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Smith College Museum of Art

Gallery Installation: Fragile Earth

Through November 10, the Nixon Gallery on the museum’s second floor features a selection of works from the SCMA collection created between the early 1970s and mid-2000s that focus on the intersection of human life and our environment.

Contemporary Galleries

Maggie Puckett, “Future Under Climate Tyranny (F.U.C.T) (A 4° C warmer world),” 2011
Puckett created this large-scale work as a warning about the impact of climate change, and this is the first time it will be publicly on view in the SCMA galleries. Through December 8.

Torkwase Dyson, “Scalar Scalar (#3 Gulf of Mexico-Extraction-Black),” 2018
This new acquisition will also be on view for the first time. Dyson’s abstract paintings address the migration necessitated by climate change and how global warming disproportionately affects Black communities and communities of color. Through December 8.


Kahn Institute

Excavating the Image 2019: Habba (Seed) by Younès Rahmoun

Excavating the Image is an annual collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art. Focused on Younès Rahmoun's video installation, Habba (2008-11), the seminar will consider how contemporary artists address complex problems, such as the environment and climate change.

Imagining Climate Change: From Slow Violence to Fast Hope (2020–21)

This yearlong Kahn project will bring together scholars from across the disciplines to ask how climate change forces—and inspires—us to shift our habits of thought, representation, and communication. We believe that recognizing the slow violence of climate change is urgent work. We will probe the magnitude of this slow violence while daring to envision and nurture the hope that turns indifference into action.

Climate Inherits Us All (short-term project, Fall 2019)

What inherits us. What we leave to others. How we accept (or refuse) that which is bequeathed. These themes—and their implications—anchor this short-term Kahn project.


Landscape Studies

The Speakers Program is a two-credit course in landscape studies (LSS 100). It is offered as S/NC only and may be taken twice for credit. Three short papers and weekly readings related to the speakers’ topics are required. All events are in Graham Hall from 2:40–4 p.m. The Smith community is welcome to attend. 

January 27, 2020
Steven Moga, Assistant Professor, Landscape Studies
Introduction to Landscape Studies

February 3, 2020
Emma Silverman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

February 10, 2020
Reid Bertone-Johnson, Lecturer in Landscape Studies

February 17, 2020
Julie Brigham-Grette, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

February 24, 2020
Niall Kirkwood, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

March 2, 2020
Signe Nielsen, Principal, Nielsen Landscape Architects, New York, NY

March 9, 2020
Mariana Mogilevich, Editor, Urban Omnibus-Architectural League of New York

March 30, 2020
Billy Fleming, Wilks Family Director, Ian L. McHarg Center at PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania

April 6, 2020
Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, MIT

April 13, 2020
Randolph Hester and Marcia McNally, Professors Emeritus, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley; Directors, The Planning Laboratory

April 20, 2020
Lynden Miller, Public Garden Designer; Director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, New York NY

April 27, 2020
Helen Horowitz, Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor Emerita of History and Professor Emerita of American Studies


Narratives Project

“Talk to Me About Climate”

More info about this program coming soon.