Current Exhibits

Fenghuang Landscape and Miao (Hmong) Culture - photographs by Bode Wang

March 3–April 15, 2017
Bode Wang
As a Miao scholar and photographer, Mr. Bode Wang has worked on a number of Miao cultural projects as a key member of Fenghuang County Cultural Relics Bureau. Concurrently serving as the head of Xiangxi Photographer Society, he has also devoted himself in promoting the understanding and appreciation of the landscape and culture of the Miao homeland with images. Through his lens, he illustrates a colorful and sophisticated world of the Miao nationality. On exhibition are a sampling of his photos, demonstrating the environment, human communities, social customs, and religious practices of his hometown. This exhibit is sponsored by the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE); Bi-Co East Asian Languages and Cultures Department; Bryn Mawr College 360 Program, Endowed Lectures Fund, Langlois Memorial Fund, Libraries, and Provost's Office; Swarthmore College Libraries and Modern Languages and Literatures Chinese Section; Haverford College Distinguished Visitors Program and Haverford Libraries.

Digital Exhibits

(Digital Exhibits are listed in alphabetical order)

Hugh D. Vail: "Volunteer Weatherman"

Curated by Grace Thiele '17
This exhibit provides a biography of Hugh D. Vail, a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Haverford College in the 1800s and is comprised of letters, an obituary, a Quaker meeting's genealogy, and a diary entry.

The Letters and Journals of Thomas Scattergood

Curated by Jordan Nieusma '14
This exhibit is made up of important and representative passages from the journals, letters, and memoirs of Thomas Scattergood (1748-1814).

Quakers and Slavery

Co-curated by John Anderies and Christopher Densmore
A joint digital project of Quaker & Special Collections and Friends Historical Library, this online projected coincided with an international conference on Quakers and slavery. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was the first corporate body in Britain and North America to fully condemn slavery as both ethically and religiously wrong in all circumstances. It is in Quaker records that we have some of the earliest manifestations of anti-slavery sentiment, dating from the 1600s. After the 1750s, Quakers actively engaged in attempting to sway public opinion in Britain and America against the slave trade and slavery in general. At the same time, Quakers became actively involved in the economic, educational and political well being of the formerly enslaved.

Shakespeare in His Time and for All Time

Curated by Jon Sweitzer-Lamme '14 and co-curated by Thomas Littrell '15
This exhibit celebrates the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare through an exploration of the Shakespeare-related holdings of Haverford College's Special Collections.

Past Exhibits

(Past Exhibits are listed in reverse chronological order)

Waging Peace: 100 Years of Quakers, Moral Quandaries, and a Quest for Justice

February 13–March 12, 2017
Sophie McGlynn '18
Waging Peace: Quakers, Moral Quandaries, and a Quest for Justice explores the work of the American Friends Service Committee, in its centennial year. This collaborative exhibit engages with critical issues around the ethics of service, what it means for an outsider to come in and provide "relief" and "aid," and the struggles around this issue. Turning towards the future, we continue to ask: What will it mean for the AFSC to continue into the next century?

Ying Li's Geographies

October 6–December 11, 2016
Curated by Faye Hirsch and supported by the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and Haverford College Libraries
Ying Li has traveled great distances, both physically and mentally, to reach the intensity of expression that drives her observation-based art. Geographies surveys the past four years of work by the Chinese-born Li in a selection of more than 100 paintings and drawings on view at Haverford College, where she has taught since 1997. Displayed at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and Magill Library, these works—mainly landscapes and city scenes executed at her studio in New York’s Chelsea and at residencies in the U.S. and Europe—show Li taking her signature physicality of execution to new lengths. Squeezing paint directly from the tube onto the surface, raking it over the canvas with a palette knife, brushing it in staccato daubs, or overwriting it with swiftly gouged marks resembling urgent but unreadable text, Li pushes her images to the edge of coherence, an exhilarating position for both creator and viewer.

Carl Van Vechten: O Write my Name—Portraits of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

January 29–August 12, 2016
Curated by William E. Williams
This exhibition of photographs by Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964), a proponent of the avant-garde and African American cultural expression, features the complete set of 50 photogravures published in 1983 by the Eakins Press. These photographs depict many of the leaders of African American culture and the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition also includes a rich trove of books, letters, and related artwork by the men and women depicted in the photographs.

Testimonies in Art & Action: Igniting Pacifism in the Face of Total War

October 6–December 11, 2015
Curated by J. Ashley Foster, Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Fellow in the Writing Program, Haverford College, and students from her "Peace Testimonies in Literature and Art" Spring and Fall 2015 Writing Seminars
Testimonies in Art & Action: Igniting Pacifism in the Face of Total War creates a historical juncture with our present moment, illuminating how philosophies of non-violence contained in art, literature, and action have been mobilized to stage a critical intervention in a progressively militarizing population. This exhibition juxtaposes primary source materials from the Quaker relief effort in Spain, much of which is from Haverford’s own Quaker & Special Collections, with student digital humanities projects that explore the peace testimonies embedded in the literature and art of the interwar period. In bringing together these multi-modal sources, this exhibition demonstrates the shared commitment to social justice and human rights that the pacifisms of the early twentieth century developed, particularly in the testimonial activism of the Society of Friends and public intellectuals. It aims to create a scholarly discussion focused on the themes of pacifism, activism, writing, and ethics; forms of resistance to total war; and social justice during the interwar period; and it demonstrates the interrelationship between "positive peace," pacifism, and social justice.

Archetypes of Change: The Evolving Comic Book and Its Heroes

February 6–September 7, 2015
Curated by Charlie Espinosa '15 and co-curated by Shahzeen Nasim '16 and Nate Rehm-Daly '16
Archetypes of Change: The Evolving Comic Book and Its Heroes explores the evolution of the comic book between the late 1930s and 1990s through the changing characteristics of its heroes. Using Northrop Frye's "theory of myths," the exhibit classifies four narrative forms—romance, tragedy, irony/satire, and comedy—that provide a framework for understanding how changes in the role and persona of the comic book hero are shaped by larger cultural and political shifts. Through this framework, the exhibit traces a move from Cold War-era hegemonic norms to a more pluralistic approach that challenges rather than reaffirms those norms. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to enact this turn by "writing" their own comics using colorforms. The exhibit draws from Haverford's student-run comic book collection (housed in Magill Library).

Tales of Troy

March 19–April 24, 2015
Curated by Sarah Horowitz
In collaboration with Bret Mulligan's Tales of Troy class, Special Collections is displaying Greek vases and modern prints. The Greek vases come from the Allen collection, and feature scenes from the Iliad and Greek life. The prints are from a series called "Flight," produced to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee. The prints are on the subject of refugee flight, specifically Aeneas fleeing the burning city of Troy.

Putting the Pieces Together

October 1, 2014–January 5, 2015
Curated by Jenna McKinley '15
The exhibition features Haverford's collection of Ancient Greek vases, donated by Ernest Allen '40, and explores Ancient Greek artistic nature and aspects of collecting and the antiquities trade.

Turn On/Turn Off: 90 Years of Radio at Haverford

May 30–September 7, 2014
Curated by Karl Moll '14
This exhibit explores the origins and trajectory of radio broadcasting at Haverford, beginning in 1923 with live performances, through its many iterations and ups and downs, to a newly reenergized and relaunched web-based collective of audio content and multimedia generated by the Bi-Co community.

As Crow Flies Counterclockwise

April 10–August 29, 2014
Curated by Pato Hebert, Mellon Creative Residence, in collaboration with Shelley DePaui, Chief of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and Instructor of Lenape Language at Swarthmore College
As Crow Flies Counterclockwise tells a story of the Lenape (the traditional people of eastern Pennsylvania and southern New York and New Jersey) from before European settlement in the 17th century through the resulting death and destruction, up to the more recent resurgence of Lenape culture and traditions in our region. In doing so, the exhibition offers a meditation on encounter and connection, language and translation, loss and remembering.

Beyond the Margin: Reading Communities and Rituals of Early Haverford Students

March 21–April 27, 2014
Curated by Jen Rajchel
Beyond the Margin explores the history of Haverford's student reading communities and rituals. From the early Quaker foundations to 19th century student literary societies, the exhibit traces the curricular and co-curricular reading experiences of Haverford students. What did students read in 1885? How were the literary societies crucial to the development of student leadership? Why did students perform an end of the year ritual? We invite you to visit the exhibit, consider these questions, and reflect on the continuities and divergences in Haverford's history through the lens of its reading communities.

Lasting Impressions: Monumental Brass Rubbings

October 26, 2013–January 10, 2014
Curated by Margaret Schaus
The Lasting Impressions exhibition explores three major functions of brasses as represented in the rubbings: to elicit prayers for the soul of the deceased, to preserve familial memory, and, finally, to attest to the person's social status and accomplishments. The rubbings were the gift of Maxine and David Cook and the exhibition was presented in honor of the inauguration of Haverford president Dan Weiss. In addition to the brass rubbings the exhibit also featured medieval and early modern material from Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore special collections.

The Material and Immaterial Worlds of Virgil Burnett

October 21–November 22, 2013
Curated by Helen Farley
This exhibit celebrates Professor Maud Burnett McInerney's gift of books written, illustrated, and published by her late father, Virgil Burnett (1928–2012).

Harold Edgerton and Walker Evans: Photographs of Golf

May 31–October 6, 2013
Curated by Professor Willie Williams
Thematic to the US golf open that was occurring simultaneously and within close proximity, this exhibit of 20 photographs compared the work of Harold Edgerton and Walker Evans and their photographs of golf.

Who Killed Sarah Stout: A Participatory Exhibition

February 28–September 20, 2013
Curated by Jen Rajchel with Mary Clare O'Donnell '14
"Who Killed Sarah Stout?" is an exhibit about the Trial of Spencer Cowper in 1699. Sarah Stout was an independent and wealthy Quaker woman from the 17th century who was murdered. This exhibition "reopened" the case and used location-based gaming to solve the case and featured a mobile technology component as well as a physical exhibition.

The Fingerprints of Giants

February 25–April 26, 2013
Curated by Vita Litvak
The exhibition highlighted the works of masters of photography and examines several distinct ways of seeing that emerged in twentieth century photography.

Seeing is Believing: Photographs of American Colonialism in the Philippines

October 25, 2012–February 1, 2013
Curated by Aaron Madow '14
This exhibit seeks to recover and fracture the conflation between sight and belief so important to American colonial arguments about the Philippines.

Imbued with a Better Learning: Student Research at Haverford College

April 3–September 17, 2012
Curated by Margaret Schaus
Drawing heavily on material from the College Archives, the exhibit featured examples of senior capstone experiences over time, from the orations given by graduating seniors in the College's earliest years, to the start of senior theses in 1897, and art exhibits, musical compositions, and electronic theses of today.

Tales of Troy

March 5–30, 2012
A small exhibit mounted in the Alcove Gallery in support of Bret Mulligan's course, "Tales of Troy." This included selections from our collection of Greek antiquities, the modern series of prints called "Flight," as well as a video installation of the video "Achilles in Vietnam."

You Are Here: Exploring the Contours of Our Academic Community Through Maps

October 17, 2011–February 10, 2012
Curated by John Anderies
The maps in this exhibition, selected and interpreted by members of the Haverford community including students, faculty, staff, and alums, served to constitute "geography of our community, bringing into relief relationships between our scholarly pursuits, our personal interests, and even our creative styles."

Gather all nations & tongues: Rare & Unique Bibles from Haverford College

March 14–September 16, 2011
Curated by John Anderies
This exhibition, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the creation of the King James Bible, brought together a selection of rare and unique bibles from the collection dating from the mid-13th century to the 20th century and told stories of the development of language, the movement of people, the history of technology, the wielding of power, and the transmission of culture.

Mirror Mirror

March 2011
Curated by the Women's Center
This exhibit featured photography from female students in the bi-co.

ye Quackers doe here handel men: Confronting Slavery within the Society of Friends, 1676–1776

October 18, 2010–February 11, 2011
Curated by John Anderies
This exhibit featured such notable documents as the 1688 Germantown Protest and the 1696 Cadwalder Morgan Protest, tracts by Quaker abolitionists including Ralph Sandiford, Benjamin Lay, John Woolman and Anthony Benezet, and evidence of Quaker slave ownership in the form of manumissions and meeting minutes.

A Haverford Sampler: A Selection of Masterworks from the Photography Collection

March 3–September 17, 2010
Curated by William E. Williams
This exhibition simultaneously explored the history of the medium while it also provided a peek into the richness of the photography and related Special Collections at Haverford College.

A Few Well Selected Books

October 5, 2007–January 10, 2008
This exhibition tells the story of the first "few well-chosen books" in the Haverford Libraries and honors those who have been responsible for growing this corpus into today's wide-ranging collections.

'Sing ye in the Spirit': Music and Quakerism in Harmony

April 12–September 3, 2004
Curated by John Anderies and Ann Upton
This exhibit examines the complex relationship between music and Quakerism from the founding of the movement to its present.