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The Faces We Wear
Collecting for the future: Stefano della Bella
Danielle Carrabino, curator of painting and sculpture, offers insight into a recently acquired print by Italian artist, Stefano della Bella (1610-1664). This print may be the earliest work of art in the collection to feature a Black man.
An Investigation into the Authenticity of SCMA’s Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Julia Bender, a master’s candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the History of Art and Architecture department, explores the mysterious past of SCMA’s Saint Catherine sculpture.
Collecting for the future: Chen Xin's Pine, Clouds, and Flying Waterfalls
Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, introduces an ink landscape painting made by Chen Xin in 1985 that is currently on view at SCMA on the lower level.
Who made it?
A Chinese artist called Chen Xin painted this landscape. Born in Beijing in 1956, Chen studied with several Chinese classical painting masters in his youth. In the 1980s, he received further training from artists of the Lingnan School, a style of painting from the Guangdong region in southern China.
Collecting for the future: Amanda Williams’ Matterful Black Lives Tea Set
Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art, introduces a new work by Amanda Williams, part of her 2020-22 commission for SCMA entitled An Imposing Number of Times.
Andrea Chung Joins the SCMA Collection
Mosa Molapo ‘22 graduated from Smith in May with a double major in Art History and African Studies. Mosa also served as the 2021-2022 Kennedy Museum Research Fellow in Art History at SCMA.
Over the course of the academic year, I worked with the Baio collection, a group of 100 photographs donated by Joe Baio and Anne Griffin (class of 1983). One of my objectives was to acquire a new piece for the museum that engages both with this donation and the greater SCMA collection.
John Wilson’s My Brother: Seeking Truth in Art
Annalise Edwards ‘23J, a curatorial research assistant, explores SCMA’s archives to learn about how and why John Wilson created this portrait of his brother.
Collecting for the Future: Anupam Sud's Persona
Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, introduces a print made by Anupam Sud in 1988.
From Special Collections to SCMA: A Close Look at The Fugitive’s Story
Annalise Edwards ‘23J, a curatorial research assistant, discusses a recent addition to SCMA’s collection.
Collecting for the future: Curators introduce new works in the SCMA collection
In this summer series, SCMA’s five curators will briefly introduce some recent exciting acquisitions by answering the following simple questions:
Queering the Collection: Reflecting on Photographs by Meryl Meisler
Ariella Heise ‘22 reflects on two recent acquisitions in the SCMA collection. She currently works in the Marketing and Communications department at SCMA.
Painting The Eighteenth-Century Child: Henrietta Elizabeth Frederica Vane
Grace Ettinger '22 explores Gilbert Stuart's history as an artist through his portrait Henriette Elizabeth Frederica Vane . She is currently a Student Assistant at the Cunningham Center for Works on Paper within the SCMA.
Spring Cleaning: A Student's Look Into The Cunningham Center's Renovation
Meredith Diamond '23 is a computer science major and Cunningham Center Assistant. Join her as she reminisces over her museum experience through the lens of the renovations.
As the Cunningham Center prepares for renovations this summer, my coworkers and I have been clearing shelves, cleaning closets, and ensuring everything is accounted for. In my excitement for the new and improved space we’ll have, I forgot the most important part: the collection is going into storage.