10th November 2009
Dance Performance

Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble
In honor of Otelia Cromwell Day, Smith College presents a performance by The Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble. Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a dance company; a leading arts education center; and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts.

Tickets can be purchased: Academy of Music Box Office; Tues-Fri 3:00pm-6:00pm; Online: http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com (Service fees may apply with purchase). A limited number of tickets are available for purchase by Smith students for $5 through the Smith College Campus Center.

Otelia Cromwell Day is an annual event named for the first African-American to graduate from Smith College, in 1900. Initiated in 1989 Otelia Cromwell Day provides the college community with an opportunity for further education and reflection about issues of diversity and racism.

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Exhibition: The Minox & the Big Shot -- Andy Warhol’s Photography (1970-87)
Exhibition runs September 23rd through December 13th, 2009. Opening: Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-7:30 pm. The University Gallery proudly presents its acquisition of 100 original Polaroid photographs and 50 original black and white gelatin silver prints dating from 1970 to 1987 granted through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. These photographs were given to the University Gallery as part of an unprecedented gift in honor of the Andy Warhol Foundation's 20th anniversary. The aim of the Photographic Legacy Program is to provide greater access to Warhol's artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important yet relatively unknown body of Warhol's work.

An obsessive photographer, Warhol took more than 100,000 photographs between 1976 and 1987, most with his SX70 Polaroid camera (which Polaroid kept in production just for Warhol) and black and white prints with a pocket-sized Minox 35 mm camera. Some Polaroids served as source material for large, silk-screened portrait paintings for which Warhol is famous. These photographs range from celebrities to unidentified acquaintances or patrons. The black and white snapshots offer a fascinating glimpse of the people and places of Warhol's life. In the end, some of the most captivating photographs are not the celebrities, but rather those of everyday objects and people.

As the University Gallery’s first Curatorial Fellow, Kathleen Banach (M.A. candidate in Art History ’09) will work in consultation with the staff of the University Gallery and art history professor Mario Ontiveros to focus her research on these photographs. She will be the first to study this relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work.

Seen in conjunction with this exhibition is CONNECTING THE DOTS….. THE WARHOL LEGACY: TOM FRIEDMAN, ELLLEN GALLAGHER, VIK MUNIZ, ROB PRUITT, an exhibition of work by four acclaimed contemporary artists who explore themes and ideas central to Andy Warhol’s artistic practice.

Check the University Gallery’s website for related panel discussions, guest speakers, and film screenings. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 am-4:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 2-5 pm. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking evenings and weekends.

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Exhibition: Connecting the Dots….the Warhol Legacy: Tom Friedman, Ellen Gallagher, Vik Muniz & Rob Pruitt
Exhibition runs September 23rd through December 13th, 2009. Opening: Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-7:30 pm.

An exhibition of work by four acclaimed contemporary artists who explore themes and ideas central to Andy Warhol’s artistic practice, demonstrating how Warhol’s legacy continues to influence and shape the content of the work of a new generation of artists. Rather than look strictly at artists who have been stylistically influenced by Warhol, this exhibition focuses on the work of four leading artists where the Warholian impulse is more conceptual and subtle.

Tom Friedman transforms mundane consumer products into playful yet meticulously crafted artworks of almost obsessive intricacy. Friedman’s art is characterized by its attention to process and use of modest, ephemeral materials. Friedman also displays a sly, almost scientific interest in systems of representation. Works in the exhibition will include the serial sculpture 9 Lives and two digital prints, Dollar Bill (2000) and Mandala (2008), commissioned by University Gallery and UMass Art Dept.

Repetition and revision are central to Ellen Gallagher’s treatment of advertisements that she appropriates from popular magazines such as Ebony, Our World, and Sepia. Her medium of printmaking, immersed in ideas about process and the mechanics of transformation, echoes some of Warhol’s themes. However her aesthetic strategy differs from her predecessor in its autobiographical dimension and focus on the issue of racial identity, while at the same time suggesting a more formal reading with respect to materials, processes, and altered states.

Vik Muniz defies traditional concerns over appropriation and authorship to reveal the power of images in our collective memory. Creating images made of dust, chocolate sauce, sugar, or thread, his work is informed by media and popular culture. This exhibition will include The Best of Life (1989 – 2000), a portfolio of ten Memory Renderings, which are photographs of drawings he drew from his recollection of photographs from Life magazine between 1936 and 1972.

Rob Pruitt’s work is rooted in a pop sensibility and a playful critique of art world structures. His conceptual projects have encompassed sensational staged events as well as simple gestures that promote possibilities for creativity in everyday life. Pruitt’s work is always characterized by an incisive humor and exuberant visual flair. This exhibition will focus on iPruitt (2008), snapshots taken with his mobile camera.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 am-4:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 2-5 pm. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking evenings and weekends.

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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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Touch Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics by Women Artists
Composed of more than 90 vibrant and dynamic ceramic sculptures, this exhibitition features leading contemporary Japanese women artists working within and transforming a medium traditionally associated with men. The accompanying catalogue, with an essay by ceramics specialist Todate Kazuko, Chief Curator at the Tsukuba Art Museum (Ibaraki, Japan) and artists biographies by Wahei Aoyama, provides the first in-depth study of the phenomenal rise of women ceramic artists in Japan. Oct. 9-Feb. 28, 2010. See http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/general/ for Museum hours and other information.

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Exhibit: Never Again: Genocide from Cambodia to Darfur and Beyond
Exhibit runs 11/2/09-11/13/09. The public is cordially invited to a reception on Tuesday 11/3 from 5-6pm, immediately followed by artist talks in the gallery.

The Student Union Art Gallery proudly presents three exhibits that share a commitment to educating our communities about genocide and empowering people to take action.

The exhibits by artist Amy Fagin, artist Leah Roth-Howe, and organizers STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition and the Western Massachusetts Darfur Coalition will share the gallery space to create dialogue about genocide in all corners of the world.

STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition and the Western Massachusetts Darfur Coalition present The Children of Darfur: Surviving Genocide, a collection of drawings made by children at the Kalma refugee camp in Darfur. While children were in line to receive shots and medical treatment, Dr. Jerry Erhlich of Doctors Without Borders gave them crayons and paper and asked them to draw ‘what your life in Darfur is.’

Through a 100 Projects For Peace grant, Leah Roth-Howe spent 8 months living and working with Cambodian-American and Cambodian youth and adults who are struggling to understand their history and place in the world. Ending the Silence in Cambodia is an exhibit of the drawings, poetry, and prose they created in artistic workshops to explore the legacies of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Beyond Genocide is an exhibit of contemporary illuminated manuscripts by artist Amy Fagin. The thoroughly researched and delicately rendered manuscripts wrestle intimately with mass atrocities from all corners of the planet. The exhibit is a powerful artistic commentary on the history of genocide and its legacy to our planet.

The Office of Jewish Affairs is holding panel discussions related to this exhibit: Genocide, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness 11/3, 7:30pm. Genocide: From Justice to Prevention 11/10, 7:00pm.

For information on related events, please see: www.umass.edu/jewish/programs/genocide09/

Sponsored by the UMass Office of Jewish Affairs, STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, Western Massachusetts Darfur Coalition, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the UMass Arts Council, the Student Government Association, and the Graduate Student Senate.

Gallery Hours: M-Th 10-5, F 10-3. Extended hours until 9:30 pm on Tues 11/3 and 11/10. Closed 11/11 for Veteran’s Day.

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Sergie Rachmaninoff and Sophie Satin at Smith College
Exhibition of photographs and memorabilia of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his cousin Sophie Satin during their time at Smith College. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/rachmaninoff/. For library hours, see http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/hours/

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Rethinking Marxism presents Martha Rosler Library
Rethinking Marxism and New Marxian Times are proud to announce the opening reception for the Martha Rosler Library at Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on Friday, November 6th from 4-6pm.

Comprised of approximately 7,700 titles from the artist's personal collection, the Library was opened to the public by Anton Vidokle in November 2005 as a storefront reading room at e-flux, on Ludlow Street in New York City. It has since traveled to Frankfurter Kunstverein; MuHKA, Antwerp; unitednationsplaza, Berlin; Institut National d'histoire de l'Art, Paris; the John Moores University, Liverpool; and the Stills Centre, Edinburgh. The Library will remain on view in Amherst through December 10th, 2009, after which the books will be finally return to Martha Rosler's home.

"In an act of incredible generosity, one of America's most important living artists temporarily dispossessed herself of the vast majority of her personal library so that it could be made available for consultation. No borrowing was possible, but the eclectic ensemble of books on economics, political theory, war, colonialism, poetry, feminism, science fiction, art history, mystery novels, children's books, dictionaries, maps and travel books, as well as photo albums, posters, postcards, and newspaper clippings could be studied at will. Smart, decidedly political in orientation, often funny, and all over the place (in that way a perfect mirror of its owner), the library is packed with essential reading and titles that even your better bookstores would love to get their hands on. As the product of decades of avid reading, the contents of the library are both the source of Rosler's work and an installation/artwork that continues many of the concerns with public space, access to information, and engaged citizenship that traverse her entire oeuvre."
--Elena Filipovic, Afterall, issue 15, Spring/Summer 2007

A personal library represents the private sphere of an individual, her way of acquiring and combining knowledge. Accumulation is the result of an intellectual inquiry that takes place in parallel with a more random search, which can lead us to unexpected textual, and therefore mental, spaces. Martha Rosler Library offers the visitor an opportunity to approach this open source of information with her or his own interests, and to create new affinities and connections between the elements of the library that add to more than the sum of knowledge contained in it. The bibliography, currently in process, can be accessed online at http://www.e-flux.com/projects/library

Whenever the Martha Rosler Library docks into a venue–be it a shop front, a gallery, or an office above a supermarket–it evolves in response to its new geographical and social location. A repository of knowledge and ideas, it settles, breathes, and lives again as new readers arrive and new discussions begin. In November 2009, the next chapter will commence at Amherst, another unique context.

Special thanks to Julieta Aranda, Media Farzin, and Tim Ridlen.

Friday November 6, 5:00pm
Conversation with Martha Rosler, Anton Vidokle, and Bosko Blagojevic

Keynote speech by Martha Rosler
Dialogue with artists Ernie Larsen and Sherrie Milner
Friday November 6, 8:00-9:30pm

In association with Rethinking Marxism and New Marxian Times

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm

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Exhibition: Beyond the Instance of an Ending
Exhibition runs: November 10th - December 10th, 2009. As art editors of the journal Rethinking Marxism, Susan Jahoda and Jesal Kapadia have put together Beyond the Instance of an Ending –a group exhibition that envisions education as a social movement, as theorized by Antonio Gramsci, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. The artists in the exhibition offer alternative approaches to discourse and the re-structuring of affect. Their works engage a politics of becoming; a process of rereading, recombining and revisioning–what are the potentialities of these engagements?

Participating Artists:
Eric Anglès & John Martin Widger, Sarah Beddington, Alexis Bhagat, Robert Blake, Pradeep Dalal, Yevgeniy Fiks, Benj Gerdes & Jennifer Hayashida, Susan Jahoda, Jesal Kapadia, Young Min Moon, Shreshta Premnath, Harout Simonian, and Claudia Sohrens.

Gallery hours: Monday & Tuesday 1-7 pm; Wednesday-Friday 1-5 pm.

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Neilson Library Centennial Exhibition
Learn about the 100-year history of Smith College's William Allan Neilson Library through letters, photographs, architectural drawings, ephemera and much more. For library hours, see: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/hours/

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A Plantsman in Asia
Compelling color photographs by Paul W. Meyer tell vivid stories about the importance of plants in the lives of Asian peoples. The photos were taken over a period of 20 years of plant exploration in the Far East. Meyer, a
leader in the field of plant exploration and evaluation, will be speaking at Smith Nov. 13 in conjunction with Bamboo and Blossoms: The Fall Chrysanthemum Show at Smith Nov. 7-22. The photographs will be on exhibition October 17 through December 15.

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Bamboo and Blossoms: Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Bamboo and Blossoms: The Fall Chrysanthemum Show, featuring bamboo sculptures by Nancy Moore Bess and Harry Bower. Members only hours 9:00 - 10:00 am (please bring your membership card). For more information please visit us online at: http://www.smith.edu/gardens/Home/events.html \7-22\\

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Artist Aki Sasamoto Presentation
New York-based Visiting Artist will present her work in Gamble Auditorium, November 10th, 7:00 PM.
Free and open to the public.

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Otelia Cromwell Day Panel Discussion.
The 20th celebration of Otelia Cromwell Day. This year’s program, “Thinking Through Race at Smith College,” will include two panels, recitation of a new poem in honor of Otelia Cromwell written by distinguished poet Nikky Finney, and performances by Evelyn Harris and the Smith College Glee Club. The first panel, taking place in Sweeney, will include the college’s current and three of its past presidents, and alumnae who were leaders of student Unity organizations discussing “Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned.” The second panel, which takes place in Neilson Browsing Room at 3:30 p.m., features three current Unity Organization leaders and alumnae discussing the topic "Forging Connections: The Relevance and Importance of Cultural Organizations in the 21st Century at Smith." Otelia Cromwell Day is named for the first African American to graduate from Smith College. Mary Maples Dunn, president emerita of Smith College, initiated Otelia Cromwell Day in 1989 in an effort to provide the college community with an opportunity for further education and reflection about issues of diversity and racism.

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"Workers and the Poor: Lessons for Organizing in the Age of Obama and Globalization"
Lecture by Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN and author of Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families.

Wheelchair accessible.

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Special Event

Cirque Mechanics in Birdhouse Factory
It’s a wild and wonderful workshop where the machines are circus props and the workers are acrobats, dancers, contortionists, and clowns. Featuring an extraordinary troupe of Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus, and Moscow Circus veterans who transform the mundane into the magnificent.

Tickets: $35, $25, $15, Five College/GCC/STCC and Youth 17 and under: $15.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Global Gourmet: Taste of the Circus
A fun, enjoyable dinner guaranteed to make you feel young at heart. Let’s go to the circus! Call 545-2511 for more information about attending this fixed price dinner.

Sponsored by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Finck & Perrras Insurance, and The River 93.9FM

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