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5th February 2012
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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Shaping Plants: Fruits, Shoots, and Roots Collaborations With Nature by Dan Ladd
Artist Dan Ladd has long been fascinated with the adaptability of plants. His work grafting trees into whimsical structures and molding gourds and roots into sculptures reflects both a fascination with and respect for the plants. In his words, "The reciprocity in working with nature, influencing the direction and future of growth, is unique. There is definite give and take and reaction and response." He hopes that, through his work, others will be able to share his wonder and excitement at this way in which we can interact with our natural surroundings. Information is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

Music in the Noon Hour
Bach & Hindemith Ronald Carbone, viola, Judith Gordon, piano. Free midday recitals by Smith music faculty and friends --- presenting wonderfully varied works from the last four centuries for voice, solo instruments and small ensemble. First and third Tuesdays, February through April.

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Stories of Our LGBT Ancestors: Anna de Naucaze and Ye Rose Tree Inn, Northampton, 1910-23
Stories of Our LGBT Ancestors: Anna de Naucaze and Ye Rose Tree Inn, Northampton, MA 1910-1923 - New research from the Sexual Minorities Archives. Smith College student Elizabeth Kent '12 and Director and Curator of the Sexual Minorities Archives Bet Power will present on Anna de Naucaze, proprietor of Ye Rose Tree Inn in Northampton in the early 1910s who had romantic relationships with other women.

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Music
   
 

The Silver Chord Bowl.
The Northampton Arts Council’s Four Sundays in February series called by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, "the showpiece of indoor winter entertainment in Northampton," is an example of our vision of artistic excellence. The annual series, started in 1993, begins with an enormously popular community arts event: The Silver Chord Bowl, a collegiate a cappella showcase. Every year we kick off the series with the Silver Chord Bowl. This show sells out every year and is especially popular with seniors and with what is euphemistically referred to as "old Hamp", those long-time community members who remember the Bowl from when it was part of the Chamber of Commerce’s now defunct Winter Carnival. The event has become so popular we moved it from the 800-seat Academy of Music Theater to the 2,000-seat John M. Greene Hall on the campus of Smith College. The Very Best of Collegiate A Cappella: The Dartmouth Aires, Pitch Slapped from Berklee College, UPenn Dischord, Trinity College Quirks, Smith College Noteables and the Doo Whop Shop of UMASS. $12 general admission advance/online. Limited number of assigned Premium Seating in the very front if the hall, $30 in advance, available by phone only, 413-587-1069. Tickets will be mailed to purchaser until one week before event

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Faculty and Guest Artist Recitals
Faculty recital by pianist Judith Gordon, featuring sonatas by Alban Berg and John Harbison, the Stravinsky Sérénade en La and Bach Italian Concerto, plus short preludes by Chopin and Debussy.

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Portuguese Vocalist Ana Moura
Portuguese vocalist Ana Moura, whose soulful and riveting interpretation of her land's captivating fado style has made her a star in Europe, brings her gentle, persuasive magic to Bowker Auditorium at UMass.

For tickets call 413-545-2511 or toll-free @ 800-999-UMASS or online @ www.fineartscenter.com.

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Special Event
   
 

First Sunday Concert Series
"The Golden Mean" Vocalist Donald Cotter and lutenist Bob Castellano will perform a program of songs by Thomas Campian and Philip Rosseter.
Location: Reading Room, The Renaissance Center 650 E. Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01002
Campus: UMass Amherst
Ticket Info.: Free. No reservations required.
Handicapped: Yes
Sponsor: The Renaissance Center
Contact: Jeff 413-577-3600 or renaissance@english.umass.edu

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