22nd April 2012

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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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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Exhibition: The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop
The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop, a new exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, investigates what happens to unremarkable objects when they are elevated to the status of art. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, April 4 and be on view through May 6. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. and will include a gallery talk by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, co-curators and candidates for Master's of Art in Art History, UMass Amherst.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop examines works on paper from the 1960s and 1970s. It focuses particularly on the ways artists manipulate color, form, scale, context, and technique to defamiliarize the everyday. Artists in this exhibition include: Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. The works of art in this exhibition have been drawn from the strong permanent collection of the University Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop is co-curated by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, Masters in Art History candidates, 2012. This exhibition is presented as the culmination of their Curatorial Fellowship. The Curatorial Fellowship is a year-long Independent Study that is conducted in collaboration with the Art History Program. The Fellowship entails all aspects of producing an exhibition, including grant writing, researching the UMCA's permanent collection, and developing concepts and theoretical underpinnings. The success of this program is made possible through the support and guidance of Loretta Yarlow (Gallery Director), Eva Fierst (Curator of Education), and
Mario Ontiveros (Assistant Professor of Art History).

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday/Sunday 2 to 5 PM
Closed Mondays

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Water Awareness Week Exhibition
A photo and fact exhibition displaying information related to Water and the global crisis. Sponsored by the student org Global Action Against Poverty Everywhere (GAAPE).

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Just For Fun

Spring Carnival
Finish off a great weekend with Spring Carnival! There will be rides, games, prizes, and food! Come dunk one of your favorite professors in the dunk tank or maybe win the lip syncing contest! There will be more prizes from our childhood and sunglasses giveaways!

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Annual Spring Concert
Annual Spring Concert
Timothy T. Anderson, conductor
John Jenkins, guest conductor
Music to include marches, overtures, and musicals; something for everyone!
A reception in honor of John Jenkins and his retirement will follow the concert in the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building
2pm Fine Arts Center Concert Hall $5/$10

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String Quartets
Intimate Music
Beethoven, Brahms & more
No charge

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Special Event

UMass AIAS Presents: Local Focus, Global Reach
April 20-April 23

The UMass AIAS is excited to be hosting this Springs Quad Conference. The theme of our conference, LOCAL FOCUS, GLOBAL REACH showcases local solutions to sustainability issues. Over 60 architecture students will be visiting from schools in the Northeast. 

Join us for exciting activities and lectures on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd. We will also be joining in on some Earth Day Festivals on Monday April 23. 

Look forward to a Permaculture Garden Design Charrette, a field trip to Sirius Community to learn about sustainable eco-villages, and don't forget THE BEAUX ARTS BALL!

$30 for 5 College Students(more ticket info available at umassaias.org

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IdeaLab: The Sustainable University
IdeaLab: The Sustainable University
Event Dates: Fri, March 30, 2012 - Sun, April 1, 2012 and Fri, April 20 - Sun, April 22.

Berkshire Dining Commons o Private Meeting Room
Southwest Residential Area
UMass Amherst Campus
Handicap access available
Event web site: http://www.invention2venture.org/idealabumass/
Application Deadlines: March 1 (priority) and March 16 (regular)
Contact: Heather Demers, demers@ecs.umass.edu, (413) 577-0231

An intensive workshop for undergraduate or graduate students passionate about protecting and preserving the planet and interested in learning how to create an innovation or viable business that addresses critical sustainability issues on university & college campuses. The workshop is free for UMass students, and Five-College or Springfield-area students can attend for $100 (scholarships are available). IdeaLab is presented by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and is part of UMass Amherst Earth Day Festival 2012.

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