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Lectures in March 2017

The Magnetic Looking Glass – New Insights into Old Objects. Frescoes, Paintings and Violins, Dr. Bernhard Blümich, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Aachen, Germany

  • Monday, March 20, 2017
  • UMass Amherst, South College Room W245
  • 5:30 PM
  • UMass Amherst, South College Room W245. Reception with speaker to follow

    Prof. Blümich will provide an introduction to mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging and report on different applications to nondestructive studies of objects of art and cultural heritage, especially on ancient Roman frescoes in the Bay of Naples.

    Presented by the Department of Art & Architecture, UMass Amherst. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art.

    Related to Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii.

27th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture with John R. Clarke

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • Weinstein Auditorium | Smith College
  • 11 AM
  • Free admission | Lehmann Lecture and Panel Discussion Poster

    New Research Strategies and Recent Discoveries at Oplontis

    John R. Clarke, Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Co-Director of The Oplontis Project, will present results of the work of the Oplontis Project with emphasis on the current exhibition, Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii. Since 2006, Dr. Clarke's research team has had the charge from the Italian Ministry of Culture to study, excavate and write about the Roman villas first uncovered in 1964 at Torre Annunziata, Italy. Dr. Clarke will highlight the most innovative techniques employed in the Project’s investigations and will present the discovery, in 2014–2016, of the long-lost sea façade of the structure known as Villa A. 

    Presented by the Archaeological Institute of America- Western Massachusetts Society and co-hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art

    Lunch immediately following for all attendees at the Smith College Conference Center

    PLEASE BE SEATED: Members’ reserved seating available. Reserve by March 23: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

Leisure & Luxury: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Structuring the Exhibition

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall | Smith College
  • 1:45 PM
  • Free Admission | No reservations necessary | Lehmann Lecture and Panel Discussion Poster

    Panel Discussion moderated by Barbara Kellum, Professor of Art, Smith College, with Elaine Gazda, Regina Gee and Tim Liddell, members of the international team of scholars who created the current Smith College Museum of Art exhibition, Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii

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