106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Museum hours change with the school year, please contact the museum to confirm.
The Davis Museum and its programs are open to the public free of charge.
FARIDEH LASHAI: ONLY A SHADOW
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.
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.
BUNNY HARVEY: FOUR DECADES
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.
THE KRIEG CYCLE: KÄTHE KOLLWITZ AND WORLD WAR I
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.
MEASURING THE WORLD: PHOTOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY AND DESCRIPTION
On View: September 16 – December 13, 2015
Lawrence and Ina Lee Brown Ramer Gallery
This inventive exhibition explores the camera as a device for measuring the world, mediating relations between individuals and their environments. Developed 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, or rather that the two histories are often intertwined.
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.
SIGHT UNSEEN: THE DAVIS REVEALS ITS HIDDEN TAPESTRIES
On View: September 16 – October 25, 2015; November 4 – 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.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sight Unseen: Tapestry Unrolling Demonstration
Wednesday, November 4 | 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.
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 |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 Student Advisory Council members to be performed on this date. The winner will be announced in October. Stay tuned! Generously supported by the Wellesley College Friends of Art Student Initiative Programming Fund.
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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