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31st August 2009
Exhibitions
   
 

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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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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