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All Events in September 2019

Welcome Back to Your Museum!

  • Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • SCMA
  • 6–7:30 PM
  • Smithies, get a sneak peek at future student events and opportunities designed just for you!

    Join us for our first event of the semester. There will be a sundae bar, scavenger hunt, and guided tour.

    Event just for Smith students & their guests.

September 13 Free Second Friday

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–7 PM Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Animal Etchings: Visit the exhibition Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi to see examples of printmaking techniques. Then design and print your own block print inspired by animals in Munio Makuuchi's work!

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

    Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments. 

"Representing African Art in Museums" Lecture with Christa Clarke

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall
  • 1:20–2:35pm
  • Lecture and talk-back with Christa Clarke, scholar and curator of African Art
    Members of the Smith community are invited to join this open class lecture for MUX 119: Museums in Society. Christa Clarke, a respected scholar and curator of African art, will present an overview of the history and challenges of displaying African objects in museums. After the talk, participate in an informal talk-back session with Dr. Clarke in SCMA's African art gallery that will help inform her development of a new installation for that space.

New date and time—"Chajara-Tupelo" (2019) Performance

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Paradise Pond opposite the Japanese Garden (rain or shine)
  • 9:15am
  • A performance by Younès Rahmoun

    In collaboration with The Botanic Garden of Smith College

    Part of the scholarly convening, Light, Brick, Jute, Earth: Younès Rahmoun, Sept. 19–21, 2019, organized by Emma Chubb, Ph.D., Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art, Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) in collaboration with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.

    Supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Student Picks: "The Birth of a Black Future" curated by Mosa Molapo '22

  • Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Cunningham Center
  • 4–8pm
  • Science fiction, a genre that conveys images of flying cars, holograms, space travel, aliens and alienation is unbelievably expansive. Despite this, there are still characteristics of contemporary society – namely race – that stay fixated and stagnant. Afro-Futurism is a philosophical, cultural and artistic movement that focuses on the intersection between black lives, technology and the future. It envisions a future unconstrained by oppressive systems – namely racism, misogynoir, and homophobia. In this exhibition, I have tried to visualize a paradoxical future that both centers and de-centers blackness. So, even in works that suggest something post-human, post-race, I am forcefully keeping blackness in mind, allowing it to remain the focus. It is important to question what exactly a black future looks like because black life has been entangled with struggle for centuries; and what Afro-futurism advocates for is the processing of this struggle that will lead black people into a space where they are appreciated, elevated and viewed as three-dimensional beings.

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