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Arts and Culture at Wellesley

Spring 2014

FEBRUARY 2/3–2/28, P.29

Claudia Bitran & Alejandra Wolff EXHIBITION

Jewett Art Gallery 2/5–5/11, P.5

Tony Matelli: New Gravity EXHIBITION

the Davis. 2/5 (Wed), P.12

Opening Celebration ARTIST LECTURE

5:30 PM

2/12 (Wed), P.24

2/28 (Sun), P.9

3/12 (Wed), P.15

Emily Buchholtz: A Bush Not a Tree: Reconstructing and Naming Life’s Diversity

Kenny Barron Trio: Jazz Concert

The Passenger


6:00 PM Collins Cinema


12:30 PM Pendleton West 212 2/13–2/16, P.31


2/18 (Tues), P.16

7:00 PM Alumnae Hall Ballroom

the Davis.

the Davis. 2/20–6/8, P.13

Glass Heart (bells for Sylvia Plath)


2/19 (Wed), P.6

Art & Soul of Chibuzo

7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium 2/9 (Sun), P.27

Sans Soleil (Sunless)

2/19 (Wed), P.9


12:30 PM Jewett Auditorium 2/23 (Sun), P.27


Collins Cinema 2/25–6/22, P.13

6:00 PM Collins Cinema.

The Art of Science: Object Lessons at Wellesley College, 1870–1920

2/11 (Tue), P.21




4:30 PM Newhouse Center 2/12 (Wed), P.15

2001: A Space Odyssey FILM SCREENING

6:00 PM Collins Cinema

4:30 PM Newhouse Center





3/6–3/9, P.31

2/9 (Sun), P.8



7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

the Davis.

Music Department Honors Concert

3/3 (Tue), P.21

Claire Messud


Laura Bossert-King: Midday Classical Muse Generations


3/12 (Wed), P.25


2/5–5/4, P.13



Diana Chapman Walsh Auditorium

Landscapes of Italian Poetry: Views of Venice

Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from The Davis

7:30 PM Jewett Auditorium


6:30–8:00 PM the Davis.



the Davis. 2/27 (Thu), P.16

Deathtrap Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre 3/7 (Fri), P.16

The Art of Science: Object Lessons at Wellesley College, 1870–1920 GALLERY TALKS 3:00 PM

the Davis. 3/9 (Sun), P.9

Classical Faculty Concert: Our Favorites! PROFESSIONAL CONCERT SERIES

8:00 PM Jewett Auditorium 3/9 (Sun), P.27


Collins Cinema

Paolo Veronese: Drawings, the Workshop, and the Perils of Connoisseurship with Dr. John Marciari

Guido van der Werve: Nummer veertien, home


the Davis.

3/12–7/20, P.14


the Davis. [Spring 2014]


3/13 (Sun), P.27

The Silences of the Palace FILM SCREENING

Collins Cinema 3/14 (Fri), P.9

Don Buchla and Friends: Electronic Music Pioneer PROFESSIONAL CONCERT SERIES

7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium 3/15 (Sat), P.29

The Art of Science in New England, 1700–1920 THE WELLESLEY/ DEERFIELD SYMPOSIUM

9:00 AM–5:00 PM Collins Cinema 3/17 (Tue), P.22


4:30 PM Newhouse Center 3/17–7/20, P.14

“Like A Great Roman Ruin”: The College Hall Fire and Anne Whitney at 100 EXHIBITION

the Davis. 3/17 (Mon), P.14

“Like A Great Roman Ruin”: The College Hall Fire and Anne Whitney at 100 HIGH TEA 3:00 PM

the Davis. 3/31 (Mon), P.20

Hayden White: The Limits of Enlightenment ELIZABETH TURNER JORDAN ’59 HUMANITIES LECTURE

4:30 PM Newhouse Center

3/31 (Mon), P.26

4/9 (Wed), P.10

4/23 (Wed), P.11

Hybrid and Experimental in Chinatown: Your Day Is My Night, a Documentary by Lynne Sachs

Brooklyn Rider: Midday Jazz Muse*

Collegium Musicum


8:00 PM Jewett Auditorium


4/10–4/13, P.31

6:00 PM Collins Cinema

Motherhood Out Loud

APRIL 4/1 (Tue), P.22

Chris Abani and Christina Garcia DISTINGUISHED WRITERS SERIES

4:30 PM Newhouse Center 4/2 (Wed), P.10

Lance Martin Band: Midday Jazz Muse PROFESSIONAL CONCERT SERIES

12:30 PM Jewett Auditorium 4/2 (Wed), P.15


6:00 PM Collins Cinema 4/3 (Thu), P.28


5:00 PM Jewett Gallery and Auditorium 4/3 (Thu), P.17

Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis

12:30 PM Jewett Auditorium


Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre 4/12 (Sat), P.10


8:00 PM Houghton Chapel 4/12 (Sat), P.17

Family Day: The Art of Illusion 11:00–3:00 PM the Davis. 4/13 (Sun), P.10

Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Spring Concert: Catch a Rising Star STUDENT ENSEMBLE

7:00 PM Houghton Chapel 4/17 (Thu), P.21

4/6 (Sun), P.27

The Great Edo Art of Light and Shadow PERFORMANCE

7:00 PM Collins Cinema


the Davis.


8:00 PM Jewett Auditorium 5/4 (Sun), P.11

Chamber Music Society Concert



Diana Chapman Walsh Auditorium

2:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

4/25 (Fri), P.11

5/4 (Sun), P.27

Wellesley BlueJazz Strings & Combos

Kiss of the Spider Woman



7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

5:00 PM Collins Cinema.

4/26 (Sat), P.11

5/6 (Tue), P.11

The Wellesley College Choir and Chamber Singers: A Choral Treasury

Chamber Music Society Concert


7:00 PM Houghton Chapel 4/27 (Sun), P.11

Chamber Music Society Marathon

4/30 (Wed), P.15

12:00 PM–4:00 PM Cow Chair Room/ Tishman

Dillenger is Dead FILM SCREENING

6:00 PM Collins Cinema

4/18 (Fri), P.17


Guido van der Werve: Nummer veertien, home with Mike Maizels & Jenny Olivia Johnson

Chamber Music Society Concert

3:00 PM Collins Cinema

5/3 (Sat), P.11 Yanvalou*

4/24–4/27, P.31



7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

Women Who Will — People Who Do


4:30 PM Newhouse Center


4/23 (Wed), P.17

Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Celebration

Carla Kaplan: “Queen of the Muckrakers: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford”


The Davis.


5/2 (Fri), P.11

Wellesley BlueJazz Big Band Concert

5/1 (Thu), P.11


7:00 PM Pendleton Concert Salon


7:00 PM Pendleton Concert Salon 5/7 (Wed), P.2

“On the Street!” Asphalt Orchestra, A Radical Street Band MAKING SPACE EVENT

12:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:30 PM; Locations TBD 5/29–6/3, P.30


Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre

JUNE 6/9–7/20, P.18

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection EXHIBITION

the Davis.

*See P.23 for associated THE ART OF GOOD TASTE

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Wang Campus Center

College Buildings

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Wellesley’s immersive, transformative educational environment is evident in the innovative, thought-provoking events held on campus each semester. We welcome the larger community to join us: most events are free of charge and open to the public (unless otherwise noted) and ample parking is available at no cost. The arts are central to the Wellesley educational experience. They both complement and illuminate a wide range of liberal arts disciplines. These, in turn, contextualize and interpret the work of the artists, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and videographers who participate in our arts programs. A rich, interand cross-disciplinary dialogue among artists and philosophers, scientists, economists, sociologists, and interpreters of history and literature enriches and enlivens Wellesley’s curriculum and intellectual culture. Our arts and cultural programs reflect this ethos. Each semester, artists—and the academics who reflect on their work—explore questions of history, memory, and social responsibility; limits and transcendence; what it is to observe and what it is to respond, intuitively and intellectually. Please join us this spring to celebrate the arts at Wellesley

TABLE OF CONTENTS Making Space .................................................................... 2 New Gravity ........................................................................ 4 Art and Soul of Chibuzo ................................................... 6 The Concert Series.............................................................. 8 The Davis........................................................................... 12 Read My Pins ................................................................... 18 Newhouse Center for the Humanities................................ 20 The Art of Good Taste ....................................................... 23 Arts and Liberal Arts........................................................... 24 Cinema and Media Studies ............................................... 26 The Art Department............................................................ 28 Theatre............................................................................... 30 About Wellesley College.................................................... 32 Visiting Wellesley .............................................................. 33

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Cover: Tony Matelli, Arrangement, 2012. Painted bronze, 33x16x22 inches. Collection of Scott and Cissy Wolfe


MAKING S PA C E A Semester of Pop-Up Events to Transform the Social Soundscape This collaborative Big Project addresses the use of space, sound, and musical, movement, and social interaction on campus. Investigation of patterns of foot traffic, use of both indoor and outdoor space, and community desires around the current environment will help us to collaboratively discover, create, and activate some “urban centers” on campus. We will then work together to develop aesthetic, artistic, environmental, culinary and interactive elements to bring this concept into the future. The Wellesley College Concert Series, in collaboration with 20132014 Resident Fellow at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Marié Abe, and several other campus programs and presenters, explores sound in physical space, social space, and the urban and natural environment, shaping this project throughout the semester. Please visit for information on events to be scheduled, including a pop-up concert by Brooklyn Rider, Open Notes informal concerts, a Deep Listening workshop with Pauline Oliveros on Earth Day, and more!

“On The Street” Asphalt Orchestra, A Radical Street Band May 7 (Wed) / 1:00 PM, 5:30 PM, and 7:00 PM Locations TBD

In this culminating Making Space event, Asphalt Orchestra, a 12-piece, cross-genre mobile orchestra, anchors a day of participation, celebration, and surprises at the end of the school year. Come create and enjoy the buzz On The Street! Events are free and open to the public.


photo: Š Stephanie Berger @Dominique Proulx


The Davis proudly presents the first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum by sculptor Tony Matelli (b. Chicago, 1971). Highlighting recent works from the past five years as well as new works created specifically for the Davis, the selection focuses on the artist’s discursive use of time, ambivalence, banality, and wonder. In these works, the three material states—solid, liquid, and vapor—are inextricably conflated with their existential equivalents. In Matelli’s work, the physical laws of objects are often reversed, upended or atomized, and with these deft manipulations of matter and gravity come profound reorientations in perspective and ultimately, states of being. Installed in two parts at the Davis, the exhibition also sites sculpture outdoors on campus.

Foundation; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum; the National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Fundación La Caixa, Madrid; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and the Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. A mid-career survey, Tony Matelli: A Human Echo, premiered at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, in 2012 and traveled to the Bergen Kunstmuseum, Norway, in 2013. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, and is represented by Marlborough Chelsea, New York, and Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm. Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis. Tony Matelli: New Gravity and the accompanying catalogue are generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art and the Anonymous ’70 Endowed Davis Museum Program Fund.

Tony Matelli’s work is in numerous private collections and in public collections that include the Cranbrook Art Museum; FLAG Art

Tony Matelli, Josh, 2010 silicone, steel, hair and clothing, 72" x 30" x 22" Hall Collection

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TONY MATELLI: NEW GRAVITY Tony Matelli: New Gravity On View February 5–May 11, 2014 Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery / Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery On View February 5–July 20, 2014 Joanne Larson Jobson Gallery / Harold and Estelle Newman Tanner Gallery



ART AND SOUL OF CHIBUZO Art & Soul of Chibuzo February 19 (Wed) / 7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

The Art & Soul of Chibuzo debuts the creative music, dance, and theater ensemble of creative director, composer, and musician, Akili Jamal Haynes. Under Haynes’ direction, the Art and Soul of Chibuzo explores the personal, spiritual, and cultural nature of nothing less than the creative process itself through an innovative hybrid of dance, drumming, music, spoken word, and theater from across the African diaspora. A virtuoso on trombone, trumpet, drums, bass, saxophone, and piano, Haynes’ early career found him surrounded by internationally recognized artists such as Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, and Illinois Jacquet on recordings and international stages. Haynes has been a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory and Continuing Education School for more than 14 years. He is also a guest faculty member at Berklee College of Music, affiliated artist/composer in MIT’s Dance Theater Department, instructor at Seaport Campus for Children, dance faculty musician in the Boston Conservatory Dance Division, dance accompanist at Jeannette Neil Dance Studios, accompanist for Prometheus Dance Company, and the founder and creative force behind Chibuzo Nation. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Free and open to the public


Photo: Akili Jamal Haynes



Š Jill Goldman , Jill Goldman Photography

Asphalt Orchestra; Š Stephanie Berger @Dominique Proulx

THE CONCERT SERIES Organized and curated by the Department of Music, the Wellesley College Concert Series brings world-class performers to campus, complementing the department’s academic offerings and augmenting the cultural life of the college and the surrounding community. With concerts ranging from early music to contemporary, world music to jazz, electronic music and beyond, the series features both visiting artists and members of the performing faculty.

PROFESSIONAL SERIES The Music Department Honors Concert February 9 (Sun) / 7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

The Music Department at Wellesley College fosters an environment in which students can combine serious musical study with the depth and richness of a traditional liberal arts curriculum. The performance program is an important component of the Music Department, giving students the opportunity to take instrumental/vocal private instruction with faculty and prepare for professional


Kenny Barron

Don Buchla

Classical Faculty Concert: Our Favorites!

careers in music. The concert will showcase students who have exhibited exceptional promise as performing musicians.

March 9 (Sun) / 7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

Laura Bossert-King: Midday Classical Muse Generations

For this concert of chamber and solo works performed by members of the Wellesley College Music Department faculty choose repertoire they love and colleagues with whom they wish to perform it. The result is a richly diverse program composed of great favorites of the classical repertoire and new wonders, including works by Clark, Mozart, Piazzolla, Resphigi, and others. Featured performers include: Ina Zdorvetchi, harp; Jane Starkman, baroque violin; Tom Zajac, various early instruments; Kathy Matasy, clarinet; Laura Bossert-King, violin; Gabriela Diaz, violin; Jenny Tang, piano; Rebecca Thornblade, cello; David Collins, piano.

February 19 (Wed) / 12:30 PM Jewett Auditorium

In this concert, Senior Music Performance Faculty in Viola and Violin Laura Bossert-King will present works by Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven, and Piazzolla. Accompanied by Bossert-King’s mother, Mariel Bossert, and featuring former and present students, this chamber music concert will highlight music and film that spans several centuries, thus the title “Generations.”

Kenny Barron Trio: Jazz Concert

Don Buchla and Friends: Electronic Music Pioneer

February 28 (Sun) / 7:30 PM Q&A to Follow

March 14 (Fri) / 7:30 PM

Jewett Auditorium

Q&A and Reception to Follow

Kenny Barron is one of jazz’s most renowned and lyrical pianists. He was a member of the NEA 2010 class of Jazz Masters — the most esteemed prize given to jazz artists by the U.S. government was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the Mid Atlantic Living Legacy Award. A multiple Grammy Award nominee, Barron was honored with induction into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and received the The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a three-week Kenny Barron Festival. Barron has made significant contributions to the world of jazz since he was a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s quintet in 1962, as a composer, arranger, educator, and recording artist. Limited space; reservations will be available.

Jewett Auditorium

Don Buchla is widely regarded as one of the foremost pioneers in electronic musical instrument design. His reputation as a true innovator of synthesizers and unique performance controllers is honored and revered by fellow engineers, musicians, artists, composers, and academics. Buchla’s inventions are in widespread use by film composers, performance artists, jazz musicians, pop and rock musicians, and improvisational ensembles—an array of creative individuals looking for advanced, expressive, inspiring instruments. This public performance of his original work will be followed by a Q&A session and demonstration of his groundbreaking instruments.


Lance Martin Band: Midday Jazz Muse April 2 (Wed) / 12:30 PM Jewett Auditorium

The Lance Martin Band is a flute-led jazz, funk, and gospel band with keys, drums, electronic bass, back-up vocals, and lead flute. The band plays in a style called Physical Jazz, which is visually aggressive and musically entertaining. In the tradition of jazz, many of the songs are instrumentals backed by soulful vocals, and often taken from popular songs of our times. Think Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, and Justin Timberlake! The Lance Martin Band includes Jonathan Singleton, keyboards; Joe Sumerell, bass; Zeke Martin, drums; Athene Wilson, vocals; Angie Gates, vocals; and Lance Martin, flute.

Brooklyn Rider

Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, traditional and technology-based Japanese shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes, and more. Brooklyn Rider includes Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Eric Jacobsen, cello.

BROOKLYN RIDER RESIDENCY We are thrilled to host the acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider on the Wellesley College campus for a week of activities. In addition to their major concert and working with students in the Music Department, the musicians will also do a “pop up” concert in a high traffic area as part of the Making Space project. (See page 2.) As educators, Brooklyn Rider members have enjoyed residencies at Williams College, MacPhail Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Texas A&M University, Denison University, and UNC Chapel Hill.

MAKING SPACE “On The Street”: Asphalt Orchestra, A Radical Street Band May 7 (Wed) / 1:00 PM, 5:30 PM, and 7:00 PM

See page 2 for details.

NEW PROGRAM! Open Notes Open Notes is Wellesley College’s newest series of informal concerts featuring students, faculty, and ensembles who choose to share their work. These informal concerts, often in public spaces, will take place monthly, and will be announced at least two weeks in advance. “Like” the Facebook page “Concert Series at Wellesley College” to be among the first to receive information about these special concerts, or join the mailing list at www.wellesley. edu/music/concertseries.

Brooklyn Rider: Midday Muse April 9 (Wed) / 12:30 PM Jewett Auditorium

Brooklyn Rider Concert April 12 (Sat) / 8:00 PM Houghton Chapel

Born out of a desire to use the rich medium of the string quartet as a vehicle for communication across a large span of history and geography, Brooklyn Rider is equally devoted to the interpretation of existing quartet literature and to the creation of new works. The musicians have worked with such composers as Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Ljova, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Jenny Scheinman, and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and they also regularly perform pieces written or arranged by members of the group. Another integral part of the group’s work involves creative collaborations with other artists, such as Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Syrian/

STUDENT ENSEMBLES Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Spring Concert: Catch a Rising Star! Neal Hampton, Conductor April 13 (Sun) / 7:00 PM Houghton Chapel

Featuring winners of the the BWO Concerto Competition: Aaron Zuckerman, Brandeis ’14 (Gregson’s Tuba Concerto) and Maria Brusco, 10

Wellesley ’14 (Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate.) The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra is composed of students, faculty, staff, and associates of Wellesley College and Brandeis University. Uniting the standards of excellence associated with Wellesley and Brandeis, the orchestra brings inspiring performances of the great orchestral literature — past and present — to a new generation of musicians and audiences.

Get on the jazz train this spring with the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and more! The Wellesley College Big Band performs classic jazz repertoire with a fresh take, featuring dynamic ensemble passages, big band shouts, and spirited soloists.

Yanvalou Kera Washington, Director May 3 (Sat) / 8:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

The Wellesley College Choir and Chamber Singers A Choral Treasury

Yanvalou performs the traditional music of Africa and the Caribbean. Students perform on authentic instruments and experience a variety of cultures through their music and dance. Performances are presented in collaboration with the Harambee dancers.

Lisa Graham, Director April 26 (Sat) / 8:00 PM Houghton Chapel

This concert will feature music by Rheinberger, Poulenc, Ēriks Ešenvalds, David Brunner, Nancy Telfer, and selections from the 2013 Tour Program. The choral program at Wellesley allows students to experience the exhilaration and joy of performing the great choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. National and international tours have led them to perform in such venues as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., La Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, and the Mezquita in Córdoba, Spain.

Chamber Music Society David Russell, Director; Jenny Tang, Assistant Director Chamber Music Society Marathon April 27 (Sun) / 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Anderson Forum Chamber Music Society Concerts May 1 (Thu) and May 6 (Tue) / 7:00 PM Pendleton Concert Salon April 29 (Tue) / 7:00 PM and May 4 (Sun) / 2:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

The Wellesley College Chamber Music Society offers students the opportunity to explore and perform the classical repertoire for small ensembles—including strings, winds, guitar, harp, piano, harpsichord, and voice—and to be coached weekly by members of the Music Department faculty. Each semester culminates in a series of concerts given by participants.

Wellesley BlueJazz Cercie Miller, Director; Paula Zeitlin, Assistant Director BlueJazz Strings and Combos April 25 (Fri) / 7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

Celebrate spring with small student combos playing in a variety of jazz styles. BlueJazz Big Band Concert: Blue Train May 2 (Fri) / 7:00 PM

Collegium Musicum

Reception to Follow

Tom Zajac, Director

Jewett Auditorium

April 23 (Wed) / 8:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

An ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, Collegium Musicum specializes in the performance of Western music from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. This semester the Collegium will explore the sacred music of Latin America. All events are free and open to the public. Some events will recommend reservations, which will be available online. Please join our mailing list at to receive details. | 781.283.2028



Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico. La Sacra famiglia esce dalla porta di una città (The Holy Family Leaving by a City Gate), from the series "Idee pittoresche sopra la Fuga in Egitto" (Picturesque Ideas on the Flight into Egypt). published 1753. Etching. sheet: 7 3/16 in. x 9 1/2 in. (18.3 cm x 24.1 cm). Museum purchase 1973.18.

THE DAVIS. One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine art museums in the United States, the Davis Museum is a vital force in the intellectual, pedagogical, and social life of Wellesley College. The Museum’s mission is to create an environment that encourages visual literacy, inspires new ideas, and fosters involvement with the arts in the academy and in life.



Artist Lecture and Opening Reception

Tony Matelli: New Gravity

February 5 (Wed) Lecture 5:30 PM

Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery / Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery

Reception 6:30 PM–8:00 PM

On View February 5– July 20, 2014

Davis Galleries and Lobby

Joanne Larson Jobson Gallery / Harold and Estelle Newman Tanner Gallery

On View February 5–May 11, 2014

Please join us in celebrating the opening of our spring exhibitions! Tony Matelli kicks off the evening with a special artist’s talk in Collins Cinema. A reception follows in the Davis Lobby, honoring Tony Matelli: New Gravity and Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis.

See page 4 for details.


Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis

music, and visual art, Johnson’s work links to synesthetic experiences, in which certain sounds evoke particular colors in the mind.

On View February 5–May 4, 2014

Curated by Elaine Mehalakes, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, and generously supported by Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ’54 Davis Museum and Cultural Center Program Fund and the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund.

Morelle Lasky Levine ’56 Works on Paper Gallery

With its aqueous alleys and enchanted archways, Venice has welcomed and hosted countless foreign travelers as well as served as a hub of international commerce for centuries. In the eighteenth century, at the height of the Grand Tour, Italian artists found new ways to depict their city and appeal to an ever-burgeoning clientele of art collectors, connoisseurs, and tourists. Drawn from the Davis’ rich holdings, this exhibition presents over two dozen early modern Venetian works on paper that reflect the fascination with Venetian topography in addition to a range of other subjects inspired by this extraordinary city. This exhibition features works by Palma il Giovane, Canaletto, and Tiepolo, among other artists, which will enchant the viewer.

Boxed Amphimonas Model. Reiber glacite.

Curated by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Senior Curator of Collections, with generous support from the Marjorie Schechter Bronfman ’38 and Gerald Bronfman Endowment for Works on Paper.

The Art of Science: Object Lessons at Wellesley College, 1870-1920 On View February 25 –June 22, 2014 Robert and Claire Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove

Glass Heart (bells for Sylvia Plath)

Planned to accompany the Wellesley/Deerfield symposium, “The Art of Science in New England, 1700-1920” (see page 29), this small exhibition mines the recently rediscovered collection of objects and images used in science classrooms at Wellesley College from the time of the school’s founding to the 1920s. Wellesley was at the forefront of science education for women and utilized a variety of drawings, models, and scientific instruments to provide the highest quality education possible. For example, Wellesley’s founder, Henry Fowle Durant, purchased a set of papier-mâché botanical models by the renowned French anatomist, Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux, at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris (currently housed in the Science Center).

On View February 5 –June 8, 2014 Dorothy Johnston Towne Gallery

Jenny Olvia Johnson, Glass Heart (bells for Sylvia Plath), 2012

This commissioned interactive installation, Glass Heart (bells for Sylvia Plath), by Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory Jenny Olivia Johnson, was inspired by Sol LeWitt’s series of etchings, All Combinations of Red, Yellow, and Blue, with Scribbles, and the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Comprised of seven glass bell jars fitted with contact microphones and colored LED lights, the piece is triggered by touch, and combines light display with sound samples of Johnson’s composition for soprano, piano, cello, and percussion. A daring foray into the potential of intersecting emotional undertones among distinct pieces of literature,

Co-curated by Rebecca Bedell, associate professor of art, Martha McNamara, director of the New England Art and Architecture Program, and Jacqueline Marie Musacchio ’89, professor and chair of the Art Department, with Eve StraussmanPflanzer, senior curator of collections, this exhibition is generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art, the Science Center Office, and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College. 13

Guido van der Werve: Nummer veertien, home. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

College Hall, 1899. Wellesley College

“Like a Great Roman Ruin”: The College Hall Fire and Anne Whitney at 100

Guido van der Werve: Nummer veertien, home On View March 12–July 20, 2014 Joan Levine Freedman ’57 and Richard I. Freedman Gallery

On View March 17–July 20, 2014

Guido van der Werve’s most recent single channel film, Nummer veertien, home, is a multilayered film based on the structure of a classical requiem: three movements and 12 acts. The poetic film interweaves tales of Alexander the Great, van der Werve’s own personal narrative, and the life and death of Frédéric Chopin. When Chopin died in Paris, his sister vowed to fulfill the composer’s wish of bringing his heart back to his native land of Poland, and smuggled it from France to Warsaw for burial.

Co-curated by Jacqueline Marie Musacchio ’89, professor and chair of the Art Department, and Andrew Shennan, provost and dean of the College, this exhibition includes objects and documents from the Davis, Archives, and Special Collections, as well as loans from the alumnae community. It examines art and life in College Hall from the founding of the College in 1870, to the great fire that decimated the building and its contents in 1914, to the fundraising and rebuilding efforts that followed. The exhibition focuses particular attention on Anne Whitney’s legendary 1883 statue of sociologist Harriet Martineau (Gift of Mrs. Wilson Payne (Elizabeth Rogers ’26)), a sculpture with a surprising role in the life of College Hall and a fascinating history.

Lawrence and Ina Lee Brown Ramer Gallery

For Nummer veertien, home, van der Werve completed a 1,000-mile triathlon from Warsaw to Paris, retracing the path along which Chopin’s heart traveled. The filmic journey is accompanied by the artist’s lush score and explores themes common to his work: physical endurance, man’s struggle with nature, the crossover between history and geography, melancholy, and the solitary.

This exhibition is generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art, Wellesley College Archives, and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Curated by Michael Maizels, Andrew W. Mellon New Media Curator/Lecturer, and generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for New Media Art.

On View June 9–July 20, 2014 Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery / Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery

See page 18 for details.


Clockwise, from top left: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Inception, The Passenger, Dillinger Is Dead

FILM SCREENINGS Tony Matelli: Artist Picks

The Passenger (1975, Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)

All screenings begin at 6:00 PM in Collins Cinema

March 12 (Wed)

To coincide with his exhibition New Gravity, artist Tony Matelli has selected four of his favorite films for a series of screenings. Following each, Cinema and Media Studies faculty will discuss the artist’s selections—and the intriguing notes he has provided on his choices (below)!

The weight of my obligations is overwhelming. The inertia of my character has become unbearable. Everything feels like a dead end. I want out. New friends, new family, new morals. I want to become someone else.

Inception (2010, Dir. Christopher Nolan)

Matelli will join the conversations on February 12 and April 30. Co-sponsored by the Davis and the Cinema and Media Studies Program, this series is generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift.

April 2 (Wed) Ontological magical realism, I think about this a lot.

Dillinger Is Dead (1969, Dir. Marco Ferreri)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Dir. Stanley Kubrick)

April 30 (Wed)

February 12 (Wed)

The girlfriend is a bore. Every day is like the last. My general privilege has me sleepwalking toward a shallower and shallower horizon. I could really use a clean break.

The promise and potential of us evolving beyond our own biology gives me great pleasure. From the dawn of man, base and physical, toward the abstract and pure essence of ourselves.Terrifying. Inspiring.



introduces Veronese’s work as a draftsman and explores the contentious formulation of the Veronese drawing canon, specifically to examine issues surrounding the use of Veronese’s drawings within his workshop and collaborative works by Veronese’s students.

Landscapes of Italian Poetry: Views of Venice February 18 (Tue) 2:30 PM Morelle Lasky Levine ’56 Works on Paper Gallery

Generously supported by the Edwards Fund and co-sponsored by the Davis and the Art Department.

GALLERY TALKS The Art of Science: Object Lessons at Wellesley College, 1870-1920 March 7 (Fri) 3:00 PM Robert and Claire Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove Wellesley College Biological Sciences faculty Kristina N. Jones and John S. Cameron discuss the historical and pedagogical significance of the scientific teaching models and images on view in The Art of Science.

Unknown. Miniature from the Commission to Daniel, Podesta of Treviso late 16th century Gouache and gold paint on vellum sheet: 10 7/16 in. x 8 3/16 in. (26.5 cm x 20.8 cm) Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm W. Bick (Esther Sagalyn, Class of 1935) 1972.8

Students from Associate Professor Sergio Parussa’s seminar ITAS 320: Landscapes of Italian Poetry will present a reading of Italian poetry inspired by works in the exhibition Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis. As part of their presentation, students will also discuss their interpretations of the texts and images. Poetry readings in Italian, discussion in English.

LECTURE Paolo Veronese: Drawings, the Workshop, and the Perils of Connoisseurship with John Marciari February 27 (Thu) 6:00 PM Collins Cinema Dr. Marciari’s lecture focuses on the work of leading Italian Renaissance painter and draftsman Paolo Veronese in relation to the works on view in the exhibition Figment of the Past. Dr. Marciari

Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux (1797–1880), Iris Botanical Model, poss. purchased for Wellesley College by Henry Fowle Durant, ca. 1878. Photo courtesy Nina Vinogradskaya.


Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Barbara Lynn-Davis April 3 (Thu) 3:00 PM Morelle Lasky Levine ’56 Works on Paper Gallery Senior Curator of Collections Eve StraussmanPflanzer and Visiting Lecturer in Art Barbara Lynn-Davis explore representations of Venice in the exhibition, with particular focus on how Venetian artists experienced, represented, and imagined their city during the height of the Grand Tour.

Guido van der Werve: Nummer veertien, home Michael Maizels and Jenny Olivia Johnson

The Davis Peace Dove by Jenny Schmid


April 18 (Fri) 3:00 PM Collins Cinema

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College offers guided tours during weekday open hours, Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Our specially-trained Student Guides help visitors better understand and enjoy the Museum, its distinctive permanent collections, and its special temporary exhibitions. Admission is free, and we welcome audiences from the Wellesley College campus and beyond.

Mellon New Media Curator/Lecturer Michael Maizels and Assistant Professor of Music Jenny Olivia Johnson discuss the intersection of emotion, memory, and performance in Guido van der Werve’s work.


Tours are customized according to interest area, and cover either special exhibitions or the permanent collections. To schedule your visit or to request more information, please e-mail Public and Interpretive Programs Specialist Liz Gardner at or call 781.283.3045.

Family Day: The Art of Illusion April 12 (Sat) 11:00 AM–3:00 PM Davis Galleries and Lobby; Collins Cinema Inspired by the topsy-turvy work of Tony Matelli, families and our youngest visitors are invited to explore illusion and tricks of the eye in works of art at the Davis. Join us for lots of fun activities including a scavenger hunt, art making, magic tricks, light refreshments, and more!

Museum Hours Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 AM–5:00 PM Wednesday until 8:00 PM Sunday, 12:00 PM–4:00 PM Closed Mondays, major holidays, and campus recesses.

Family Day is generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Celebration Reception April 23 (Wed) 5:30 PM Davis Lobby

The Davis is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

All events are free and open to the public.

Celebrate the wonderful life of the Davis’ namesake with a special reception in her memory. 17

Presented with major support from the Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Fund for World Cultures and Leadership, and with additional funding provided by Wellesley College Friends of Art. The Madeleine Albright Collection has been organized by the Museum of Arts and Design. Generous support for this exhibition was provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition catalogue by St. John Knits.

Timed tickets are required for this exhibition. For more information and to purchase, please visit the Davis website: 781.283.2051




Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection On View June 9–July 20, 2014 Lower Level (LL) Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery / Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery

Organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, this unique traveling exhibition features more than 200 pins, many of which were donned by the incomparable Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to communicate a message or mood during her diplomatic tenure. Sparkling with Albright’s wit and energy, the collection is notable for its historic significance as well as for demonstrating the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language all its own. Serpent pin, circa 1860. Designer unknown. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor


THE SUSAN AND DONALD NEWHOUSE CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES The mission of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities is to create a dynamic and cosmopolitan intellectual community that extends from Wellesley College to the wider Boston-area community and beyond. Founded in 2004 by a generous gift from Susan Marley Newhouse ’55 and Donald Newhouse, the Newhouse Center generates and supports innovative, world-class programming in the humanities and arts. ELIZABETH TURNER JORDAN ’59 HUMANITIES LECTURE

Hayden White: The Limits of Enlightenment March 31 (Mon) / 4:30 PM Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall Hayden White, professor emeritus at the University of California, has been described as “perhaps the premier academic essayist of our times.” Compulsory reading for graduate students throughout the humanities, his essays on historical representation and narrative discourse

Hayden White



have strongly contributed to a “narrative turn” in the study of historical thought. The author of Metahistory (1973), Tropics of Discourse (1978), The Content of the Form (1987), and Figural Realism (1999), Professor White has also published recent essays on historical fiction, witness literature, and Holocaust representation.

This series reminds us that reading, writing, conversation, and laughter are related arts. The venue is intimate and the format is simple: The writers read, have a conversation with a faculty member, and then engage in an open dialogue with the audience.


All Distinguished Writers Series events take place at 4:30 PM | Newhouse Center, Green Hall, 2nd floor

Carla Kaplan: Queen of the Muckrakers: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford

Deni Béchard

April 17 (Thu) / 4:30 PM Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall

February 11 (Tue)

Deni Béchard’s recently published memoir, Cures for Hunger, both an IndieNext pick and Amazon Canada’s editor’s pick as for best memoir/biography of 2012, describes growing up with a father who was a bank robber. His first novel, Vandal Love, was published in French and Arabic, and won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. It was also nominated for Le Prix du Grand Public Salon du Livre Montréal/La Presse, 2008, as well as the French version of Canada Reads (Le Combat des Livres, 2009), and in 2012 was on Oprah’s Book Club’s summer reading list. He has been a fellow at MacDowell, Ledig House, the Anderson Center, Vermont Studio Center, and the Edward Albee Foundation. He has done freelance reporting from Northern Iraq and Afghanistan, and has written for a number of magazines and newspapers, among them the Los Angeles Times, Outside, the National Post, and the Harvard Review. His latest book, Empty Hands, Open Arms, a book about conservation in the Congo rainforest, was published in 2013.

Carla Kaplan

Since writing Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, Kaplan’s work has gravitated to hybrid forms (biography and letters; group biography and cultural history; theory and narrative), using extensive primary archives to illuminate people who walk away from lives which others covet, envy, and idealize. Her recent book, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (HarperCollins, 2013), was described by reviewers as “remarkable,” “clear-sighted,” “compelling,” “fascinating,” and “amazing,” it has been named one of the “Ten Best” books of the year (Publisher’s Weekly) and is a New York Times “Notable” book.

Claire Messud March 3 (Tue)

Kaplan will speak about her next project, Queen of the Muckrakers: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford: a biography of a woman who walked away from British aristocracy to become an American activist and eventually revitalize one of the oldest and most venerable forms of American narrative nonfiction: muckraking. The daughter of a wealthy British peer, Decca, as she was known, was the second-youngest and in many ways the most intriguing of the famous “Mitford Girls.”

Claire Messud was born in the United States and was raised in Sydney, Australia, and Toronto, Canada, before returning to the States in 1980. Educated at Yale and Cambridge universities, she lived in London until 1995, where she was deputy editor of the Guardian newspaper’s Women’s Page. Messud has taught at various colleges and universities, including Amherst College and Kenyon College, and in the M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College. Her first novel, When the


Chris Abani

Deni Béchard

Elizabeth Kolbert

World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; her second novel, The Last Life, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor’s Choice at The Village Voice; all three books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her novel, The Emperor’s Children, was on several best books of the year lists, including the Los Angeles Times, Economist, Chicago Tribune, and People magazine, and was named one of the “10 Best Books of the Year” for 2006 by the New York Times Book Review. Her most recent book, The Woman Upstairs, was published in April 2013. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Cristina García

Claire Messud

Chris Abani and Cristina García April 1 (Tue)

Chris Abani’s prose includes Song for Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, GraceLand, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Sanctificum, There Are No Names for Red, Feed Me The Sun — Collected Long Poems, Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot, and Kalakuta Republic. He holds a B.A. in English (Nigeria), an M.A. in Gender and Culture (Birkbeck College, University of London), an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing (University of Southern California). He is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim Award.

Elizabeth Kolbert March 17 (Tue)

Growing out of Elizabeth Kolbert’s groundbreaking three-part series in The New Yorker (which won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the Public Interest category), Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people. The book was one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Book Review. Kolbert’s latest work, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, will be published in February 2014. Kolbert received the prestigious Heinz Award, as well as a 2010 National Magazine Award in the Reviews and Criticism category for her work in The New Yorker, and the Sierra Club’s 2011 David R. Brower Award. Elizabeth Kolbert’s stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones, and have been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best American Political Writing. A collection of her work, The Prophet of Love and Other Tales of Power and Deceit, was published in 2004. Prior to joining the staff of The New Yorker, in 1999, Kolbert was a political reporter for The New York Times.

Cristina García is the author of six novels: King of Cuba, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, A Handbook to Luck, Monkey Hunting, The Agüero Sisters, winner of the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize, and Dreaming in Cuban, finalist for the National Book Award. García has edited two anthologies. She is also the author of three works for young readers, Dreams of Significant Girls (2011), The Dog Who Loved the Moon (2008), and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox (2008). A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010. García holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Barnard College, and a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. All events are free and open to the public.


THE ART OF GOOD TASTE The Wellesley College Club, situated on the shores of Lake Waban, is delighted to open its doors to the public for culinary events designed to complement programs in the Spring Calendar. THE CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS



YANVALOU Pre-Concert Dinner

Pre-Concert Lunch

May 3 (Sat) / 8:00 PM

April 9 (Wed) / 12:30 PM

Our chefs will prepare a special prix fixe menu to include an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and one glass of wine. Other alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in the price. $40 per person, 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (Please see page 11 for information about the concert.)

Join us for our extensive lunch buffet before this wonderful concert. The buffet includes a fresh salad bar, house-made sandwiches, hot entrées and sides, soup, and an array of desserts. Lunch is available 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and the price is $15 per person, which includes non-alcoholic beverages. Tax and gratuity are not included. (Please see page 10 for information about the concert.)

Reservations are required for all Art of Good Taste events. For other campus visits, the College Club is open for lunch Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 am – 2 pm, and for dinner Wednesday – Saturday 6 pm – 8:30 pm. Please be sure to call ahead for reservations, as our availability varies based on events hosted at the College Club. Please call 781.283.2700 for reservations and membership inquiries. 23

ARTS & LIBERAL ARTS Wellesley College believes that critical thinking, refined judgment, creative synthesis, and the willingness to collaborate are hallmarks of a liberal arts education, and cultivate habits of mind that will serve students well throughout their lives. Wellesley enriches its vibrant academic community by hosting speakers and programs with a broad range of intellectual and cultural content. THE DISTINGUISHED FACULTY LECTURE

Emily Buchholtz: A Bush Not a Tree: Reconstructing and Naming Life’s Diversity February 12 (Wed) / 12:30 PM Pendleton West 212

Our understanding of life’s diversity is reflected in how we visualize and name it. The paradigm of evolution by natural selection revealed that species share common ancestry, but it did little to reconstruct the history of inferred species splitting events or to rework the pre-evolutionary taxonomy for naming it. In the 150 years since Darwin’s Origin of Species, the broad pattern of life’s expansion from a single origin four billion years ago has been documented. This talk will address the surprising shape of life’s diversity, a Ernst Haeckel’s ''Kunstformen der Natur'' (1904).


revolutionary new paradigm for naming it, and their implications for how we understand our own and other species.

drum, as well as Western flute. He has an international reputation for the soulful beauty of his flute and taiko. Kaneko is a Japanese koto and Shamisen player, world music singer-songwriter and producer. She studied koto and shamisen at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. She accompanies her instruments with voice for the kabuki dances.

Emily Buchholtz is the Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences. She is a vertebrate paleontologist with interests at the interface of morphology, evolution, and development. She received her B.A. from the College of Wooster, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from George Washington University.

Hosted by the East Asian Languages and Culture Department, with support from the Edwards Fund, the Cinema and Media Studies Program, the Music Department, and the Department of Theatre Studies. ART AND SOUL AT THE MULTIFAITH CENTER

Education at Wellesley College can be both an intellectual and a spirtual journey. With this mission in mind, the Office of Religious and Spiritual life has developed Art and Soul as a program to foster a community exploration of spirituality and the arts.

Sumie Kaneko


Night of Kabuki Dance & Japanese Instruments March 12 (Wed) / 7:00 PM Alumnae Hall Ballroom

The performance will consist of traditional Japanese dance by Ms. Michiko Kurata and Japanese instruments played by Mr. Kaoru Watanabe and Ms. Sumie Kaneko. Kurata has been performing traditional Japanese dance for 30 years. She studied “kabuki buyo,” a popular dance form derived from kabuki, under several masters of traditional Japanese dance in Japan. Watanabe, a former member of the Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo, is a practitioner of various Japanese transverse bamboo flutes, the taiko

Akili Jamal Hayes, © Jill Goldman, Jill Goldman Photography

Art & Soul of Chibuzo February 19 (Wed) / 7:00 PM Jewett Auditorium

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Still from Your Day is My Night

CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES The Cinema and Media Studies Program aims to bring film lovers together into a communal viewing experience, sharing the beauty of 35mm films on the big screen of Wellesley’s Collins Cinema. In these days when people too often watch film in the isolation of their homes or their computers, we offer the opportunity to come together, in the dark and in the light, to view film on the big screen, to hear from major film theorists, and to meet filmmakers.


Hybrid and Experimental in Chinatown: Your Day Is My Night, a Documentary by Lynne Sachs

Our New Makers series brings contemporary filmmakers (experimental, documentary, feature) to campus to discuss their new work.

March 31 (Mon)

Mixing dreamily poetic imagery, improvised scenes, and fly-on-the-wall footage, Lynne Sachs’ hybrid, experimental documentary Your Day Is My Night delves into the hidden world of “bedshift” apartments in New York City’s Chinatown, where Chinese and Puerto Rican immigrants share their stories of personal and political upheaval. Funding is provided by the Wilson Fund.

Still from Your Day is My Night


CINÉPHILE SUNDAYS: MEMORY THEATRES/ TEATRUM MEMORIAE The Cinéphile Sundays series offers exemplary films—five each semester—from all parts of the globe and all periods of cinematic history. This spring, we continue to linger nostalgically over cinema’s remarkable explorations of memory. Cinema—whose screens flicker with memory’s ghosts, images organized in space—has long been preoccupied with the brain’s capacity to remember, to collect and re-collect images that will somehow provide keys to understanding.

The Great Edo Art of Light and Shadow

The Great Edo Art of Light and Shadow

All films shown in the Collins Cinema. Free and open to the public.

April 6 (Sun) / 7:00 PM

The Great Edo Art of Light and Shadow is a magical show in the pre-cinematic style of the nineteenthcentury Japanese magic lantern performance, Utsuchi-e. Please check our web site or Facebook page for additional information on this feature performance by Minwa-za, a Tokyo-based troupe.

Sans Soleil (Sunless) By Chris Marker, France, 1983, 16mm February 9 / 3:00 PM

Funding is provided by the Edwards Fund. All events are free and open to the public. or

Still from Sans Soleil

The Night Porter By Liliana Cavani, 1975, Italy February 23 / 3:00 PM

After Life By Hirokazu Koreeda, 1998, Japan March 9 / 3:00 PM

The Silences of the Palace By Moufida Tlatli, 1994, France/Tunisia April 13 / 5:00 PM

Kiss of the Spiderwoman By Hector Babenco, Brazil/US, 1985 May 4 / 5:00 PM 27

Photo: Jewett Art Gallery, Flickr.

THE ART DEPARTMENT The Art Department is home to art history, studio art, architecture, and media arts at Wellesley. Each year the department brings guest lecturers, exhibitions, and visiting artists to the campus and community. The Jewett Art Gallery is the department’s teaching gallery; it hosts exhibitions generated by faculty for teaching purposes as well as exhibitions of student work.


Claire Bishop: Déjà Vu: Contemporary Art and the Ghosts of Modernism April 3 (Thu) / 5:00 PM

Jewett Gallery and Auditorium Claire Bishop is professor of art history at the Ph.D. Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York. Her books include Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (2012), for which she won the 2013 Frank Jewett Mather award for art criticism. Her curatorial

Calire Bishop by Ellie Harrison/Flickr.


projects include the performance exhibition "Double Agent" at the ICA, London (2008) and the PRELUDE.11 performance festival at CUNY Graduate Center (2011). She is a regular contributor to Artforum, and her next book, Radical Museology, or, What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?, has just been published by Koenig Books. THE WELLESLEY-DEERFIELD SYMPOSIUM Claudia Bitran

The Art of Science in New England, 1700–1920 March 15 (Sat) / 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Collins Cinema

This year’s Wellesley-Deerfield symposium, "The Art of Science in New England, 17001920" will explore visual representations of scientific inquiry produced, collected, distributed, or otherwise circulating in New England from the start of the eighteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century. Illustrated presentations by scholars from across the country will address a wide range of topics from the use of anatomical and biological models in scientific pedagogy to the impact of mechanical inventions for enhancing vision on artistic and scientific practice.

Claudia Bitran

backstage, cliché, humor, ridiculousness, disappointment, music, love, obsession and appropriation are the motors of her work. The painter Alexandra Wolff was born on May 16, 1971 in Santiago. Wolff began exploring the human figure, especially self-portraits, which developed the problem of representation of the body, the flesh, and the skin, especially in the context of disease and injury.

JEWETT ART GALLERY Painting Exhibition: Claudia Bitran & Alejandra Wolff On View February 3–28

Claudia Bitran was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Santiago, Chile at age 7. She received her BFA from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, and a few months before starting her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, she participated in a popular reality TV show in Chile as a Britney Spears impersonator.

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Claudia is fascinated by pop culture. As a fan, she wants to feel and understand her pop idols, participate in their monumental spectacles, and know what it is like to be in their bodies. A common theme in her projects has always been the desire and the impossibility of reproducing the immensity of mass culture. The concepts of


THEATRE The Department of Theatre Studies at Wellesley College allows students to explore the history and literature of the theatre, and then to bring their knowledge from the classroom to a hands-on application of the craft. To facilitate this essential experiential learning, the department hosts three active performing programs on campus: Wellesley Summer Theatre, Wellesley College Theatre, and the Upstage Series.


Hay Fever by NoĂŤl Coward May 29-June 22, 2014

Wellesley Summer Theatre Company is the professional, Equity theatre company in residence at Wellesley College. The award-winning company attracts audiences and artists from across New England.

Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre

Chaos ensues when the eccentric Bliss family invite a motley assortment of weekend guests to their fashionable summer home. The guests end up fleeing unnoticed by the Bliss family, who are too caught up in their own dramas to pay them much attention. A comedy of manners in the grand tradition! $20 General Admission, $10 for Seniors and Students

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shop. The story begins on the morning of a wedding and covers events over the next three years, including the consequences of one character’s decision to have a child despite significant health risks. Both comedic and tragic, the play is an ode to Harling’s sister, and to the Southern women he considers to be both beautiful and strong.

The Wellesley College Theatre shows blend casts from Wellesley, Olin College, and Babson College with professionals from the Boston theatre community.

Motherhood Out Loud Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein


April 10-13

by Ira Levin

Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre

Directed by Katie Suchyta March 6–9

What do you get when you ask 14 of America’s best living playwrights to contribute to an evening of theatre around the idea of motherhood? A riotous and unexpected celebration which shatters our ideas of what motherhood is, and brings to life the truths and traditions that weave generations together. An evening of comedy and connection not to be missed. $10 General Admission, $5 Seniors and Students

Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre

When Sidney Bruhl, a playwright suffering from a dry spell, receives a script from a student, he recognizes it as a potential Broadway hit. With his wife’s help, Sidney plots to arrange a collaboration with the student, which the young man accepts. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn. Broadway’s longest-running comedy-thriller, Deathtrap offers thrills and laughter until the very last moment.

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Women Who Will — People Who Do


Written and Directed by Vannessa Greenleaf April 24–27

Upstage productions are produced and directed by Wellesley College students, providing them with the opportunity to explore all aspects of working in theatre independently.

Diana Chapman Walsh Auditorium

Created from interviews with Wellesley students, staff, and alumnae, Women Who Will, People Who Do is a documentary play that explores the diverse and, at times, conflicting facets of the community and culture, the promise and legacy of Wellesley College.

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling Directed by Em White February 13–16

Reservations required: Call 781.283.2200 or e-mail

Diana Chapman Walsh Auditorium

Steel Magnolias follows a group of Louisiana women who bond and gossip at the local beauty 31


The world’s preeminent college for women, Wellesley College is known for its intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service, and its cultivation of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership.

Preparing women for this role is perhaps Wellesley’s unique strength. From the moment they step onto the campus, our students are cultivating not only their minds, but also an aspirational drive and sense of responsibility. They know they are carrying forward a very special legacy, one in which purposeful leadership is a way of life, regardless of the life they choose—and one in which they are committed to taking their place at the table, to getting things done, to making a difference.

We take great pride in what we produce here: women who know how to succeed in every arena, public and personal, while keeping their values intact; women who bring worldchanging vision and an inimitable sense of purpose to even the smallest endeavor; women who understand that effective leadership means tempering the exercise of power with the commitment to serve. And as the sense of what it means to be an effective leader evolves, the crucial role that women are playing in making the world a better place is becoming increasingly apparent.

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Just 12 miles from Boston, Wellesley’s rich and diverse arts scene feels worlds away. Nearby neighbors and Bostonians alike will discover that Wellesley is a wonderful untapped resource for cultural and intellectual pursuits.

Take in the celebrated landscape and architecture. Combine your visit to Wellesley with a stroll through the grounds and see if you don’t feel as inspired by our surroundings as our guest artists do. Designed in consultation with landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the campus is a historic landmark that showcases the work of distinguished architects, including Ralph Adams Cram, Paul Rudolph, and Rafael Moneo.

Attending an event at Wellesley is as stress-free as it is affecting. Parking is free and readily accessible, our performance spaces are intimate and inviting, and the nearby town of Wellesley offers a variety of fine restaurants. Or join students and faculty on campus for a lively meal at the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, affectionately called the Lulu. The Wellesley College Club is another option for lunch or dinner.

Podcast tours are available at the Davis Museum—check out Landscape and Architecture and walk with Professor John Rhodes as he presents highlights of the campus. You’ll see Wellesley’s Alumnae Valley, awarded first prize for design by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2006 for returning a parking lot to native wetland. Pause on the shores of Lake Waban to take in the elaborate topiary on the far shore. And don’t miss the Botanical Gardens, featuring specimens from around the world and its own butterfly garden. Leave inspired. Even if you visit us for just an afternoon or an evening, you’ll find Wellesley will leave you feeling renewed and enriched. For directions to campus, please visit:


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