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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

poster for Peter Liversidge talk, blue with image of children holding protest signs

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


Winter 2018 Faculty Updates

Your last chance to see Professor Daniela Rivera's solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is rapidly approaching. The show is up through February 25, 2018.

Professor Alexandria Smith is spending this Winter Session working on her art at the MacDowell Colony residency.

Professor Kimberly Cassibry was recently a panelist at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. The panel-- Teaching the Roman Provinces in North American Classrooms-- discussed cutting-edge approaches to teaching, including Professor Cassibry's use of the orbis online mapping project to help students visualize what they might have seen as they traveled through the Roman Empire.

Professor Pat Berman's exhibition on Edvard Munch at the Scandinavia House in New York City continues to get great press! Here's a recent article on Hyperallergic.

Professor Andrew Mowbray will be part of an upcoming exhibition at the New Art Center in Newton, MA. Stitch: Syntax/Action/Reaction opens Friday, February 16, 2018.

Professor Martha McNamara's recently published book, Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915-1960 (co-edited with Karan Sheldon, Indiana University Press, 2017) just won the award for "Best Edited Collection" from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.


January 8, 2018


Professor Patricia Berman brings Munch to NYC

Pat Berman standing at podium in front of large screen showing a landscape painting and text 'Marketing the North'
photo courtesy Pat Berman


Last month Professor Patricia Berman, a specialist in early modern European (and especially Scandinavian) art, organized a conference, Marketing the North, at Scandinavia House in New York on behalf of the "Munch, Modernism, and Modernity" research network in Oslo, Norway. At the conference she chaired a panel on "Artistic Self Fashioning" (pictured above). The conference was scheduled to coincide with the opening of Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Professor Berman has an essay in the catalogue for this exhibition.

Set to run more or less concurrently with the Met's exhibition, The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch's Photography, at Scandinavia House, is curated by Professor Berman and complements the pieces on view at the Met, which bring into focus Munch's repeated use of the self portrait to explore his own psychology. Much less well-known than his prints and paintings, Munch's photographs often utilized blurs and distortions to make himself and his surroundings as much a part of his expressionistic world of representation as the figures in his other, more familiar forms of art.

An interview with Professor Berman forms the basis of this online review of the Scandinavia House show; the same show was also recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. Both the photography show and the exhibition at the Met were reviewed in the New York Times article here.

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed is on view at the Met from Nov. 15, 2017 - Feb. 4, 2018.

The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch's Photography is on view at Scandinavia House from Nov. 21, 2017 - March 5, 2018.


posted December 1, 2017


Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces exhibition featured on the Daily Shot

view of wall in the Jewett Sculpture Court with grid of framed photographs and Jewett sunscreen in the background
photo by Samara Pearlstein

Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces, an exhibition of photographs of chapels, meditation rooms, and other spaces built to house the sacred that exist within secular institutions, was recently reviewed in the Daily Shot!

Click here to read the full article.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Wellesley College Art History professor Alice Friedman, sociology professor Wendy Cadge of Brandeis University, and photographer Randall Armor. It's on view in the Jewett Sculpture now through December 1, 2017.

posted November 21, 2017


Clickbait: Thoughts on the Ethics of Digitizing Antiquities

poster for lecture about digitizing antiquities, photo of visiting scholar Erin Thompson in top left, exploding digital model of ancient sculpture below

Please join the Art Department on Thursday, November 16, 2017 for Clickbait: Thoughts on the Ethics of Digitizing Antiquities, a lecture by Erin Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art Crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

In today's world, digital imaging and 3D modeling are increasingly common. As more and more objects of antiquity are photographed, scanned, modeled, and otherwise brought into the digital realm, the ethics surrounding this trend start to come into question.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Nov. 16, 2017
4:30 pm
Collins Cinema
posted Nov. 10, 2017



Halverson Lecture

Halverson poster showing large plant in building atrium

The Art Department invites all to the 2017 Harry Halverson Lecture on American Architecture. This year's speaker is Penny Sparke, Professor of Design History at Kingston University in London. Her talk is titled Nature Inside: Plants and Flowers in American Public Interiors, 1950s and 1960s.

In the 1950s and 1960s, many American public interiors-- restaurants, corporate office blocks, retail stores, hotels, and shopping malls-- began to embrace nature. Trees and exotic plants suddenly began to fill spaces where people ate, worked, and shopped, transforming those experiences into less exclusively urban ones. Sparke suggests that the roots of this phenomenon lay in 19th-century modernity, while glasshouses, winter gardens, hotel palm courts, and department stores began to blur the boundaries between private and public spaces by bringing an enduring symbol of Victorian domesticity-- the potted palm-- into their midst. During the WW-II era, the scale changed significantly as professional interior landscapers worked to shape these new spaces.

The talk will be on Thursday, October 26, at 5:00 pm in JAC 450. It is free and open to the public.

published October 16, 2017


PNW Open Studios

PNW Open Studios flyer showing blackboard with schematic drawings

Join Wellesley College in officially celebrating the new and renovated Pendleton West! Many events make up the multi-day celebration, including the Art Department's Open Studios.

Students in Studio Art courses will be showcasing their work throughout the building. Art on display will include class projects, advanced independent work, and in-progress pieces, all on view throughout exhibition, classroom, and working studio spaces.

Open Studios will be taking place on:

Thursday, October 19, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday, October 20, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
PNW will be open to the public for these Open Studios-- this is a wonderful opportunity for friends, family, alumnae, and all interested members of the community to come see the new building, the new studio spaces, and the artwork being created by the students of the Art Department. We hope to see you there!
October 12, 2017


Cat Art Took Over at Wellesley This Summer

cat on a leash next to sculpture in the Jewett Art Gallery
Batya Pearlstein visits the cat art exhibition in the Jewett Art Gallery. Sculpture (right) by Christian Meade. All photos by Samara Pearlstein.
This past summer, the Wellesley College Art Department exhibited A Cat May Look, the first exhibition of cat art at Wellesley in recent memory (and maybe ever!). A small survey of the cat in contemporary art, A Cat May Look was inspired in part by the old proverb "a cat may look at a king." Cats have long been symbols of this kind of confidence and equality, and they have had many different symbolic meanings throughout the course of art history and around the globe. The inherent character of cat, the relationships between people and cats, and the place of the cat in society and culture were all potential starting points for work in the show.
An open call for work resulted in an enormous number of submissions, with 22 artists ultimately selected for inclusion in the show. Exhibited works included painting, printmaking, photography, video, and sculpture of many kinds. Some pieces were examples of straightforward cat portraiture, as artists used different techniques to capture the essence of their feline companions. Other pieces relied more heavily on metaphor and abstraction, implying or referencing a cat or the concept of cat-ness without directly depicting it.
a cat painting by Catherine Kehoe
Olive, a painting by Catherine Kehoe.
a video piece by Meg Duguid
Box, a video piece by Meg Duguid.
a cat collage by Carl Vestweber
Family Tension, a collage piece by Carl Vestweber
Artists from across campus submitted work, with several members of the staff and faculty contributing pieces that made the final cut. There were also many artists who had no prior affiliation with the College but simply saw the call for work-- the exhibition thus brought many members of the local arts community to Wellesley College for the first time.
a stereoscope for viewing cat photos by Kimberley A Shaw
A stereoscope for viewing cat photos by Kimberley A Shaw of LTS
The show was featured in a Daily Shot article on July 26, 2017, and was reviewed in many places, including on Patch and in the Boston Globe. Curated by Samara Pearlstein and exhibited in the Jewett Art Gallery, A Cat May Look was on view from July 15 - August 10, 2017.
posted October 4, 2017


Frank Williams Visiting Artist: Sarah Oppenheimer

poster for Sarah Oppenheimer talk, featuring image of hole cut into floor and wall with bookshelves visible above and below

Please join us for the Fall 2017 Frank Williams Visiting Artist Talk, featuring Sarah Oppenheimer.

Sarah Oppenheimer is a distinguished artist who explores the boundaries of spatial and temporal adjacency in surprising ways. Her installations and architectural interventions create new spaces, and new ways of experiencing the built environment.

Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Baselland (2014), MUDAM Luxembourg (2016), the Pérez Art Museum in Miami (2016), and the Wexner Center for the Arts (2017). Permanent projects include W-120301 (2012) at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 610-3365 (2008) at the Mattress Factory, and W-330903 at the Williams Collection, Wellesley, MA, pictured in the poster above. She is a senior critic at the Yale University School of Art.


Friday, September 29, 2017
12:30 pm
JAC 450

This talk is free and open to the public.

posted on Sept. 22, 2017



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