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Winter 2019 Faculty Updates


Professor Will Van Beckum has a solo exhibition of new photographs on view at Gallery 263 in Cambridge. The show is up from Jan. 10 - Feb. 9, 2019.
Professor Liza Oliver's article, "Confronting the Relics of the Old South," was published in the Boston Review.
Professor Alexandria Smith was interviewed by the Boston Globe.
Professor Daniela Rivera was announced as one of the 2019 cohort of Now+There Accelerator Artists.
Professor Patricia Berman will be at a conference, Symbolist Art and the Baltic Sea Region, 1880-1930, at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia. She is moderating the Feb. 1 panel The Nordic Horizon of the Emerging Baltic Art: A View from the Riga at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, and will be participating in a roundtable discussion on Feb. 2.
January 31, 2019


Frank Williams Visiting Artist: Annette Lemieux

Frank Williams Visiting Artist: Annette Lemieux

poster for Annette Lemieux talk showing multicolored photo collage on left, grayscale photo collage on right

Please join us for the Fall 2018 Frank Williams Artist Talk, featuring artist Annette Lemieux!
Based primarily in the Boston area, Lemieux teaches at Harvard University and is represented by Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York. An interdisciplinary and multimedia artist, Lemieux's work defies easy categorization. She often works with film and literature, pulling themes, images, clips, and concepts from the realm of art into that of real life and back again. Her work is widely collected in museums, including the MoMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Hirshhorn Museum, and many more. A recent solo exhibition, Mise En Scène, featuring sculptural installations inspired by classic films to which Lemieux feels a connection, was on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston earlier this year.
Friday, October 26, 2018
12:30 pm
Collins Cinema
This talk is free and open to the public.
posted October 22, 2018


Halverson Lecture 2018


sepia and white poster for Archaism & Humanism Taliesin West lecture


The 2018 Harry Halverson Lecture on American Architecture will be Archaism and Humanism at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, by Kathryn O'Rourke '02.
Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's part-time home and studio in the Arizona desert, has long been considered one of the architect's more enigmatic works. With its rough stone and concrete walls, its powerful orientation toward natural forms, and its evocation of a deep history of architecture, it differed markedly from his more celebrated buildings. Taking Taliesin West's strangeness as a point of departure, this talk considers how the building's archaic qualities and Wright's humanism, as expressed in his writings, illuminate developments in the architectural modernism of the 1930s.
Kathryn O'Rourke '02 is an architectural historian and Associate Professor of Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on 20th-century architecture in the Americas. O'Rourke is the author of Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital, which received the 2018 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, and is vice chair of the State Board of Review of the Texas Historical Commission and secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Monday, October 15
6:00 pm
JAC 450
posted October 4, 2018


Professor Alexandria Smith receives Queens Museum-Jerome Foundation Fellowship


large shaped canvas painting of figures in a river by Alexandria Smith
Painting by Alexandria Smith. Photo courtesy the artist.
Professor Alexandria Smith is one of two recipients this year of the Queens Museum-Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. In addition to the $20,000 fellowship stipend, the Queens Museum will show Professor Smith's first solo museum exhibition in April 2019. For more information, see the Queens Museum website.


Huge congrats to Professor Smith, and we're looking forward to seeing the new work in New York this Spring!
September 18, 2018


Summer 2018 Faculty Updates

closeup of peephole in brown door with peeling tan paint
Fragmentos para una historia del olvido/Fragments for a history of displacement, detail shot, artwork by Daniela Rivera, photo by Samara Pearlstein
Professor David Olsen painted a number of murals on campus this summer. His murals in Green Hall and Founders were profiled in this Daily Shot article. His art project van, Rally, was also featured this August in an issue of Interior Design magazine.
Professor Kimberly Cassibry had an article published in the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal this August. Spectacular Translucence: The Games in Glass looks at mold-blown glass cups featuring images of famous gladiators and charioteers between 50-80 AD in Rome. The article is open source and available to read for free online.
Professor Nikki Greene will present her essay, Habla LAMADRE: María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carrie Mae Weems, and Black Feminist Performance, at the "New Perspectives in Portraiture" symposium at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The two-day symposium will be held on Sept. 20-21, 2018, and is free to attend, although registration is required. See the link here for much more information.
Professor Andy Mowbray had artwork in a number of group exhibitions this summer, including Out of Our Closet with Lamontagne Gallery in Boston and PLACE(HOLDER) at Gallery 263 in Cambridge.
Professor Alexandria Smith has paintings up right now in the Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night, an exhibition at Mass MoCA. This summer she was also an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.
Professor Will Van Beckum (our new photography professor for 2018-19) spent a month this summer teaching photography workshops to students in Monterrey, Mexico, in partnership with the Museo de Arts Contemporáneo de Monterrey.
Professor Daniela Rivera will have a new artwork on display at the Davis Museum this fall as part of their Windows Invitational series. Fragmentos para una historia del olvido/Fragments for a history of displacement is a sculptural installation addressing immigration and the way we relate to our environments. The piece includes an 8-channel audio artwork by music Professor Jenny Johnson.
August 29, 2018


Professor Claudia Joskowicz's work acquired by the Guggenheim

photo of video installation, two screens across a dark room from each other showing street scenes
Image courtesy Claudia Joskowicz
Huge congrats to Professor Claudia Joskowicz! Her video installation, 'Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte-- After Ruscha' has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum!
This 2011 two-channel installation tracks down both sides of the main road in El Alto, Bolivia, a large and fast-growing urban center and the site of a major protest following contested natural gas privatization and police retaliations in 2003. The mundane and the chaotic scroll by at a stately pace, while the reference to Ed Ruscha's 1966 'Every Building on the Sunset Strip' project highlights the differences between still photography and film, and the successes and limitations inherent in both media when trying to capture the essential nature of a time, place, or society.
See LMAK Gallery's announcement of the acquisition here.
See Professor Joskowicz's artist page at the Guggenheim here.
April 13, 2018



Bakwin Lecture, Spring 2018

Bakwin lecture poster with grayed out old style text on left


The Art Department invites all to the Spring 2018 Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture. This year's speaker is Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Professor of Art History at McGill University and the 2017-18 William Lyon Mackenzie Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University. Nelson's talk is titled "Enslaved Females in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Nova Scotia and Quebec: Examining the Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive."
Nelson has a PhD in Art History from the University of Manchester in the UK. Her research ranges across on postcolonial and black feminist scholarship, Transatlantic Slavery Studies, and Black Diaspora Studies, along with Canadian, American, European, and Caribbean art and visual culture. Her current projects focus on an exploration of Canadian and Jamaican fugitive slave advertisement as a visual culture that can disclose much about the differing larger cultures in which they are displayed.  She has published extensively, held numerous fellowships and appointments, and received many awards.
The Bakwin Art Lecture will be held on April 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm in Collins Cinema. The lecture is free to attend and open to all.
posted April 6, 2018


Christina Yu Yu '02 appointed Art of Asia Chair at the MFA Boston

photo of the front facade of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston showing gray stone columns, lawn, sculpture of a baby's head
MFA Boston photo by Samara Pearlstein
Christina Yu Yu '02 was recently named the Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, starting this July, 2018. Yu Yu has been the director of USC's Pacific Asia Museum since 2014, and she had previously held positions at LACMA, the Chambers Fine Art gallery, and Japan's Yokohama Museum of Art.
The Pacific Asia Museum transitioned from a small, independent museum and cultural center to part of the University of Southern California system in 2013. Part of Yu Yu's task as museum director was to help broaden the institution's scope in terms of exhibitions and learning, and to introduce it to a much larger community. The museum's collection also expanded during this time. The first Asian-American director of the PAM, Yu Yu was able to shepherd the museum into its new position as an important part of USC's academic commission.
At the MFA, Yu Yu will oversee the Art of Asia collection, which features over 100,000 artworks from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world. She will also work within the MFA and collaboratively with other institutions to create and implement programming to showcase the collection and engage with visitors.
An Art History major at Wellesley, Yu Yu went on to earn her master's degree at Boston University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago with a focus on Chinese Yuan dynasty paintings; her more recent scholarship has covered both historic and contemporary Chinese and Asian art. Her career in museum work and curation began with a graduate internship at the MFA, so it particularly wonderful to see her returning to the museum. The Wellesley College Art Department is thrilled to have an alum returning to the east coast, and we all look forward to the exhibitions and programming to come from the Art of Asia department under Yu Yu's leadership at the MFA.
March 15, 2018


Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium to take place on March 10

Thomas Ball Emancipation Memorial in Boston showing dark gray statue of Abraham Lincoln with kneeling man
Thomas Ball, Emancipation Memorial, Park Square, Boston, MA, 1876. Photo by Martha McNamara.
This year's Wellesley-Deerfield symposium, "Monumental Narratives: Revisiting New England's Public Memorials," will take place on March 10, 2018 at Wellesley College. The symposium will run all day in Collins Cinema. A draft of the program is available here.
As southern Civil War memorials have become a flashpoint for politics and protest, New England's public monuments are also due for critical examination. The Wellesley-Deerfield symposium will explore the public commemorations of people, places, and events in New England's past. Illustrated presentations by scholars from across the country will examine how these public acts of memory tell a particular story of New England and how, whether explicitly or implicitly, they conceal, devalue, or erase other histories. Ultimately, presenters will ask: how can we recast these monumental narratives without simultaneously sweeping aside uncomfortable histories of colonialism and discrimination?
This symposium is free to attend and open to the public, but please register in advance!
posted February 6, 2018


Frank Williams Visting Artist: Peter Liversidge

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Please join us for the Spring 2018 Frank Williams Visiting Artist Talk, featuring Peter Liversidge.
British contemporary artist Peter Liversidge will talk about his wide-ranging artistic practice, which involves everything from object-making to performance, relational happenings, and conceptual works.
Friday, February 2, 2018
12:30 pm
JAC 450
This talk is free and open to the public.


posted Jan. 29, 2018



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