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Lectures 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

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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