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3rd 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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Smith College Museum of Art Free Family Day: Look & Listen
Join us for a day of hands-on music and artmaking! Project stations dispersed throughout the Museum invite kids to make objects inspired by the connections between music and visual art. Visit www.smith.edu/artmuseum for updated information on Museum exhibitions and programs

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Community
   
 

A Caffella After Party
The V8s and the Network present ... A Caffella! Come out to enjoy the lovely sounds of the Mount Holyoke V8s and their guests the UVM Top Cats. Darmouth Cords, UConn, and Colby 8. Then stay for an amazing after-party with DJ Lali, Buck-A-Beer, giveaways, and more!

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Dance Performance
   
 

Rhythm Nations
Rhythm Nations is performance event that celebrates the diversityand multiculturalism that Smith students bring to campus.Come join us for a fantastic show!

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Five College Faculty Dance Concert
Mar. 1, 2 & 3 Thurs/Fri/Sat
FIVE COLLEGE FACULTY DANCE CONCERT
Five College dancers perform choreography by Monica BillBarnes, Diane
Coburn-Brunning, Cathy Nicoli, Tom Vacanti & Wendy Woodson
8pm Kirby Theater, Amherst College $
Reserve tickets: 413-542-2277

Contact: 413-545-2227 (Free concerts) or 413-545-2511 (Ticketed concerts – Box office)
Concerts are free for Music/Dance majors & minors, $3 for UMass students, $5 for other students, children & senior citizens; $10 for the general public (except 5-College Dance Concert & New Orleans @ UMass)
Tickets may be purchased online through www.umasstix.com/musicanddance/

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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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Palestine Awareness Week Photo Exhibition
Palestine Awareness Week, or Israeli Apartheid Week, is an annual week of solidarity with the Palestinian people observed on campuses nationwide. Surrounding this event, Smith Student Alliance for Middle East Peace/Smith Students for Justice in Palestine mounts a photo exhibition that illustrates a spectrum of experiences faced by Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Some of these photos are from a Palestinian perspective, and some of them from the perspective of non-Palestinian allies. Together, they are a collection of images both celebratory and disturbing, curated to raise awareness of Palestinian culture and the struggles it faces in the ongoing fight for self-determination.

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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: Transforming threads of resistance: political arpilleras & textiles by women from Chile and around the world
The Student Union Art Gallery Presents

Transforming threads of resistance: political arpilleras & textiles by women from Chile and around the world
Please join us from February 27th to March 9th
Since 2008 Roberta Bacic Herzfeld has curated more than 30 international exhibitions of arpilleras. These exhibitions of her work have been a source of inspiration to women from different countries, encouraging them to epitomize, through this medium, how aspects of their personal and community lives have been affected by human rights violations. Working from where she lives in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom she creates and organizes international exhibitions of Arpilleras and quilts with political stories and influence. Roberta turned to the use of narratives found in 'apilleras', a textile art developed by Chilean women during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, to convey the processes of resistance and the search for truth while under the margins of repression. Arpilleras have greatly contributed to preserving the memory of such repressive acts and their impact on the daily lives of many women, their families and society.

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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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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
   
 

Arabic Film Festival
Short: 6:30pm: Maydoum Director Omar Robert Hamilton, Egypt Feature 7:30pm: City of Life Director Ali F. Mostafa, UAE See also: March 4: Stoddard Hall Auditorium: Short: 1:30pm : Habibti Director Noor Wazzi, Lebanon Feature 2:30pm: Ali Zaoua Director Nabil Ayouch, Morocco Film Festival Discussion: 4:00pm Come discuss anything you have seen over the course of the festival in Stoddard following the end of the last film.

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Just For Fun
   
 

A Cafella After Party!
The V8s and the Network present... A Caffella! Come out to enjoy the lovely sounds of the Mount Holyoke V8s and their guests the UVM Top Cats, Dartmouth Cords, UConn CDN, and Colby 8. Then stay for an amazing after-party with DJ Lali, Buck-A-Beer, giveaways, and more! Pre-Sale: Both $6, Jam $4, Party $4; Door: Both $8, Jam $5, Party $5

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

Biology & Mathematics: When Worlds Collide Panel Discussion Biology & Mathematics: When Worlds Collide Panel Discussion
This panel presentation on "Biology and Mathematics: When Worlds Collide" represents a collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, the Smith Neilson Visiting Scholars Program and the Four College Biomathematics Consortium. This year’s visiting Neilson scholar is Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science at MIT. The panel, moderated by Rob Dorit, biological sciences, Smith College, will feature short presentations by Nessy Tania, mathematics & statistics at Smith College; Walter Fontana, systems biology at Harvard Medical School; Richard Lewontin, organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University; and a response by Evelyn Fox Keller. The event will end at Noon.

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Music
   
 

Canada Day, featuring Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day, the critically acclaimed group led by Canadian-born and New-York-City-based percussionist and composer Harris Eisenstadt, will perform a concert. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

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Mist Covered Mountains: A Concert of Traditional Celtic and French Canadian Music
Part of SmithArts Fest 2012. With Donna Hebert, fiddler extraordinaire, and friends. Mist Covered Mountains draws from Celtic and French-Canadian vocal and instrumental folk traditions. Donna Hébert’s fierce fiddle rhythms and Max Cohen’s impeccable groove guitar link to create an orchestra of sound from a simple fiddle-guitar duet. Their amazing musical chemistry catches fire when Donna’s daughter, singer Molly Hebert-Wilson joins them. Jay Ungar said they were ”Really a treat – fabulous musicians with a wonderful way of playing together.”

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A Cafella Concert
The Mount Holyoke Victory Eights are hosting their 8th annual all-male invitational a cappella concert, A Caffella. They promise a night of great music and entertainment from several groups from the northeast! $5 pre-sale, $7 at the door.

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Faculty Recital: Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cellist
Cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman performs a lecture-recital of music by Mexican composer Edgar Guzman. "Khimera & Belerofonte (2003) for cello and electronic sounds, the U.S. premiere of "Hecho en Mexico" (2010) for cello and pre-recorded cellos, and the world premiere of an untitled work for viola d'amore and live-processed electronics. Mr. Guzman will discuss his works and compositional process throughout the program.

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Theater
   
 

Moment by Deirdre Kinahan
Directed by Ellen W. Kaplan. Smith College presents a workshop production of Deirdre Kinahan's Moment. Nial murdered his little sister's friend. He went to prison, went through rehab, and now he's back. When he drops by his Ma's house no one can cope with his arrival. The family lives in a fog of denial but they can't escape the explosive "trauma in a teacup" that tears them apart. The play is lightning fast and frighteningly funny; it's clear-eyed and compassionate, and--like Nial--the play pulls no punches. Moment, written by astonishing Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan, was a major hit in London last year.

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Five College Dance Department Faculty Dance Concert
The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance is pleased to present a faculty dance concert in Kirby Theater on March 1-3 at 8 p.m. The concert offers a rich diversity of themes and approaches to dance, featuring choreography and performances by Five College faculty and guest artists. Included in the program will be works created by Tom Vacanti, Wendy Woodson, Monica Bill Barnes, Diane Coburn-Brunning and Cathy Nicoli.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and free for Amherst College faculty/students/staff with AC ID. Early reservations are recommended and can be made by email at fcddance.reservations@gmail.com or by calling 413-538-2848. Reservations after Feb. 26 can be made at 413-542-2277.

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