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All Events in March 2016

Käthe Kollwitz Gallery Talk by Katy Schneider

  • Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Museum | Meet in Lobby
  • 12:15–12:45 PM
  • Painter Katy Schneider discusses her view of Käthe Kollwitz’s work.   

Music in SCMA's Galleries: Matt Haimovitz, Cello

  • Sunday, March 6, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 12–1 PM
  • Limited seating. Tickets will be issued at the door. One per person. No reservations available.

    Presented in collaboration with UMass Fine Arts Center. SCMA will be the first of three sites in a "Moveable Feast."  For details, visit: fineartscenter.com

Free March 11 Second Friday

  • Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–6 PM Hands-on!  Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view

    Cardboard Creations
    Play with cardboard to build a sculpture, inspired by Claes Oldenburg’s Sketch for a Soft Fan. 

    6 PM Open Eyes 

    Join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month

    Museum Shop open 11 AM–8 PM

    Light Refreshments 

Film: "Kuhle Wampe or Who Owns The World?"

  • Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Graham Auditorium
  • 7 PM
  • 69 min, GDR, 1932, German with English subtitles

    Director: Slatan Dudo

    In this avant-garde masterpiece, filmmaker Slatan Dudo (1903-63) brings together writer Bertolt Brecht and cameraman Gunther Krampf (Nosferatu) to tell the story of a working-class family in Berlin in the early 1930s. The film depicts Berlin during artist Käthe Kollwitz's lifetime. Kollwitz lived in the working-class district Prenzlauer Berg where her husband had his medical clinic. The film was censored in 1932 for portraying left-wing youth culture. Introduced by Dr. Skyler Arndt-Briggs, Executive Director, DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst.  “One of the best films of the century.” Village Voice, Film Critics Poll, 1999

Käthe Kollwitz and the Polarity of Beauty: Nietzsche or the "Silesian Angel"?- Lecture by Joseph McVeigh

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College
  • 7 PM
  • The art of Käthe Kollwitz has been largely defined by its focus on the poor and the oppressed, and the artist herself has been cast as "the voice of the silence of the suffering people" (Romain Rolland). And yet, such a public image ignores some foundational sources of her creativity that are drawn from the solidly middle-class cultural norms of the "Bildungsbürger", i.e. those of German high culture, as well as from an almost mystical inwardness, cultural elements not typically associated with the working classes of her time. Her reflections on art in her diary led her to recognize a certain indebtedness to a wide range of cultural influences, from the 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to the 17th century mystic, Angelus Silesius ("The Silesian Angel"). Professor of German Studies at Smith College, Joseph McVeigh will explore these influences and their import for her work in a lecture. 

    Watch the lecture

Mindfulness + Your Museum

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
  • 4:15 PM–5:45 PM
  • FOR SMITH STUDENTS ONLY

    With India Clark, certified yoga instructor + art museum educator

    In this yoga-inspired workshop, India will guide students through a unique blend of observation and meditation for a relaxing, insightful art encounter. Leave stress behind as you enter a creative, after-hours experience in your museum.

     

    Available sessions (up to 25 students per session):

    March 23 | 4:15–5:45pm

    March 25 | 4:15–5:45pm

     

    Sign up by March 11 to reserve your spot! http://goo.gl/forms/8GtpZuHvbG

Members' Extra Experiencing Color: A Sensory Exploration

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 2–3 PM
  • Led by Maggie Lind Associate Director for Academic Programs and Public Education

    The human eye and brain perceive a wide spectrum of colors as light reflects off surfaces in the world around us. Color resonates emotionally and carries many meanings; visual artists use it as a key expressive tool.

    With Frank Stella’s Damascus Gate (Variation III) as a jumping off point, come and investigate the power of color through immersive and multi-sensory looking experiences with several works of art in the museum's collection.

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

    RSVP by March 22: SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

Mindfulness + Your Museum

  • Friday, March 25, 2016
  • 4:15 PM–5:45 PM
  • FOR SMITH STUDENTS ONLY

    With India Clark, certified yoga instructor + art museum educator

    In this yoga-inspired workshop, India will guide students through a unique blend of observation and meditation for a relaxing, insightful art encounter. Leave stress behind as you enter a creative, after-hours experience in your museum

     

    Available session (up to 25 students per session):

    March 25 | 4:15–5:45pm

     

    Sign up by March 11 to reserve your spot! http://goo.gl/forms/8GtpZuHvbG

Predicated Internationalism: 'Peripheries' and the Global Work of Art- Lecture

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016
  • Graham Hall
  • 5 PM
  • Caroline Jones, Professor and Director, History, Theory + Criticism, Department of Architecture, MIT   

    Professor Jones studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception. This is the opening lecture in the colloquium, “Future Fields: ‘Global’ Methodologies and Art of the Middle East.” A reception in the Brown Fine Arts Center atrium will follow the talk.

    Admission is free and open to all | No reservations—general seating 

    Support for this program has been provided by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith, the Smith College Lecture Committee, the Emily Hall Tremaine Symposium Fund of the Smith College Museum of Art, and the Smith College Art Department.

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