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15th March 2012
Art
   
 

Bruce Ackerson and Sally Curcio show Paintings and Bubbles at Hampshire College Art Gallery

Painter Bruce Ackerson and sculptor Sally Curcio will be exhibiting their work at Hampshire College Art Gallery in February. Ackerson and Curcio have more in common than having studios at the Arts & Industry Building in Florence, MA. Their work shares a similar panoptic perspective, whimsically and colorfully capturing entire environments that entice the viewer to enter fantastic worlds.



In Bruce Ackerson’s paintings, the visual and the narrative go hand in hand. The artist uses a consistent format of medium to large-sized square works painted in oils on panel. The paintings are distinguished by their high vantage points and richly textured surfaces. From a birds-eye view, Ackerson presents “scenes which are an imaginative take on popular culture, modern life and the hidden world of the human psyche. His beautiful, agitated brushwork adds to the tension inherent in his unusual depictions, making his work both compelling and highly appealing.” [Marla Rice, Rice/Polak Gallery].
Bruce Ackerson is represented by Rice/Polak Gallery in Provincetown, and Art 101 in Brooklyn. He received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1999, and his paintings are in collections worldwide.

The artist’s work can be viewed at his website: bruceackerson.net
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Sally Curcio’s body of work, “Bubble” uses materials such as pins, beads, false eyelashes, tennis balls, shuttlecocks, and make-up application pads to create miniature worlds rendered in 12”x12” squares enclosed under acrylic glass bubbles. The tiny worlds not only evoke fantasy, but also a kind of nostalgia for mythical or fairytale lands of childhood.
Sally Curcio’s work is represented by William Baczek Fine Arts gallery in
Western MA, and Fresh Paint Art Advisors, CA. Curcio also has work in the flat files at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, MA, and Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC. In 2010 Curcio received the Blanche E. Colman Grant Award, and in 2011 her work was chosen for the DUMBO Arts Festival, Broo

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Exhibitions
   
 

Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
This special exhibition marks the completion of an extensive project to conserve the Mead Art Museum’s collection of thangka (pronounced “tan-kah”)—scroll paintings of Buddhist figures. So fragile that they have remained largely inaccessible to scholars and museum visitors for nearly six decades, Amherst College’s eighteen thangka, primarily from Tibet, have been gently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired by conservators at Museum Textile Services in Andover, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Camille Myers Breeze. A generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and additional support from the Amherst College Department of Religion underwrote the conservation treatment. The Louis and Nettie Horch Foundation provided further support for the conservation of one thangka.
For more information, visit www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/2011exhib/picturingenlightenment.

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Photo Exhibition: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated
Exhibit: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated by Theresa Antonellis runs from Monday Jan. 9 through Sunday May 11.
A reception will be held Thursday, February 2, from 4-6pm.

The exhibit consists of a related series of framed prints featuring photo-enhanced light photography by Theresa Antonellis.

Info: 577-0785, mcharney@library.umass.edu  

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Charles Dickens at 200
An exhibition of books by Charles Dickens from the Mortimer Rare Book Room, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dickens birth in February 2012. The exhibition is in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson, 3rd floor). See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.
The exhibition runs from January 15 through April 15, 2012

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Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

Exhibition is on view from January 15 through April 15, 2012.
"Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" features decorated paste papers by 19 bookbinders, most of whom live and work in the vicinity of Northampton. The exhibition marks the publication of "Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" in late fall 2011, and also showcases bookbindings which incorporate paste papers. All items on display are from the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
The exhibition is in the Neilson Library, 3rd floor. See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.

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Exhibition- David Teeple: Dialogue with a Collection Thinking Water: Poetry, Systems and Politics
Exhibition runs February 1st--March 16, 2012.
February 1st, 5-7 PM Opening Reception and In Conversation, with David Teeple


This exhibition features work by David Teeple alongside works he has chosen from the museum's works-on-paper collection, which features over 2600 contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs. Teeple's work will reference rivers, aquifers, and the hydrologic cycle, in context to systems of economy, society, nature and science.

This event is sponsored by the Farrell Family Foundation, Artist Organized Art, Pygmalion Elements & Sculpture, and Pivot Media. It is free and open to the public.

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"Selections from Sudden Flowers"
"Selections from Sudden Flowers" will be on display in the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather) from Feb. 27 to March 16, 2012.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Gottesman studied history, literature, and political science at Duke University and completed his M.A. in Fine Arts at Bard College. His first monograph, "Sudden Flowers: May the
Finest in the World Always Accompany You!," was published by Umbrage Editions in late 2011.

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Exhibition: Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Annunciation
February 22-May 6, 2012

The University Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present The Annunciation, a new work by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, the internationally acclaimed artist from Finland who is a pioneer in the development of multi-media art. Her work explores the potential of the film medium, weaving an intricate web of references between film and theater, painting and poetry, fiction and documentary.

Museum Hours: Beginning February 1, 2012
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday/Sunday 2-5 PM
Closed Mondays and Spring Break, March 17-26

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Smith College Spring Bulb Show
A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies, and tulips provide an early glimpse of spring in the Lyman Conservatory. The annual Spring Bulb Show is a long-standing Smith College tradition, dating back over 100 years. Ordinarily blooming at different times, some 5,000 bulbs are coaxed into blooming simultaneously. Bulbs from South Africa add to the exotic flavor of the show. Additional information is online at:http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

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Film/Video
   
 

German Film Series: "Saviors in the Night"
This riveting historical drama is based on the true story of Marga Spiegel and her daughter, German Jews who survived World War II because a family in rural Westphalia decided to hide them on their farm. It will be shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, in German with English subtitles, on March 15 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.

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German Film Series: "Saviors in the Night"
This riveting historical drama is based on the true story of Marga Spiegel and her daughter, German Jews who survived World War II because a family in rural Westphalia decided to hide them on their farm. It will be shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, in German with English subtitles, on March 15 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

MHC M.A.T. Information Session
Join program director Lenore Reilly Carlisle as she leads an interactive workshop and answers your questions about our innovative new Masters of Arts in Teaching program and our unique collaboration with Expeditionary Learning. For more information, please visit: www.mtholyoke.edu/go/mat or call 413.528.3497.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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"The Emergence of Art and Social Practice"
Speaker: Harrell Fletcher. “Regardless of whether Fletcher’s works take the form of curatorial projects, collaborations with artists and non-artists alike, public art endeavours or objects in a gallery space, all of them deal critically with the art world and its systems of display, interpretation, distribution and dissemination of information. He seems also genuinely to cherish what ordinary people do and make, and he approaches each project with a remarkable energy, curiosity and openness. Unapologetic, Fletcher loves people and their stories, and he invites us all to participate in their lives.” This event is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of Art and the History of Art.

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Physics Seminar
Carolyn Y. Johnson, health/science reporter at The Boston Globe, will speak.

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CVC Lecture
Nan Laird, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of Public Health and Professor of Biostatistics Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, will give a lecture titled "Finding Genetic Markers for Disease: Some Challenges and Opportunities for Biostatisticians." In the relatively short time span of less than 10 years, association analysis has become the primary study design for finding genes underlying complex disorders. Genome Wide Association Studies have discovered hundreds of new genetic markers which predict disease. Early successes with association analysis (Macular Degeneration and Crohn’s Disease) led to great excitement about the promise of GWAS for understanding the genetic basis of complex disease. Although the number of GWAS studies has proliferated rapidly, replications are often disappointing and Meta-Analysis has become an essential part of the process of gene discovery. This talk will review some features of GWAS that offer challenges and opportunities for Biostatisticians Tea in the Math Forum, Burton 3rd floor starting at 4:30pm. Lecture in McConnell B15 at 5:00pm

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Honors Faculty Lecture "Coming Out for Change"
M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and director of the Center
for Public Policy and Administration, presents the next Commonwealth
Honors College Faculty Lecture Series with her talk "Coming Out for
Change" on Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center
Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Badgett?s talk seeks to answer the question ?how does individual
action turn into social change?? The progress made so far by lesbian,
gay, and bisexual people over the last century?from jails and
hospitals to the halls of power?shows a clear link between social
gains and the decisions by individuals to come out as LGB or as
heterosexual allies.


Free and Open to the Public
Handicapped Accessible
Sponsored by the Commonwealth Honors College
Event Contact: Brion Dulac (abdulac@honors.umass.edu)

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Astronomy Lecture and Planet Viewing
The year 2012 holds two spectacular opportunities for viewing the planet Venus- a close conjunction with Jupiter in March, and a passage across the face of the sun in June. The Astronomy Department will celebrate both events on the evening of March 15, with a talk followed by telescope viewing of the close pairing of Venus and Jupiter. The talk, by noted journalist and author Mark Anderson, will focus on the extraordinary story of an 18th century scientific adventure and the global race to track the 1769 transit of Venus, as chronicled in his upcoming book "The Day the Earth Discovered the Sun". The book follows British naval officer Ja! mes Cook, French astronomer Jean-Baptiste Chappe d’Auteroche, and Hungarian priest Maximilian Hell as they sail to distant shores battling stormy seas, jungle fevers, and Arctic winters to witness Venus’s journey across the sun. The event was pivotal in measuring the distance to the sun, improving longitude measurements at sea, and in opening the door to a new age of exploration and colonization. Come and enjoy an evening dedicated to the planet Venus! Additional information is available on the Astronomy Department website. Thursday March 15 7:00 PM Talk in McConnell Auditorium: "The Day the World Discovered the Sun" 7:45 PM Planet Viewing, McConnell Rooftop Observatory: Venus, Jupiter, Mars.

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Music
   
 

Jazz@Schwemm's
The performers for the March series of Jazz@Schwemm's have been announced.
Please join us on March 8 to hear the Danny Fox Trio, joined by student combos When Worlds Collide and New Crunch.
March 15 will feature the Genevieve Rode Quartet plus student combos Floorless Tower and Emanon.
March 29 will feature Zak Pak (Zack Danziger trio) plus student combos Toxic Thunder
and Dial "M".
Performances are free and open to the public and
start at 9 p.m. on the listed dates at Schwemm's Coffee House in the Keefe Campus Center.
Thanks go to Schwemm's, Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst.

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