WELCOME TO THE DAVIS!

Welcome Class of 2023! The Davis summer interns have written a letter to each of you with their advice on being a new student at Wellesley and their favorite things about the Davis.

LETTERS TO A FUTURE VISITOR

Dear Davis Museum Visitor,
 
Welcome to the Davis Museum’s website! We hope to see you in our galleries very soon. Here you will find an extensive collection with something for everyone. If you like African Art you can visit our extraordinary collection on the first floor, or if you like more recent modern and contemporary art head up to our galleries on the fifth floor. Another good reason to visit us is our excellent programming. We have many opportunities to engage with our artwork facilitated by Wellesley College students, museum staff, and special guests from around the area. See our events calendar and subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date with all of our exciting events. As a student employee at the Davis I am definitely biased to get you to come visit us. But that is only because I know firsthand how excellent our staff and our collection is. I assure you that you will have an unforgettable experience, one that will turn you into a frequent visitor at the Davis. See you soon!
 
Elana Bridges
Class of 2020
Art History
 

LETTERS TO A FUTURE VISITOR

Dear Davis Museum Visitor,
 
Welcome to the Davis Museum! This is one of my favorite places at Wellesley College, and I'm so glad you've made time to stop by.
 
Be sure to check out the temporary exhibitions. I make a point to come to every new show, and the Davis never fails to expand my perspective and deepen my understanding of the world.
 
In the Permanent Galleries, I love the serenity and craftsmanship of the African masks on L2. I'm a French and art history double major, so I always stop by the 19th century French works on L4. My favorite is Rodin's sculpture Eve. 
 
Lastly, remember to ask at the front desk about upcoming events! There are so many exciting programs happening during the school year. And even though the Davis is closed most of the summer, doors open for special events like the film series. Enjoy your visit, and we hope to see you again!
 
Megan McNally
Class of 2020
Art History and French Studies 
 

LETTERS TO A FUTURE VISITOR

Dear Davis Museum Visitor,
 
I am glad to welcome you to the Davis Museum, the place I spent some of my best time during the past two years.
 
As an Art History and Economics major, I really appreciate the museum’s expansive collection across time and culture. The jewel-box design of the building evokes the excitement of a treasure hunt during each of my visits, and a very special piece I have found on the second floor is what we call the “Sea Sculpture.” It consists of four sacks of identical Chinese porcelain teacups fused together as a result of fire. It was recovered from the shipwreck of a Canton junk, originally carrying porcelain goods from Jingdezhen, China, to a Dutch trading outpost of Batavia in Indonesia. I hope you will be mesmerized by its beauty and the history it carries as much as I have been.
 
Another of my favorite artworks at the Davis is the collage by Radcliffe Bailey, on view in the Contemporary Art Galleries. I have included that piece in many of my gallery tours, during which people would ask me why I like it so much. I love it for the political stands buried in its complex visual compositions, and how it speaks to the artist’s own ethical experience while becoming a powerful part of the viewers’, so your experience in the Galleries. 
 
I will leave a lot for you to explore, and enjoy your “treasure hunt” at the Davis! 
 
Nancy Chu
Class of 2021
Art History and Economics