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All Events in October 2018

Gallery Talk: Women, War, and Revolution

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Smith College Art Museum
  • 12:15 PM
  • Jennifer Heuer, Associate Professor of History, UMass Amherst explores the portrayal of women as symbols in war and revolution. Professor Heuer is author of The Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830. 

Film: Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux Á La Reine) 2012

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall
  • 7:00 PM
  • Directed by Benoît Jacquot. In French with English subtitles. 1:40 minutes - R 

    Adapted from the best selling feminist novel by Chantal Thomas, the film re-imagines three days at the Palace of Versailles leading up to the French Revolution. The story is told through the eyes of Marie Antoinette’s (fictional) servant and personal reader, Sidonie Laborde. As Sidonie’s attachment to the Queen deepens, Marie Antoinette’s (non-fictional) friendship with Duchess Gabrielle de Polignac intensifies. 

October 12 Free Second Friday

  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Museum of Art
  • 4—8 PM
  • 4–7 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view.

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

    Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments.

Gallery Talk: Curator's Tour

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Smith College Art Museum
  • 12:15 PM
  • Join us as the exhibition’s organizing curator, Melissa Hyde, Professor, School of Art & Art Histories, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Florida provides a close-up look at the images and themes of the exhibition. Dr. Hyde's research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France. 

Lecture: Women Artists in the Age of the Enlightenment

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall
  • 5:00 PM
  • Melissa Hyde, Professor, School of Art & Art Histories, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Florida explores how women artists reached unprecedented success in 18th-century France. The work of several of these women including Adelaide Labille- Guiard, Anne Vallayer-Coster and Marie-Anne Fragonard is on view in the exhibition, Becoming A Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. 

Film: Belle (2013)

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Graham Auditorium\Hillyer Hall
  • 7:00 PM
  • Directed by Amma Asante. 1:44 minutes. Rated PG. 

    This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait of Lady Elizabeth Murray and her multiracial cousin Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804).

    Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray. Murray is credited with advancing the end of official slavery in Britain. The film imagines Belle’s early life in late 18th-century society. 

Film: Ridicule (1996)

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall
  • 7:00 PM
  • Directed by Patrice Leconte. In French with English subtitles. 1:03 minutes. Rated R. 

    Introduction by Hélène Visentin, Professor of French Studies, Smith College.

    Set in 1783, the film follows a provincial engineer/aristocrat who heads to the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles to gain support for a local drainage project. The plot unfolds as he learns the manners of gaining favor and prestige through wit and patronage. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Ridicule was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

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