February 4 - 5, 2012
Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College
- Curators' Choice: A New Look at Old Objects
Explore over 20 highlights from Historic Deerfield’s collection ranging from well-loved favorites and overlooked gems to recent acquisitions and objects with new stories to tell. Included with general admission.
Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
- Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Following twenty-one months of painstaking attention, the Mead’s thangka have emerged transformed. Vibrantly colored, intricately patterned, and ranging in height from two to nine feet, each work rewards close study. Visitors will have the opportunity to become familiar with the entire collection of eighteen thangka over the course of the academic year. Nine thangka will be displayed from August 26, 2011 to January 1, 2012. The remaining nine thangka will be presented from January 20 to June 3, 2012.
- Days of Their Lives? Fact and Fiction in 19th-century Genre Painting
The term “genre” (which literally means “type”) has come to signify one category of art: scenes of everyday life. This installation of paintings from the Mead’s collection focuses on American, British, and French genre paintings from the nineteenth century. Once castigated as ignoble because of its lower-class subject matter, genre painting came to be regarded as timely, imbued with feeling, and potentially heroic. Because genre paintings derived their subjects from everyday life but embellished them, they are perhaps best understood as imagined alternatives to the real conditions of industrialized capitalism, rather than as documents of lived existence.
- A New Blake for Amherst
This focused exhibition celebrates a recent gift to Amherst from Dr. Henry deForest Webster, Class of 1948: The Raising of Jairus’s Daughter (ca.1799-1800), a rare tempera painting by the British Romantic painter, poet, and printmaker, William Blake (1757-1827).
- Exotic Muses: Dancers by Robert Henri and Nick Cave
Separated in time by a century, American ‘Ashcan’ painter Robert Henri (1865–1929) and contemporary sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave (born in 1959) are bound by a shared commitment to the human figure. This six-object installation, featuring a celebrated Henri at Amherst (Salome, 1909) and loans from the Colby College Museum of Art and two private collections, explores the artists’ representations of dancers as exotic “Others” — alluring, and perhaps unsettling, personifications of difference. This exhibition is supported by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund and Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson.
University Museum of Contemporary Art
- David Teeple: Dialogue with a Collection "Thinking Water: Poetry, Systems and Politics"
This exhibition is a series of exhibitions at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in which artists are invited to integrate their own works with pieces they select from the museum's works-on-paper collection, which includes over 2600 contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs. It features work by David Teeple alongside works he has selected and placed in direct dialogue with his own sculptures and works on paper. Teeple’s works will reference rivers, aquifers and the hydrologic cycle in context to systems of economy, society, nature and science. It will include the construction of glass tanks containing water, video images, sculptural pieces derived from bathymetry, vector drawings based on satellite imagery, and laser cut objects. Moreover, the exhibition will include paintings and silk-screens of river systems to create interwoven patterns and structures.
Smith College Museum of Art
- Dürer’s Impact
The culmination of a course taught by Michael Bury, Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies at Smith College, this exhibition will explore the impact of Albrecht Dürer’s work on printmaking in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Debussy’s Paris: Art, Music, and Sounds of the City
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer and musician Claude Debussy’s birth, the exhibition—drawing largely from the Museum’s permanent collection—explores the relationship between his music and the artistic developments that revolutionized the world of painting in his time, particularly the French Impressionist movement.