2020-2021 List Gallery Exhibition Schedule
a Film and Discussion with Emily Steinberg
The List Gallery, Swarthmore College is pleased to present a filmed interview with Philadelphia-based artist Emily Steinberg. Directed by Tess Wei '17, the film premiered on December 16, 2020. To enjoy this virtual look into Steinberg’s studio, philosophies, and practice, simply click on the link below.
Emily Steinberg is an interdisciplinary artist who has been living and working in the Philadelphia area for more than 30 years. She received an M.F.A from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 with a focus in oil painting, and has since expanded her practice, finding renewed focus and inspiration through creating autobiographical graphic narratives. Working in a wide range of media, from large-scale paintings to intimate pencil, watercolor and digital drawings, Steinberg carefully examines the epiphanies, absurdities, and turmoil in her personal life. Her autobiographical examinations include topics such as hip surgery, infertility, the Holocaust, and the climate crisis. Steinberg emphasizes the complexity of challenges facing humanity and offers insight on how to move forward.
Emily Steinberg’s graphic narratives have appeared in The New Yorker, Cleaver Magazine, and numerous publications in the field of graphic medicine. She has exhibited at 55 Mercer Gallery, New York; the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; Crane Arts, Philadelphia; Penn State University; and Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia. Currently, Steinberg is the visual narrative editor for Cleaver Magazine and a lecturer in Art and Art History at Penn State University, Abington. Steinberg is the first humanities artist in residence at Drexel College of Medicine, where she works with medical students to translate their personal experiences into words and images.
This programming was made possible by the Kaori Kitao Endowment for the List Gallery.
Spatial Recollections: Art from the Swarthmore College Permanent Collection and Recent Exhibitors
To experience the interactive virtual tour of Spatial Recollections, click here! This interactive website was created in fall 2020 by List Gallery interns Lee Cohen, Bria Dinkins, Inna Kimbrough, and Kristina Stallvik.
In August 2020, List Gallery director Andrea Packard organized and installed Spatial Recollections, as a resource for both students on campus and those studying remotely. Curated during a pandemic that has highlighted social divisions and shifting attitudes toward labor, shared spaces, and the environment, the exhibition features diverse artists who model craftsmanship, civic engagement, and innovation. Calling attention to masterworks that are usually installed in College offices or storage rooms, Spatial Recollections offers a glimpse of Swarthmore’s often-hidden artistic landscape.
Works selected from Swarthmore's historical collection include masterworks by Benjamin West, James Peale, Thomas Birch, Alexander Frazer the Younger, Daniel Garber, Frederick Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, and Mildred Bunting Miller. The outer room of the List Gallery features 23 works in varied media by 20th Century innovators such as Romare Bearden, Gee's Bend quilter Mary Lee Bendolph, and the seminal ceramic artist, Robert Turner, who graduated from Swarthmore in 1936. The installation also highlights the talents of established artists working in varied media including a painting by Donald Teskey, prints by Orit Hofshi and Daniel Heyman, and photographs by Judy Glickman Lauder and Bruce Cratsley '66. In addition to Turner, notable ceramic artists include Professor of Art Syd Carpenter, David MacDonald, Chris Staley, Ellen Shankin, Kevin Snipes, and Donna Polseno. One of many outstanding works on display is a sculptural ceramic vessel by Alex Anderson, a 2013 graduate of Swarthmore and a rising star in the contemporary art scene.
Any exhibition of works from a permanent collection would not be possible without myriad acts of generosity and leadership—qualities we need to nurture now more than ever. Spatial Recollections and the accompanying online website are made possible by the Kaori Kitao Endowment for the List Gallery and the generosity of Joan Gordon.
Due to Covid-19, the List Gallery is currently open only to students, faculty, and staff members who are authorized to be on Swarthmore's campus. Originally scheduled to take place September 20 — November 20, 2020, Spatial Recollections can be seen by the on-campus community by appointment February 4 – March 20, 2021. For appointments, please email Inna Kimibrough '23: firstname.lastname@example.org.