Drop-in Public Tours at the Davis
Designed by Wellesley students representing a range of academic majors, these thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a student guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. No tours on October 12 and November 30. For a full schedule of tours, please visit www.theDavis.org. Tours will be available until December 7. The Davis is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Generously supported by: the Elizabeth Bein Keto '48 Endowed Memorial Art Fund.
When: Oct 2, 2019 12am to Dec 7, 2019 12am in Wellesley, MA
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
Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting
Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting examines a 16th-century Venetian Sacra Conversazione, recently donated to the Davis Museum. This Holy Family with St. Catherine, St. Sebastian, and a donor was previously attributed to Giorgione, and exists in multiple versions, including one at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Several important details in the Davis's painting, such as the donor figure and the background landscape, differ from the other nearly identical works. Restorations, like the head of St. Joseph, are clearly visible on the canvas. The history of visual change evident in this painting spans centuries and now raises many questions: Who made it? How many artists or conservators worked on the painting? Why are there multiple copies, and why is this work different from the others? Hidden Histories explores this Sacra Conversazione painting through recent conservation, technical analysis, and an art historical lens to uncover a wealth of new information and highlight the unknown. Co-curated by Alicia LaTores, Friends of Art Curatorial Research Assistant, and Katherine Davies '19, the summer 2019 Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Intern. The Davis is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am until 5pm. This exhibit will run until December 15. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Peter H. Kaskell and Joan Macy Kaskell '53. Image Caption: Unknown Venetian Artist, Holy Family with St. Catherine, St. Sebastian, and a Donor, 16th century, Oil on cradled panel, 49 3/8 in. x 65 3/4 in. (125.4 cm x 167 cm), Gift of Peter H. and Joan Macy Kaskell (Class of 1953) 2017.184.
When: Oct 2, 2019 12am to Dec 15, 2019 12am in Wellesley, MA