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All Events in February 2018

art babes @ scma: Pajama Party

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Museum of Art
  • 10:15–11 AM
  • We're excited to announce this new program at the museum!

    Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure for toddlers and their caregivers. Explore a different theme each session—in the museum's galleries and around the Smith College campus. To accommodate a variety of busy schedules... 

    Each session will be offered twice—Thursday + Saturday—from 10:15–11 a.m.

     

    program sessions + themes

    • February 1 + 3     Pajama Party
    • June 7 + 9           Outdoor Sculpture Story Walk
    • August 2 + 4       Be Cool in the Museum

     

    SCMA members FREE | nonmembers pay museum admission fee

    Registration for members opens on January 2 | Registration for nonmembers opens January 8

    This program fills fast and space is limited. Registration required: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

    JOIN today to register early.

MEMBERS’ FIRST LOOK / EXHIBITION PREVIEW – 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Museum of Art
  • 2–3:30 PM
  • Join Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art and exhibition curator, for a private gallery tour of 体Modern Images of the Body from East Asia before the exhibition opens to the public.

    Drawing mostly from the Smith College Museum of Art’s collection, this exhibition looks at the multifaceted representations of the body in East Asia from the nineteenth century to the present.

    Read more about the exhibition here.

    The exhibition is supported by the Nolen Endowed Fund for Asian Art Initiatives.

    Meet in museum lobby.

    FREE

    Space limited | Reservations required

    Questions: SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

MEMBERS’ FIRST LOOK / EXHIBITION PREVIEW – 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia

  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Museum of Art
  • 9–10:30 AM
  • Join Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art and exhibition curator, for a private gallery tour of 体Modern Images of the Body from East Asia before the exhibition opens to the public.

    Drawing mostly from the Smith College Museum of Art’s collection, this exhibition looks at the multifaceted representations of the body in East Asia from the nineteenth century to the present.

    Read more about the exhibition here.

    The exhibition is supported by the Nolen Endowed Fund for Asian Art Initiatives.

    Meet in museum lobby.

    FREE

    Space limited | Reservations required

    Questions: SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

art babes @ scma: Pajama Party

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Museum of Art
  • 10:15–11 AM
  • We're excited to announce this new program at the museum!

    Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure for toddlers and their caregivers. Explore a different theme each session --- in the museum's galleries and around the Smith College campus. To accommodate a variety of busy schedules... 

    Each session will be offered twice—Thursday + Saturday—from 10:15-11 a.m.

     

    program sessions + themes

    • February 1 + 3     Pajama Party
    • June 7 + 9           Outdoor Sculpture Story Walk
    • August 2 + 4       Be Cool in the Museum

     

    SCMA members FREE | nonmembers pay museum admission fee

    Registration for members opens on January 2 | Registration for nonmembers opens January 8

    This program fills fast and space is limited. Registration required: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

    JOIN today to register early.

February 9 Free Second Friday

  • Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–7 PM: Hands-on!  Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view

    My Robot Valentine

    Construct a robot sculpture inspired by Tahano Miho’s Robot Girl in the exhibition 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia.

    6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month

    Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

Night At Your Museum

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Museum of Art | Enter through the Brown Fine Arts Center atrium
  • 7–10 PM
  • Go Big. Go Bold. Push your creative limits with provocative art and flavor-bending desserts at SCMA’s biggest party of the year.

    Free and open to Smith students & their guests only
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     Push your creative limits with provocative art and flavor-bending desserts at SCMA’s biggest party of the year.
     Highlights include:

    •  • Music DJ’d by TEDDY
    •  • Special mocktails, appetizers & desserts by Smith Catering
    •  • Polaroid pictures
    •  • Tattoo Lounge
    •  • Collaborative art-making
    •  • Special exhibition: 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia
    •  • Museum Shop OPEN

     Share your experience online with #NAYM--and don’t miss the winning student-designed Snapchat filter at the event!

Public Lecture: Bodies in Earth: Postwar Japanese Ceramics, Photography, and Installation Art

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall
  • 5 PM
  • Bert Winther-Tamaki is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. 

    Co-sponsored by the Five College History of Art Faculty Seminar and Smith College East Asian Studies.

    Placing the human body in direct physical contact with some mode of earthy matter was a widespread impulse in ceramics, photography, and installation art in postwar Japan. Images and actions that foregrounded the touch of skin and flesh to soil or clay evoked thoughts ranging from death and abjection to pastoral nostalgia and agricultural fertility. A new aesthetics of earth was driven by the historical context of full-throttle economic growth and urbanization that polluted the land with chemical emissions and concealed the soil beneath an expanding shell of asphalt and concrete. This lecture considers critical responses to these conditions by photographers, ceramicists, and avant-garde installation artists working in Japan in the 1950s through 1970s. 

    Bert Winther-Tamaki has published two monographs with the University of Hawai’i Press: Art in the Encounter of Nations; Japanese and American Artists in the Early Postwar Years (2001) and Maximum Embodiment: Yōga, the ‘Western Painting’ of Japan, 1912–1955 (2012). Journal articles include “Remediated Ink: The Debt of Modern and Contemporary Asian Ink Aesthetics to Non-Ink Media” Getty Research Journal (Forthcoming, 2018) and “The Ligneous Aesthetic of the Postwar Sōsaku Hanga Movement and American Perspectives on the Modern Japanese Culture of Wood,”Archives of Asian Art, 66: 2 (2016). Exhibition texts include Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics; A Close Embrace of the Earth (Co-author with Louise Cort, Freer Gallery of Art, 2003) and Modernist Passions for ‘Old Japan’: Hasegawa Saburō and Isamu Noguchi in 1950 (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Forthcoming, 2019). Winther-Tamaki has held fellowships at the Getty Research Center (2016) and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto (2017) and is preparing a book about manifestations of earth, land, and soil in late twentieth-century Japanese ceramics, photography and installation art.

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