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Exhibition-Related in March 2019

Plastic Pollution: Art to Action, with Dianna Cohen, Artist/Environmentalist

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Public Talk at Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall
  • 5 PM
  • Cohen is one of the 30 artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition, Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials

    A multi-media artist, painter and curator, Cohen is best known for her two- and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags sewn together, ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. She has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and India.

    In addition to being a visual artist, Cohen is the co-founder and CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global organization that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans and the environment. In a recent New York Times newspaper article (Feb. 17, 2019), "Lose the Plastic," Dianna Cohen is quoted about her commitment to living a plastic-free life. She states, "I have to be very thoughtful in advance... It's a daily challenge... It's really just learning new behavior."

    At a time when sustainability is an international concern, Cohen asks us to rethink our relationship with plastic and consider the material as a valued resource instead of waste.

    This program is free and open to all, no further reservation necessary | Presented in collaboration with Smith College Office of Student Engagement

    Please Be Seated: Reserved Seating for SCMA members available through March 5th by contacting or 413.585.2777

March 8 Free Second Friday

  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–7 PM Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Hot Button Issue: Is there a cause that really gets you going? Make a pin to promote your point of view.

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

    Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments. 

Installation: The Bagshare Project—Creative Reuse in Action

  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Nolen Art Lounge | Smith College Campus Center
  • From March 08–April 08 2019. 

    BagShare Project volunteers transform locally sourced surplus materials into reusable bags. Leni Fried, local artist and printmaker, founded The Bagshare Project in 2007 in Cummington, MA. Since then over 30,000 reusable bags have been made by volunteers and shared in stores and food pantries. This installation tells the story of the project and its environmental impact---and invites you to take action!

    Presented in conjunction with Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. 

Neo-traditionalism and the Eco-ethics of the African Feminist: Artist + Scholar in Dialogue

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, Smith College
  • 5–6:30 PM
  • Artist Ifeoma U. Anyaeji is featured in the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. She will discuss her neo-traditional "Plasto-yarning" technique in dialogue with Chelsea Mikael Frazier, a cultural studies scholar working at the intersection of Black feminist theory and environmental thought. Moderated by Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art.

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