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Wellesley students marching in a 1915 suffrage parade (Image Credit: Wellesley College Archives)
Wellesley College students marching in a 1915 suffrage parade. Credit: Wellesley College Archives


From Suffrage to Stonewall: The Visual and Material Culture of Social Justice

The 2020 Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium

This symposium will examine the visual and material culture of social justice movements in the United States.  Illustrated scholarly presentations will explore artistic expressions deployed to foster social, political, economic, and cultural change.

The years 2019 and 2020 mark significant anniversaries in the history of social justice movements in the United States, commemorating the many reform campaigns that have taken place from the 19th century to the present, including abolition/antislavery, women's rights, and the civil rights movements for the African-American, LGBTQ, Native American, and disability communities.  These campaigns sought political, social, economic, and cultural change, and they all deployed visual and material culture to advance their goals.  The 2020 Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium will focus on research related to the wide range of artistic expression generated by social justice movements, from painting, sculpture, public performance, and installation to ephemera, costume, and craft.

Saturday, March 14, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Collins Cinema

Generously supported by the Barra Foundation.

Upcoming events this week: Halverson Lecture and Frank Williams Visiting Artist

text-based poster for Black Spaces Matter lecture
Join the Art Department on November 5 for the 2019 Harry Halverson Lecture on American Architecture, this year featuring architect and architectural historian Pamela Karimi. Karimi's talk, Black Spaces Matter: Learning from an Abolitionist Neighborhood, will center on her work with the architectural history of New Bedford, MA to look further into its role in the history of abolition and post-industrial renewal.
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
5:00 pm
JAC 450
A brief reception in the Jewett Sculpture Court will follow the event. This talk is free and open to the public.
poster for Marco Maggi talk, empty-looking white box gallery space with text overlay
Wellesley Art events this week continue on Friday with the Fall 2019 Frank Williams Visiting Artist: Marco Maggi. New York and Uruguay-based artist Marco Maggi uses a range of unexpected, everyday items to create drawings, sculptures, and interventions in space. Through humor and metaphor, his works refer to dense histories and coded forms of information without resorting to direct reference. Meticulously crafted, Maggi's artwork rewards slow and close examination by the viewer, something he considers an integral part of his practice. He has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally, in galleries and museums. He represented Uruguay in the 2015 Venice Bienniale.
Friday Nov. 8, 2019
12:45 pm
Collins Cinema

A reception in the Davis Museum lobby will follow. This talk is free and open to the public.


posted on Nov. 4, 2019



poster for Race-ing the Romans lecture featuring photo of Shelley Haley standing outside
Join us for "Race-ing" the Romans: Uncovering the Racial Constructs of Ancient Rome, a talk by Shelley Haley, PhD, the Edward North Chair of Classics and Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College, NY. Hosted by the Art Department, this event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies, Classical Studies, and Sociology departments, as well as the CLCE program.
The talk will be at 5:00 pm on Monday, October 21 in Collins Cinema, with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.
posted October 16, 2019


Professor Rebecca Bedell's new book highlighted

Rebecca Bedell standing in front of gilt-framed landscape paintings
Professor Rebecca Bedell. Photo by Samara Pearlstein.
Professor Rebecca Bedell's new book, Moved to Tears: Rethinking the Art of the Sentimental in the United States, was highlighted in a recent Washington Post article. Art critic Sebastian Smee writes about Winslow Homer and the two Massachusetts exhibitions of his work up now. Smee agrees that Homer's work operates in the realm of the sentimental, and that this, far from being a weakness in the art, is actually a strength to be admired and respected.
Prof. Bedell's book may be purchased here, or from any number of other vendors.
Sept. 12, 2019



Fall 2019 Art Dept. Events


collage of images: woman in profile made up of black ink marks; painting of two hands with black background; head shot of Nikki Greene; empty gallery space; photo of St. Peter's Basilica dome; photo of gallery exhibition
Fall event images clockwise from top left: Facts are Stubborn Things, monotype and screenprint by Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro (Print Biennial); painting by Professor Daniela Rivera (Fitchburgh Art Museum and Rappaport Prize); Professor Nikki Greene (Newhouse lecture); exhibition view of Black Spaces Matter at Boston Architetural College (Halverson Lecture); St. Peter's Basilica (Bakwin Lecture); Global Myopia at the Venice Biennial by Marco Maggi (Frank Williams Visiting Artist)


August 26 - September 29
The 2019 Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial
Jewett Art Gallery and Jewett Hallway Galleries
This biennial exhibition, run by the Boston Printmakers and hosted in 2019 by the Wellesley College Art Department, showcases artwork featuring a wide variety of print processes and techniques from over 100 artists in the US, Canada, and Cuba. This year's show was juried by Shelley Langdale, the Curator and Head of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. For more information on the exhibiton, see the Boston Printmakers page here.
Juror's Talk: Sunday, Sept. 8, 1:00 pm
Jewett Auditorium
Opening Reception: Sunday Sept. 8, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Jewett Gallery
Juror's Gallery Talk: Monday, Sept. 9, 12:40 pm
Jewett Gallery
September 21 - January 12, 2020
Daniela Rivera: Labored Landscapes (where hand meets ground)
opening reception 3:00-5:00 pm, Fitchburg Art Museum
This solo exhibition of new work by Studio Art professor Daniela Rivera features three distinct installations. Among the works on view are a number of paintings that explore the hands and bodies of miners, rendered at a scale that makes their relationship to monumental earthworks explicit. For more information on the exhibition, see the Fitchburg Art Museum page here.
Opening Reception: Saturday Sept. 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Monday, September 23
Newhouse Center Faculty Series - Nikki Greene
4:30-6:00 pm, Newhouse Center
Art History professor Nikki Greene presents her ongoing research project, "Sugar makes me cry": María Magdalena Campos-Pons and the Performance of Bittersweet Histories. Campos-Pons, a Cuban-born, Massachusetts-based contemporary artist, uses performance, video, sculpture, installation, photography, and collaborative sound works to reflect on histories of slavery, radical embodiment, and endurance. For more information, see the Newhouse Center page here.
Wednesday, October 23
Rappaport Prize Lecture - Daniela Rivera
6:30 pm, deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
Professor Daniela Rivera is the recipient of this year's Rappaport Prize, a prestigious award given to an accomplished contemporary New England artist. She will present the Rappaport Prize Lecture on October 23. For more information, see the deCordova's page here.
Monday, October 28
Bakwin Lecture - William E. Wallace
5:30-7:30 pm, Jewett Auditorium
This year's Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 lecture will be given by William E. Wallace, the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University and an internationally renowned scholar of the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. For more information, see the event page here.
Tuesday, November 5
Halverson Lecture - Pamela Karimi
5:00 pm, JAC 450
Architect and architectural historian Pamela Karimi will present "Black Spaces Matter: Learning from an Abolitionist Neighborhood," a talk examining issues in the built spaces of New Bedford, MA, as the 2019 Harry Halverson Lecture on American Architecture. For more information, see the event page here.
Friday, November 8
Frank Williams Visiting Artist - Marco Maggi
12:40 pm, Collins Cinema
The Fall 2019 Frank Williams Visiting Artist, Marco Maggi, will present an artist talk on his art and practice. Maggi is a contemporary artist based in New York City and Uruguay. His work makes use of prosaic, everyday objects to invite slow contemplation and create a form of sly humor. For more information, see the event page here.


September 3, 2019


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



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