Lecture with Chinelo Okparanta

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:00pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Ballroom (101)

Ann Cooper

Russian Dept Lecture by NPR's Ann Cooper (Director of Intl Journalism Columbia University)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 8:00pm
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

Lake Baikal

Moore: Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Casting a Net into the Clear, Cold Soul of Siberia - Lake Baikal

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:30pm
Collins Cinema

Since 2001, students and faculty from the sciences and the humanities at Wellesley College have travelled to Lake Baikal, Siberia, where they have worked together to conduct original scientific research and exchange ideas across multiple cultures. In this lecture by Marianne Moore, some of the scientific and cultural discoveries that created meaningful change for both Russians and Americans will be presented, emphasizing the power and unexpected benefits that can come from uniting the sciences with the humanities.

Moore, the Frost Professor in Environmental Science and professor of biological sciences, has conducted research focusing on biodiversity and environmental change in Lake Baikal for more than 15 years.

Generously supported by the President’s Office.

Photo: Lake Baikal. Source: LifeFOC.com

Family Day at the Davis (2012)

Family Day at the Davis

A Grand Tour of Italy

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Davis Museum Lobby, Davis Museum Plaza

The Davis welcomes visitors of all ages to participate in programming and activities inspired by Italian art and culture. Join us for a treasure hunt in the galleries, art making, and performances that will entertain the whole family. Free and open to the public.

Generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Wenceslaus Hollar, A Muff in Five Views (1645-46, etching)

Collecting and Connoisseurship

A Conversation on the Collection Bequest from the Estate of Ann Kirk Warren ’50

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm
Collins Cinema

Honoring the collection bequest from the estate of Ann Kirk Warren ’50, this program brings together George Abrams, internationally recognized collector of Old Master Dutch drawings, with Susan Schulman, specialist in museum quality old master European and American prints up to 1945, and Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, with Claire Whitner, assistant director of curatorial affairs and senior curator of collections at the Davis, in conversation about the pleasures, passions, and pitfalls of collecting Old Master prints and drawings.

Photo: Wenceslaus Hollar, A Muff in Five Views, 1645-46, etching, Bequest of Ann Kirk Warren (Ann Haggarty, Class of 1950), Davis Museum E.2016.44.122

Midday Jazz Muse: Russell Hoffmann

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Russell Hoffmann teaches Jazz Piano in the Jazz and World Music program at Wellesley. He also serves as Professor at Berklee College of Music, and was recently granted a sabbatical to explore the music and culture in the tropical paradise island of Cuba. He will share some of his discoveries of the rich musical and culture heritage of the country and also perform selections with his group, from pre-revolutionary Old Havana, along with more contemporary works.

A pianist, recording artist, composer, and arranger in many styles of contemporary music, including jazz, Latin, and pop, he has served as musical director for Concord recording artist Marlena Shaw and the University of Minnesota's "Twelve Moods for Jazz" Langston Hughes project. He has performed with jazz luminaries such as Jack McDuff, James Moody, Billy Hart, Donald Harrison, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Leitch, and many of Boston's finest jazz artists. As a clinician, Hoffmann has appeared in Berklee's Italy summer program at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; Berklee in Taipei, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the Heineken Jazz Fest in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of workbooks on keyboard comping, ensemble performance, and coauthor of Berklee Practice Method: Keyboard.

Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund.

Photo: Yuare Muniz, a member of the Russell Hoffman Jazz Ensemble.

Carlo Dolci, The Penitent Magdalene, ca. 1670, oil on canvas; Davis Museum 1958.19

Curatorial Gallery Talk: Carlo Dolci

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Davis Museum Lobby

Join Alicia LaTores, Friends of Art Curatorial Research Assistant, to explore the life and oeuvre of Carlo Dolci through his dramatic and intimate canvases. Requires ticketed admission to The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence.

Photo: Carlo Dolci, The Penitent Magdalene, ca. 1670, oil on canvas; Davis Museum 1958.19

Art and Travel: Rebecca Brienen '89

The Life of a Professional Art Historian

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
Jewett Art Center 450 Classroom

Rebecca Parker Brienen ’89 is Vennerberg Professor of Art and head of the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History at Oklahoma State University. A specialist in 17th century Dutch art, internationalism, and the history of museums and collecting, Brienen will speak about her career path as an art historian.

This talk, the second in a series, brings an alumna of the Art Department to campus to meet with Art History Club students and speak about her professional and personal trajectory after Wellesley.

When Wellesley introduced art history in 1885, it distinguished itself as one of the only American colleges to offer this area of study, and the College has been dedicated to leadership in arts education ever since. The Art Department is home to majors in art history, studio art, and architecture, and intersects with programs in cinema and media studies as well as media arts and science. The department believes that the rigorous study of art and visual culture is critical to a liberal arts education and to the power of women to interpret, shape, and master their environments. To enrich the art experience at the College, the department hosts special exhibitions and welcomes guest lecturers and visiting artists to engage with the community.

The D'mba at the Davis Museum

The D'mba on Display

A Davis Discoveries Symposium

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 2:00pm
Collins Cinema

In 1959, New York gallerists and Wellesley parents John J. and Halina Klejman donated a D’mba shoulder headdress to the Wellesley Art Museum. Since then, it has been displayed as sculpture: as a single, isolated artwork on a pedestal. Many museums now seek ways to portray more fully the masquerades for which the D’mba were created and question how best to convey dance in a gallery context. Should our D’mba stand on its pedestal, or should it be dressed in a raffia dress and cotton shawl, as if ready to dance?

This afternoon symposium features presentations by Frederick John Lamp, curator emeritus of African art at the Yale Art Gallery, Christopher Steiner, the Lucy C. McDannel ’22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology at Connecticut College, and Yaëlle Biro, associate curator for the arts of Africa at the Metropolitan Museum, in conversation with Amanda Gilvin, assistant curator at the Davis.

Reception to follow in the Davis Lobby. Generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.

Photo: Baga, D'mba (shoulder Mask), first half of the 20th century, wood.

Ken Euno

Excerpts from Aeolus: Ken Ueno

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Aeolus is written by composer-performer Ken Ueno in collaboration with poet Robert Hass, architect Thomas Tsang, and vocalist Majel Connery. It is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and the epic meeting between Odysseus and Aeolus, the keeper of the winds. Reimagining these mythic personalities in a series of performance diptychs, the opera pits Keno Ueno’s extended vocal techniques (as Aeolus) against Majel Connery’s fluid vocalise (as Odysseus). Hass’s libretto is comprised of pre-recorded prose poems, read by Hass, suspending the action between scenes to meditate on the nexus of breath, body and death.

Commissioned by Opera Cabal, Aeolus has received work-in-progress showings at Switchboard Music Festival (SF) and High Concept Labs (Chicago). In 2016–17 it is supported by a residency at the Starline Social Club (Oakland) and a Mellon Visiting Artist Residency administered by the Newhouse Center at Wellesley College. This music preview of the opera is presented by the Wellesley College Concert Series with FLUX Quartet and The Living Earth Show.

Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund and the Mellon Artist in Residence Program of the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities.

Photo: Ken Ueno