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Prof. Susan Bell to Give Opening Talk for Library Exhibit Tuesday

Story posted February 02, 2004

Susan Bell, A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences, will give a talk to open the Library's new exhibit "Holding In, Holding On: Artist's Books by Martha A. Hall" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2nd floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Professor Bell will speak on "Living with Breast Cancer: Martha Hall's Texts, Images, and Collaborative Productions."

Light refreshments will follow the talk.

Martha Hall, a book artist from Orr's Island, died of breast cancer in December 2003, and cancer informed nearly all of her work. She expressed her emotions and sentiments as a patient living with this frightening disease eloquently, creatively, and with technical complexity.

The Library's exhibit includes 28 of Hall's works - from Bowdoin's collection, from the libraries at Smith and Wellesley colleges, the University of New England, and Yale University, and from the Hall family's private collection.

"Holding In, Holding On: Artist's Books by Martha A. Hall" is a traveling exhibit that has already appeared at Smith and Wellesley colleges, and will end its run in late 2004 at Yale University.

As a complement to the Martha Hall exhibit, Bowdoin has installed "Artists' Books from the Collections," featuring works from the library's distinguished Book Arts collections.

Click here for more information about the exhibits.

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