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Louise Bourgeois' Blue Bed, 1998, part of an exhibition at the Art Center

Tuesday, February 18

Metal, Acid, Line: Etchings from the Loeb will be on view in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center until April 12. Spanning time and geography, this focused exhibition features more than a dozen prints from the permanent collection. Etching, a printmaking process in which artists create images on metal plates with the aid of chemical action—traditionally, acid—developed around 1500 and continues in use today. This selection, co-curated with Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Christina Tenaglia, was made in conjunction with Art 209, a studio course in printmaking.

Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation will be on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center—the only venue on the East Coast to host these works—until April 5. Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) is one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. Best known for powerful sculptures, including monumental spiders, human figures, and anthropomorphic shapes, she also made drawings daily, and returned regularly to printmaking. This exhibition includes 87 works and focuses on prints she made in her 80s and 90s, with a few earlier examples and a massive spiral sculpture.

Wednesday, February 19

 At 4:00pm in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Professor Mia Mask (Film Department and Africana Studies Program) and curator Mary-Kay Lombino will discuss photographs on view in the Hoene Hoy Photography Gallery and how they reflect the relationship between Western films and the central myths of the American experience in “Blazing Saddle: Reimagining the American West.” 

Thursday, February 20

Professor Sarah Kozloff

At 7:00pm in the Sanders Classroom Auditorium, Film Professor Sarah Kozloff will be reading from her new four-volume fantasy series, The Nine Realms. Written in response to the lack of female characters in fantasy series such as The Lord of the Rings, Kozloff’s The Nine Realms takes a queen for its protagonist and sets her on a journey to claim her rightful throne. The series has been praised as an “ambitious saga of magic, intrigue, and heroism” (Booklist) and as “literary . . .  and epic in scope” (Publishers Journal). The first book in the series, A Queen in Hiding, was released on January 21, 2020, and the remaining volumes will appear in print this spring. The reading will be followed by a reception in the Rose Parlor.

Monday, February 24

At 7:30pm in the Blodgett Hall auditorium, Dr. Rae Gould will speak on “NAGPRA and the Concept of ‘Institutional Will.’” The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), passed in 1990, requires all federally funded institutions to inventory their Native collections and consult with tribes for the return of human remains, grave objects, and other culturally important items. Thirty years later, many institutions are still out of compliance with the law. Dr. Gould, a Nipmuc National Enrolled Tribal Member and Associate Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown University, will discuss the concept of “institutional will” as it relates to NAGPRA, how it is defined and experienced within the academy and other institutions, and share the importance of institutional will in relation to the tribal communities affected by this work.

Wednesday, February 26

Kiki Smith’s print Bird with Stars (2005), part of Art Center's Focus Gallery exhibition Metal, Acid, Line: Etchings from the Loeb

At 3:00pm in Taylor Hall 203, artist Kiki Smith will lecture on “Print Possibilities.” Smith has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and textiles. For this talk, she will focus on her work as a printmaker. Following the talk, we will move to the Art Center's Focus Gallery exhibition Metal, Acid, Line: Etchings from the Loeb to discuss Smith’s stunning print Bird with Stars (2005), printed by Harlan and Weaver.

At 5:30pm in Taylor Hall 203, the History Department’s Mildred C. Thompson lecture will be presented by Professor Alima Bissenova of Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University. Bissenova will explore the history of women’s emancipation in Soviet Central Asia and its troubled colonial logic. Soviet attempts to eradicate bridewealth, veil wearing, and polygamy were celebrated as empowerment but brought massive and violent interventions in women’s lives. The lecture will show how these legacies affect present-day discourses about tradition and women in Kazakhstan and the entire region.

At 6:00pm in the Jade Parlor, Mary Dockray-Miller ’86, professor of English at Lesley College in Massachusetts, will present an analysis of the enigmatic African woman who appears at the end of the Old English Exodus, at the point when the Israelites have crossed the Red Sea and the Egyptian army has been destroyed in the same waters. This early medieval English symbolism has long been debated. This analysis will then also engage with the burgeoning discussions and inquiries around a multicultural Middle Ages. Dockray-Miller’s latest book, Public Medievalists, Racism, and Suffrage in the American Women’s College, was published by Palgrave in 2017.

Thursday, February 27

At 5:30pm in the Blodgett Auditorium, independent scholar Liane Carlson will deliver a lecture on “Climate Change and the Politics of the Unforgivable.” Her talk will delve into the warning teenaged climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered to the dignitaries at the September 2019 U.N. Climate Summit: “If you choose to fail us…we will never forgive you;” and the widespread criticism 17-year-old Brandt Jean received when he publicly forgave the white police officer who shot Jean’s black brother to death in his own apartment. Thunberg’s remark, like the criticism Jean received, is part of a growing trend in politics to call out certain acts as unforgivable. Carlson will look at what has changed and what remains the same from the last time the unforgivable was a widespread topic of debate: the postwar period, when Holocaust survivors struggled to explain why it was not only moral but necessary to refuse to forgive

Monday, March 3

Peter Buffett

At 5:30pm in the Villard Room, philanthropist and pianist Peter Buffett, accompanied by cellist Michael Kott, will hold a “Concert & Conversation.” The duo has performed this show at colleges and community foundations around the world for the better part of a decade. The performance features clips from Buffet’s film, television, and philanthropic work as it traces the evolution of his life and career. “Conversation” is in the title because Buffet takes questions from the audience throughout the show, which keeps the show continuously relevant as the world around us continues to change. 

Wednesday, March 5

At 5:00pm at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Curator Patricia Phagan, organizer of the Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting exhibition at the Art Center, joins New York master printers Judith Solodkin of SOLO Impression and Felix Harlan of Harlan & Weaver for “Louise Bourgeois and the Master Printers,” a walk-through and discussion of their collaboration with Bourgeois.

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Image credits: From top: Louise Bourgeois, “Blue Bed,” 1998. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, 2005.218, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), photo: Christopher Burke; Melodie McDaniel, “Adrina at Sr. Cliff's,” 2017 (2019.15.2); Kiki Smith, "Bird with Stars, 2005," gift of Lynn G. Straus ’46 (2006.4); Kozloff, Robert Lechterman; Buffett, courtesy of the subject

Posted by Office of Communications Saturday, February 1, 2020