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All Events in November 2016

Members’ Extra: Asian Art Gallery—A Talk with Yao Wu

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 2–3 PM
  • Join Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carrol Curator of Asian Art, for a private tour of her first installation for the museum's Asian Art Gallery, which features 70 diverse Asian art works from the museum's permanent collection. Learn from the curator's perspective about these art works, and hear how they relate to the museum's permanent collection as a whole.

    Members: $5| Student Members: FREE Members may bring up to 2 guests. Space Limited.

    RSVP by November 1: or 413.585.2777

Free November 5 Family Day

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • Museum of Art Atrium and Galleries
  • 12:30 PM–3:30 PM
  • Free Admission ALL DAY, Hands-on activities from 12:30-3:30pm.

    Time-hop through the museum! Begin your journey in the current show, When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900. Continue your trek through the museum’s galleries, exploring art and architecture from around the world in a variety of hands-on activities.

    Family Day Poster in English (download pdf)

    Family Day Poster in Spanish (download pdf)



    2pm & 3pm

    • “Grand tour” of the Museum – Meet in Lobby
    • All aboard an interactive tour of the galleries with student museum educators!



    • LEGO Architecture – Meet in Lobby
    • Explore great works of architecture through LEGO! Collaborate in small groups to build grand structures from Ancient Rome, such as the mighty Coliseum and the marvel of engineering that spanned Rome, the Aqueducts. Follow in the footsteps of master artists with LEGO interpretations of these structures, and take your creativity to the next level! Sign up in advance, there‘s only room for 24 junior architects (ages 7-11) in this special ticketed workshop!
    • Pre-register through the google form available at


    12:30–3:30pm, Ongoing

    • Welcome Table– First Floor, outside Sacerdote Gallery Stop by to pick up a schedule of activities as well as the Choose Your Own Adventure scavenger hunt
    • Free Light Refreshments—Atrium
    • Food Truck–Looking for more than light fare? Visit the food truck parked outside the Museum doors and travel the world through your taste buds! (Bring cash).
    • Survey Station – First Floor, Lobby
    • Let us know what you think about Family Day and help us plan for future family-friendly programs. Share your thoughts, pick up a passport, and enter the raffle for a free dual level membership.
    • Postcard and Travel Sticker Depot – Atrium
    • Create a postcard to share stories of your adventure through the Museum today. Drop it in the postal box here and we’ll mail it for you! Or design a sticker inspired by luggage tags and passport stamps. Imprint a design, add some color, and run it through our special Sticker Maker.
    • Building Block Prints – L18 Studio Classroom, Lower Level
    • Visit the When in Rome exhibition first to see examples of printmaking techniques. Then head downstairs to design your own prints inspired by buildings, landmarks and monuments!
    • When in Rome, we draw! Sacerdote Gallery, Second Floor
    • Pick up this interactive map at the information table and draw your way through the Eternal City.
    • Book Nook + Take a Break Space—Lower Level lobby
    • Drop in and take a break with our collection of picture books themed around Rome & its architecture.

Lecture by John Moore: "Giuseppe Vasi's Panorama of Rome and Its Related Guidebooks: Printmaking, Book Publishing, and Diplomacy in Eighteenth-Century Europe."

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall | Smith College
  • 5 PM
  • Giuseppe Vasi's etched Prospetto dell'alma città di Roma constitutes a striking and ambitious portrait of the Eternal City. A native of Corleone, Vasi enjoyed certain privileges as a Neapolitan subject living and working in Rome and gratefully dedicated his panorama to Charles III, king of Spain, who from 1734 to 1759 had reigned as Carlo di Borbone, king of the Two Sicilies. The print was first published in December 1765, although trial proofs had been pulled earlier that same year and sent to Spain for royal approval. The panorama was accompanied by the Indice del Prospetto di Roma, which could (and did) serve as an independent guidebook. One turn of phrase in the guidebook’s second edition, also published in 1765, caused Vasi to be called before the papal authorities. Extensive correspondence and other archival documentation detail the nature of the dispute, explain how it was resolved, and throw light on the relationship of prints and books to diplomatic protocol and to the insufficiently studied topic of book dedications in eighteenth-century Europe.

    PLEASE BE SEATED: Members’ reserved seating available. Reserve by November 8: or 413.585.2777

Free November 11 Second Friday

  • Friday, November 11, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4 PM–8 PM
  • 4–6 pm Hands On! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view

    Build Rome in a Day Work together with friends, family, and neighbors to construct cardboard models of Roman landmarks, as pictured in When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900

    6–6:30 pm Open Eyes

    Join a guided conversation exploring a work of art in the exhibition

    Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

When In Rome Gallery Talk with Jon Caris

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • When In Rome Exhibition Gallery, First Floor
  • 12:15 PM
  • Maps from the Past Informing the Present and Future

    A gallery talk by Jon Caris, Director and Scott Gilman, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Spatial Analysis Lab, Smith College.

    The making, use and interpretation of maps is constantly changing. Learn how historical maps, such as the spectacular "Nolli map", are repurposed and reimagined in the digital age.

SCMA Museum Shop Trunk Show

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • New York City
  • 5–8 PM
  • Unexpected Treasures

    Enjoy this special, private holiday shopping experience in New York City at the beautiful home of a Smith alumna (event address will be provided to registered attendees)

    Shop for unusual jewelry, handbags, textiles, and one-of-a-kind, artisanal surprises!

    Current museum members receive a 10% discount on purchases. JOIN SCMA before the sale to ensure your discount!

    RSVP to

    All proceeds support the programs of SCMA.

    Refreshments sponsored by the Smith College Club of NYC.

Members’ Double Discount Days

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Sunday, November 20, 2016
  • Museum Shop
  • Shop Hours (see below)
  • Show your current SCMA Membership Card to receive a 20% discount on ALL of your Museum Shop purchases. Discounts available online and in the Museum Shop.

    Museum Shop Hours
    Tuesday through Saturday 11–4
    Sunday 12–4

Compulsive Practice—Screening and Discussion

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
  • 7 PM
  • For the 2016 Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS presents COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.

    Co-sponsored by Smith College VOX: Voices for Choice and Smith College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Eric Avery: AIDS Work on view through December 11

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