NEW! Drop-in Public Tours
Every Saturday, 2:00pm
September 19 - December 12 (no tours on October 10 or November 28)
Meet in Davis Lobby
Thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a Student Guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. A full schedule of tours will be coming soon.
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College offers guided tours during weekday open hours, Tuesday through Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Our specially-trained Student Guides engage visitors with the Davis’s distinctive permanent collections and its special temporary exhibitions through dialogue-based experiences. Admission is free, and we welcome audiences from the Wellesley College campus and beyond. School groups are encouraged to plan visits to the Davis and to apply for our School Bus Subsidy, generously funded by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.
Tours are customized according to interest area. To schedule your visit or to request more information, please e-mail Public and Interpretive Programs Specialist Liz Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781.283.3045
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.
To RSVP, please click here.
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
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.
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 DMSAC members to be performed on this date. Applications are due by Sunday, October 18.
For more information and to apply, please click here.
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.