Mar
19
Sun
Exhibit: Beyond the Forest: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004–2012 @ Yiddish Book Center
Mar 19 – Oct 15 all-day

A photographic series looking at the fragile renewal of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the early 21st century, by Israeli-American photographer Loli Kantor.

Sep
16
Sat
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time @ Historic Deerfield
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm

If it’s September, it must be pumpkin time. Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins.  It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin. Our hearth cooks will be making a variety of dishes using heirloom pumpkins and old recipes using this staple of the fall menu.

Sep
21
Thu
Friends of Historic Deerfield Trip 2017
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm

San-Fran-WEB-Brochure image.jpgJoin Historic Deerfield President Philip Zea and our curators on an amazing trip to San Francisco, September 21-25, 2017, to view remarkable collections of antiques and decorative arts. Tour four remarkable private collections plus private connoisseur tours of seven exceptional museums, historic homes, and natural wonders. Click on these links for details:

Sep
23
Sat
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time @ Historic Deerfield
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm

If it’s September, it must be pumpkin time. Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins.  It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin. Our hearth cooks will be making a variety of dishes using heirloom pumpkins and old recipes using this staple of the fall menu.

Sep
24
Sun
FILM | “Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God” @ Yiddish Book Center
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

William Wolff is nearly
 90 and perhaps the most unconventional rabbi in the world. As the State Rabbi of North-East Germany, he looks after the Jewish communities in Schwerin and Rostock, but still lives in a bungalow near Henley-on-Thames. Wolff, a deeply religious man, is blessed with a tremendous joie de vivre that defies all conventions.

Germany, 2016, 90 mins., directed by Britta Wauer, German with English subtitles.

Sep
25
Mon
Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Bookmaking @ Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am

Teaching Artist: Meghan Burch
Enrollment limited to 20

Join us for Create at The Carle! a program with for adults 55 and older interested in expressing themselves through visual art.

Artists’ books are a visual, tactile format for expressing ideas. In this eight-week workshop, participants will explore books as unique art objects and build skill with a variety of techniques and forms that can be expanded and combined. Students will use these skills to experiment with sequencing and the relationship between text and image. Some of the structures and bindings covered in the course could include: concertina, Japanese binding, tunnel book, crown binding, altered books, flag books, scroll books, and palm leaf books.

Sep
27
Wed
5 Takes On African Art @ Fine Arts Center
Sep 27 – Oct 10 all-day

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, Sept. 27,
4:30–7:30 p.m. / UMass Fine Arts Center Lobby

PERFORMANCE by Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, 4:30–6:00 p.m. / Fine Arts Center Plaza

PANEL DISCUSSION with Charles Derby and the five Exhibition Curators / 6:00–7:00 p.m. / Fine Arts Center Lobby

Continuing a tradition of hosting challenging, exploratory exhibitions organized by student curatorial teams, the UMCA presents 5 Takes on African Art / 42 Flags by Fred Wilson.

This year’s team of graduate students — from Art History (Yingxi Lucy Gong and Elizabeth Upenieks); Studio Arts (Vick Quezada); and Afro-American Studies/ Public History (Kiara Hill) — curate an exhibition of African art drawn from the collection of Charles Derby, a UMass alumnus and Northampton resident who has been collecting African art since the 1970s, in tandem with an exhibition of Flags of Africa by the renowned African American artist Fred Wilson.

Professor Imo Imeh, who teaches African and African American art at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA, serves as advisor, mentor, and co-curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition invites visitors to see objects on display not only as visually compelling works of art in their own right, but also as objects of encounter that can “tell” stories about the broader social contexts and often fraught global histories through which they have journeyed. They bring the “telling” of African stories into the museum experience and draw out resonances among the objects on view.

The exhibition is divided into five sections, or 5 Takes by the five curators, each highlighting a different aspect of Derby’s collection and serving as points of departure for understanding the concepts in question: Memory; Eyes of the Collector; Black Womanhood; Authentic vs. Inauthentic; and Journeys Taken. Encircling 5 Takes are Fred Wilson’s Flags of Africa. The artist strips color from flags of African countries, leaving only the graphic stripes, stars, crescents, and shields, applied in black acrylic paint directly on raw canvas. Mimicking museum wall labels, 42 wooden plaques describe the flags of these nations and what their symbols and colors represent.

Sep
28
Thu
FIRST LOOK Exhibition Preview—A Dangerous Woman @ Smith College Museum of Art
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Jessica Nicoll, SCMA Director and Chief Curator, for a private gallery tour of A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer before the exhibition opens to the public.

In 1949, Mademoiselle magazine declared Honoré Sharrer (1920–2009) “Woman Artist of the Year.” The distinction was certainly well founded, as Sharrer’s rise in the art world was meteoric. Starting at the tender age of nineteen and throughout her twenties, she was included in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, which already included one of her paintings in its collection. At the age of 31, she was represented by a top New York art gallery and featured in Time, Newsweek, and Life magazines.

This is the first exhibition to fully reveal the formidable voice of this female artist. With equal part wit, seduction, and bite, her work presents a potent and often unsettling critique of the conventions of American culture.

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala @ The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm

Please join us for the twelfth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 28 at Guastavino’s in New York. We will honor ARTIST, Ed Young, ANGEL, Dr. John Y. Cole, BRIDGE, Anthea Bell, and MENTOR, Bank Street Writers Lab, represented by Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Weill. Awards will be presented by author Jack Gantos. More than twenty of the industry’s leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Click here for more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

A Dangerous Woman: Student Opening @ Brown Fine Arts Center Atrium
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A Dangerous Woman Mocktail Party

Join us for mocktails with a surreal twist at the exclusive student preview for the special exhibition A Dangerous Woman: The Art of Honoré Sharrer. Bring your friends and enjoy open galleries, music, giveaways, and more!

FREE for Smith students