Programs

 

FREE SECOND FRIDAY

Friday, February 8, 4–8 PM | Smith College Museum of Art

This month's hands-on activity is Bubble Wrap my Heart: Reuse packing materials to print a message of love for a friend, family member or our Earth after visiting the exhibition Plastic Entanglements!

 

FOR EDUCATORS: BUS TRIP to RESOURCES FOR RHODE ISLAND (RRIE) and RISD

Saturday, February 16, 8:30 AM–5 PM

All aboard the bus to an upcycler's dream come true! Join us on a field trip just for educators to the Resources for Rhode Island Education (RRIE)'s warehouse to collect found materials for your classroom or personal artmaking practice.

Registration required: museduc@smith.edu

 

NIGHT AT YOUR MUSEUM (Just for Smith College students & their guests)

Friday, February 22, 7–10 PM | Museum of Art

Come party with a purpose for this special Night at Your Museum! Get inspired and motivated to take action by visiting the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Enjoy music and refreshments, and take pop-up Polaroids. Contribute to a collective art installation, we dream of polymer jellies, where you can entangle a wish for the present or near future with others.

 

DIANNA COHEN, ARTIST/ENVIRONMENTALIST

PLASTIC POLLUTION: ART TO ACTION

Public Talk

Thursday, March 7, 5 PM | Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

SCMA, in collaboration with the Smith College Office of Student Engagement, will bring artist and environmentalist Dianna Cohen to Smith for a free public talk. Cohen is one of the 30 artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition, Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials

A multi-media artist, painter and curator, Cohen is best known for her two- and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags sewn together, ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. She has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and India.In addition to being a visual artist, Cohen is the co-founder and CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global organization that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans and the environment.

In a recent New York Times newspaper article (Feb. 17, 2019), "Lose the Plastic," Dianna Cohen is quoted about her commitment to living a plastic-free life. She states, "I have to be very thoughtful in advance... It's a daily challenge... It's really just learning new behavior." At a time when sustainability is an international concern, Cohen asks us to rethink our relationship with plastic and consider the material as a valued resource instead of waste.

FREE SECOND FRIDAY

Friday, March 8, 4-8 PM | Smith College Museum of Art

For this month's hands-on activity, Hot Button Issue, visitors can make a pin to promote their view on a cause that they are passionate about! 

 

INSTALLATION: THE BAGSHARE PROJECT: CREATIVE REUSE IN ACTION

Friday, March 8–Monday, April 8 | Nolen Art Lounge | Smith College Campus Center

This installation tells the story of The Bagshare Project, founded by local artist and printmaker Leni Freid, wherein volunteers transform sourced surplus materials into reusable bags. 

RECEPTION FOR THE BAGSHARE PROJECT

Wednesday, March 20, 4–6:30 PM | Nolen Art Lounge | Smith College Campus Center

Celebrate the installation The BagShare Project: Creative Reuse in Action. Participate in a bag-making workshop while learning more about this local initiative.

PANEL CONVERSATION: NEO-TRADITIONALISM AND THE ECO-AESTHETICS OF THE AFRICAN FEMINIST: ARTIST + SCHOLAR IN DIALOGUE

Tuesday, March 26, 5 PM | Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall

Artist Ifeoma U. Anyaeji will discuss her neo-traditional "Plasto-yarning" technique in dialogue with Chelsea Mikael Frazier, a cultural studies scholar working at the intersection of Black feminist theory and environmental thought.

 

FREE OUR RIVER OF PLASTIC: A MILL RIVER CLEAN-UP

Saturday, April 6, 9-11 AM

To kick-off Community Day at the Smith College Museum of Art, the museum and the Connecticut River Conservancy, with support from the Mill River Greenway Initiative, invite you to take action and respond to the challenges raised in the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Transportation from Smith College will be provided for those who need it. Afterwards, head over to the museum for Community Day to reflect, be inspired, and celebrate your hard work!  Register here by March 23.

 

FREE COMMUNITY DAY @ SCMA

Saturday, April 6, 11:30–3:30 AM | Free admission all day

Join us for a Community Day with performances, drop-in art making, and “STEAM in the Atrium” activities, inspired by the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Program partners include Enchanted Circle Theater, Holyoke STEM Academy, Smith College Campus School, Connecticut River Conservancy, The Bagshare Project, Smith College CEEDS, and The Center for EcoTechnology.  Free light refreshments, plus a food truck! All ages welcome.

 

FREE SECOND FRIDAY

Friday, April 12, 4–8 PM | Smith College Museum of Art

This month's Hands-On activity is Plastic Plaits: Visitors explore how artists have woven together materials and ideas to encourage self-reflection on the looming issue of single-use plastic by making their own weaving from found materials. 

 

LECTURE: RE:FUSE—AN ARTIST TALK BY AURORA ROBSON

Tuesday, April 16, 5 PM | Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall

Artist Aurora Robson, featured in the exhibition, will discuss her own creative stewardship initiatives as well as the related work of other artists, designers and architects—opening up the potential for artists to serve as active agents of positive change in society. 

 

LECTURE: REDUCING OUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT: EXPERIENCES FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION

Thursday, April 25, 7 PM | Stoddard Hall

Did you know that the EU parliament recently approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastics and unveiled a plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030? Join Connecticut River Conservancy and the Smith College Museum of Art for a conversation with Guiliana Torta, Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the U.S. in Washington DC. Giuliana will discuss the political context in Europe that led to this widespread plastic legislation, compare similarities and differences in the U.S. political environment, and share strategies we can implement.  

 

ART BABES @ SCMA: PLASTIC PLAY

Thursday, April 25 + Saturday, April 27, 10:15–11 AM | Smith College Museum of Art

In April, mark Earth Month with an exploration of the special exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Check out artist Aurora Robson's sculptures Ona and Isla, named for her daughters, and see if we can make a towering sculpture of recyclables taller than a toddler!  Plus, participate in a plastic toy swap! 

Registration required: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

 

FREE SECOND FRIDAY

Friday, May 10, 4–8 PM | Smith College Museum of Art

This month's Hands-On activity is Found Materials Mosaics: Sort found plastic by color and shape, then collage into a mosaic like the works by Vik Muniz and Steve McPherson in the exhibition Plastic Entanglements.

 

AUTHOR TALK: TRASH TALKS: REVELATIONS IN RUBBISH

Thursday, June 6, 5 PM | Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall—Author and philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman will talk about her “deep dive” into trash to discover who we are and what we value. 

 

FREE SECOND FRIDAY

Friday, June 14, 4–8 PM | Smith College Museum of Art

This month's Hands-On activity is Imprinted by Plastic: Use interesting bits of plastics, light sensitive paper, and the sun to create an artwork that reminds us of the lasting imprint of plastic on our environment.

 

ACADEMIC CLASS VISITS

College/University faculty interested in bringing classes to the exhibition for a facilitated or self-guided visit should contact Charlene Shang Miller, Associate Educator for Academic Programs (csmiller@smith.edu) for planning and scheduling options.

 

K-12 SCHOOL and ADULT GROUP VISITS

Plastic Entanglements Teacher Guide  with accompanying  Slideshow  is available for download. This curriculum resource includes background information on the exhibition and artists, lesson plans and worksheets and an extensive resource list.

To learn about scheduling guided and self-guided visits to this exhibition as well as SCMA’s permanent collection galleries, visit smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/School-Adult-Group-Visits.