News & Upcoming Events

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

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!

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



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