News & Upcoming Events

Professor David Teng Olsen commissioned for Allston mural

Dave Olsen Allston mural

Professor Dave Olsen poses with his Allston mural
Top: the mural in progress. Bottom: Professor David Teng Olsen stands with his Allston mural. (photos by Samara Pearlstein)
 
This winter, Professor David Teng Olsen was commissioned by Harvard University to design and paint a new mural in the North Allston area. The piece will cover the entire Western Ave-facing side of a Harvard-owned building, bringing some very welcome color and dynamism to the neighborhood. Professor Olsen has created a number of public art works and murals before, making him a natural choice for this commission.
 
The enormous scale of the mural, and the vagaries of winter weather, have made this a job for a team. Wintersession has allowed several Wellesley students to gain valuable real-world art experience assisting Professor Olsen in the creation of this mural. Students are learning how to paint in less-than-ideal temperatures, how to work in a public space, how to translate designs from a printed plan to a much larger vertical surface, and more.
 
The mural will be completed by the time Wintersession ends, so be sure to keep your eyes open if you're driving down Western Ave. in 2017!
 
Jan. 13, 2017

 

Elizabeth Gorayeb '97 named executive director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Elizabeth Gorayeb '97 examines papers in her office.

Elizabeth Gorayeb '97 was profiled by the Wellesley Daily Shot this week. She was recently named executive director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, a New York foundation for art historical research and digital archiving.

Gorayeb cites Professor Patricia Berman as a major influence on the direction of her studies at Wellesley, and as a result on her professional career. Initially unsure about majoring in Art History, she became convinced of the viability of the field as a personal area of study and a career path. "I feared I wouldn't get a job if I tried 'art historian' as a career goal," she said, but "[Professor Berman] really set me on my life's course."

Check out the Daily Shot article for more about Elizabeth Gorayeb's career at Wellesley and after, and congratulations to her on her exciting new position!

Jan. 11, 2017


 

Professor Nikki Greene on WGBH's Basic Black

Professor Nikki Greene with other panelists on the set of WGBH's Basic Black
Professor Nikki Greene (far left) with other panelists on the set of WGBH's Basic Black.
 
Professor Nikki Greene appeared on WGBH's Basic Black this past week to discuss African-American art. If you missed the show when it aired, you can still see it online at the link below!
 
 
Basic Black was created in 1968 as a response to the demand for public television programs representing the interests and concerns of African Americans. Filmed in WGBH's studios in Boston, each episode is a live panel discussion about current events and how they impact communities of color. See their website for more information.
 
Dec. 19, 2016

 

Poster for the 2016 Bakwin Lecture featuring double image charcoal drawing of old man's face made up of young women

The Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture for 2016 is coming up! Christopher Pinney, Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College of London will explore the cultural history of mirages, particularly in Asia. The talk is titled "The Waterless Sea: A Cultural and Political History of Mirages."

This lecture is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Thursday, Nov. 17
5:00 pm
Collins Cinema
 
Nov. 10, 2016
 

 

 

The Harry Halverson Lecture of American Architecture is today, Thursday, November 3 at 5:00 pm, in JAC 450.

Francesca Ammon, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, will be speaking on the topic of postwar America's conflation of destruction and progress.

This event is free and open to the public.

Nov. 3, 2016


 

What Wellesley's Reading: Professor Liza Oliver

Professor Liza Oliver and book cover for 'White Mughals'

Art History Professor Liza Oliver is this week's 'What Wellesley's Reading' feature. Listen to her speak about White Mughals, by William Dalrymple, at the link here.

Nov. 2, 2016


 

Professor Jay Oles featured in Hyperallergic article

Unknown artist, “Peres Maldonado Ex-voto” (18th century, after 1777) (image courtesy Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA)

Art History Professor Jay Oles, who is also associate curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum, was quoted at length in a Hyperallergic article last week about the painting shown above. This elaborate devotional painting, which is in the Davis' collection and is currently on view, depicts an aristocratic Mexican woman who underwent a pre-anesthesia mastectomy.

Click here to read the article and to see what Professor Oles has to say about this work of art!

October 31, 2016
 

 

Save the Date Oct. 21-22 Jewett Symposium


 

Studio Faculty Update

• Professor Phyllis McGibbon sends printmaking far and wide! She exhibited work in the exhibition Contemporary American Prints at Il Bisonte Gallery in Firenze, Italy this past September. See more here!

• Professor Andy Mowbray currently has a piece up in Radius, the inaugural exhibition for the Society of Arts + Craft's new gallery space in the Seaport area of Boston. You can see Professor Mowbray's piece (the Tyvek quilt hanging on the wall) behind Mayor Marty Walsh in the SAC photo here! The show is up through November 5.

• New painting faculty Professor Alexandria Smith was part of the Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter pop-up exhibition at the New Museum in New York on September 1. A New York Times article about the show can be found here.

October 17, 2016


 

Molly Eckel '12 appointed Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery

Alum Molly Eckel standing in front of a painting
Molly Eckel '12
 
Great news from one of our alumnae! Molly Eckel '12 (Art History) was recently appointed the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in American Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery, a two-year position during which she will support research for an upcoming exhibition on the American Renaissance organized by Dr. Mark D. Mitchell.
 
Molly's research for her Plogsterth Prize-winning honors thesis at Wellesley, "'A Touch of Art': Sarah Wyman Whitman and the Art of the Book in Boston," supervised by Professor Martha McNamara, motivated her to pursue graduate study of late-nineteenth and early twentieth century British art. Under the supervision of Dr. Lucetta Johnson at the Courtauld Institute of Art, she completed her Master's Degree in the History of Art with Distinction.
 
Molly started her career in the arts at the Davis Museum as a summer curatorial intern in the Education Department and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Davis Museum Student Advisory Committee. She has also worked for organizations including the Frick Art Reference Library, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Creative Time, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Sarah Orne Jewett House and Museum at Historic New England, and Sotheby's New York.
 

 

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