The Windows Invitational engages artists in transforming the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building. The third commission in the series is by Alexandria Smith, head of painting at the Royal College of Art in London, formerly assistant professor of painting at Wellesley College.
Smith’s Seed to Harvest foregrounds portraits of Wellesley’s first African American graduates and borrows its title from the “Patternist” series of novels by Octavia Butler, stories that explore themes of science fiction, humanity, and the ethical and unethical uses of power. Rendering with hand-drawn and computer techniques, Smith embellishes original photographic portraits of five alumnae: Dr. Harriett Alleyne Rice (Class of 1887), Ethel M. Caution-Davis (Class of 1912), Katherine Naomi Robinson (Class of 1922), Clarissa Scott Delany (Class of 1923), and Jane Bolin (Class of 1928). She adds symbolic elements derived from her own visual vocabulary and from quilt patterns used to convey messages along the Underground Railroad (there were two stops in the town of Wellesley) to create the unique crests that adorn each with an honorific flourish.
Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director.
Wellesley’s Friends of Art at the Davis
Sep 13–Dec 15
Nov 5, 4 PMGallery Talk: Amanda Gilvin: Fatimah Tuggar
Join Amanda Gilvin, Sonja Novak Koerner '51 Senior Curator and Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs, in a disucssion of Home’s Horizons, a major solo exhibition that investigates history, technology, and the home.Event Date:Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
Nov 15, 2–4:30 PMDavis Discoveries Fall 2019 Symposium: A Sacra Conversazione
This symposium brings together a conservator, a curator, and a recent Wellesley graduate to offer new insights on the painting Holy Family with St. Catherine, St. Sebastian, and a Patron.Event Date:Friday, November 15, 2019 -2:00pm to 4:30pm
Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11Stroller Tours
Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour. Designed for art lovers and their little ones. Join us for a different theme on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:15-11 a.m.Event Date:Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, December 11, 2019 (All day)
Sep 13–Dec 15Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons
Featuring sculpture, photomontage, video, and augmented reality, this exhibition highlights multimedia artist Fatimah Tuggar’s interrogation of the systems underlying human interactions with both high-tech gadgets and handmade crafts.Event Date:Friday, September 13, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, December 15, 2019 (All day)
Sep 13–Dec 15Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting
This exhibition explores the painting Sacra Conversazione through conservation, technical analysis, and an art historical lens to uncover a wealth of new information and highlight the unknown.Event Date:Friday, September 13, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, December 15, 2019 (All day)