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All Events in October 2019

Art Break: Love in the Renaissance

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • SCMA: Meet in the lobby
  • 12:45–1:15 PM
  • Take an 'Art Break' and join SCMA Curator Danielle Carrabino for a refreshing conversation about art in the galleries.

Guided tour: Art Meets Climate Equity

  • Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 1–3pm
  • Meet at the Smith College Museum of Art for a multi-sensory experience exploring connections between art and climate justice.

    SCMA Student Museum Educators will guide participants to explore the ways in which artists through time have inspired broader awareness and action in response to climate change. Engage in dialogue, writing reflection, sketching and more during this interactive workshop!

Campus Preview: Black Refractions @ SCMA

  • Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Campus Center 102
  • 12:15–1:15pm
  • The museum invites interested students, faculty, and staff to join us for lunch and learn about the upcoming exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem which will be presented at SCMA from January 17–April 12, 2020. Come get excited about the featured artists, programming, and ways you can get involved and participate!

    Lunch provided for the first 20 people!

Defiant Poetry Night

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 6:30–8pm
  • Enjoy and create your own defiant poetry while exploring the exhibition Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi with Vice President Floyd Cheung. 

    Partnered with the Mwangi Cultural Center. 

October 11 Free Second Friday

  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–7 PM Second Friday Hands on! art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Send a message inspired by artist Maggie Pucket’s ecofeminist paper activism--check out Future Under Climate Tyranny on view on the Lower Level. Combine pulp, seeds and other materials into an ecological work of art that reflects your favorite place.

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

    Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments. 

Dancing the Museum

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • 4:30 PM | Lower Level of SCMA, 5 PM | Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall
  • 4:30–7:00 PM
  • 4:30 pm | Museum of Art, Lower Level | Performance by Jenna Riegel (Amherst College) and Sha Harrell

    5 pm | Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall Panel Discussion: Dancing the Museum: Practice and Performance | Panelists: Lester Tomé, associate professor of dance; Frazer Ward, associate professor of art; and Tara Aisha Willis, associate curator of performance, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Moderated by Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford ‘83 curator of contemporary art, SCMA Presented by SC Dance Department and Smith College Museum of Art

    This performance, lecture and public conversation will focus on the increasing presence of dance in the programming of museums and galleries. This international trend has fostered unprecedented collaboration between dancers and curators, catalyzed new modes of spectatorship for dance and museum, and opened fresh possibilities for intermedia, site-specific projects at the intersection of dance and the visual arts.

Gallery Talk: Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry of Munio Makuuchi

  • Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 2–3pm
  • Join Aprile Gallant, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator and
    Floyd Cheung, Professor of English Language and Literature and American Studies
    for a tour of this timely new exhibition. In 2005, Professor Cheung became aware of the
    poetry and art of Munio Makuuchi and shared his knowledge and curiosity with Aprile Gallant.
    This exhibition marks their decade-long collaboration, as well as their work with Smith students,
    to bring Makuuchi's work to public attention. Born in Seattle in 1934, Makuuchi and his family
    were among 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry confined to incarceration camps during WWII.
    This childhood experience would be a catalyst for Makuuchi's art as well as his rootless existence.
    During his tumultuous life, Makuuchi was consistently shaped by challenges, yet the more
    obstacles he faced, the more defiantly he pursued his vision.
    (Meet in the exhibition gallery, first floor)

Gallery Talk: Buddhas | Buddhisms: Across and Beyond Asia

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 1–2pm
  • Join Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art for a tour of this exhibition featuring
    Buddhist objects and artistic imaginations in their many and varied styles and expressions.
    (Meet in the Christ Gallery, lower level)

Lecture with Curator Phillip E. Bloom: "Arhats and the Figural Imagination of Chinese Buddhist Art"

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall
  • 5–6:30 PM
  • A dizzying variety of eccentric figures fill Chinese Buddhist paintings of the Song dynasty (960–1279) onward. Wizened monks dance through the air on clouds; their younger compatriots cavort with dragons and receive offerings from animals and deities. Who are these figures, and what was their appeal to practitioners of Buddhism? More generally, what role did figural paintings play in the lives and practices of premodern Buddhists? Focusing particularly on depictions of arhats—semi-human, semi-divine monks widely worshipped in East Asia for their supramundane powers—this talk will show that such playful paintings of unconventional figures served as media through which premodern viewers imaginatively experienced subject positions other than their own. Figure painting, we shall see, became a prompt for poetic experiences of awakening.

    Phillip E. Bloom (PhD, Harvard University, 2013) is the June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. A specialist in the art, ritual, and landscape architecture of Song-dynasty (960–1279) Buddhism, his research has appeared in The Art Bulletin, Archives of Asian Art, Bukkyō geijutsu, and Dazu xuekan, among other publications. He is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Nebulous Intersections: Sensing Ritual in Chinese Buddhist Art, ca. 1178.

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