Cole Fellow Solo Exhibition: Dunnage
New Sculptural Works by Sam Ekwurtzel
The Alice C. Cole '42 Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding early-career painter or sculptor, providing a livable sum so as to support one year of unimpeded time and space to experiment, develop a body of work, and focus on future artistic goals.
2014 Cole Fellow Recipent: Samuel Ekwurtzel
Sam Ekwurtzel lives and works in New London, CT. His solo exhibition On the beach was presented by Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Other recent exhibitions include It's when its gone that you really notice it, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY; Kinds of light, Second Guest Projects, New York, NY; The Passenger Position, Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA; Homo Duplex, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; and A failed entertainment, Neiman Gallery, New York, NY. Ekwurtzel was the 2011 Fountainhead Fellow in the department of sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has studied at the Hartford Art School, Columbia University, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was recently awarded a grant from the New York Community Trust.
For Ekwurtzel’s latest solo exhibition, On the Beach, he transformed tetrapods, mammoth concrete jacks strewn on Japanese beaches, into art for U.S. audiences who are not accustomed to the wave breaking forms. Interest in the practical sculptures strength is due in part to a lifelong fascination with the ocean. Having supported himself by working on various Alaskan commercial fishing vessels he is familiar with meditation on ocean and sky. He has also worked teaching sculpture at colleges and universities throughout New England.
He describes his sculptures and installations as “result[ing] from a preoccupation with representing and communicating spatial orientation. Working in cast iron, timber framing, underwater sound installation, or boat construction, I expose the space between a particular moment of inscription and the moment of exhibition.”
Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Carey Concert: Charles Fisk, piano
For his final recital as the Phyllis H. Carey Professor at Wellesley, pianist Charles Fisk will perform two major works that have long held special meaning for him: Robert Schumann's Fantasy in C Major, both an homage to Beethoven and a "love letter," during an enforced separation, to his bride-to-be Clara Wieck; and, with violinist Gabriela Diaz and 'cellist David Russell, Franz Schubert's haunting and elaborately cyclic Piano Trio in Eb Major. Fisk's program will also include music from J.S.Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Alban Berg's Sonata, Op.1, and the premiere of a new work by his longtime colleague Martin Brody.
This event is free and open to the public. We are wheelchair accessible: If you have questions or concerns regarding this issue, please call James Wice, Director of Disability Services at 781-283-2434.
Theatre Presents: "Mary Shelley"
November 12- 16
"We cannot let our lives be small. There is no life but loving." This compelling new drama explores a crucial episode in the early life of Mary Shelley-Her meeting and scandalous elopement with Percy Bysshe Shelley and its consequences for those who loved her.
Freedom Project Speaker Series
Author Meets Critic Session: Author of Please Stop Helping Us:How Liberals Are Making It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
Jason Riley, Editorial Board Member, The Wall Street Journal, and author of Please Stop Helping Us: How the Liberals Are Making It Harder for Blacks to Succeed and Michael Jeffries, Associate Professor of American Studies at Wellesley College and author of Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America.
Classical Faculty in Concert
Then and NOW - chamber works of the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, and 2014
Come enjoy music of Campra, Beethoven, Faure, and Christine Chen '14, winner of the Music Department's Lamb Prize for Composition. Performed by 15 members of the extraordinary Wellesley College Performance Faculty, this concert includes Beethoven's Quintet in E flat for Piano and Winds, Opus 16, Faure's Piano Quartet in c minor, Opus 15, "Le Lis et la Rose" by French Baroque composer, Andre Campra, and settings of Shakespeare Sonnets by Christine Chen '14.
Marion Dry, contralto
Jenny Tang, piano
Jane Harrison, oboe
Katherine Matasy, clarinet
Fred Aldrich, french horn
Tracy McGinnis, bassoon
Eliko Akahori, piano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Suzanne Stumpf, baroque flute
Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba
Daniel Ryan, harpsichord
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Laura Bossert-King, viola
Rebecca Thornblade, cello,
Kanako Nishikawa, piano
Diego Arciniegas, actor
Drop-In Public Tour: Feast Your Eyes
Drop-in Public Tours
Special exhibition tours are led by a Student Guide and are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All tours start at 2:00 pm and meet in the Davis lobby.
Feast Your Eyes
In Ancient Egypt food was painted on the walls of king's tombs so they could feast upon banquets for eternity in the afterlife. During the 17th century, Dutch artists' still life paintings displayed tables of deftly rendered portraits of moodily lit grapes, half peeled lemons, and glinting silverware. Amid the bounty was the hint of decay; the sweet appearance of the lemon hiding its bitter taste, the small touch of rot on an apple. While these works used food to convey the brevity of life, food's message has morphed over the centuries to sell, educate, and challenge expectations in a variety of mediums. Before photography, chromolithographs, multi-colored prints, of fanciful creations were featured in The Royal Cookery Book in 1867 to illustrate elaborate recipes. By the beginning of the 20th century food is put on display in tightly cropped photographs for magazines, drenched with hair spray to make it shine like the new technology and microwaves used to cook packaged meals. Today, natural lighting and elements of the process, like wooden spoons and cracked eggshells, create a mood that extends beyond the taste of the food itself. Instagram accounts by food photographers have nearly a million followers and pictures of cut and arranged oranges and grapefruits have thousands of "likes".
This fall's exhibit at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College tracks the history of artfully photographing a meal from its long history of feast and famine imagery to the more recent foodie fad. Connecting contemporary interest in cuisine with the rich tradition of still life in art, this exhibition of prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings from the Davis collections serves up an opportunity to consider how representations of food reflect cultural ideas about consumption in different eras.
Xi Tau Chapter Yoga Event
Yoga with Xi Tau and Linda Wells
Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Lecture
Dr. Kellie Jones: "Crisscrossing the World: Los Angeles Artists and the Global Imagination, 1960-1980"
Kellie Jones is the daughter of the poets Hettie Jones and Amiri Baraka. Kellie Jones grew up immersed in a world of artists, musicians, and writers in Manhattan’s East Village and absorbed in black nationalist ideas about art, politics, and social justice across the river in Newark. The activist vision of art and culture that she learned in those two communities, and especially from her family, has shaped her life and work as an art critic and curator.
Her research interests as an Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latino/a and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory. Dr. Jones has also worked as a curator for over three decades and has numerous major national and international exhibitions to her credit. She has organized shows for the Johannesburg Biennale (1997) and São Paulo Bienal (1989), the latter of which, featuring the work of Martin Puryear, won the grand prize for best individual exhibition. Her exhibition “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980,” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, was named one of the best exhibitions of 2011 and 2012 by Artforum, and best thematic show nationally by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She is the co-curator of “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the 1960s.” Opening at the Brooklyn Museum in March 2014 the show celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Dr. Jones’ numerous awards include a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2013. In 2005, she was the inaugural recipient of the David C. Driskell Award in African American Art and Art History from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Her many publications include the forthcoming Taming the Freeway and Other Acts of Urban HIP-notism: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s.
Piffaro: The Renaissance Band
Early Music Concert
Piffaro delights audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its ever-expanding instrumentation includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion—all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period. Tom Zajac, who plays with Piffaro, is the Director of Wellesley College's Early Music ensemble, Collegium Musicum.