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Exhibition-Related 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

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.

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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