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11th September 2009
Exhibitions
   
 

I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill
This exhibition of close to 35 works by Smith alumna Lesley Dill (American, 1950-) will focus on her recent large-scale theatrical sculptural installations. For the last 20 years, Dill has consistently explored the human form, sensory experience, language, and their interactions. Her work can be both ephemeral and spiritual, as she uses bronze, photography, poetry, thread, wire, and paper to sculpt figures and build tapestries. Her pieces give visual form to poetic texts by Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, and Franz Kafka. For Dill, words are her “spiritual armor, and she freely stitches and weaves them across the surfaces of her multi-layered works. Dill will offer a gallery talk on Sept. 11 at the museum. The exhibition ends September 13.For more information on this exhibition, museum hours and other museum information, see: www.smith.edu/artmuseum/.

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Framework V: Restoring the Boundaries
“Framework V showcases the results of the ongoing work by museum staff and students to conserve frames for the Smith College Museum of Art’s painting collection. In this apprenticeship program, now in its fifth year, Smith College and other Five-College students are trained by Chief Preparator William Myers and Associate Director David Dempsey in the techniques of frame conservation. The featured frame in this installation was created in the appropriate Pre-Raphaelite style for Meditation (1873), a portrait by John Everett Millais and a recent gift to the collection. Through Nov. 1.For more information about this exhibition, museum hours, and other museum informatin, see: www.smith.edu/artmuseum/.

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William Kentridge: What Will Come
This installation features the debut of an important new addition to the SCMA collection, “What Will Come” (2006), a major film by the South African artist William Kentridge. One of the most innovative aspects of Kentridge’s work is his hand-drawn films. “What Will Come” takes its title from a Ghanaian proverb: “What will come has already come," a sentiment reflected in the imagery of the film, which speaks to the range of conflicts that have marked modern human history. This work also displays Kentridge’s keen interest in optics. The film is projected from the ceiling onto a round metal table which bears a polished circular column in its center. The images are reflected on the surface of the column, which corrects the perspective of the drawing for the viewer. The images circumnavigate this column, changing form as they move to a haunting musical track. Through Dec. 31. For more information abou this exhibition, museum hours and other museum information, see www.smith.edu/artmuseum/.

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Unconquered by Flames: The Literary Lights of Yaddo
An exhibition celebrating the talents of poets Lola Ridge, Sylvia Plath '55, Constance Carrier '29, and scholar Newton Arvin. Contact: Karen Kukil 413-585-2908. For library hours and other information, see: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/.

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Kindergarten Artwork
Students in EDC 231, Foundations and Issues of Early Childhood Education, taught by Susan Etheredge, explored how young children think and learn. They examined the teaching/learning relationship in the early childhood classroom using the Lyman Conservatory as a laboratory. In the investigation of leaves and bulbs, students used inquiry-based teaching with kindergarteners of the Campus School. Together they engaged in a collaborative inquiry through observing, collecting data, sketching, photographing, generating metaphoric language, and learning scientific language to describe the leaves, reading and writing poetry, keeping journals and notebooks, and contributing to a small exhibition at the Plant House on their inquiry and study. Through October 9, 2009.

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Botanical Architecture: ARS285 Student Projects
Students in Smith College's Introduction to Architecture: Language and Craft studio (ARS285), taught by Jim Middlebrook, were asked to reinterpret the spatial language of flowers. Each student chose a flower from the Botanic Garden. She photographed this flower and analyzed its spatial character in terms of certain organizational principles. The student built a model to abstractly re-present the flower according to this visual ?language.? Finally, these forms were appropriated by the student in the design of a theoretical pavilion for the display of flowers next to Paradise Pond. On display in the Church Exhibition Gallery are the photos, models, and pavilion designs. More information is online: http://www.smith.edu/gardens/exhibits/exhibitions.html

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Film/Video
   
 

Divide Light.
Lesley Dill's art comes alive - set to music! The artist will introduce this showing of a film of her contemporary art opera, "Divide Light," which was composed by Richard Marriott, filmed by Ed Robbins, and based on the language of Emily Dickinson (NYC Film Premier: March 2009).

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Just For Fun
   
 

Comedy with Brian O'Sullivan.
Kick off the semester with the comic stylings of Brian O'Sullivan. Known as "the singing comedian," Brian has been described as "laugh out loud funny." He has performed at Second City, The Idiot Box Comedy Club, and Ice House Comedy Club. For more information, see: http://bocomedy/com/index.html.

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

Gallery Talk with Artist Lesley Dill
Lesley Dill will discuss her works in the exhibit, “I Heard a Voice,” on view at Smith College Museum of Art through Sept. 13. (See Smith College Museum of Art Exhibitions.) Seating for this talk will be limited for the safety of the artwork and is first come, first served.

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Music
   
 

FIVE COLLEGE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2009
The Five College New Music Festival honors the past, present and future, with many works composed and performed by faculty from the five colleges. Coordinated by UMass Amherst Professors Elizabeth Chang and Salvatore Macchia.

Find events related to the Festival by looking at the calendar view or by clicking on the links below:
September 11, 8 p.m.: Five College Composers’ Concert
September 12, 2 p.m.: An Afternoon of Premieres
September 12, 7 p.m.: Panel Discussion
September 12, 8 p.m.: Heritage Concert
September 13, 2 p.m.: Preconcert Lecture
September 13, 3 p.m.: "The Hungarian Strain: Concert

Sponsored by: Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; Five Colleges, Inc.; Music Departments of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke & Smith Colleges; UMass Amherst Arts Council; UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance.

For more information, view the Five College New Music Festival Web site, 5cnmf.com

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Five College Early Music Program Auditions
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles, including the Collegium, baroque chamber music and Voces Feminae. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. We also offer instruction on period instruments for modern players.

Auditions will be held at Hampshire College on Friday, September 11 from 11:30 AM–12:30 PM in the Music Lounge.
For Further Information, contact the Early Music Office at 538-2079

http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/earlymusic/

or e-mail reisenst@mtholyoke.edu

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Auditions/Information Sessions Five College Early Music Program
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles, including the Collegium, baroque chamber music and Voces Feminae. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. We also offer instruction on period instruments for modern players.

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Five College Early Music Program Auditions
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles, including the Collegium, baroque chamber music and Voces Feminae. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. We also offer instruction on period instruments for modern players.
For further information, contact the Early Music Office at 538-2079, visit http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/earlymusic/
or e-mail reisenst@mtholyoke.edu.

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Five College New Music Festival: Five College Composers' Concert
Eric Sawyer: Fundamentals (Gary Smulyan, baritone saxophone
Salvatore Macchia, double bass)

Donald Wheelock: Piano Variations (Judith Gordon, piano)

David Sanford: Shaw Variations (Linda Laderach, violin; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello; Larry Schipull, piano)

Daniel Warner: Five Songs on Poems of Sara Teasdale (Peter W. Shea, tenor; Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano)

Bruce MacCombie: Elegy (Michael Sussman, clarinet; Elizabeth Chang, violin; Astrid Schween, cello; Judith Gordon, piano)

The Five College New Music Festival honors the past, present and future, with many works composed and performed by faculty from the five colleges. Coordinated by UMass Amherst Professors Elizabeth Chang and Salvatore Macchia.

The Festival runs September 11-13, 2009. Find events related to the Festival by looking at the calendar view or by clicking on the links below:
September 11, 8 p.m.: Five College Composers’ Concert
September 12, 2 p.m.: An Afternoon of Premieres
September 12, 7 p.m.: Panel Discussion
September 12, 8 p.m.: Heritage Concert
September 13, 2 p.m.: Preconcert Lecture
September 13, 3 p.m.: "The Hungarian Strain: Concert

Sponsored by: Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; Five Colleges, Inc.; Music Departments of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke & Smith Colleges; UMass Amherst Arts Council; UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance.

For more information, view the Five College New Music Festival Web site, 5cnmf.com

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Special Event
   
 

Second Friday Fun.
Come to the Smith College Museum of Art and contribute to a collaborative art project, “Words Have Wings” (inspired by the work of Lesley Dill), which will then be displayed in the Campus Center for the remainder of September. Open to all ages. For more information, call (413) 585-2760.

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Student Union Shutdown: Friday Night Fling
Join us for a night of fun, games, and a welcome back dance party to celebrate the first week back at UMass!

Activities include airbrush tattoos, chocolate fountain, karaoke, photo booth, a game of pool, and free giveaway t-shirts. Dance Flick and Step Up 2: The Streets will be playing in the Cape Cod Lounge.

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