20th September 2009

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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Exhibit: The Making of a Picture Book: The Marriage of Text and Art
Exhibit runs 9/14-1/29. Showcasing the works of local authors/illustrators: Leonard Baskin, Kathryn Brown, Corinne Demas, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Michelson, Dennis Nolan, Jane Yolen.

Info: 545-3971 or http://tiny.cc/picturebook. Gallery hours follow library hours: open Saturdays 9 am-9 pm, then Sunday from 11 am onward, open 24 hours a day through Friday (www.library.umass.edu/hours.html). Handicap accessible.

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Exhibit: All Roads Lead Back to Amherst
Exhibit runs 9/15-12/11. Nature photographs by Annie (Fournier) Tiberio Cameron ’73, UMass Amherst.

Opening reception 9/15, 4:00-6:00 pm, refreshments.

Handicap accessible. More info: www.library.umass.edu/news

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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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Just For Fun

Mount Holyoke Outing Club Contra Dance
Join the Mount Holyoke Outing Club for their annual gender-neutral contra dance! Enjoy live music and lively dancing. Mo experience necessary-- come have fun!

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The Nearness of You: Songs by Hoagy Carmichael.
Jazz duo Jerry Noble and Bob Sparkman perform favorite songs of Hoagy Carmichael such as Two Sleepy People, Lazy Bones, Skylark, and many more.

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Kivie Cahn-Lipman cello recital
Music by Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello, Part I.

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Special Event

Cirque du Soleil presents Alegría Show
Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce the new Alegría Arena Tour. Alegría will perform 8 shows at Mullins Center from September 16 to 20, 2009.

Alegría is a Cirque du Soleil classic and an internationally acclaimed production that has entertained more than 10 million people worlwide since its world premiere in Montreal in April 1994. In May 2009, Alegría will embark on a new journey, performing in arenas throughout Canada and the United States, giving more people than ever the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

The Show
Alegría is a Spanish word that means happiness, joy and jubilation. An operatic introspection of the struggle for power and the invigorating energy of youth, Alegría relates the tale of power versus weakness, the king versus his jesters, and age against youth.

A kingdom without a king, Alegría is a world where everyone feels imbued with power —from impish court jester Fleur to the young and vital Bronx, to the aged and aristocratic Birds. Alegría is inhabited by minstrels, rogues, beggars, nobles, children and clowns, the only characters able to adapt to the changing times and the upheaval it brings. In this enigmatic, troubling world of profound changes and uncertainty, despite all the trials and tribulations, there is only one constant: the human spirit remains implacable.

Alegría features an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries and showcases breathtaking acrobatics. Acts include the Synchro Trapeze and the high-speed, high-energy Aerial High Bars in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage. The vibrancy of youth is alive in Power Track, a brilliant display of synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system hidden under the stage floor. In Russian Bars, artists fly through the air and perform spectacular somersaults and mid-air turns, landing on bars perched on the sturdy shoulders of catchers.

Performance Times
Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
*subject to change

Ticket Prices
Adults from $40 to $95
Children (12 and under) from $32 to $76
(Prices do not include service charges)

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