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Member Events in July 2016

Reading the Landscape: A Sense of Place—Gallery Conversation & Nature Tour for Members with Laurie Sanders & Linda Muehlig

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • Museum of Art
  • 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Co-sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust and the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) 

    Members: $10

    Space is limited to 20.Reservations are required.

    RSVP by July 25: or 413.585.2777

    Join Laurie Sanders, naturalist, and Linda Muehlig, associate director and senior curator of painting and sculpture, SCMA, to explore the idea of “reading the landscape.”

    The program will begin at the museum, in the exhibition The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes from the Collection, and will continue outdoors as we walk around the Smith College campus together to discover how we might see landscapes in a new light. Wear your walking shoes!

    The Lay of the Land(June 17–September 11, 2016) offers a wide variety of contemporary perspectives on the American landscape in its natural, altered, or re-imagined forms. Featuring a range of topographies from cultivated lands to forest and desert, the exhibition highlights new acquisitions, as well as works being displayed for the first time. (More information here.)

    Laurie Sanders, naturalist and writer, serves on the scientific advisory committee of the Kestrel Land Trust and is co-director of Historic Northampton. She is the former host of “Field Notes,” a weekly natural history series that aired on WFCR for a decade, and has produced nature shorts for WGBY/Channel 57. She earned a Masters of Science from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont and first came to Northampton in 1983 as a Smith College student. She lives in Westhampton with her husband and daughter.  

    Linda Muehlig, curator of The Lay of the Land, is associate director for curatorial affairs and senior curator of painting and sculpture at SCMA. Over the past four decades she has organized numerous popular exhibitions for the museum, including Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Siege (1998); Undomesticated Interiors (2003); and Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade (2015), among many others. She has also overseen the acquisition of many of the museum’s historic and contemporary works of art, including several by local artists on view in The Lay of the Land.


    Image: Fairfield Porter, American (1907–1975). Path in the Woods, 1968. Oil on masonite. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Small, Jr. (Susan Spencer, class of 1948). Courtesy of the Smith College Museum of Art.

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