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8th 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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Dance Performance
   
 

31st Annual Jazz Showcase: Spotlight on New Orleans
Special guests: Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
Ensembles: Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz, Jazz Lab & Vocal Jazz
Directors: Thomas Giampietro, Jeffrey W. Holmes, Catherine Jensen-Hole,
Felipe Salles, David Sporny, Jon C. Gardner & Micah Maurio
8pm Bowker Auditorium $5/$10

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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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Smith College 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
   
 

Come Watch "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"!
TAADA (Taking Action Against Domestic Abuse) will be showing the hit movie "Eclipse" from the "Twilight" series. After the viewing, there will be a brief discussion on the relationship between Edward and Bella. Sugar Jones cookies and drinks will be provided.

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Hampshire College Presents: To Be Heard
Hampshire College will present a screening of the documentary To Be Heard on Thursday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall’s Main Lecture Hall.

Cast members will introduce the film and engage the audience in a Q and A following the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Produced and directed by Hampshire College alumnus Roland Legiardi-Laura 70F, To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, the three youngsters emerge as accomplished, self-aware artists, who use their creativity to alter their circumstances.

For more information, contact Josiah Litant, associate dean of students, jlitant@hampshire.edu, 413-559-6666

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

Interpreting Financial News.
This series covers timely and relevant global finance topics. Regular contributors, economics department professors Mahnaz Mahdavi and James Miller and other guest speakers discuss issues related to the stock market, employment and the economy, healthcare, technology, philanthropy and more. Lunch provided for the first 50 attendees. Sponsored by the Center for Women and Financial Independence. For more information, visit www.smith.edu/wfi.

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14th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hampshire College
Hampshire College invites the public to the14th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on March 8. International security studies scholar Paul Amar will speak on “Egypt: Anatomy of a Revolution.” Joining Amar for the lecture will be Egyptian activists Mozn Hassan and Kholoud Saber. The lecture is free and will be held in the Robert Crown Center at 4 p.m.
http://www.global.ucsb.edu/faculty/amar.html

Professor Amar teaches global and international studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in comparative politics, international security studies, political sociology, global ethnography, theories of the state, and theories of gender, race, and postcolonial politics. His books include “The Security Archipelago: ‘Human Security’ States, Sexuality Politics and the End of Neoliberalism”; “Global South to the Rescue”; and “Dispatches from the Arab Revolt.”

Hassan is a lawyer, political organizer, and director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, a women's rights research organization based in Cairo. She is a prominent leader of the Democracy Movement in Egypt and an expert in human rights, international law, gender policy, and constitutional reform.

Saber is a leader of the university student movement in Egypt and director of the Egyptian Institute for Academic Freedom.

Both Hassan and Saber have been actively involved in the Egyptian Revolution.

The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship, and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a longtime Hampshire College professor. Professor Ahmad’s faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work. Previous Eqbal Ahmad Lecturers include Kofi Annan, Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Seymour Hersh, and Tariq Ali.

For further information, please contact Diana Fernandez at 413.559.5521 or dfernandez@hampshire.edu.

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Five College Renaissance Seminar
Cathy Nicholson, Department of English, Yale University.
"Renaissance English as a Second Language: Thomas Elyot, Roger Ascham,
and the Remaking of Vernacular Style."
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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Physics Seminar
Christopher Jones of the Department of Physics at MIT will speak.

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Engel Lecture: “Berlioz, Delacroix, and La Mort d’Ophélie”
Peter Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities offers a look at the intersection of the two celebrated nineteenth-century French artists and at their reactions to the death of Ophelia.
Part of SmithArts Fest 2012.

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54th Annual Engel Lecture
Peter Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities, will deliver the 54th Annual Katharine Asher Engel Lecture at 5:00 pm in Seelye Hall 201. The title of his talk is “Berlioz, Delacroix, & La Mort d’Ophélie.” All are welcome - a reception will follow in Seelye 207. Complete details are available at http://www.smith.edu/news/2011-12/engellecture.php

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Reading
David Bezmozgis, the award-winning writer and filmmaker, will read from his work.

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Music
   
 

Festival of Sound and Space Continues: Greg Brown
An interaction of poetry and electronics. The program will include a work for electromagnetically prepared piano (The Lily in a Crystal); a work for dancer with video-actuated electronic sounds featuring Smith dance faculty member Chris Aiken (The Jeweled Prize); a video of a Samuel Beckett play (not i) that has been aurally and visually manipulated by Greg Brown (The Buzzing); a new work for Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Arabesque) utilizing cello and laptop; a cymatic work after a Yeats poem; and a new work exploring emergent behaviors within communities of automata.
Part of SmithArts Fest 2012.

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Word Made Noise
The Smith College Festival of Sound and Space presents "Word Made Noise," a concert of music, dance, film, and multi-media constructions by festival organizer Gregory W. Brown. The works create sound from spoken language, exploring perception and cognition of text when filtered through various media. The concert is free and open to the public. More information is available online at bit.ly/smithsoundspace

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Jazz@Schwemm's
The performers for the March series of Jazz@Schwemm's have been announced.
Please join us on March 8 to hear the Danny Fox Trio, joined by student combos When Worlds Collide and New Crunch.
March 15 will feature the Genevieve Rode Quartet plus student combos Floorless Tower and Emanon.
March 29 will feature Zak Pak (Zack Danziger trio) plus student combos Toxic Thunder
and Dial "M".
Performances are free and open to the public and
start at 9 p.m. on the listed dates at Schwemm's Coffee House in the Keefe Campus Center.
Thanks go to Schwemm's, Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst.

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Theater
   
 

New Play Reading Series
When The Soul Speaks by Darren Harned
Maggie and Katherine Fox can speak to the dead, and their older sister Leah wants the entire country to know about it. Set in the tumultuous 1850’s, this is an entirely true take of science, Spiritualism, and the creation of the world’s first international celebrities.
Part of SmithArts Fest 2012.

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Workshop
   
 

TSI/YAPM Info session
Come to the TECC (Technology Education Connecting Culture) info-session, learn about 2012 summer volunteer opportunities in rural areas of China!

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