Alida Cervantes, Cole Fellow, to show at Mills Gallery
Please join the Art Department for the opening of Alida Cervantes: Majas, cambujas y virreinacas this coming Friday, April 14. Alida Cervantes is the 2014-15 winner of our Alice C. Cole '42 Fellowship, which is awarded to an outstanding early-career painter or sculptor, providing funds to support one year of unimpeded time and space to experiment, develop a body of work, and focus on future artistic goals.
This fellowship is made possible by the generous bequest of Wellesley Alumna Alice C. Cole '42. Aware of the burdens that face recent graduates of art school, Ms. Cole makes it possible for an artist to have 'a limited time free of economic necessity'-- an immensely valuable gift.
Colonial era women encounter nearly nude men in imaginative and perverse works by Alida Cervantes, which conflate Mexico’s racially and socially charged colonial past with its complex present. Cervantes’ work explores the complexity and tension of being a “border” artist, and the constant shifts of social and political lines as she crosses the border daily from San Diego to work in her art studio in Tijuana, Mexico. Her rich and provocative paintings, drawings and video work address social hierarchies, gender relations, and the reflexive histories situated within colonial and present-day Mexico, where “sex, love, and emotions both flow and are repressed”. Born in Tijuana and living in San Diego, this will be Cervantes’ first East Coast solo presentation of her work. The exhibition is curated by Candice Ivy.
Cervantes will be in conversation with Adriana Zavala of Tufts University from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
Rebecca Brienen '89 to speak at Art History Club event
The Wellesley College Art Department and the Art History Club present Art and Travel: The Life and Career of a Professional Arts Historian and Arts Administrator, a talk by Rebecca Brienen '89.
Rebecca Parker Brienen '89 is Director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Vennderberg Chair of Art, and Head of the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History at Oklahoma State University. A specialist in 17th century Dutch art, internationalism, and the history of museums and collecting, Brienen will speak about her career path as an academic art historian and arts administrator and discuss her experiences living and studying in Europe, South America, and the United States. In addition to earning her B.A. in Art History at Wellesley, Brienen has an M.A. in Theology from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University.
The lecture will be held on Monday, April 10 at 4:30 pm in JAC 450, with a reception to follow in the Sculpture Court. The event is free and open to the public.
April 7, 2017
Frank Williams Lecture Series: Stefana McClure
The Frank Williams Lecture Series and the Art Department present an artist talk by Stefana McClure on Friday, April 7, 2017. Recontextualizing books and other printed material, Stefana McClure cuts and recombines the pages into woven, knotted, wrapped, and knitted structures. Removing sections of paper result in works where absence creates pattern, while other pieces engage with various printmaking processes. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, McClure currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The talk will be in JAC 450 from 12:30-1:30 pm, with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
April 5, 2017
The Andes Inverted: Professor Daniela Rivera's solo exhibition at the MFA
March 8, 2017
Professor Liza Oliver's op-ed in the New York Times
This week, Art History Professor Liza Oliver had an op-ed piece published in the New York Times. The article, titled "Why the Met Should Appoint a Female Director," makes a number of good arguments for why the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York would benefit from a female Director now that that position has become available. As Oliver says, the pattern of major art institutions repeatedly tapping men for leadership positions "is representative of larger patterns of perhaps unintentional bias that continue to pervade museum culture."
On Wednesday, March 2 2017, the article was linked on the front page of the Times, making Oliver's take on this issue (and opportunity) visible to a wide public.
Professor Oliver, who specializes in 18th and 19th century Europe and South Asia, was a fellow at the Met in 2014-15.
March 3, 2017
Bonnie Lucas '72 exhibiting at JTT Gallery in New York
Bonnie Lucas '72 is currently exhibiting a body of work from the mid-80s at JTT Gallery on the Lower East Side! The show is titled 'Young Lady' and is curated by Marie Catalano. It includes a number of Lucas' fabric collage pieces, as well as gouache paintings. The work questions ideals of femininty and the role of women in society and at home, making inventive use of found objects along with material and imagery loaded with meaning.
Lucas was an Art History major at Wellesley, and went on to get her MFA from Rutgers University. The exhibition catalogue for this show will be the first book dedicated entirely to her and her art.
'Young Lady' was featured on Time Out New York as one of their Top Five New York Art Shows This Week! (Note: link will change on a weekly basis.)
For more information about the show, see the gallery website. The exhibition will be on display through February 26. JTT Gallery is located at 191 Chrystie St, New York. If you're going to be in New York this month, stop by and see the work!
February 3, 2017
Professor David Teng Olsen commissioned for Allston mural
Elizabeth Gorayeb '97 named executive director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute
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
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!