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Expanded Museum Busy

Now in its second year since reopening its doors following a two-year expansion and renovation, the Smith College Museum of Art is host to a wide-ranging schedule of exhibitions and programs this year. Since its reopening, the museum has seen a substantial increase in attendance, says Margi Caplan, membership and marketing director, accommodating nearly twice the number of visitors on average compared to previous years. Current and upcoming exhibitions:

Confronting Tradition: Contemporary Art from Kyoto

The featured fall exhibition showcases works in mixed media by Japanese artists, created in ways that challenge methods associated with the traditional arts of Japan. Organized by Samuel C. Morse, the museum's curatorial consultant for Asian art and professor of fine arts at Amherst College. Through December 31.

Politics and Protest in Prints, Drawings and Photographs

An exhibition of more than 30 photographs, prints and drawings from several different countries and time periods that seek to influence people's political ideals. Curated by Aprile Gallant, associate curator of prints and drawing at the Museum of Art's Cunningham Center. Through December 31.

Exhibiting Africa

Organized by students in art history 260, African Art, History and Modernity, taught by Dana Leibsohn, professor of art, this sculpture exhibition explores the cultural politics of collecting and displaying African objects in the West. November 19 through June 5, 2005.

New York, New York

New York City has been the home and the artistic subject for artists for more than 200 years. Using the Museum of Art's vast collection of works on paper, this exhibition will showcase the many ways in which artists have depicted the life, stories and nuance of the nation's most famous city. Curated by Aprile Gallant. January 25 through April 10.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens: American Sculptor of the Gilded Age

This sculpture exhibition is the largest show of Saint-Gaudens' works ever to tour the Americas. Comprising 70 objects, the show is organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions. Nine major projects are featured, including Chicago's Abraham Lincoln, the angels for J. P. Morgan's tomb and the Diana for the weather vane on the old Madison Square Garden. January 27 through March 20.

For more information, visit www.smith.edu/museum.

 
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