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All Events in February 2016

Käthe Kollwitz Gallery Talk by Barry Moser

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
  • 12:15–12:45 PM
  • Barry Moser, professor-in-residence in art and printer to the college, as well as noted printmaker and illustrator, will share his insights into Kathe Kollwitz’s work.

Members' Exhibition Preview Dislocation/Negotiating Identity

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 2–3 PM
  • Join Sandra Matthews, exhibition project advisor, for a preview of the new exhibition, Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Photographs from South and Southeast Asia.

    The exhibition includes over forty photographs by a diverse group of eight artists, both emerging and well-established, from Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Although the geographical and cultural specificity of their works is important, each of these artists is focused on the complexities of identity, within and beyond national boundaries.

    Members: $5 | Student Members: FREE. Members may bring up to 2 guests. Space limited.

    RSVP by February 8: or 413.585.2777

Free February 12 Second Friday

  • Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • Enjoy additional programs related to the exhibition 

    MOTHERS' ARMS Käthe Kollwitz's Women and War

    4-6 PM Printed with Love

    Try your hand at printmaking and create Valentines for your loved ones 

    6-6:30 PM Open Eyes 

    Guided conversation about one work of art in the exhibition

    6-7 PM Book signing for the exhibition catalog 

    7 PM Film Screening Käthe Kollwitz: Images of a Life

    Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall

    Cunningham Center open 4-6 PM

    Museum Shop open 11 AM–8 PM + Light Refreshments 

FILM Kathe Kollwitz: Images of a Life

  • Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Hillyer Hall, Graham Auditorium
  • 7 PM
  • Kathe Kollwitz: Images of a Life, 95 min, GDR, 1987, German with English subtitles

    Director: Ralf Kirsten

    Kathe Kollwitz was 47 years old and already a well-established artist in Germany and abroad when her youngest son Peter volunteered to fight in World War I, and was killed two weeks later. This film pieces parts of Kollwitz's letters and diaries together in a mosaic-like self-portrait in the aftermath of this painful tragedy. Introduced by Dr. Skyler Arndt-Briggs, Executive Director, DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst.

K–12 Teacher Workshop Series: Käthe Kollwitz - An Artist & Her Time

  • Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4:30–8:30 PM
  • (Snow date: March 11) Plus another workshop scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th

    Each session: $20 members, $30 non-members.

    A multi-part workshop, sign up for one or all. In these evenings for educators, explore change over time in Germany through one individual’s point of view by analyzing her visual art and personal diaries. Inspired by the exhibition Mothers’ Arms: Käthe Kollwitz’s Women and War, on view January 29–May 29, 2016. These interdisciplinary workshops will model strategies that support students in building their visual and media literacy skills through inquiry, observation and dialogue. Due to the sophisticated content of the exhibition, this workshop is most appropriate for middle and high school teachers.

    Please register online at

    Email or call (413) 585-2773 with questions.

Night at Your Museum

  • Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Museum of Art—Enter through the Brown Fine Arts Center Atrium
  • 7–10 PM
  • Free and open to all Smith students

    Come to SCMA’s party of the year for a night to remember! Explore the newly redesigned galleries after-hours to discover your museum with great friends, student performances, special exhibitions, and SCMA’s amazing collection. 

    Use #naym to share your experience with us online @smithartmuseum 


    • South Asian inspired appetizers, desserts, and mocktails
    • Performances by the Smiffenpoofs and SC Masti
    • Music dj’d by WOZQ
    • Special exhibitionDislocation: Negotiating Identity Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia.
    • Hands-on art project
    • Photobooth
    • And don’t forget about your outfit: dress to express!

CANCELLED: The Cultural Work of Interactive Memorials: Lessons from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Digital Experience Project

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium
  • 5 PM
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, the February 25–27 visit to Smith College by Media Studies expert Anne Balsamo has been cancelled.

    Anne Balsamo, Dean of School of Media Studies & Professor of Media Studies at The New School, will discuss the creation of an interactive memorial that was designed to augment the viewing of the textile Quilt through 3 digital experiences. She will examine how public interactives are implicated in practices of cultural reproduction—remembering, witnessing, archiving, and educating.

    The AIDS Memorial Quilt was created 25 years ago as a work of community activism. Now 25 years later, it is the largest living memorial of its kind in the world. The activities that gave rise to the Quilt in 1987 are part of the history of the campaign for gay and lesbian rights in the US. The Quilt literally stitches together a million memories, a million stories, a million lessons about the relationship between individual lives, public culture, and political activism. 

TO KNOW OURSELVES | Exploring the Work of Black Artists in SCMA’s Collection

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 1 PM
  • Gallery conversation organized by Beryl Ford ’17, Arts & Culture Chair, Black Students’ Alliance

    Participate in a lively, student-led exchange of ideas that will explore the ways black artists have imagined an depicted their blackness, culture, and history over the past 100 years.

    Free with museums admission | Always free for students

    Reservations not required | Meet in museum lobby

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