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Windows Invitational: Alexandria Smith, Seed to Harvest
The Windows Invitational engages artists in transforming the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building. The third commission in the series is by Alexandria Smith, head of painting at the Royal College of Art in London, formerly assistant professor of painting at Wellesley College. Smith's Seed to Harvest foregrounds portraits of Wellesley's first African American graduates and borrows its title from the "Patternist" series of novels by Octavia Butler, stories that explore themes of science fiction, humanity, and the ethical and unethical uses of power. Rendering with hand-drawn and computer techniques, Smith embellishes original photographic portraits of five alumnae: Dr. Harriett Alleyne Rice (Class of 1887), Ethel M. Caution-Davis (Class of 1912), Katherine Naomi Robinson (Class of 1922), Clarissa Scott Delany (Class of 1923), and Jane Bolin (Class of 1928). She adds symbolic elements derived from her own visual vocabulary and from quilt patterns used to convey messages along the Underground Railroad (there were two stops in the town of Wellesley) to create the unique crests that adorn each with an honorific flourish. Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro '37 Director. The windows will be on display until August 2020. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Wellesley's Friends of Art at the Davis

When: Oct 2, 2019 12am to Aug 31, 2020 12am in Wellesley, MA

Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century

Mounted in conjunction with Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday, this exhibition tells an earlier history of vernacular photography--that of 19th-century portraiture. Similar to snapshots, the portrait photograph is enigmatic for its ability to be a one-of-a-kind object (a family keepsake) and a duplicate (a repetition of conventional settings, poses, and framing devices) all at once. However, before photographs were taken or snapped, they were made. Early photography was a process that involved a great deal of time, labor, and costly materials. Thus, this exhibition explores the materiality, the craft, and the event of photography in its earliest iterations. Curated by Carrie Cushman, Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Linda Wyatt Gruber (class of 1966) and Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis. Image Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by Jacqueline Loewe Fowler (Class of 1947), 1997.47 Image Caption: André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Mme. Cusani, ca. 1860, Uncut albumen cartes-de-visite, 7 5/16 in. x 6 1/16 in.

When: Feb 8, 2020 12am to Jun 7, 2020 12am in Wellesley, MA

Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday

Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Collection Gift Today, we use the phrase "going viral" to describe the rapid reception and reproduction of media on the internet. However, since the dawn of amateur photography in the late 19th century, critics have warned of a "universal snapping psychosis." Long before the age of the selfie, the craze for candid cameras spawned innumerable tropes that snapshooters found irresistible. This exhibition of early 20th-century American snapshots considers our everyday relationship to photography: the ways in which we mediate, understand, and narrate our lives through the snapping and sharing of photographs, and how and why certain types of images become socially infectious. Mined from the Peter J. Cohen Collection gift of nearly 1,000 anonymous snapshots, the exhibition is organized into 11 sections that explore various performances, rituals, and gestures that have gone viral via photography. The texts for each section provide micro-histories of these diverse social phenomena and demonstrate how vernacular photographs might function as affective historical documents and offer rich rewards for the imaginative historian, anthropologist, or sociologist. The exhibition will also showcase an original Kodak camera, early amateur photography manuals, Kodak 1s and 2s, 20th-century album pages, and six photo albums as well as the latest from Kodak--the Printomatic--with which visitors can shoot and print their own snapshots in the gallery. We invite you to share your own snapshots and impressions with us on social media using #davisgoingviral. Curated by Carrie Cushman, Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051. Generously supported by: Linda Wyatt Gruber (class of 1966) and Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis. Image Caption: Anonymous snapshot photograph, Gift of Peter J. Cohen, 2019.633

When: Feb 8, 2020 12am to Jun 7, 2020 12am in Wellesley, MA

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About Wellesley, MA
Wellesley, MA Local information, discount coupons, event listings and local Business directory. Wellesley Mass was founded in 1881 and is located in the Norfolk County area about 13 miles west of Boston. When the area was first settled it was originally named “Contentment”.

Points of interest in the town include the Davis Museum & Culture Center as well as the Walter Hunnewell Arboretum and the Elm Bank Horticulture Center. For those who enjoy the theatre there is also The Wellesley Players.

Wellesley is also a college community. Within its boundaries you will find Wellesley College and Babson College as well as Massachusetts Bay Community College. The town has been a leader in environmental issues and the town’s attractive appearance is sufficient evidence of that philosophy.