19th April 2012

"Free Milk" Campus Challenge Event
In conjunction with the Amherst College Campus Challenge, curatorial fellow Maggie Dethloff will introduce 20th-century charity milk programs via James Van der Zee’s photograph "Milk Booth for Harlem Children, ca. 1930," included in the exhibition "PHOTOdocument." Donations of nonperishable food items are encouraged.

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WMHC Presents: Radio Week DJ Sets
Keep Celebrating Radio Week with WMHC as our DJs take to Skinner Green to spin a slection of their favorite tunes.

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No Means No: A Night of Awareness
This night is going to be centered around the theme of empowerment. Violence against women is a huge problem that affects people worldwide. Here at the Mount Holyoke College campus we would like to raise awareness about this issue and we would like to raise awareness about this issue through more dialogue, particularly because April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Through student performance (either as a group or solo) in the form of dance, spoken word, acting, and singing we will focus on raising awareness and empowering women.

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Dance Performance

Alive with Dance… Senior choreography projects
Thursday through Saturday, April 19th- 21st at 8:00 p.m. Bowker Auditorium

Come see seven senior dancer's choreographic explorations expressing their knowledge of dance through new ideas of how and what dance can communicate. The program includes powerful works by Christen Vanyur, Laura Natario, Rebecca Green, Karin Linden, Christina Reppert, Justine Picarello and Ashley Bousquet that dissect psychological challenges, explore events in history, and investigate the physical struggles that dancers endure. The concert showcases the culmination of each choreographer's college experience at UMass Amherst and the Five College Dance Department. Featuring an intermission show by the Doo Wop Shop, Thursday only! This program is made possible in part by RSO, and the UMass Arts Council.

Reservations may be made by calling (413) 545-2511. Ticket prices are $3.00 for UMass students, $5.00 for other students, children, and seniors, and $10.00 for general admission. Reservations are recommended.

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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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Love Free or Die
Love Free or Die is a film about the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since.

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Poetry Reading by Nikky Finney
The Department of Communication at UMass will host a reading by Nikky Finney. Finney is the 2011 National Book Award winner for poetry, for her volume Head Off and Split. The Cardinal-O'Leary Fund of the Department of Communication is the primary sponsor, and the event is generously co-sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass; the Provost’s Office and Poetry Center of Smith College; the Department of English and the Creative Writing Center of Amherst College; and the Five College Lecture Fund. Joining Finney will be young poets from The Care Center in Holyoke, MA, including Yasmin Colon, Tamara Morales, Maria Ortiz, Brendaliz Rivera, and Joan Zayas, with Tzivia Gover, director of The Care Center Poetry Forum.  

From 2007-09, Finney was the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College, and returns to the Valley for this reading on her way to the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA, April 20-22, 2012. While she was in the Valley, she conducted workshops at the Holyoke Care Center, so their poets' participation is a celebratory reunion.

4-5:30 plus bookselling and signing.

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17th Annual Sidney Kaplan Lecture / Professor Daphne Brooks
Daphne A. Brooks is professor of English and African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Gender (Duke UP, 2006); Jeff Buckley's Grace (Continuum, 2005); liner notes for Aretha Franklin and Tami Terrell albums; articles in The Nation on Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, and Whitney Houston; and Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound Subcultures (forthcoming from Harvard UP).

Handicapped accessible.

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Film Studies Gaming Presentation
Thinking about Video Games: Presented by Smith and UMass Students. See students analyze the play and politics of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, Portal 2, The Sims 3, Afro Samurai, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto 4, Left 4 Dead, and Bioshock. Sponsored by the Smith College Film Studies Program.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Two Works in Progress: Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado, and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.
The kickoff event for the four-day Riverscaping symposium will feature keynote speaker Christo, the artist famed for such projects as Running Fence, Wrapped Reichstag, and The Gates. He will speak on the Christo & Jeanne-Claude projects, Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates. Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating look into the process of conceiving and developing these new large-scale works.

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Wailing Banshees.
Irish and Celtic music.

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The Knights
Ticket information: Reserved seating- $30, $25, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and
17 & under $10
Handicapped accessibility: Yes
Sponsor: Applewood, The Recorder

The Knights is a chamber orchestra of adventurous
musicians who cultivate collaboration and engage audiences in the
shared joy of musical performance. Based in New York City, The Knights
expand the concert experience with their innovative format and unique
atmosphere of camaraderie that engenders the intimacy and immediacy of
chamber music. Pre-performance talk by WFCR Classical Music Host
Walter Carroll at the University Club at 6:30PM.

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Devashish Dey Concert
A Recital of North Indian Classical Vocal Music Pandit Devashish Dey, Visiting Professor of Music at Smith College – vocals. With Dibyarka Chatterjee ­– tabla and Ramchandra Joshi ­– harmonium. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Smith College’s Office of the Provost and Dean and Faculty, South Asia Concentration, and Music Department; Mount Holyoke College’s Music Department; UMass’s Asian Arts & Culture Program; and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program.

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Advanced Percussion Ensemble
Ayano Kataoka, director
No charge

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