Charlotte Brooks at LOOK, 1951–1971

September 28–December 18; Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Levine Gallery

This fall, the Davis Museum proudly presents Charlotte Brooks at LOOK, 1951-1971. This exhibit includes vintage prints of Charlotte Brooks’ work while she was the only woman photojournalist for LOOK magazine.

Charlotte Brooks attended Brooklyn College and the University of Minnesota, where she studied sociology. After graduating, Brooks returned to New York to pursue a career in dance and photography. She assisted Gjon Mili, and became well versed in his Modernist style. In 1944, she was discovered by Roy Stryker, and joined his project at Standard Oil of New Jersey documenting in photographs the story of oil during World War II.

Known as a “sociologist with a camera,” Brooks documented changes happening in American life from 1951 until 1971. Health and science, education, families, urban and suburban issues, entertainment, racial conflicts, and women’s roles were a handful of topics Brooks covered with her photos. Most women photographers during the mid 1900s were strictly hired on a freelance basis. They were subjected to covering soft news and stories featured in the section dedicated to readers who were women. Brooks, however, was known as “one of the guys,” and even though she was one of the few women photographers accepted in the male dominated field, she used her power and position to ensure that the photography field for future women photojournalists were more inclusive. In 1953, Brooks served as the secretary and vice-president for the American Society for Magazine Photographers, and during her tenure, she fought to change the gender differential in pay and marginalization of women photographers.

Curated by Ileana Selejan, The Linda Wyatt Gruber ‘66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography, the exhibition and publication are generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis and the Constance Rhind Robey '81 Fund for Museum Exhibitions.

Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibition: Partners in Design

Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

September 28th–December 18th, Tuesday–Sunday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Chandler Gallery

Alfred Barr Jr., an American art historian, was one of the most influential people who helped expand America’s attitude towards modern art. Barr was an associate professor of art history at Wellesley College in the mid 1920s, and was known for his unconventional ways of teaching his students, whom he referred to as “faculty.” During his tenure as the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum held an exhibition that showcased Post-Impressionist artists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gaugin, and Seurat. Additionally, some of Picasso’s pieces were exhibited in the Museum for a year, which caused a reinterpretation of the artist’s work. Phillip Johnson, an American architect, is most notable for his postmodern work from the 1980s until the early 2000s. Along with two other prominent architects, Johnson assembled a show that introduced modern architecture to the American public. As the founder of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, he hosted numerous modernist artists such as Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer. Johnson is most known for his pieces of work that embody Minimalism and Pop Art.

Partners in Design is an exhibition that chronicles the collaboration between Alfred Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, two leading advocates of the Bauhaus movement and ambassadors of Modernism in North America, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. This exhibition traces the development of modern design from its origins at the Bauhaus in Dessau to Barr and Johnson’s experiments in their homes in the 1930s and beyond. The exhibition includes more than 1000 objects including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design pieces. Johnson and Barr’s merging of architecture with fine and applied arts and their proposition of a radial new aesthetic that was rational, functional, machine-made, and ahistorical. 

Generously supported by the Sandra Cohen Bakalar ‘55 Fund, the Alice Gertrude Spink Art Fund (1963), and Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis

Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture

“At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom”

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Wang Campus Center Tishman Commons (105)

This annual lecture pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King as a Civil Rights leader and his enormous contribution to advancing civil rights in the United States by inspiring legislative, administrative, and behavioral and attitudinal changes. This year’s address will be delivered by Dr. Robert L. Green, a nationally known scholar who worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Dr. Green is an expert on education, urban development and issues related to diversity. He has been a prominent organizer of school reform initiatives and major education forums. He served as a consultant and facilitator of several Partner Summits on academic achievement and school reform in San Francisco and Dallas. He has worked on school reform efforts in Memphis and Portland, and has directed a grant-funded research team that evaluated the Detroit Public School system. His work has focused on the impact of poverty and discrimination on urban populations and explored the relationship between expectations and student achievement. He has advised mayors, state legislators and community leaders on policy and provided counsel to college presidents and administrators on curriculum and faculty development. In addition, he has served on court-appointed committees in cases involving education-related fair employment issues and provides consulting services to corporate leaders, advising them on employee morale, productivity and workforce diversity.

Dr. Green has written many articles on student achievement and school reform and has edited and authored ten books. He edited Expectations in Education: Readings on High Teacher Expectations, Effective Teaching, and Student Achievement, authored Expectations: How Teacher Expectations Can Increase Student Achievement and The Urban Challenge: Poverty and Race. His research and writing contributions include a W.K. Kellogg Foundation national report on strategies to improve the quality of life in urban communities. He is also the author of a major article on school reform published in The Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science.

The event is produced by Africana Studies with generous support from the The Wilson Fund. It is free and open to the public.

Actors From the London Stage

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

The Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) is one of the oldest and most respected touring Shakespeare companies in the world. Coming from such prestigious venues as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, these classically trained actors are equally dedicated to presenting first-rate professional performances at American colleges and universities, and to working with students to bring Shakespeare’s work alive. Part of their stated mission is to “get students up out of their chairs and act with them to learn how Shakespeare’s texts become scripts, words become actions and actions become meaning.”

The Actors From The London Stage will be performing Shakespeare’s play Richard III. Richard III belongs to a genre of Shakespeare’s plays known as the histories, which deal with events in England’s historical past after the Norman Conquest, in 1066. Although it is often viewed as a sequel to three of Shakespeare’s earlier history plays, Richard III is usually read and performed in its own. The play chronicles the bloody deeds and atrocities perpetrated by its central figure—the murderous and tyrannical King Richard III. Richard invites and eerie fascination, and generations of readers have found themselves seduced by his brilliance with words and his persuasive emotional manipulations even as they are repelled by his evil. They will work collaboratively with the audience to being the dramatic language beautifully and compellingly alive.

This program is generously supported by CLCE; the Ruth Nagel Jones Endowed Fund for Theatre Studies; the Rosalind Sperber Frye ’25 and Constance Frye Martinson ’53 Fund; The English Department; Upstage Theatre Student Organization; The Shakespeare Society; The Wilson Fund; The Herman Cain Foundation. This event is free and open to the public!

Russian-US Relations: What Next?

The Kathryn Wasserman Davis Memorial Lecture with Lilia Shevtsova and Angela Stent

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 8:00pm
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

The relationship between the United States of America and Russia has always been interesting. Since 1991, every U.S. President has attempted to find more productive ways to interact with Russia, but all have failed. Russia and the United States clash over a number of policies and ideologies. The United States has pushed hard for further political and economic reforms in Russia, while Russia bristles at what they see as meddling in internal affairs. The United States and their allies in NATO have consistently invited nations to join the alliance in the face of deep Russian opposition. Russia and the United States have clashed over how best to settle the final status of Kosovo, how to treat Iran’s efforts to gain nuclear weapons, and whether or not nations like the U.S. and Russia should intervene in order to prevent humanitarian crisis.

During this lecture, Dr. Angela Stent, the Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University, and Dr. Lilia Shevtasova, a Kreminology expert whose areas of expertise include political reform and politics of Russia, will discuss current U.S.—Russian relations while also exploring where these two nations might be headed.

Dr. Angela Stent has written numerous books about Russia and received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2008 to teach at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs. From 2004 to 2006, she was the National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. She is currently a Professor of Government at Georgetown University. Dr. Lilia Shevtsova served as director of the Center for Political Studies in Moscow and deputy director of the Moscow International Economic and Political Studies. In 2008, she was ranked 36th in the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll. She currently serves as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

This event is generously supported by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, and the Wellesley College Davis Fund for Russian Area Studies. It is free and open to the public.

Anni Albers Connections

September 28–December 18, 2016
Gerald and Marjorie Schechter Bronfman Gallery

In 1984, textile designer and printmaker Anni Albers published Connections – a set of nine silkscreens that evoke pivotal moments in her prolific career and whose dates of creation span nearly six decades. Each print reflects her life as a designer, from the time she spent at the Bauhaus with husband, Josef, to her career as a teacher after fleeing Nazi Germany, and to the years after Josef’s death. Albers grew an affinity for textiles while in school, finding it to be an art with the perfect amount of freedom and discipline. She was the first textile artist to be honored at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1949, and was a key figure in the return of textiles as an appreciated form of art. Albers’ nontraditional approach to her masterpieces has inspired several successful novels for artists eager to assimilate her groundbreaking concept of design.

The exhibition of her silkscreen portfolio at the Davis Museum will trace the development of her patterns from sketches on graph paper to gouache maquettes. Visitors can look forward to fabric swatches and remnants manufactured by commercial textile producers, such as Knoll, who still produce designs by Albers to be purchased.

Generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.

Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm

photo above: Anni Albers, Smyrna-knüpfteppich (Bauhaus-period) (detail), from the portfolio Connections/1925/1983, 1984 (detail). Screen print. Museum purchase, The Nancy Gray Sherrill, Class of 1954, Collection Acquisition Fund.

Davis ReDiscovered Opening Celebration

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Davis Museum Plaza, Davis Museum Lobby

The Davis Museum kicks off its fall exhibition season with The Davis ReDiscovered Opening Celebration!

Visitors are invited to discover the Davis’ finest objects from across the globe, spanning more than four millennia of civilization, from recently conserved Mycenaean vessels to new acquisitions of art created in the 21st century. Beloved objects from the collections, like the “Wellesley Athlete,” find pride of place alongside lesser-known-works—some of which will be shown in the Davis for the very first time.

Special exhibitions will also be unveiled: Charlotte Brooks at LOOK 1951-1971, Annie Albers’ Connections, and Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson.

A lively reception will take place in the lobby of the Davis museum, complete with snacks, beverages, and a DJ! All are welcome; this event is free and open to the public.


Our Voices X: Festival of New Plays

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00am
Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Please note that public programming begins at 7:00 PM.

The Our Voices annual festival of Boston area women playwrights and poets is now in its 10th year! This day-long event culminates in an evening of staged readings of new plays and poetry. The public is invited to the free evening of staged readings, starting with a playwright/audience reception offering light snacks at 7:00 p.m. in the theatre lobby. The show begins at 7:30 PM in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, and features some of Boston’s most talented actors. For more information, please feel free to e-mail Kelly DuMar.

Indian Aesthetics in a Global Context:

Rasa, the Conveyor Belt of Emotions

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
GRH-240 Newhouse Conference Rm, GRH-237 Newhouse Lounge

This fall, the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities presents Global India: Aethetics & Performance, a series of events that draw from and reflect on Indian aesthetics. Artists and speakers from around the world will visit Wellesley to work with classes in South Asian Studies, the writing program, and other relevant courses, and each visit will be highted by a presentation/performance that is free and open to the public.

The Global India series will kick off with a lecutre and demonstration by Rahul Vohra, a Mumbai-based actor, director, and producer who specializes in Indian folk and classical arts, as well as global theater, cinema, and esthetics. In 1988, Vohra founded Sarthi, an organization that addresses the basic rights of traditional artists and artisans. From within his own performing arts and production company, Apostrophe 99, Rahul has directed troupes from all across India, showcasing their work around the globe in countries such as France, Spain, Reunion Island, and Hong Kong. Among his well-known projects are: Navrasa, performed on Reunion Island and at the Printemps des Comédiens festival in Montpellier; Le Palais des Vents (The Palace of Winds), which was also performed at the Printemps des ComédiensJhalak at the World Cultural Forum in Barcelona; and Mahabharata with Jean-Claude Carrière and Teejan Bai in Reunion.

Vohra is most known for his work in Swades (2004), Monsoon Wedding (2001) and Pyaar Impossible! (2010). He recently played the lead role in Baharti, an international touring stage show of an Indian love story.

For his achievements in the arts, the French government inducted Rahul into the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters, naming him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014. The award was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. It is given out three times annually under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Culture and Communication.

This lecture is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation. 

Movement and Mime in Bharatanatyam

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:00pm
GRH-240 Newhouse Conference Rm, GRH-237 Newhouse Lounge

This fall, the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities presents Global India: Aethetics & Performance, a series of events that draw from and reflect on Indian aesthetics. Artists and speakers from around the world will visit Wellesley to work with classes in South Asian Studies, the writing program, and other relevant courses, and each visit will be highted by a presentation/performance that is free and open to the public. Priyadarsini Govind joins us for the second public program in the series, a lecture/demonstration on Bharatanatyam dance.

Bharatanatyam dance is considered to be over 2000 years old. It is a classical dance form that grew in the temples and courts of South India. The Devadasis, or temple servants, who handed down the dance through the ages, practiced Bharatanatyam. It is probably the oldest among the contemporary Indian classical dance forms, with deep roots within Bharata’s Natya Shastra, the treatise on ancient Indian drama that dates back the second century B.C. Today, Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular and dynamic of Indian classical dance forms, performed both by soloists and by groups. Its key features are its nritta (pure movement or technique) and its abhinaya (mime or expression).

Priyadarsini Govind is an award-winning dancer trained and skilled in the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam. She currently serves as the Director of Kalakshetra, a renowned arts and cultural institute in Chennai, India. She has been performing at recitals and dance festivals around the world since she was sixteen years old. She has performed in Japan, Jerusalem, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, France, Norway, the U.S., and Spain. Her prestigious dance recitals include the Festival of India in Paris and Swarna Samorah. She has received praise from The Washington Post, The Hindu, and Pulse.

Generously supported by the Distinguished Thinkers Program.