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All Events in April 2016

Käthe Kollwitz Gallery Talk by Curator Henriette Kets de Vries

  • Friday, April 1, 2016
  • Museum of Art | Meet in the lobby
  • 12:15–12:45 PM
  • Curator and Manager of the Cunningham Center at SCMA, Henriette Kets de Vries draws upon Käthe Kollwitz's diaries to place her work within an historical context.

    Watch the Gallery Talk

Free Family Day: Colorful

  • Saturday, April 2, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 12:30–3:30 PM
  • Free Admission ALL DAY Free Snacks Hands-on activities from 12:30-3:30pm
    Explore art + science + math through color and celebrate SCMA’s painting by Frank Stella that’s the length of a yellow school bus!

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    1pm, 2pm, 3pm Follow the Color interactive tour—Meet in Lobby Join our student museum educators to experience color throughout the galleries.

    2:30pm Expandable Brass Band—Atrium Loud, raucous, and full of fun, the Expandable Brass Band is dedicated to spreading joyful music with both traditional and unconventional marching band instruments.

    Ongoing, 12:30–3:30pm

    Welcome + Membership Table – First Floor, outside Sacerdote Gallery Stop by to pick up a schedule of activities and enter the raffle for a free dual level membership.

    Free Snacks—Atrium

    Spinning Tops—Atrium Create a pattern with colorful markers on a paper circle and discover how colors mix as your top spins round and round in this optical illusion.

    Collaborative Mural—L18 Studio Classroom, Lower Level How did Frank Stella create such vibrant colors and geometric designs? Find out for yourself while drawing with yardsticks, protractors & other tools, mixing paint, and contributing to shared canvas in this exploration of color theory and math art.

    Magical Math - Nixon Gallery, Second Floor Drop in to the Nixon Gallery to check out Third Order Magic Square for Deep Sleep by Xylor Jane. Use your powers of observation to explore how the artist Xylor Jane plays with color + pattern in her work, then use colored pencils + grid paper or board games to play with these ideas yourself!

    Fast Fancy Faces by Dazzle Day Face Painters—L19 Classroom, Lower Level **** Become a walking work of art with a custom design inspired by SCMA’s Frank Stella painting!

    Book Nook + Take a Break Space—Lower Level lobby Drop in and take a break with our collection of picture books themed around color.

    –There are metered parking spaces on Elm Street and side streets
    –Northampton parking garage or community lots. View a full list of these nearby spaces here:
    Please also consider walking, biking, or carpooling to campus!


Free April 8 Second Friday

  • Friday, April 8, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–6 PM Hands-on!  Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view

    Superheroes of Art and Nature
    Create an Earth Day superhero, drawing inspiration from Rufino Tamayo’s mural Nature and the Artist.

    6 PM Open Eyes 

    Join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month

    Museum Shop open 11 AM–8 PM

    Light Refreshments 

Lecture "Finding the Krieg Cycle: Kathe Kollwitz, World War I, and the Creation of an Iconic Print Series" by Claire Whitner

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • Hillyer Hall, Graham Auditorium
  • 7 PM
  • Claire Whitner, Associate Curator, Davis Museum at Wellesley College

    Käthe Kollwitz’s groundbreaking print series, Krieg (War) was published nine years after her son was killed on a WWI battlefield in October 1914. Claire Whitner explores Kollwitz’s artistic development alongside her process of mourning—one that proceeded from very devastating, personal grief to an insightful meditation on war and its cost to society.

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CANCELLED: K–12 Teacher Workshop Series: Käthe Kollwitz - An Artist & Her Time

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 4:30–8:30 PM
  • Each session: $20 members, $30 non-members.

    A multi-part workshop, sign up for one or all (first workshop is February 12, 2016). In these evenings for educators, explore change over time in Germany through one individual’s point of view by analyzing her visual art and personal diaries. Inspired by the exhibition Mothers’ Arms: Käthe Kollwitz’s Women and War, on view January 29–May 29, 2016. These interdisciplinary workshops will model strategies that support students in building their visual and media literacy skills through inquiry, observation and dialogue. Due to the sophisticated content of the exhibition, this workshop is most appropriate for middle and high school teachers.

    Please register online at

    Email or call (413) 585-2773 with questions.

Members' Extra Drawing to Look Closely: Sharpening our Looking Skills through Drawing

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • 2–3PM
  • SCMA Members are invited to join Emma Cantrell, Brown Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Museum Education, for a one-hour introduction to drawing art on view from the permanent collection. Emma will offer sketching exercises, and facilitate a discussion designed to encourage careful looking and deeper exploration of the art through drawing. Program open to all levels. No prior experience necessary. Pencils and paper will be provided. Meet in the lobby of the Museum.

    Members: $5 | Student Members: FREE Members may bring up to 2 guests. Space Limited.

    RSVP by April 20: or 413.585.2777

Candice Breitz Artist Talk for K–12 Teachers

  • Monday, April 25, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • What happens when you bring artists and teachers together? What insights and understandings might the exchange spark? Join Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz for a conversation about her work and practice in this inquiry-driven program for teachers.

    RSVP by April 25  or 413.585.2773

Please Be Seated for Miller Lecture: Candice Breitz

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  • 7 PM
  • PLEASE BE SEATED: Members' reserved seating available.

    Reserve by April 25: or 413.585.2777

Miller lecture—Candice Breitz: From A to B and Back Again

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall | Smith College
  • 7 PM
    Moving Image Artist

    "FROM A TO B 


    Candice Breitz (born in Johannesburg, 1972) is a Berlin-based artist who is well known internationally for her moving image installations that explore popular culture and media's effect on the contemporary identity. In 2013, SCMA acquired Breitz's Factum Tremblay, a part of her Factum series. The series takes its name from Robert Rauschenberg's paintings Factum I and Factum II (1957), which examine the persistent differences in apparent replicas. Factum Tremblay explores questions of gender and sexual identity while growing up with a twin. (On view in the museum’s Video and New Media Gallery until August 28th, 2016.)

    PLEASE BE SEATED: Members' reserved seating available.Reserve by April 25: or 413.585.2777

    The Miller Lecture series, established at SCMA in memory of Dulcy Blume Miller, class of 1946, enables the Museum to bring a leading artist, architect, or art historian to campus each year to give a public lecture.

    Press Release

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