The Davis Museum at Wellesley College offers guided tours during open hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Our specially-trained Student Guides engage visitors with the Davis’s distinctive permanent collections and its special temporary exhibitions through dialogue-based experiences. Admission is free, and we welcome audiences from the Wellesley College campus and beyond. School groups are encouraged to plan visits to the Davis and to apply for our School Bus Subsidy, generously supported by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Tours are customized according to interest area. To schedule your visit or to request more information, please e-mail Public and Interpretive Programs Specialist Liz Gardner at egardner@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.3045. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.

Drop-in Public Tours

Every Saturday, 2:00pm

February 6 - May 7 (No tours during spring break, March 19 and 26)

Meet in Davis Lobby

Thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a Student Guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full schedule of tours, please visit the Davis website.

 

 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Spring Opening Celebration

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 5:00pm Lecture with Artist Jason Rohrer, Collins Cinema | 6:00 - 8:00pm Reception in Davis Lobby

 

The Davis Museum kicks off its spring exhibition season with a lecture by video game artist Jason Rohrer, followed by a lively reception to celebrate the openings of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer, That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated and Gendered Value: Curators’ Choice.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated - Special Event! Valentine’s Day Double Feature

Saturday, February 13

12:00pm: Romeo + Juliet (1996, Dir. Baz Luhrmann)

3:30pm: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999, Dir. Gil Junger)

Collins Cinema

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Davis with a special showing of two beloved 90’s film adaptations of Shakespeare’s most romantic works: Romeo + Juliet (starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio) and 10 Things I Hate About You (starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt).   

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen: Hamlet (1921, Dir. Asta Nielsen) *

All screenings take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm (except where noted)

*indicates special presentation in 35mm

 

Presented to expand upon the special exhibition That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated, this selection of six films demonstrates the sustained and diverse engagement with Shakespeare that has inspired filmmakers around the world for nearly a century.

 

Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift, and co-hosted by the Cinema and Media Studies and English departments.

 

February 24: Hamlet (1921, Dir. Asta Nielsen)*

Asta Nielsen, born in Denmark in 1881, was the first diva of European silent film.  To realize her artistic vision, she founded her own company, Art-Film, in 1920. Her production of Hamlet, produced that same year, features a female Hamlet character and initially survived only in a black-and-white US export version. A colored vintage print of the lost German original version of 1921 was discovered in 2005. The restored film had its premiere at the Berlinale in 2007, with new musical accompaniment composed by Michael Riessler (Source:  Edition Filmmuseum).

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen: Throne of Blood (1957, Dir. Akira Kurosawa)*

All screenings take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm (except where noted)

*indicates special presentation in 35mm

 

Presented to expand upon the special exhibition That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated, this selection of six films demonstrates the sustained and diverse engagement with Shakespeare that has inspired filmmakers around the world for nearly a century.

 

Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift, and co-hosted by the Cinema and Media Studies and English departments.

 

March 9: Throne of Blood (1957, Dir. Akira Kurosawa)*

A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience (Source: The Criterion Collection).

Friday, March 11, 2016


The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer - Play the Curator

Fridays, March 11, April 8, May 6 | 12:30 - 1:30pm | Davis Galleries

Curator Michael Maizels will lead a short gallery talk on Jason Rohrer’s work, focusing on one of the featured games.  Each lecture will be followed by an opportunity to play the curator, as well as other attendees in selected games.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Catalogue Launch: Käthe Kollwitz and the Women of War: Femininity, Identity, and Art in Germany during World Wars I and II

Tuesday, March 29 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Davis Lobby

 

Edited by Associate Curator Claire Whitner, this catalogue brings together exhibitions focused on the work of German printmaker and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz at the Davis Museum and the Smith College Museum of Art.  In addition to fully illustrated checklists from both shows, this publication includes new scholarship by curators from both museums and professors at Wellesley and Smith Colleges.  The essays discuss the artist’s engagement with work that explored the devastation wrought by modern warfare within the context of German visual culture from 1914 to 1945.  The catalogue will be distributed by Yale University Press, Spring 2016.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Mashup

Tuesday, April 12 | 4:00pm | Davis Galleries

 

In this new pilot program, Wellesley College students are challenged to submit proposals for in-gallery public performances related to an object in the Davis permanent collections.  Possible performances include, but are not limited to, music, dance, theatre, and poetry.  One submission will be chosen by a committee comprised of Davis staff and Student Advisory Committee members to be performed on this date.  The winner will be announced in March.  Stay tuned!  

 

Generously supported by the Wellesley College Friends of Art Student Initiative Programming Fund.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen: Chimes at Midnight (1965, Dir. Orson Welles)

All screenings take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm (except where noted)

*indicates special presentation in 35mm

 

Presented to expand upon the special exhibition That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated, this selection of six films demonstrates the sustained and diverse engagement with Shakespeare that has inspired filmmakers around the world for nearly a century.

 

Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift, and co-hosted by the Cinema and Media Studies and English departments.

 

April 13: Chimes at Midnight (1965, Dir. Orson Welles)

One of the few films over which Orson Welles wielded complete creative control, Chimes at Midnight is a creative adaptation of both Shakespeare’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Among Welles’ most moving films, Chimes at Midnight reveals the relationship between Falstaff and Prince Hall to be Shakespeare’s nuanced reflection on the difficult gap between political power and its human instrument. (Source: Harvard Film Archive).

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Family Day at the Davis: The Art of Games

Saturday, April 16 | 11:00am - 3:00pm | Davis Galleries, Lobby, and Plaza | Collins Cinema and Cafe

 

In celebration of the exhibition The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer, the Davis invites visitors of all ages to join us for a day of exploring the art of creating and playing games of all kinds.  Meet visiting video game artists, participate in a scavenger hunt, make your own game in our Art Lab, play oversize boardgames on the plaza, and more! The Videri String Quartet from Boston University will make a special appearance, performing the music of video games with a classical twist.  Free and open to the public.

 

Generously supported by the Palley Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

 
Thursday, April 21, 2016


The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer - Game Night

Thursday, April 21 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Davis Lobby and Galleries

To launch Thinking in Play, the Davis will host a game play party in The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer, featuring a DJ, cash bar, and light refreshments.  Join us for this special opportunity to meet, mingle, and play against artist Jason Rohrer, exhibition curator Michael Maizels, and other scholars.

Friday, April 22, 2016


The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer - Symposium: Thinking in Play

Friday, April 22, 2016 | 10:00am: Coffee + Registration in Davis Lobby | 11:00am - 4:00pm: Presentations in Collin Cinema | Reception to follow in Davis Lobby

Thinking in Play will feature a series of conversations with leading scholars about the philosophy and design of Jason Rohrer’s games, moderated by Wellesley College faculty members.  This day-long symposium will culminate with a presentation by Jason Rohrer and Frank Lantz, Director of the Game Center at New York University.  Free and open to the public; reservations required.  Option to purchase boxed lunches at time of registration.  RSVP information coming soon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Gendered Value: Curators’ Choice - Curatorial Gallery Talks

Tuesday, February 16 and Tuesday, April 26, 4:00pm

 

At each gallery talk, four Davis curators will present their personal selections for the exhibition and discuss their process for interpreting the highly-contested phrase, “gendered value,” as well as its implications for our understanding of art history.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen: Omkara (2006, Dir. Vishal Bhardwaj)

All screenings take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm (except where noted)

*indicates special presentation in 35mm

 

Presented to expand upon the special exhibition That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated, this selection of six films demonstrates the sustained and diverse engagement with Shakespeare that has inspired filmmakers around the world for nearly a century.

 

Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift, and co-hosted by the Cinema and Media Studies and English departments.

 

May 4: Omkara (2006, Dir. Vishal Bhardwaj)

In this Indian Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Omkara, or “Omi,” is a gifted chieftain who heads a gang of outlaws, which include the crafty Langda Tyagi and the dynamic Kesu amongst his chief cohorts. When Omi appoints Kesu and not Langda as his chief lieutenant, Langda's pride is slighted.  Raging with envy, Langda hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful fiancee Dolly in an illicit affair with Omi's favourite lieutenant, Kesu. Using petty insinuations and lies, Langda keeps poisoning Omi's mind till one day he snaps and goes amok destroying his secure world. There is a horrific tragedy at the end, at which time Omi realizes the impact of his actions. But is it too late? (Source: Eros International).

Friday, May 6, 2016


Play the Curator

Fridays, March 11, April 8, May 6 | 12:30 - 1:30pm | Davis Galleries

 

Curator Michael Maizels will lead a short gallery talk on Jason Rohrer’s work, focusing on one of the featured games.  Each lecture will be followed by an opportunity to play the curator, as well as other attendees, in selected games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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