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Fall 2014 Exhibitions and Programs at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents six new exhibitions this fall.  New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition; Feast Your Eyes; Sigalit Landau: DeadSee and Michael Craig-Martin: Art&Design will be on view September 17 – December 21.   Edged in Black: Selections from SMS and Hanging with Old Masters: Davis Museum Reinstallation, will open on October 1 and be on view through Spring 2015. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, September 17, 5:30-7:00 p.m.



September 17 – December 21
Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery | Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery

New View, a survey of recent work by eleven faculty artists, will offer visitors the unique opportunity to explore the extraordinary talent and broad scope of production within the faculty at Wellesley College.  Known to students in their classrooms and studios, the members of the faculty featured in this exhibition are at once educators, mentors, and active, professional artists. Their work is regularly shown in galleries and museums across New England, throughout the country, and in many cases internationally.

Participating artists are Carlos Dorrien, Bunny Harvey, Candice Ivy, David Kelley, Phyllis McGibbon, Salem Mekuria, Qing-Min Meng, Andrew Mowbray, David Teng-Olsen, and Daniela Rivera from the studio art faculty and Nicholas Knouf from Cinema and Media Studies.  Capturing their extensive range, the exhibition includes paintings, prints, and sculpture, as well as video and mixed media installations. Curated by Claire Whitner, associate curator. Generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.


September 17 – December 21
Morelle Lasky Levine ’56 Works on Paper Gallery, Friends of Art Gallery, and Robert and Claire Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove

Artfully photographing a meal is not only a recent foodie fad, but taps a long history of feast and famine imagery. Connecting contemporary interest in stylized cuisine with the rich tradition of still life in art, this exhibition charts changing fashions in consumption through prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and dinnerware from the Davis collections. Representations of food have influenced and imitated beliefs about gastronomy in different eras, serving up important reminders that art is a vital form of dietary persuasion. Curated by Mazie Harris, former Linda Wyatt Gruber ’66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography. Generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.


September 17 – December 21
Joan Levine Freedman ’57 and Richard I. Freedman Gallery

Known for a performative art practice that explores the landscapes of Israel, Sigalit Landau works in video, installation, sculpture, and drawing. Her elegant video, DeadSee, embeds the artist’s body within a spiral of 500 floating watermelons, gradually unfurling in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. The piece reinscribes the representational tradition of “still life” with unexpected layers of reference and movement. Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director, with generous support from the Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.


September 17 – December 21
Dorothy Johnston Towne Gallery

This recent print series from conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin treats icons of contemporary art and design in the artist’s signature style—rendered as spare, sharply graphic line drawings, with a flashy pop palette of colors in unexpected combinations. Craig-Martin was a star of the 2014 Friends of Art Patrons Trip to London and personally guided a group through his unforgettable intervention at Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

The purchase of this portfolio, made possible through the generosity of Friends of Art “London Trippers,” brings the enthusiasm and energy of the experience home to the Wellesley campus. On view this fall, the presentation kicks-off the 50th Anniversary celebration of Friends of Art— who raise friends and funds in support of the Davis.

Gift of Mary Norton ’54, Judith Phinney ’63, Joan Hass ’66, Myra Levenson ’61, Susie Bennet ’59, Eileen Conroy ’75 and John Eckert, Nan Tull ’59, Christine Reese ’88, Cathryn Griffith ’88, Fran Schulman ’75, and Janet Diederichs ’50 in honor of the Friends 50th Anniversary Trip to London.


October 1 – Spring 2015
Lawrence and Ina Lee Brown Ramer Gallery

Compiled between 1967 and 1968, the SMS series was one of several important experimental ventures that sought to destabilize the boundary between traditional media, while also making work by the day’s leading artists accessible to those outside of the collector class. Through the generous gift of Nancy Gray Sherrill, Class of 1954, the Davis holds the complete portfolio, which includes work by Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Kosuth and Roy Lichtenstein alongside music by La Monte Young and Terry Riley. Curated by Michael Maizels, Mellon New Media Curator/ Lecturer. Generously supported by the Anonymous ’70 Endowed Davis Museum Program Fund.


October 1 – Spring 2015
Joanne Larson Jobson Gallery and Harold and Estelle Newman Tanner Gallery

Showcasing Old Master Italian paintings under consideration for the upcoming reinstallation of the permanent galleries, many of which have been off view for decades, the fifth floor of the Davis Museum will become a laboratory for the exploration of the curatorial reinstallation process. One wall will be lined with 3D models of the Davis Museum and will afford the campus community and the general public transparent access to the reinstallation process. The other three walls on the fifth floor will be devoted to understanding the curatorial process through Old Master Italian paintings. Issues and concerns—including questions of display, conservation, and aesthetics—that inform whether an individual work of art will be included in the reinstallation will be revealed and, hopefully, demystified. Curated by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Claire Whitner, with generous support from the Sandra Cohen Bakalar ’55 Fund and the Mildred Cooper Glimcher ’61 Endowed Fund.

Photo Credits:  Sigalit Landau, DeadSee, 2005, Video, 11:39 min. loop, silent, Courtesy of the artist; Michael Craig-Martin, Art&Design, 2012 Set of 10 screen prints on Somerset Tub-Sized Satin 410gsm paper, Paper and image 100.0 x 45.3 cm (each); Edged in Black, Special thanks to the William N Copley Estate. Photo by Steve Briggs; Valentin de Boulogne, St. Jerome, ca. 1628-30, Oil on canvas, overall: 52 1/2 in. x 38 3/8 in., (133.4 cm x 97.5 cm), Anonymous gift.


Wednesday, September 17 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Please join the Davis in celebrating the opening of our fall exhibitions! Enjoy the first viewing of New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition, Sigalit Landau: DeadSee, Michael Craig-Martin: Art&Design, and Feast Your Eyes before heading to the lobby for a festive reception.

Wednesdays, September 24, October 22 & November 12 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Delve deeper into the practices of the artists featured in the New View exhibition with the New InterViews series of three gallery talks.  Each session features interviews with faculty artists led by a Davis Museum curator and includes a reception in the Davis Lobby.

September 24: Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs, Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, with professors Carlos Dorrien, Salem Mekuria, Qing-Min Meng, and Daniela Rivera

October 22: Mellon New Media Curator/Lecturer, Michael Maizels, with professors David Kelley, Nicholas Knouf, and David Teng-Olsen

November 12: Associate Curator, Claire Whitner, with professors Bunny Harvey, Candice Ivy, Phyllis McGibbon, and Andrew Mowbray

Saturday, October 11 |11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join the Davis to celebrate our favorite things about fall.  Listen to live bluegrass music and eat some treats on the Davis plaza, or head into the galleries to embark on a scavenger hunt.  Watch Wellesley College faculty who are featured in New View demonstrate art making processes, then try your hand at pumpkin carving!

GALLERY TALK : Edged in Black
Wednesday, November 19 | 3:00 PM

Curator Michael Maizels discusses the exhibited highlights of the SMS Portfolio—including work by Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Kosuth and Roy Lichtenstein as well as music by La Monte Young and Terry Riley—examining these interactive, multimedia projects in light of the radical ferment of the late 1960s art world.

Special exhibition tours, led by a Student Guide, are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All tours start at 2:00 PM and meet in the Davis Lobby.

➢    Saturday, October 4: New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition
➢    Saturday, October 25: Feast Your Eyes
➢    Saturday, November: 8 Hanging with the Old Masters

September Events at Waterstone at Wellesley

September Events at Waterstone at Wellesley
All events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested at 781-235-1614.

Photojournalist to discuss Maine at Waterstone (Sep. 2)
Photojournalist Michael Perry returns to Waterstone at Wellesley on Tuesday, Sep. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Perry will present a slideshow of original images taken while in Maine. Perry developed his love of photography at an early age, shooting his first images when he was just 10 years old.

Piano with Steve Lanzillotta at Waterstone (Sep. 7)
Local musician Steve Lanzillotta is visiting Waterstone at Wellesley on Sunday, Sep. 7 at 2:30 p.m. A longtime local pianist from Hanover, Mass., Lanzillotta has been playing solo piano—whether it’s the American songbook, standards, show tunes, jazz, ragtime, or popular—for 30 years.

‘Grab Your Passport’ with Ron Falong at Waterstone (Sep. 8)
International travel agent Ron Falong will provide his expertise on traveling to Israel at Waterstone at Wellesley on Monday, Sep. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Falong is a professional tour guide who has travelled to 42 countries and all seven continents.

Healthy Living series with Amanda Jillson at Waterstone (Sep. 9)
Amanda Jillson, the director of community relations at EPOCH Senior Living of Weston, will visit Waterstone at Wellesley to discuss brain fitness on Tuesday, Sep. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Jillson’s lecture is part of a series on living healthy in collaboration with EPOCH Senior Living of Weston.

Ted Reinstein discusses new book at Waterstone (Sep. 10)
Author Ted Reinstein is visiting Waterstone at Wellesley on Wednesday, Sep. 10 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his new book, “New England Notebook.” The book has been lauded by the Boston Globe, National Geographic Traveler and NPR and is an exploration of all the fascinating places and people New England has to offer. Reinstein is a former longtime correspondent for “Chronicle,” a nightly news show that aired in Boston.

Piano and guitar duo return to Waterstone (Sep. 13)
Guitarist Robert Bekkers and pianist Ellyses Kuan are performing together again at Waterstone at Wellesley on Saturday, Sep. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Bekkers has been performing and teaching classical guitar throughout his extensive career. He is now a doctoral candidate studying with the exceptional artist Eliot Fisk. A native of Hong Kong, Kuan started taking piano lessons at 3 years old. She is currently the founder and music director of EKSTUDIO.

Film critic to discuss ‘City Lights’ at Waterstone (Sep. 14)
Film critic Dan Kimmel will discuss the Charlie Chaplin film “City Lights” at Waterstone at Wellesley on Sunday, Sep. 14 at 2:30 p.m. “City Lights,” a romantic comedy starring Chaplin as The Tramp who falls in love with a blind woman, was made in 1931. Kimmel is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and current co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. He is also a Boston correspondent for Variety and teaches film at Suffolk University.

Stephen Collins to present ‘The Theater of the 1903s, 1940s, 1950s’ at Waterstone (Sep. 16)
Waterstone at Wellesley will welcome acclaimed actor and theater enthusiast Stephen Collins for a one-man show titled, “The Theater of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s” on Tuesday, Sep 16 at 2:30 p.m. Collins is currently performing eight one-man shows throughout Massachusetts, performing for audiences at the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts College and Framingham State College.

About Waterstone at Wellesley (www.waterstoneatwellesley.com)
Located at 27 Washington St. and along the banks of the Charles River in Wellesley, Waterstone at Wellesley includes 134 apartments for seniors 62 and older. It features independent and assisted living rental apartments, a fitness center, pool, theater, five-star restaurant-style dining, designer kitchens, a riverfront walking trail, and more. This community is part of EPOCH Senior Living, a regional provider of senior living and health care options.

Grandparent’s Day Celebration in Needham

National Grandparents Day Event to Bring Families Together
The Residences at Wingate to Host a Free Day of Crafts for All Ages on September 7 in Needham


The Residences at Wingate, Needham’s only 5-star senior living community, today announced a free day of crafts, souvenir photos, fun and lunch for all ages so that families can Make Memories together. On Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 11 am – 3 pm, individuals will be able to partake in painting a keepsake pottery mug, chocolate mold decorating using edible paints, dog toy making, souvenir photos, a buffet lunch and more.

“We’re encouraging people of all ages and their grandparents to do these activities together, but many people are also coming to make things in memory of their grandparents who have passed,” said Maria Lastoria, Executive Director for The Residences at Wingate. “This event is about celebrating the generations and the important role they play in our lives.”

Created out of a Presidential Proclamation by President Obama, National Grandparents Day is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. It helps children honor grandparents and understand and appreciate the contributions of older citizens, while providing the opportunity for grandparents to show their love and support for their grandchildren.

To make these activities possible, The Residences at Wingate has partnered with several MetroWest businesses including Chocolate Therapy in Dedham and Framingham, Knots of Fun in Framingham and PYOP Studio in Northborough.

Recently named the Region’s #1 Retirement Living Residence by Hometown Weekly readers, The Residences at Wingate is located adjacent to the Wingate at Needham skilled care center at 235 Gould Street offering hospitality and healthcare all on one campus. The luxurious 91-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community offers a number of sought-after amenities including leased apartments with underground parking, restaurant-style and outdoor dining, a Wellness Center, start-of-the-art security and much more in a modern setting.

Making Memories will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 11 am – 3 pm. To RSVP or for more information, call (781) 455-9080.

About Wingate Healthcare
Wingate Healthcare has been owned and operated by the Schuster family for over 25 years. Drawing on their long history in the New England medical community and a desire to help meet the critical needs of families in Massachusetts and New York, Wingate is the Northeast’s premiere provider of healthcare and hospitality for seniors. The Schuster’s are committed to enhancing the lives of others which has led to the creation of Hospitality Homes, Operation P.E.A.C.E., The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a number of other charitable organizations and events. For more information, visit www.wingatehealthcare.com