Davis Museum

Wellesley College

106 Central Street

Wellesley, MA  02481-8203

Tel: 781.283.2051

Fax: 781.283.2064

Visitors with Disabilites

The Davis, Collins Café, and Collins Cinema are wheelchair accessible. Two manual wheelchairs are available for free, without reservations; please inquire at the Information Desk. Public restrooms in the Museum and Café are accessible.

Other accommodations may be available if requested in advance. Please contact Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services for Wellesley College, at 781.283.2434 (voice/TTY) or for more information.


Closed: June 8 - September 15
Tuesday - Sunday
11 am – 5 pm


Museum hours change with the school year, please contact the museum to confirm.

Tel. 781.283.2051

The Davis Museum and its programs are open to the public free of charge.

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Collins Cafe

Hours of Operation (when school is in session):

Mon-Fri 8 am – 2 pm

For more information, please contact Tom Markham at or 781.283.2897.

In addition to the Collins Café, there are a number of dining options open to the public across campus.

Special Events

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall Opening Celebration!

Wednesday, September 16 | 5:00 - 7:00pm | Davis Lobby and Galleries

Join the Davis and the Wellesley College community for a lively reception to celebrate the opening of the fall 2015 exhibitions, and be among the first to view our many new offerings.  Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


On View: September 16 – December 13, 2015

Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery/Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery

This fall, the Davis Museum proudly presents the work of Bunny Harvey, artist and Professor of Art at Wellesley from 1976-2015. In addition to her well-known landscape paintings, Bunny Harvey: Four Decades features works from Harvey’s forty years at the College, during which she has engaged with an array of diverse themes: archaeology and the ancient world; scientific observation and discovery; and the visual response to non-visual sensation in time and space. Throughout her prolific career, she has explored the concept of sustained, subjective observation and its relationship to accumulated knowledge and memory. Brought together at the Davis for the first time, this large selection from Harvey’s body of work—including drawings, prints, and both small and large scale paintings—illuminates her abiding engagement with these themes, and highlights her important contribution to Wellesley as a teacher, mentor, and participant in the academic community.


Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs. The exhibition and related programs are supported entirely through the generosity of Wellesley College Friends of Art, now celebrating 50 years of giving. The exhibition catalogue is published with the generous support of the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015


On View: September 16 – December 13, 2015

Morelle Lasky Levine Gallery ’56 Works on Paper Gallery

This exhibition offers visitors the singular opportunity to examine the genesis and impact of Käthe Kollwitz’s groundbreaking print series, Krieg (War), published nine years after her son was killed on a WWI battlefield in October 1914. The seven woodcuts from the series will be displayed alongside supporting lithographs and sculpture as well as rare preparatory drawings and trial proofs. Organized one hundred years after the earliest work on view, this exhibition explores Kollwitz’s artistic development alongside her process of mourning—one that proceeded from very devastating, personal grief to a perspicacious meditation on war and its cost to society.


Curated by Claire Whitner, Associate Curator, with generous support from Wellesley College Friends of Arts, The Claire Freedman Lober ‘44 Davis Museum Program Endowment, and The Judith Blough Wentz ‘57 Museum Programs Fund.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015


On View: September 16 – December 13, 2015

Lawrence and Ina Lee Brown Ramer Gallery

This inventive exhibition explores how the camera can function as a device for measuring the world, mediating relations between individuals and their surrounding environments. Drawn from the Davis’s extensive collection of historic to contemporary photography, it considers ideas about land and colonial expansion, mapping, the World Atlas, the question of scale, travel, tourism, and globalization, the photograph as document, the archive, the body, society, being, and co-habitation. Measuring the World proposes an interdisciplinary approach, recognizing that photography is both an aesthetic and a scientific practice.


Curated by Ileana L. Selejan, Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography, the exhibition is generously supported by The Constance Rhind Robey ‘81 Fund for Museum Exhibitions.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015


On View: September 16 – October 25, 2015; November 3 – December 13, 2015

Dorothy Johnston Towne Gallery

The Davis takes an unprecedented look at a rarely studied area its encyclopedic holdings, to offer two rotations of tapestries from the 15th to 18th centuries.  Although tapestries were among the most costly and important objects created in the Early Modern period, they are often relegated to storage in American museums due to their large size and light sensitivity.  Taking advantage of the open floor plan as we prepare for the Fall 2016 reinstallation of the permanent collections galleries, we seize the opportunity to unroll them, photograph them, and assess their conservation needs.  This exhibition further highlights the Davis as a repository of a great wealth and diversity of objects.


Co-curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs/Senior Curator of Collections, and Claire Whitner, Associate Curator. The exhibition and related programs are supported entirely through the generosity of Wellesley College Friends of Art, now celebrating 50 years of giving.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015


On view: September 16 – December 13

Joan Levine Freedman ’57 and Richard I. Freedman Gallery


Farideh Lashai’s exquisite 2012-13 multi-media installation, When I Count, There Are Only You…But When I Look, There Is Only a Shadow finds its point of departure in one of art’s modern masterpieces, Francisco Goya’s Los Desastres de la Guerra (1810-20), which articulates the cruelties of warfare as both historically specific and timelessly universal.


A celebrated Iranian painter, translator and novelist, Lashai (1944-2013) expanded her practice to media installation during the last years of her life. For this piece, she meticulously re-etched each plate in Goya’s famous series, eradicating the figures and thereby neutralizing compositional tensions and narrative dynamics. She reintroduced actors of violence and suffering through projected animation, deploying a roving spotlight to focus the viewer’s gaze. Here, Lashai’s work is presented in conjunction with five very fine prints from Goya’s original series, recently acquired by the Davis.


Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ‘37 Director, with generous support from The Maryam and Edward Eisler/Goldman Sachs Gives Fund on Art and Visual Culture in the Near, Middle, and Far East at the Davis Museum.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Krieg Cycle — Curatorial Gallery Talk

Join Associate Curator Claire Whitner for a behind-the-scenes look at the historic, artistic, and psychological contexts of Käthe Kollwitz’s Krieg (War).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Film Series: Gender + Social Change in Weimar Cinema

All screenings begin at 6:30pm in Collins Cinema

From the uncanny tale of terror that is Wiene’s Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to the nuanced story of one young woman’s illicit love in Mädchen in Uniform, these films demonstrate the anxieties, uncertainties, and aspirations bound up with changing gender norms amidst the young Weimar republic. The experience of war and defeat, coupled with the radically changed socio-cultural norms introduced by democracy and the new constitution, played out in that most modern of media, the cinema, which simultaneously celebrated and punished the transgressive bodies that populated it. Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift. *Indicates special presentations in 35mm


Wednesday, September 30: Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1927)*


Wednesday, October 28: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Dir. Robert Wiene, 1920)


Wednesday, November 4: The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel) (Dir. Josef von Sternberg, 1930)*


Wednesday, November 18: Mädchen in Uniform (Dir. Leontine Sagan, 1931)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Measuring the World — Curatorial Gallery Talk

Thursday, October 1 | 3:00PM

Join Gruber Curatorial Fellow Ileana L. Selejan for an introduction to the challenges and possibilities of working with photographic materials brought from around the world into the space of the museum.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lecture: Shelley Rice: Local Space/Global Visions

Wednesday, October 7 | 6:30PM  | Collins Cinema

Join NYU professor Shelley Rice to explore the “visual geography” of the year 1900, the moment when amateur cameras, half-tone reproduction processes and multinational corporations expanded photographic production and distribution exponentially, and literally set the stage for a “world culture” of imagery based on mobility, deracination, and reproducibility.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Educator Workshop with Bunny Harvey

Wednesday, October 14 | 3:30 - 5:00pm | Davis Lobby and Galleries


The Davis welcomes local K-12 educators to a free workshop with artist Bunny Harvey and Davis education staff to explore the exhibition Bunny Harvey: Four Decades.  Participants will learn how to develop lesson plans based on the exhibition and schedule customized tours for their classrooms, in addition to sketching activities and discussion.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

In Conversation with Bunny Harvey

Wednesday, October 14 | 6:00 pm

Join curator Meredith Fluke in conversation with Bunny Harvey, artist and Professor of Art at Wellesley College, as they explore her retrospective exhibition, which spans four decades of Harvey’s work. Reception in the Davis Museum Lobby to follow.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Family Day at the Davis: Paint + Canvas

Saturday, October 17 | 11:00am - 3:00pm |Davis Lobby, Plaza, and Galleries

Paint, canvas, and brushes, oh my!  This special Family Day will explore the various materials and processes that artists use to create paintings.  Go on a themed scavenger hunt, experiment with watercolors, take an interactive family tour through the galleries, meet visiting painters, listen to stories with Wellesley Free Library, have your face painted, and more!  Free and open to the public. Generously supported by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Davis Discoveries: An Afternoon Symposium on a Rare 17th-Century Pen-Painting by Willem van de Velde the Elder (Dutch, 1611-1693)

Friday, October 23 |2:00 - 4:30pm | Davis Galleries and Lobby


Dutch artist Willem van de Velde I (1611-1693) developed the subgenre of “pen-paintings” in the 17th-century. These astonishingly detailed works, executed with fine brushes and quill pens, are rare, particularly in American collections.  Davis curators were delighted to discover a superlative example tucked away in storage, and have pursued conservation treatment to restore its condition.  This symposium features presentations by Associate Curator, Claire Whitner, on the painting’s history; Rhona MacBeth, the Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the MFA Boston, who conducted the technical study and treatment; and Daniel Finamore, Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Supported through the generosity of Wellesley College Friends of Art, now celebrating 50 years of giving. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sight Unseen: Tapestry Unrolling Demonstration

Tuesday, November 3 | 1:00 - 4:00pm |Dorothy Johnston Towne Gallery

During this drop-in program, visitors have the extremely rare opportunity to view the unrolling of the Davis’s large-scale tapestries in Sight Unseen.  Join textile conservators and Davis curatorial staff in discovering these heretofore unseen gems.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Farideh Leshai: Only a Shadow — Curatorial Gallery Talk

Tuesday, November 10 | 3:00pm

Join Maneli Keykavoussi, the artist’s daughter and Trustee of the Farideh Lashai Foundation, and Lisa Fischman for a conversation regarding Lashai’s life and practice. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

NEW! Mashup

Sunday, November 15 |2:00pm |Davis Galleries

In this new pilot program, Wellesley College students are challenged to submit proposals for in-gallery performances related to an object in the Davis permanent collections.  Possible performances include, but are not limited to, music, dance, theatre, and poetry.  One submission will be chosen by a committee comprised of Davis staff and students to be performed on this date.  The fall application will be added to the website by the end of August and review of applications will take place in September.  The winner will be announced in October.  Stay tuned! 

Friday, December 4, 2015

In Celebration of Bunny Harvey: A Symposium

Friday, December 4 | 3:00 pm | Collins Cinema, Davis Galleries and Lobby

On the occasion of her retirement from the College, join us in honoring the career of Bunny Harvey and her four decades of service to the Wellesley community. The symposium includes presentations by former students and colleagues of Harvey, and will conclude with a festive celebration in the Davis Lobby.

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