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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, September 28, 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm


The Davis Re-Discovered—Opening Celebration!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm |
 
Join the Davis in unveiling our new permanent collections galleries and opening our fall special exhibitions, Charlotte Brooks at LOOK 1951 ­ 1971, Anni Albers’ Connections, and Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson! A festive reception will take place in the lobby, complete with complimentary snacks, beverages and a DJ.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
4:00pm


Curatorial Gallery Talk: C​harlotte Brooks

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 4:00pm | Davis Galleries
 
Exhibition curator Ileana Selejan provides an introduction to Charlotte Brooks’ life and work, addressing the main themes and subjects of the exhibition.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Oct 12 2016 - Nov 30 2016 | 6:30pm


Film Series: Museums in Motion

All films take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm.
 
In honor of the Davis’s newly installed permanent collections galleries, uncover the secret life of museums through this selection of recent cinematic masterpieces. These contemporary films pull back the curtain on unique, behind­the­scenes views of museum activities and characters, both real and imagined.
 
Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift.
 
October 12 ​The Great Museum​ (Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, 2014)
 
Featuring unprecedented access to an influential and multi­faceted institution, The Great Museum reveals the inner­workings of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum. As the camera roams through spacious rooms hosting some of the world's most valuable art, director Johannes Holzhausen brings light to a dynamic, reflective and fast-­moving institution that is both adapting to the marketing and funding realities of the 21st­-century while remaining faithful to its core mission. (Source: Kino Lorber)
 
November 2 ​Russian Ark ​(Dir. Alexandr Sokurov, 2002)
 
Russian Ark is a unique journey through time and Russian history. Filmed entirely in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Sokurov's breathtaking film recreates 300 years of history and culture and is the first entirely unedited, single-­take, full­-length feature film. (Source: BFI)
 
November 16 ​National Gallery​ (Dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2014)
 
National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. (Source: Zipporah Films)
 
November 30 ​Museum Hours ​(Dir. Jem Cohen, 2014)
 
Museum Hours is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna's grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. Museum Hours is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives. (Source: Cinema Guild)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:30pm


Picturing the Sixties: Photojournalism in the Age of Picture Magazines

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 6:30pm | Collins Cinema

Former Look and Life magazine staff photographer John Shearer joins Annie Segan, daughter of renowned photographer Arthur Rothstein, for a panel discussion about picture stories, photojournalism, and political change moderated by exhibition curator Ileana Selejan, The Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:00pm - 6:00pm


Educator Workshop: Engaging with Objects

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Free, registration required.
 
How do we engage students with objects? Explore a variety of close­looking and participatory strategies in this interactive workshop designed for K­12 educators in all subject areas. Using the newly installed permanent collections galleries as our laboratory, participants will discuss tried­-and-­true methods for integrating objects into lesson plans, as well as learn new ways to tap into the interdisciplinary power of art objects.
 
Generously supported by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30pm


Lecture:​The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 6:30pm | Collins Cinema

Join Maureen Cassidy­-Geiger ‘78 for an illustrated presentation of her new book, The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden, the first comprehensive history of the architect’s sublime 49­acre suburban estate, evolved between 1946 and 2005, in partnership with David Whitney. Known chiefly for its iconic centerpiece, the site features a dozen Johnsonian follies, sculptures by Donald Judd and Julian Schnabel, three ‘antique’ houses, and a pastoral landscape of meadows, marshland, mature trees, and historic rock walls. A magnet for architects, artists and high society, the Glass House was, at once, salon, showpiece, and laboratory. It was also a fertile setting for a succession of short­lived gardens designed and tended by Whitney over four decades. Maureen Cassidy-­Geiger ‘78 is an internationally recognized curator, scholar and educator with special expertise in European decorative arts, patterns of collecting and display and the history of architecture, gardens and photography.
 
Co-­hosted by the Wellesley College Art Department.
 
Thursday, November 3, 2016
4:00pm


Faculty Gallery Talk: ​Partners in Design

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 4:00pm | Davis Galleries

Wellesley College faculty members Patricia Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art, and Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art, will discuss modern art, architecture and design on view in the special exhibition, Partners in Design.
 
Saturday, November 5, 2016
11:00am - 3:00pm


Family Day: Around the World in 6,000 Years

Sunday, November 5, 2016 | 11:00am - 3:00pm | Davis galleries, lobby, plaza; Collins Cinema and Cafe.
 
Travel through time and around the globe via this experience designed for visitors of all ages. Discover a world of art through treasure hunts, art making, performances, visiting artist demonstrations, guided tours and more!
 
Generously supported by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
11:00am - 4:00pm


The Davis Reimagined

Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 11:00am - 4:00pm

Explore our extraordinary permanent collections through a new lens as we activate the galleries with a day of performances, talks, art making, and workshops. Create your own program: drop in for one presentation, or stay for more. The full schedule will be available at www.theDavis.org.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:00pm


Curatorial Gallery Talk: ​Anni Albers ​Connections

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 4:00pm | Davis Galleries

Exhibition curator Claire Whitner will discuss Anni Albers’s autobiographical silkscreen series Connections in relation to her career as a designer from the Bauhaus to her late work from the 1980s.

 

Thursday, November 17, 2016
10:00am


New! Delve Into the Davis ​for Visitors with Memory Loss and their Caregivers

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 10:00am | Davis Galleries

The Davis invites visitors with memory loss or early Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers for a guided exploration of our permanent collections. Each thematic program encourages discovery through discussion and multisensory experiences. Individuals are invited to join us for the pilot program on November 17 with advance registration; private groups are encouraged to book a custom program on a separate date. Visit www.thedavis.org for more information and to register.

Museum Hours: Tuesday ­ Sunday, 11:00am ­- 5:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016


Tours

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College offers guided tours to public groups 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, interactive experiences. Admission is free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. School groups are encouraged 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 e­mail Public and Interpretive Programs Specialist Liz Gardner at egardner@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.3045.
 
Drop­-in Public Tours
Every Saturday, 2:00pm
October 1 ­- December 3 (No tours during school breaks on October 8 or November 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 www.theDavis.org.
 
Focus on Accessibility
 
The Davis is committed to making our museum and programs accessible to all audiences. We encourage you to contact us about the following guided tour options, available for free with two weeks advance notice:
 
American Sign Language interpreted tours of the permanent collections and special exhibitions (subject to interpreter availability).
 
Tactile tours or verbal description tours of the permanent collections.
 
To book your customized tour, please contact Public and Interpretive Programs
Specialist Liz Gardner at egardner@wellesley.edu or 781­283­3045.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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