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Second Fridays in April 2017

Free April 14 Second Friday

  • Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Museum of Art
  • 4-8 PM
  • 4–6 PM  Hands-on!  Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view

    Fresco Fragments

    Take home your own souvenir of the ancient world—a handmade replica of course—embellished with vines, leaves, and flowers to welcome Spring!


    4:30 PM Student Performance

    Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall | Smith College

    Oplontis: A Roman Tragedy We know how the people of Oplontis died, but how did they live?
    In a multi-layered performance, Smith students will explore daily life on the Bay of Naples before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. They will recreate the daily decisions and dramas of Oplontis. Inspired by objects from the exhibition, the dialogue will imagine the lives of women, immigrants, and enslaved persons in the Roman Empire.


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


    7 PM Film Premiere

    Graham Auditorium | Smith College

    Layers of Pompeii (2016)  A film by Kevin Taylor Anderson and Emily Felder

    Followed by Q&A with Kevin Taylor Anderson, Director, and Eric Poehler, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, UMass Amherst

    The most unique archaeological site in the world draws ten thousand people per day, holding a variety of meanings for those who visit and work there, yet it is a city that remains fragile and misunderstood.

    This documentary film approaches contemporary Pompeii with an ethnographic lens, exploring the range of reasons tourists have for visiting the site while giving voice to those who interpret, maintain, and study the ancient Roman city.  What is unearthed exposes disjuncture between the modern city surrounding the archaeological park, but also the fragile state of the “frozen” city itself.


    Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments

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