The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at UMass Amherst is proud to present Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power .
Kara Walker has become one of the most widely-known and controversial artists working today. Exploring the painful history of American race relations through large-scale silhouette installations, Walker’s work transforms historical materials, literary sources and popular culture, challenging us to access buried emotions about our nation’s past. In her hands, the medium of silhouette becomes a tool for examining the traumatic legacy of slavery.
This exhibition brings together 60 works in a variety of mediums, from printmaking (such as lithograph, etching with aquatint, photogravure, linocut, and screen-print), to wall murals, metal sculpture and shadow puppetry. The exhibition was curated by Jessi Di Tillio, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon. All works in this exhibition come from the Portland, Oregon-based collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Collector Jordan Schnitzer has said, “Kara Walker is one of the most important artists in our collection. Her art needs to be seen and the themes need to be examined. No artist today does a better job of forcing the viewers to deal with stereotypes, gender, and race.”
The exhibition includes three narrative series — The Emancipation Approximation (1999–2000), Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War: Annotated (2005), and An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters (2010) — along with numerous individual works that underline Walker’s use of Antebellum and Reconstruction-era imagery and themes. Her narratives unfold in elaborate tableaux that tackle issues of race, slavery, sexuality, identity, and power. The works, which are inventive and painful but also satirical and humorous, were selected for the exhibition to display the range of approaches Walker uses to explore the legacy of slavery.
Walker explained, “One theme in my artwork is the idea that a Black subject in the present tense is a container for specific pathologies from the past and is continually growing and feeding off those maladies….” By looking carefully at a selection of Walker’s projects in different media, this exhibition emphasizes the interface between technique and concept in her work. Walker’s use of historically inflected techniques investigates the question: “How is contemporary identity shaped and affected by the imagery from the past?”
Get inspired by Eloise’s imaginative costumes and bold fashion sense as you create your own wearable art.
Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts explores through more than 20 objects how nature has inspired, impressed, and enlightened society long before the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859. Using three themes, the exhibition explores the subject of flora and how it inspired the decorative arts.
“Botanical Studies” looks at the movement to classify, study, and teach though a selection of educational books and prints detailing floral anatomy and stages of life. “Art in Nature” delves into the museum’s rich collection of decorative arts to see how plants and flowers have influenced designers and craftspeople in fields as diverse as textiles, ceramics, furniture, and architecture. Finally, “Domesticating the Outdoors” showcases ceramic and glass vessels which brought colorful and fragrant flowers and plants indoors for personal enjoyment and study.
Internationally acclaimed Alison Saar will mark the installation of her imposing print Sweeping Beauty, 1997, recently purchased by the Mead through a student curatorial project, funded by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund. Followed by a reception.
Late opening and exhibition tour, as part of Amherst Arts Night Plus. Enjoy evening opening hours from 5-8pm and a guided tour of the exhibition at 6pm.
The Emily Dickinson Museum returns to Amherst Arts Night Plus for our first poetry open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exhibit of 2017. Open mic signups are from 5-6 pm, and the open mic begins at 6 pm with the featured readers following.
Allison O’Shea, Robbie Dunning, and Lauren Singer, members of Northampton Poetry
Our one-night art exhibit features the work of Rhys Davies, and will be on display throughout the night. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Gaze through a telescope out to sea, what is it you see? Ships, birds, maybe a whale? Join us in the art studio as we create scenes from our imagination.
(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.
The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational.
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The registration fee for each class is $60.00 per person ($55.00 for members). Class size is limited to 8 participants ages 16 and up. Please make checks payable to: Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Registration fees will be refunded if cancellation is made by 12 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the program. You will receive a confirmation letter in the mail. Register early as classes fill up quickly!
First Seating – 9:30 am
Second Seating – 10:30 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited. Reserve now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy fresh pancakes in The Carle Café, a special project in the Art Studio, Special Storytime and film in the Auditorium, plus the chance to meet the Caterpillar and receive a special Member gift.