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26th February 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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"Backs and Bottoms"—Greek Graffiti
Get out your magnifying glass and join Pamela Russell, Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of College Programs, in the Mead Art Museum for an illuminating exploration of rarely noticed marks and doodles on works of art from the ancient world, some hidden on the undersides of pots and lamps. This series continues on March 11, March 25, April 15, and April 29.

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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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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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Music
   
 

College Band Directors Eastern Division Conference Preview
WIND ENSEMBLE & SYMPHONY BAND
James Patrick Miller, conductor
Lynn Klock, saxophone, Laura Klock, horn & Timothy Anderson, guest conductor
Stravinsky, Copland, Husa, Wilson & more

The contact for ticketed concerts is the Box Office, 413-545-2511, or www.umasstix.com/musicanddance. Information can always be found at our web calendar, www.umass.edu/music/eventcalendar. All the ticketed concerts listed here are free for Music majors/minors, $3 for UMass students, $5 for other students, seniors & children, and $10 for the general public.

For free concerts, the contact is the Music & Dance Dept., 413-545-2227.

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The Music of Erich Zann
The Music of Erich Zann Sunday, February 26, 2012 7:00 pm :: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall This concert will feature the world premiere of "The Music of Erich Zann" by Clifton J. Noble, Jr. and other music related to his research in the Kahn Institutes 2011-2012 colloquium exploring the nature of evil. The original composition for solo violin, chamber orchestra, and electronics, is based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft bearing the same title. The concert will also present shorter works in various styles for various instruments spanning several centuries from the era of Roman Catholic chant to the excesses of 21st-century heavy metal. Presented by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute project "Evil."

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