Winter 2017 Programs @ SCMA 

Programs

Friday, February 3  12:15 PM

Spotlight Gallery Talk

Laetitia A. La Follette, Professor of History of Art & Architecture, UMass Amherst

Professor LaFollette discusses two family portraits in marble from Villa A at Oplontis, "Portrait of a Boy" and "Portrait of A Woman"

FREE with museum admission/Meet in museum lobby. Space is limited

 

Friday, February 10  4–8 PM

Free Second Friday

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

Valentines from Venus

Wear your heart on your sleeve—in this case a Roman-inspired gilded arm band or bracelet that you make yourself! Then go on a search for the goddess of love (and maybe a few cherubs) in the museum’s galleries.

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

Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

Plus, 7 PM Film Screening | Graham Auditorium

Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town (2011), BBC production

A film narrated by Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, Cambridge University

We know how the victims of Pompeii and Oplontis died, but this documentary sets out to answer another question—how did they live? Gleaning evidence from the archaeological discoveries at Villa B at Oplontis, Cambridge professor and Pompeii expert Mary Beard provides new insight into the lives of people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.

 

Friday, March 3  12:15 PM 

Spotlight Gallery Talk                                                 

Bettina Bergmann, Helene Phillips Herzig ’49 Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College

Living in a Kaleidoscope: Wall Paintings of Villa A

Join Professor Bergmann for a close look at the wall paintings of Villa A at Oplontis

FREE with museum admission/Meet in museum lobby. Space is limited

 

Friday, March 10  4-8 PM

Free Second Friday

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

Precious Portraits

Beware the Ides of March! Make your own lucky coin—featuring your self-portrait in silhouettes—to celebrate the Roman New Year and ward off misfortune.

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

Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

 

Monday, March 20 5:30 PM

Lecture

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

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.

 

Saturday, March 25  11:00 AM  

27th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

John R. Clarke, Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Co-Director of The Oplontis Project

New Research Strategies and Recent Discoveries at Oplontis

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

John R. Clarke, Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, 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

 

Saturday, March 25  1:45 PM 

Panel Discussion

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

Graham Auditorium

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 this exhibition

 

Saturday, April 8  11:30 AM–3:30 PM 

Free Community Day

Immerse Yourself in the World of Ancient Rome

 

Friday, April 14  4–8 PM

Free Second Friday

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

Fresco Fragments

Take home your own souvenir of the ancient world—a handmade replica of course—embellished with vines, leaves, and flowers to welcome Spring!

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

Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

Plus, 7 PM Film Premiere | Graham Auditorium

Layers of Pompeii (2016)  A film by Kevin Taylor Anderson and Emily Felder

Followed by Q&A with Kevin Taylor Anderson, Director, and Eric Poehler, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, UMass Amherst

The most unique archaeological site in the world draws ten thousand people per day, holding a variety of meanings for those who visit and work there, yet it is a city that remains fragile and misunderstood.

This documentary film approaches contemporary Pompeii with an ethnographic lens, exploring the range of reasons tourists have for visiting the site while giving voice to those who interpret, maintain, and study the ancient Roman city.  What is unearthed exposes disjuncture between the modern city surrounding the archaeological park, but also the fragile state of the “frozen” city itself.

 

Tuesday, April 18  7:00 PM 

Lecture

Slave Life in the Roman Luxury Villa, Lauren Hackworth Peterson, Professor of Art History, University of Delaware (co-author,The Material Life of Roman Slaves)

Graham Auditorium

Enslaved people were everywhere in the world of ancient Rome. Yet visitors to sites along the Bay of Naples walk through a landscape that appears untouched by slavery. Scholars and tourists alike have been trained to recognize owners and the free in the archaeological record of ancient Italy and to overlook and "un-see" slaves living and laboring in the same place. In her book, The Material Life of Roman Slaves (co-authored with Sandra Joshel), Dr. Lauren Hackworth Petersen seeks to make slaves appear or, more accurately, searches for ways to see them – to make slaves visible where evidence tells us they were in fact present. In her lecture, Dr. Petersen will discuss slavery in ancient Rome and explore the presence of the enslaved at Villa A at Oplontis.

 

Friday, May 12  4–8 PM

Free Second Friday

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

Golden Textiles

Discover the art of weaving in the villas of Oplontis and create your own luxurious textile!

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

Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

 

Friday, June 9  4–8 PM 

Free Second Friday

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

Mini Mosaics

Make your own decorative stepping stones, inspired by the Roman mosaic in the Ancient Gallery.

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

Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

 

Friday, August 11  4–8 PM 

Free Second Friday

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

Ancient Time(s)

Use nature’s shadows to tell time by constructing your very own sundial!

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

Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

 

Tuesday, July 25–Friday 28, 2017 

Summer Teacher Institute

Museum of Art

9:00 AM–3:00 PM each day

$60 members, $85 non-members. Become a member today at the Educator Level! 

Email museduc@smith.edu to enroll or call (413) 585-2773 with questions. Space is limited.

How do we know what we know about people of the past?

Join a “field school” with a focus on art & archaeology for K–12 teachers to discover how objects tell stories about what life was like in 79 AD around the time that Mount Vesuvius erupted. Set up camp for four days in the Museum and dig into learning about objects in the exhibition, Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii as well as works in SCMA’s permanent collection galleries.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world through presentations by guest scholars, poetry writing and art-making experiences, campus expeditions, as well as guided conversations and interactive explorations of art objects in our galleries.

 

Ongoing:

K–12 School and Adult Group Visits

Schedule a guided or self-guided visit to this exhibition and SCMA’s permanent collection galleries