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All Events in April 2017

Free Community Day

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Museum of Art
  • 11:30 AM–3:30 PM
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Ancient Rome! All ages welcome.

    Join us for a free Community Day inspired by the exhibition Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii.

    Download the full day's schedule: Community Day Schedule



    • 11:30am    Storytime with Forbes Library, Winslow Teaching Gallery, Lower Level
    • 12pm, 2pm   Campus Adventure: Docent-led tour of Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants, Botanic Garden of Smith College. Space limited. Sign up at the Welcome Table.
    • 1pm, 3pm    Campus Adventure: Try your hand at making your own fresco painting with David Dempsey, Associate Director for Museum Services, in the Materials Lab of Sabin-Reed Hall. Space limited. Sign up at the Welcome Table.
    • 12:30pm    Snapshots of Daily Life in the Age of Nero, Graham Hall, enter from Atrium—Don’t miss the culminating performance of a semester-long collaboration between the Museum, Enchanted Circle Theater and the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts middle school. Seventh grade students bring the world of Ancient Rome to life with short scenes researched and written during a school residency with ECT teaching artist Melissa Redwin.
    • 12:30-3:30pm    A Roman Garden through the Senses, Atrium—Stroll through our sensory recreation of a Roman Garden! Taste olive oil provided by Ellie’s Oils. Smell aromas of a Roman villa at the Scent-station. Explore volcanic rocks and processes with Smith College geoscientists. Discover what it takes to excavate a site like Oplontis with Smith students studying archaeology.




    Welcome Table, First Floor, outside Sacerdote Gallery—Stop by to pick up a schedule of activities as well as a scavenger hunt and sign up for the fresco painting workshops and Botanic Garden tours.

    Jewelry making, L18 Studio Classroom, Lower Level—Draw your inspiration from Roman mythology and string together a beaded adornment that captures the essence of a Roman god or goddess.

    Holyoke Hummus Truck—Looking for more than light fare? Visit The Great Garbanzo food truck parked outside the Museum doors for flavorful falafel, hummus, and more! (Bring cash).

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

    Survey Station, Second Floor landing—Let us know what you think about Family Day and help us plan for future family-friendly programs. Share your thoughts and enter the raffle for a free dual level membership.

Members’ Extra: Curator's Perspective on What's New in the Asian Art Gallery

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • Museum of Art
  • 2–3 PM
  • Join Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, for a private tour of her new, second installation for the museum's Asian Art Gallery.

    The current display features a diverse range of Asian art works from the museum's permanent collection and highlights, in particular, a group of objects that show the connection between painting and poetry in Chinese culture. Learn from the curator's perspective about these art works and hear how they relate to the museum's permanent collection as a whole.

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

    RSVP by April 12: or 413.585.2777

Free April 14 Second Friday

  • Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Museum of Art
  • 4-8 PM
  • 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!


    4:30 PM Student Performance

    Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall | Smith College

    Oplontis: A Roman Tragedy We know how the people of Oplontis died, but how did they live?
    In a multi-layered performance, Smith students will explore daily life on the Bay of Naples before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. They will recreate the daily decisions and dramas of Oplontis. Inspired by objects from the exhibition, the dialogue will imagine the lives of women, immigrants, and enslaved persons in the Roman Empire.


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


    7 PM Film Premiere

    Graham Auditorium | Smith College

    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.


    Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

ART SLAM: Disturb the Comfortable, Comfort the Disturbed

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Museum of Art
  • 1:30-3:30 PM
  • a creative open mic at your museum

    Break the frame at this special event organized by Celia Calder ‘17 and Keara Phillips-Vabre ‘17!Perform your unique, personal response to issues of inequality in the art world through a musical, spoken word or minimalist dance piece in the museum galleries.*

    • Performances may be up to 5 minutes.
    • Early sign up suggested:
    • This event is free and open to Five College students
    • Light refreshments will be provided | Meet in the museum lobby

    Questions? Contact Celia ( or Keara (

    *Please note: Due to spatial constraints, the range of movement must be controlled and performable in front of a microphone. We ask that dance pieces be contained within a 3’ X 3’ space.


Public Lecture: Slave Life in the Roman Luxury Villa with Professor Lauren Hackworth Petersen

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall | Smith College
  • 7:00 PM
  • Lauren Hackworth Petersen, Professor of Art History, University of Delaware (co-author,The Material Life of Roman Slaves)

    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.

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