Exhibition: Hanging with the Old Masters

Davis Museum Reinstallation

October 1, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Location: Harold and Estelle Newman Tanner Gallery

Showcasing Old Master Italian paintings under consideration for the upcoming reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries, the fifth floor of the Davis Museum will become a laboratory for the exploration of the curatorial reinstallation process. One wall will be lined with 3D models of the Davis Museum and will afford visitors, students, and faculty alike transparent access to the reinstallation process. The other three walls of the exhibition will be devoted to understanding the curatorial process through Old Master paintings. Issues and concerns?including questions of display, conservation, and aesthetics?that inform whether an individual work of art will be included in the reinstallation will be demystified for the viewer.

Co-curated by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs/Senior Curator of Collections, and Claire Whitner, Associate Curator. Presented with generous support from the Sandra Cohen Bakalar ?55 Fund and the Glimcher Fund.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm




Festival of the Senses

November 17, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Location: Wang Campus Center Tishman Commons (105)

Wellesley Opening: November 17, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
On View to Wellesley community and the general public: November 18-25

weekdays 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
weekends 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Consenses' founder, Sally Taylor, has engaged artists from around the world, of every medium and genre, and brought them together by asking them to interpret one another's artwork in the vein of a game of "Telephone" and express it in their own medium. For example: a musician interprets a photo, a dance interprets their song, a painter interprets the dance, a perfumer interprets the painting, a poet interprets the perfume, and so on?until all five senses are represented.

None of the artists are privy to the identities of the other participants so that they are not influenced by what they know of the styles of the other well-known artists. Consenses has enlisted more than 140 artists from 23 countries, representing a variety of disciplines. Included are James Taylor, Carly Simon, John Huba, Jimmy Buffet, Honor Moore, Jennifer Nettles, Patrick Corbin, and many more.

Each project results in a chain of work, and 22 chains have been created.  Eight were interpreted by Boston-based set designers who constructed individual showcases for the Consenses exhibition. A ninth chain, featuring the music of Ben Taylor and photograph by Janet Woodcock, will be created by the Wellesley College Theatre Department and will debut at the opening of the November installation. There are 13 additional Chains that are viewable on tablets as video compilations throughout the exhibition.

About Sally

Sally Taylor is an artist and musician. In 1998, reluctant to sign to a major record label, she formed her own, ambitiously producing and recording three albums (Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S & Shotgun). She and a 5-piece band toured 180 days of the year. She thrived on the production elements of running a label and the creative elements of writing, recording, and performing. When she retired from the road at age 30 she moved to Boston and began teaching music. She is currently taking time off from The Berklee College of Music to work exclusively on Consenses. In this effort she is dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception.

Consenses Workshops

All workshops will be conducted in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, in the rooms noted. Wellesley students may attend at no charge with preregistration; please email Holly Kapinos to reserve your space. Other guests may purchase workshop tickets at Consenses.org:

10:00, Room 104: Silence Speaks with singer/songwriter Kori Withers

11:00 am, Room 413: Not Just Another Pretty Picture with photographer Michael Zide

2:00 pm, Room 413: Word & Pictures with quilt designer Fae Kontje Gibbs

3:00 pm, Room 413: Movement, Mark-Making & Mindfulness with sculptor Kim Bernard

7:30 pm, Room 413: Seeing Through New Eyes with actress Eliza Ryan




Achille Mbembe | "South of Theory"

The Elizabeth Turner Jordan Lecture with Achille Mbembe | "South of Theory"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 4:30pm
Location: GRH-237 Newhouse Lounge, GRH-235 Newhouse Conference Rm

Achille Mbembe
is a philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual. He was born near Otele in French Cameroon in 1957. He obtained his Ph.D. in History at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France, in 1989. He subsequently obtained a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in the same city. He has held appointments at Columbia University in New York, Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Duke University and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal. Mbembe is a Research Professor in History and Politics at the Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) and the Convenor of The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC). He is also the Editor of the online magazine,The Johannesburg Salon. His latest book isCritique de la raison negre(Paris, La Decouverte, 2013)


Dist. Writers Series: Ferris & Oyeyemi

Distinguished Writers Series: Joshua Ferris and Helen Oyeyemi

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 4:30pm
Location: GRH-237 Newhouse Lounge, GRH-235 Newhouse Conference Rm, GRH-240 Newhouse Conference Rm

Joshua Ferris'slatest novel isTo Rise Again at a Decent Hour. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel,Then We Came to the End, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the 2007 PEN/Hemingway Award, andThe Unnamed, his second novel. His fiction has appeared inThe New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Guardian, The Iowa Review, andBest American Short Stories 2009. He attended the University of Iowa and the University of California, Irvine, and his nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies State by State and Heavy Rotation.

Helen Oyeyemiis the author of five novels, includingWhite is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham award,Mr. Fox, which one a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and most recentlyBoy, Snow, Bird. In 2013, Oyeyemi was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. She lives in Prague.


Distinguished Writers Series: Carson

Distinguished Writers Series: Anne Carson

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 4:30pm
Location: GRH-237 Newhouse Lounge, GRH-235 Newhouse Conference Rm, GRH-240 Newhouse Conference Rm

A poet, classics scholar and winner of the MacArthur "Genius" award,Anne Carsonas been called "the most exciting poet writing in English today" by Michael Ondaatje. Carson's most recent works includeDecreation: Poetry, Essays, OperasandThe Beauty of the Husband. She is also the author ofNox,ErostheBittersweetand translator ofIf Not Writer: Fragments of Sappho.Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry and a Guggenheim fellowship.


"Seeing Through New Eyes"

Consenses Workshop with Actress Eliza Ryan

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7:30pm
Location: Wang Campus Center Meeting Room 415 by Stairwell


This acting workshop with actress Eliza Ryan helps participants learn acting techniques that let them stand in other people's shoes and ‘see out of new eyes.’ “Seeing Through New Eyes” will teach fun tools that participants can use anytime to shift perspective and wake up their creativity, critical thinking, and senses to tackle any new artistic or creative project.  

All Consenses workshops are free for Wellesley students. If interested, please email Holly Kapinos at hkapinos@wellesley.edu
General Admission Tickets: $40. To pre-register and purchase tickets, please visit www.artful.ly/consenses.


Ben Taylor, Carly Simon and Sally Taylor

Consenses Benefit Concert

Featuring Carly Simon, Sally Taylor, Ben Taylor and Friends

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7:00pm
Location: Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

Please note that General Admission tickets are now SOLD OUT. A limited number of VIP benefit tickets are still available at Consenses.org


Consenses founder Sally Taylor will be joined on November 22 by her mother, Carly Simon, and her brother, Ben Taylor, for a Consenses Concert at 7:00 PM in Alumnae Hall.  Also performing are guest artists Kori Withers, Something Underground, Eric Erdman, and Libby Kirkpatrick. See below for brief bios of the performers, or select the links at right to visit their web sites for more information.

Carly Simon has been honored with multiple Grammys, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Boston Music Awards, the Berklee College of Music, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Her Top 40 hits include “Anticipation,” “You Belong to Me,” “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” and “Coming Around Again,” and her Gold singles include “Jesse,” “Mockingbird” (a duet with James Taylor), “You’re So Vain,” and “Nobody Does It Better.”

Sally Taylor is an artist and musician.  In 1998, reluctant to sign to a major record label, she formed her own, producing and recording three albums (Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S & Shotgun).  She and a 5-piece band toured 180 days of the year.  She thrived on the production elements of running a label and the creative elements of writing, recording, and performing.  When she retired from the road at age 30, she moved to Boston and began teaching music. She is currently taking time off from The Berklee School of Music to work exclusively on Consenses.  In this effort she is dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception.

Music has always played a central role in Ben Taylor’s life. His wit and skill as a singer-songwriter showcase an artist who is comfortable in both his own skin and with his impressive musical legacy. His acclaimed previous releases comprise his debut album 2003’s “Famous Among The Barns,” 2005’s “Another Run Around The Sun,” and 2008’s “The Legend of Kung Folk, Part 1 (The Killing Bite).” Highlights from his previous albums include appearances on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, The CBS Early Show, Last Call with Carson Daly and Howard Stern. Ben also made his acting debut with a recurring role on NBC’s American Dreams and has appeared in the pages of People Magazine, Vogue and even on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Taylor has toured with Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler and Ziggy Marley, among others. His latest album, “Listening,” seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country/western, running the gamut from sonically spacious acoustic numbers to multi-layered vocals and fresh beats.

Kori Withers began writing her own songs at age 14, accompanying herself on the piano.  She picked up the acoustic guitar at 17 and began writing folk songs like her early singer/songwriter idols, Dad Bill Withers, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Cat Stevens.  Other early influences include Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. Withers earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Columbia University. In New York, she absorbed the multicultural influences she heard, including reggae, salsa, hip-hop, and the budding American “neo-soul” movement.  Kori also discovered a love of West African music; she studied abroad in Ghana and performed the lead role of “Ti Moune” in Columbia’s production of the Caribbean-inspired Broadway musical “Once On This Island.” Withers received her Master of Fine Arts from the exclusive Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). She has performed extensively—including performing with her father, Bill Withers, when he was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame—and has shared the stage with such songwriting legends as Hal David, Charles Fox, and Alan Bergman, as well as recording artists Tracy Chaman, Peabo Bryson, and Jason Mraz.

What do you get when you blend harmonizing brothers and crushing songs with a whole lotta love? Denver-based power trio, Something Underground. Brothers Seth and Josh Larson and their long-time drummer, Trevor Mariotti, were born into musical families. That deep-rooted connection to music is ever-present in their seamless delivery of the many styles they perform. Rock, reggae and funk are just a few of the vehicles they use to move their audience.  Inspired by everyone from The Beatles to Bruno Mars, Seth and Josh are captivating front men with seemingly endless energy, brilliant harmonies, and incredible presence. Performing on stage their entire lives has given them the ability to genuinely connect with people from all walks of life, wherever they go. Mariotti is the perfect backbone of the band, not only for his monster chops and impeccable timing, but also because of his ability to intuitively read and respond to Josh and Seth’s unspoken musical queues as if he were the third brother.

Eric Erdman is a singer/songwriter with a warm baritone voice filled with emotion and Alabama soul. Erdman is a storyteller with a life that gives him stories to write songs about. His guitar takes him around the world and he can write four songs from one break up. His lyrics are introspective and deep, often with a hook or punchline that provide the spark in a song or draw listeners in like old friends. His career began as the lead singer of the funk rock band, The Ugli Stick in Mobile, Alabama and they released four albums and performed on three USO tours. In 2012, Erdman recorded his fist solo album, “My Brother’s Keepers” that revealed his voice as a singer-songwriter. He regularly tours through Europe and Australia and has won multiple international songwriting awards. He recorded his second album, “Color the Silence,” in Australia in 2013. He just recorded his new album “Not Slowing Down” in Muscle Shoals and it will be released in the fall of 2014.

Libby Kirkpatrick was awarded Finalist, Runner-Up, and Honorable Mention in the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and won the 2003 Lady Sixstring songwriting competition. Libby was a finalist in the 2003 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, finalist in the Fall 2002 Lady Sixstring songwriting competition, and Winner of the 1999 Telluride "Troubadour" songwriting and performance competition. Kirkpatrick is an extremely powerful and refreshingly original singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, stunning audiences with her wide vocal range, serious command of dynamics, award-winning lyrics and sailing voice. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Libby Kirkpatrick began playing classical piano at age 3. At age 14, deeply moved by the musical era of singer-songwriters in the 1970's, she switched to acoustic guitar while immersing herself in the artistry of Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Neil Young and Rickie Lee Jones. Drawn by her adventure-seeking desires as a nomadic youth, Libby left home to live as a minimalist overseas in India and in Thailand, and then busking in Ireland where she began writing her first original songs. She then returned to the States to live in Boulder, CO where she began performing professionally for the first time in 1995.


"Movement, Mark-Making & Mindfulness"

Consenses Workshop with Kim Bernard on Visual Language through Yoga

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 3:00pm
Location: Wang Campus Center Meeting Room 415 by Stairwell

Sculptor and installation artist Kim Bernard will lead combine the practice of yoga, breathing, meditation and mark making in this workshop. Participants will focus on being present-minded, develop an awareness of their body in space and explore their personal kinesthetic language to inform their personal, visual language. No yoga, or art experience necessary, just a willingness to stretch the body, mind and spirit.

*Participants should come in comfortable yoga attire and bring a yoga mat, if they have one.

All Consenses workshops are free for Wellesley Students. If interested, please email Holly Kapinos at hkapinos@wellesley.edu

General Admission Tickets: $30. To pre-register and purchase tickets, please visit www.artful.ly/consenses



Cole Fellowship Solo Exhibition: Dunnage

New Sculptural Works by Sam Ekwurtzel

November 3, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Location: Jewett Art Center Art Gallery

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.”

Installation Hours:

Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5:00 pm

Sat - Sun:12:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Fae Kontje Gibbs: "Words & Pictures"

Consenses Creativity Workshop

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 2:00pm
Location: Wang Campus Center Meeting Room 413 by Elevator

Although her art and writing have been shown and published both locally and nationally, artist Fae Kontie-Gibbs is most passionate about the artistic process, which helped create her journal-based “Words and Pictures” method for exploring personal creativity and developing one’s artistic vision, a rewarding and exciting tool for beginners and experienced artists alike.  

All Consenses workshops are free for Wellesley students. If interested, please email Holly Kapinos at hkapinos@wellesley.edu
General Admission Tickets: $50. To pre-register and purchase tickets, please visit www.artful.ly/consenses.