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Arts & Culture

Windows Invitational: Alexandria Smith, Seed to Harvest

10.02.19 at 10:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

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

Arts & Culture

Exhibition: Framingham's Top 10 (10.25.2019 thru 4.16.2021)

10.25.19 at 1:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St
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$5/adults, Free/FHC Members & children under 18

Among the rows of storage shelves and tucked away in archival boxes lie the most important artifacts housed at Framingham History Center (FHC). Ten of these precious objects have been chosen by the curator and the community for a 20 month exhibition designed to reinforce the local, national, and international significance of the FHC’s collection. Spanning three hundred years, with objects as small as a pin to as large as billboard, this exhibit will underscore the variety of the FHC’s holdings. Set in a modern gallery style, each artifact stands alone in reverence to its importance. Visitors have the opportunity to explore further through interactive displays that excite discovery. Framingham’s Top 10 has something for everyone – paintings, sculpture, documents, clothing, Americana, music, and neon. On exhibit October 25, 2019 through April 2021.

Arts & Culture

Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday

02.08.20 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

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

Arts & Culture

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

02.08.20 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

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.

Recreation & Sports

Metrowest K95K

06.14.20 at 10:00 AM - MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center
45 East St, Hopkinton, MA 01748
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20-35

The this unique dog-friendly trail 5K is only part of the fun. Walk or run the trails, be wowed by the doggy demonstrations, visit vendors from the human and animal fields, enjoy music, and grab a bite to eat for you and your pup while you soak up the sun. However you choose to participate, you are helping raise money for the animal welfare programs of the MVMA Charities, which funds the care of stray animals and provides emergency & disaster preparedness and response education and equipment for first responders across Massachusetts.  

Food & Drink

Taste of MetroWest

06.22.20 at 5:00 PM - Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
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The 10th Annual Taste of MetroWest

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