Related Programs


Thursday, September 29 | 2–3 PM Members' Exhibition Preview

with Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs


Thursday, October 6 | Mortimer Rare Book Room Exhibition Opening and Lecture

Lecture: Neilson Library Browsing Room, Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Exhibition: The Lure of Italy: Books and manuscripts from the Gundersheimer Collection

Werner Gundersheimer, historian, collector and former director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will present a lecture about the historical experiences of English and American travelers in Italy. Over the course of several decades, Dr. Gundersheimer assembled a remarkable collection of more than 600 volumes of Italian travel narratives. The collection is composed mostly of accounts of English and American travelers to all parts of Italy from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with special reference to the Grand Tour, later American cultural tourism and women travelers. It includes not only famous descriptions of travel but also many lesser-known accounts that shed new light on early travelers’ motivations and interests. Dr. Gundersheimer donated the collection to the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 2013. It is the most significant collection of rare books to come to the libraries in recent years, and also one of the most fertile for student and faculty research. Many of the books are illustrated, sometimes profusely, and all are in impeccable original condition.
A reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Organized by the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Curatorial assistance and installation by Barbara Blumenthal, rare book specialist in the Mortimer Rare Book Room.


Tuesday, October 4 | 7 PM  Annual Miller Lecture with Professor John Pinto

John Pinto, Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archaeology Emeritus

Weinstein Auditorium (Reserved seating offered to museum members)


Friday, October 14 | 4–8 PM  Free Second Friday

4-6 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view: Big Draw Night

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


Wednesday, October 26 | 12:15 PM  Gallery Talk with Lecturer Anna Lee

Free with admission/Meet in museum lobby

Anna Lee, Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in History of Photography, Smith College


Saturday, November 5 | 12:30–3:30 PM  Free Family Day

Free Admission ALL DAY, Hands-on activities from 12:30–3:30 PM


Thursday, November 10 | 5 PM  Public Lecture with Professor John Moore

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

John Moore, Professor of Art, Smith College

Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall


Friday, November 11| 4–8 PM  Free Second Friday

4–6 PM Hands-on!  Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view: Build Rome in a Day

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


Wednesday, November 16 | 12:15 PM  Gallery Talk with Director Jon Caris

Jon Caris, Director and Scott Gilman, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Spatial Analysis Lab, Smith College


Ongoing: K–12 School and Adult Group Visits

Learn about scheduling guided and self-guided visits to this exhibition as well as SCMA’s permanent collection galleries


SCMA is pleased to be a program partner with the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith from August through December 2016, during which time the related exhibitions, The Lure of Italy: Travel Books and Manuscripts from the Gundersheimer Collection (presented by MRBR) and When in Rome: Prints and Photographs, 1500–1900 (presented by SCMA), will be on view.



Image credit: Artist unknown. La Tomba di Cecilia Metella (Tomb of Caecilia Metella), ca. 1860's. Albumen print . Smith College Museum of Art. Purchased with the Hillyer–Tryon–Mather Fund, with funds given in memory of Nancy Newhall (Nancy Parker, class of 1930) and in honor of Beaumont Newhall, and with funds given in honor of Ruth Wedgewood Kennedy.