24th 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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From Biology Major to Science Teacher to Department of Public Utilities Commissioner: A Wonderful Winding Career Path
David W. Cash was appointed a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by Governor Deval Patrick in June, 2011. Prior to this appointment Dr. Cash was the Undersecretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). In this role, Dr. Cash advised the Secretary of Energy and Environment on
an array of issues including energy, land management, water management, oceans, wildlife and fisheries, air and water quality, climate change, environmental and energy dimensions of transportation, and waste management. He was one of the architects of clean energy legislation and implementation in the first term of the Patrick-Murray Administration, including the Green Communities Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the
Green Jobs Act and the Clean Energy Biofuels Act. Recently he led the Secretariat's effort in developing the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, which provides a roadmap of policies and program that will lower energy costs, create clean energy jobs, and reduce greenhouse gases. Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Dr. Cash was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He
also taught science in the Amherst, Massachusetts public schools from 1990-1993. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard in 2001, and a B.S. in biology from Yale University in 1987.

The program begins at 4 PM; refreshments at 3:45 PM.
Parking available at the Campus Center Garage.

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"Paper Matters" Workshop/Lecture by Ed S. Brickler

Mr. Brickler will give an in-depth lecture on working with paper, paper making and paper materials, sizing and grounds, paper choices and applications, including ink jet printing.
This event is specifically geared to artists, printers, and professionals who work with, and are interested in, paper. 
Visit www.umass.edu/fac/umca for more information.

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Lecture by William L. Brooks
Public Lecture by William L. Brooks (retired, Foreign Service), topic TBA.

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Lecture by William L. Brooks
Dr. William L. Brooks, adjunct professor of Japanese studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, will deliver a lecture titled "Japan Under the Democratic Party of Japan: The Politics and Diplomacy of the Noda Cabinet" Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department of Government, Smith College. Free and open to the public.

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Poetry Reading: Annie Boutelle
With astonishing ease, Annie Boutelle's poems manage to be elegant, fierce, gorgeous, and spare--all at once. This event celebrates Boutelle's finely chiseled and electrifying new book, This Caravaggio, and also marks the retirement from Smith, after nearly three decades, of this beloved teacher, colleague, and founder of the Poetry Center.

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Chapel Jazz Ensemble
David Sporny, director

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