanities Spring Lecture – April 11 and 12, 2016

The Tri-Co Digital Humanities Initiative and the Bryn Mawr College Center for Visual Culture present:

Ruth Ahnert
2015-16 External Faculty Fellow
Stanford Humanities Center
and Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London


Sebastian Ahnert
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Theory of Condensed Matter (TCM) Group
Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge

“Tudor Networks of Power: A Digital Project”

Monday, April 11, 4:30 PM
Thomas Library 224, Bryn Mawr College


Tuesday, April 12, 12:00 PM
Popular Reading Room, first floor of McCabe Library
Swarthmore College

This project seeks to reconstruct the evidence for Tudor government networks that survives in the state papers archive (now digitized at State Papers Online). By analyzing the metadata from these 132,000 letters, Ruth and Sebastian Ahnert are able both to map the social network implicated in this correspondence, and to measure the relative centrality of each of its members using a range of mathematical tools. These measures enable them to trace large-scale patterns and anomalies, and to identify significant people and bodies of letters within the network requiring closer analysis. In this paper they will discuss both the process behind this large-scale project, and their initial findings.


Phil Stinson Lecture – April 7, 2016

Dr. Phil Stinson
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Kansas

“Digs and Drones? Digital Experiments in Documenting Roman Architecture”

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4:30pm
Bryn Mawr College
The Ely Room
Wyndham Alumnae House

In this lecture, Phil Stinson discusses how digital photogrammetry enhanced by
drone photography is revolutionizing the way Roman architecture is documented and
researched at the sites of Aphrodisias and Sardis in western Turkey.

Free and Open to the Public

Co-sponsored by the Mellon Digital Humanities Seed Grant,
the Bryn Mawr College Growth and Structure of Cities Department,
the Center for Visual Culture and theTri-Co Digital Humanities Initiative