Public Programs 

GALLERY TALK: WOMEN, WAR AND REVOLUTION
Thursday, October 4, 12:15 PM

Jennifer Heuer, Associate Professor of History, UMass Amherst explores the portrayal of women as symbols in war and revolution. Professor Heuer is author of The Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830. 

 

GALLERY TALK: CURATOR’S TOUR
Tuesday, October 16, 12:15 PM

Join us as the exhibition’s organizing curator, Melissa Hyde, Professor, School of Art & Art Histories, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Florida provides a close- up look at the images and themes of the exhibition. Dr. Hyde's research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France. 

 

LECTURE: WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE AGE OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT

Tuesday, October 16, 5 PM | Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall

Melissa Hyde, Professor, School of Art & Art Histories, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Florida explores how women artists reached unprecedented success in 18th-century France. The work of several of these women including Adelaide Labille- Guiard, Anne Vallayer-Coster and Marie-Anne Fragonard is on view in the exhibition, Becoming A Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. 

 

ART BABES @ SCMA: BECOMING A CHILD

Thursday, October 18 and Saturday, October 20, 11 AM | Smith College Museum of Art 

Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers! In October, explore images of children in the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, as well as in paintings and sculptures in SCMA's own collection. Plus, make your own Jumping Jack toy to take home!

Open to members + nonmembers | Register in advance. SCMA members FREE | nonmembers pay only the museum admission fee. This program is underwritten by the Members of SCMA. JOIN today. Registration for members opens on September 1 | Registration for nonmembers opens October 1. This program fills fast and space is limited. Registration required: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777.

 

16TH ANNUAL MILLER LECTURE—FAMILY MATTERS: ART, RACE AND THE BLACK ATLANTIC FROM MADAME BENOIT'S PORTRAIT D'UNE FEMME NOIRE 1800) BY PROFESSOR ANNE LAFONT

Tuesday, November 6, 5 PM | Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall

Anne Lafont is professor (directrice d’études) at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.  Professor Lafont will speak about gender, art and race during the Enlightenment and the Atlantic Revolutions with a particular focus on the representation of African

women's agency in the Colonies. She will present Madame Benoist's painting (on the left), Portrait d'une femme noire (Portrait of a black woman) in conversation with the exhibition, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection.

Co-sponsored by Smith College Museum of Art, the Lecture Committee, and French Studies. 

 

 

 

 

FILM: FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (LES ADIEUX À LA REINE) 2012

Directed by Benoît Jacquot. In French with English subtitles. 1:40 minutes - R. 

Thursday, October 11, 7 PM | Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall

Adapted from the best selling feminist novel by Chantal Thomas, the film re- imagines three days at the Palace of Versailles leading up to the French Revolution. The story is told through the eyes of Marie Antoinette’s (fictional) servant and personal reader, Sidonie Laborde. As Sidonie’s attachment to the Queen deepens, Marie Antoinette’s (non-fictional) friendship with Duchess Gabrielle de Polignac intensifies. 

  

FILM: BELLE (2013) Directed by Amma Asante. 1:44 minutes. Rated PG.

Thursday, October 18, 7 PM | Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall

This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait of Lady Elizabeth Murray and her multiracial cousin Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804).

Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray. Murray is credited with advancing the end of official slavery in Britain. The film imagines Belle’s early life in late 18th-century society. 

 

FILM: RIDICULE (1996) Directed by Patrice Leconte. In French with English subtitles. 1:43 minutes Rated R.

Thursday, October 25, 7 PM | Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall

Introduction by Hélène Visentin, Professor of French Studies, Smith College

Set in 1783, the film follows a provincial engineer/aristocrat who heads to the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles to gain support for a local drainage project. The plot unfolds as he learns the manners of gaining favor and prestige through wit and patronage. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Ridicule was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

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ACADEMIC CLASS VISITS

College/University faculty interested in bringing classes to the museum for a facilitated or self-guided visit should contact Charlene Shang Miller, Associate Educator for Academic Programs (csmiller@smith.edu) for planning and scheduling options.

  

K-12 SCHOOL and ADULT GROUP VISITS

To learn about scheduling guided and self-guided visits to this exhibition as well as SCMA’s permanent collection galleries, go to smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/School-Adult-Group-Visits