17th April 2012

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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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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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Exhibition: The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop
The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop, a new exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, investigates what happens to unremarkable objects when they are elevated to the status of art. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, April 4 and be on view through May 6. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. and will include a gallery talk by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, co-curators and candidates for Master's of Art in Art History, UMass Amherst.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop examines works on paper from the 1960s and 1970s. It focuses particularly on the ways artists manipulate color, form, scale, context, and technique to defamiliarize the everyday. Artists in this exhibition include: Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. The works of art in this exhibition have been drawn from the strong permanent collection of the University Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop is co-curated by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, Masters in Art History candidates, 2012. This exhibition is presented as the culmination of their Curatorial Fellowship. The Curatorial Fellowship is a year-long Independent Study that is conducted in collaboration with the Art History Program. The Fellowship entails all aspects of producing an exhibition, including grant writing, researching the UMCA's permanent collection, and developing concepts and theoretical underpinnings. The success of this program is made possible through the support and guidance of Loretta Yarlow (Gallery Director), Eva Fierst (Curator of Education), and
Mario Ontiveros (Assistant Professor of Art History).

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday/Sunday 2 to 5 PM
Closed Mondays

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Water Awareness Week Exhibition
A photo and fact exhibition displaying information related to Water and the global crisis. Sponsored by the student org Global Action Against Poverty Everywhere (GAAPE).

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Special Screening of "The Cantor's Son"
Have you heard of the first talkie The Jazz Singer? Did you know it had a Yiddish cousin? Come see how The Jazz Singer was remade for a Yiddish-speaking audience!

Special screening of "The Cantor's Son" ?- in Yiddish with English subtitles. Introduced by Dr. Rachel Rubinstein, Associate Professor of American Literature and Jewish Studies at Hampshire College.

This Yiddish feature film musical drama, "The Cantor's Son," first released in 1937, marks the screen debut of singer and cantor Moishe Oysher. The film features Oysher in the title role of a wayward Jewish boy who makes his way from his Polish shtetl to New York's Lower East Side. While washing floors in a nightclub several years later he is "discovered" and becomes a well-known singer. Torn between Old World tradition and New World expression, he returns home to Eastern Europe to join his parents and childhood sweetheart, amidst new choices and  

In his book on Yiddish cinema Bridge of Light, critic J. Hoberman calls "The Cantor's Son" an "anti-Jazz Singer," further remarking that the film's story parallels Oysher's own struggle to reconcile his cantorial calling with a career in show business. Like his film character, Oysher, born in Bessarabia and the son and grandson of cantors, was both a matinee idol and a celebrated cantor. The most expensive Yiddish production of the era, "The Cantor's Son" was shot near the Poconos and presents rare glimpses of the 1930s Lower East Side and of 2nd Avenue Yiddish theater marquees of the 1930s.

Rachel Rubinstein received her B.A. in English from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the Department of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. She is currently the dean of academic support and advising at Hampshire College. Professor Rubinstein's teaching and research interests range across American literature and culture, with a particular focus on ethnicity and immigration, as well as Jewish and Yiddish literatures. She serves on the editorial board of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History and co-edited "Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon: Essays on Literature and Culture in Honor of Ruth R. Wisse" (Harvard U Press, 2008). Her work has appeared in American Quarterly and Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and she is the author of "Members of the Tribe: Native America in the Jewish Imagination" (Wayne State University Press, 2010).

Sponsored by the National Yiddish Book Center with support from the Jack and Ruthe B. Cowl Center for Jewish Culture and the Righteous Persons Foundation and by the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, this event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit http://www.umass.edu/judaic/events.html or call 413-545-2550.

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Precious Knoweldge: Film Screening
Free and open to the public

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“Shi’i Islamism and Gender in Iraq: The Life and Work of Bint al-Huda in the Memory and Agenda of Shi’I Women’s Activism in Irag since 2003”
Anwar Alkhalldy, Five College Women’s Studies Research Associate from Free University of Berlin, will give a talk titled “Shi’i Islamism and Gender in Iraq: The Life and Work of Bint al-Huda in the Memory and Agenda of Shi’I Women’s Activism in Irag since 2003.” This presentation will focus on gender perspectives in Iraq, examining religious Shi’i women’s activism in the context of the Shi’a movement.
Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Five College Women’s and Gender Studies Research Center.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/fcwsrc.

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The Evolution of Printing Styles
Pen Martorell of the Wisteriahurst Museum presents a lecture on the evolution of printing styles. After the talk, participants will be able to register for the Field Trip to the Museum of Printing in Andover, MA.

Contact Jeff 413-577-3600

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Easy Money: Swedish criminal defense lawyer and novelist to speak on the Stockholm crime underworld
Acclaimed Swedish criminal defense lawyer and fiction writer Jens Lapidus will visit the UMass Amherst campus April 17, as part of the German and Scandinavian Studies Program's series Vengeance and Violence in Scandinavian Life and Culture, funded by a grant from the Nordic Council.

Lapidus, who represents some of Sweden's most notorious criminals in court, has been a shooting star on the publishing scene with his recently completed Stockholm Noir trilogy, offering a dark and brutal account of Stockholm's underbelly, where Hells Angels, Banditos, different ethnic and mafia gangs vie for space and control over drugs, weapons, and money. The first novel in the trilogy, Easy Money, will be released in English translation on April 4.

Lapidus diverges from the Scandinavian crime fiction tradition by focusing not on the police procedural, but on the criminals themselves, through whose eyes the narrative's events unfold. Critics have raved over his uncompromising attitude toward his material. “It is an entirely new criminal world, beautifully rendered--and a wildly thrilling novel,” writes American crime fiction writer James Ellroy.

In Sweden, the trilogy has become so popular that Lapidus has become favorite reading among the clientele he describes. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Lapidus told that one police officer reported that his books, together with
posters of Al Pacino in Scarface, are the two things always found during raids against suburban gang members. His books are the most often borrowed in prison libraries, and clients sometimes request him as a lawyer after reading Easy Money.

Lapidus noted in the AP interview that the image of Stockholm as an idyllic and peaceful place “maybe emerged in the 1960s and 70s,” and is probably accurate “relatively speaking,” but “I don't think that image has been true for a very very long time. It's an old cliché.” The problems that exist in both American and European big cities, he explained, “exist here too.”

Easy Money was adapted to a successful Swedish film, and Hollywood rights have been sold to Warner Brothers. Translation problems delayed its issue in English by at least two years, Lapidus told the Associated Press. The hard-boiled language, street slang, and accents of various immigrant groups didn't work in a first attempt, and the publisher had to hire another translator.

Lapidus will be speaking and doing a book signing at 5:00 p.m. on April 17 in Herter Hall 601 on the UMass campus. “I am excited to visit Amherst and the University of Massachusetts,” he writes. “I will speak broadly about Scandinavian crime literature in general and my books and the connection to the authentic underworld of Sweden.”

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Ian Ker Lecture
John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton: Reflections of a Biographer. Dr. Ian Ker (Oxford University) will present a lecture on John Henry Newman, the nineteenth-century philosopher, theologian, educator, literary figure, and famous convert, and G.K. Chesterton, the exuberant twentieth-century journalist, novelist, religious writer, and social critic. The world’s foremost Newman scholar, and author of twenty books on Newman including the standard biography, Dr. Ker has also written widely on Catholic literary movements and has recently published a ma! jor intellectual biography of G.K. Chesterton. Dr. Ker will explore the profound connections between Newman and Chesterton and offer reflections on the biographer’s art. All are welcome.

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Call Me Crazy
A cabaret and one-act comedy based on a true story. "Just Eat" portrays an adolescent in the late stages of recovery from anorexia. Its' dark and quirky humor depicts her personal struggle despite her family's incompetent and eccentric comments and habits.

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