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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

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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.

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Some of Us Were Brave: Toisha Tucker Exhibition

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

New York-based artist Toisha Tucker, the Wellesley College 2018–19 Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellow, exhibits new work created during their fellowship year. Featuring a range of media, these sculptures, installations, and conceptual pieces offer commentary on social and political issues in the U.S. today. Tucker often views art as a form of activism, examining and questioning the constructs of politics, race, gender, and identity through their work and practice. Gallery hours: Mon–Fri 10 am–4 pm; Sat–Sun 12–4 pm. Closing reception on March 6, 4–6 pm. For more information, please contact: Samara Pearlstein, spearls2@wellesley.edu. Generously supported by: Alice C. Cole ’42 Art Fund. Image Caption: unmonumental (detail), artwork by Toisha Tucker, mixed media. Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

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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

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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.

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The Cat Behind the Hat: The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection

02.22.20 at 5:00 PM
Dzian Gallery
1245 Worcester Street
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Come join us for a special reception to witness images from 60 years of Dr. Seuss's drawings and paintings! Refreshments will be provided. The show will run until Sunday, March 22nd! We are located in the Natick Mall, in the Neiman Marcus wing.

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First Sunday at MORI

03.01.20 at 11:00 AM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Free!

Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation, and watch the film Pysanka – The Ukrainian Easter Egg at 12:00pm & 2:00pm. Explore the mysteries and symbolism behind the decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs in this short documentary that won over 25 international film awards.

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Delightful Duets: Piano Music for Four Hands

03.01.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

The fourth concert in the 2019-2020 Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's series, features pianists Ellina Blinder and Irina Kotlyar Vulikh playing piano music for four hands. The program will feature works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and DeFalla.

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Handmade Photography Today Symposium

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

In conjunction with the exhibition Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century, the Davis Museum presents a day-long symposium that will explore contemporary iterations of 19th-century photographic processes. From photograms to platinum prints, alternative approaches to automatic point-and-shoot and digital photography have spiked among professional and amateur photographers around the globe in recent years. The boom in what Lyle Rexer has termed “the antiquarian avant-garde” is in part a reaction to the supposedly desensitized nature of digital photography, but it should also be understood in the context of a more widespread turn to the materials, process, and event of photography as a site of knowledge production. We will hear from four acclaimed photographers working in 19th-century processes: Myra Greene (ambrotypes), Will Wilson (tintypes), Edie Bresler (cyanotypes), and Takashi Arai (daguerreotypes). The speakers will discuss how the specific material conditions of early photographic formats have the potential to inform and produce alternative understandings of our contemporary relationship to historical imagery. Free and open to the public. Advance registration and RSVP are requested. Reserve here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/handmade-photography-today-symposium-tickets-83063943491. Co-hosted with the Photographic Resource Center. Generously supported by: the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation Image Credit: Courtesy of the artists. Image Caption: (top to bottom, left to right): Takashi Arai, Multiple Monument for B29: Enola Gay, 2017, Daguerreotype, 200 x 77cm; Edie Bresler, 5 participants (2 days, 3 places), 2019, Four unique cyanotypes on archival vellum, 18 x 48 in; Will Wilson, Madrienne Salgado, Jingle Dress Dancer/Government and Public Relations Manager for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Citizen of the Muckleshoot Nation, 2017, Talking Tintype, from the series Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange: Seattle Art Museum; Myra Greene, Untitled (Ref. #70) from Character Recognition, 2006-2007, Black glass ambrotype.

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DESCARGA: Jazz and World Music Faculty Latin Jam!

03.07.20 at 7:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Join Wellesley College’s Jazz and World Music Faculty for a concert tribute to “Descarga”: the essence of musical collaboration among friends! Faculty “Conjuntos” from solo, to duo, trio, and up to the full ensemble, perform classic Cuban and Salsa rhythms, as well as originals inspired by the great traditions of Son Montuno, Bolero, and more. Wellesley Jazz and World Music faculty includes: Kris Adams, Tom Duprey, Rich Greenblatt, Mark Hamilton, Mark Henry, Russell Hoffmann, Steven Kirby, Steve Langone, Lance Martin, Cercie Miller, Paula Zeitlin, and Kera Washington. With special guest: K.E. Goldschmitt. For more information, please contact: concerts@wellesley.edu Generously supported by: the Marjorie Copland Baum Fund. Image Credit: Wellesley College Music Department

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Bent

03.13.20 at 8:00 PM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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$19 - $42

Profound and provocative, BENT is the story of courage and survival in the face of extreme hate and circumstance. Set in 1930’s Berlin where homosexuality is viewed as worse than being Jewish, Max and Rudy attempt to flee before being caught by Nazi soldiers. Strikingly relevant, global, and moving, BENT will keep audiences thinking and talking about the experience of it long after the lights come down. By Martin Sherman Directed by Peyton Pugmire CAST Quinton Kappel as Max Michael John Ciszewski as Rudy Paul James Lang* as Horst David Berti as Uncle Freddie Matthew Finn as Greta Dan Prior* as Wolf Andrew Houlihan as Captain Nicholas Miller as Officer Jay Connolly as Guard PERFORMANCES 03/13/2020 - 8:00pm 03/14/2020 - 8:00pm 03/15/2020 - 3:00pm 03/19/2020 - 7:30pm 03/20/2020 - 8:00pm 03/21/2020 - 8:00pm 03/22/2020 - 3:00pm 03/26/2020 - 7:30pm 03/27/2020 - 8:00pm 03/28/2020 - 8:00pm 03/29/2020 - 3:00pm ABOUT THE SEASON The Umbrella's Stage Company's expanded, six-show season ranges from high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama. With shows alternating between a 350-seat mainstage and flexible 100-seat blackbox, it will be the first season staged in The Umbrella Community Art Center’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-theater performing arts facilities at 40 Stow Street, in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District. Season, Flex Pass, Group and Individual tickets are available, and patrons can make a night of it thanks to Dinner-and-a-Show deals offered by several Umbrella Hospitality Partners.

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Exhibition Opening: Atomic Alert!

03.19.20 at 6:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Members Free, Nonmembers $15

Dust off your best “Mad Men” outfit and join us for martinis, manhattans, and all things Cold War. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 15, so we know how much Spam to purchase!

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Artist Lecture and Exhibition Opening Reception Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal

03.21.20 at 2:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union St
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Members $6, Nonmembers $12

Artist Lesia Sochor presents her exhibition Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal, on view March 21 – August 2, 2020. The paintings of Lesia Sochor are narratives told in paint prompted by personal experiences. The Pysanka series evolved from her annual spring ritual of creating intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs known as pysanky. Depicting the symbolic meanings and traditional motifs in oils and watercolors spawned a new path of contemporary expression for this ancient art form. Registration required by Tuesday, March 17

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Symphony Pro Musica: Symphonic Farewells

03.29.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

in its 36th season, the Symphony Pro Musica under the direction of conductor Mark Churchill presents the fifth concert in the "Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's" series. Program: Lili Boulanger–D’un matin de printemps Be´la Barto´k–Piano Concerto No. 3 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky–Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique” The 3:30pm concert is preceded by a talk about the music at 2:45pm. Seating is unreserved. Tickets are available at the door or at the Southborough Sounds website.

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Open Studios

04.04.20 at 12:00 PM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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Free

More than 50 Studio Artists look forward to opening their studio doors at 40 Stow Street in Concord and sharing with you their artistry and process in diverse practices including painting, ceramics, glass, woodworking, photography, printmaking, drawing, illustration, jewelry, fiber arts and mixed media. Plus, stop into The Umbrella's newly renovated Visual Arts Gallery to visit Aperture: Annual Studio Artist Group Show. Free and open to the public!

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Rising Stars of New England Conservatory

04.19.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

The sixth concert in the "Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's" series will feature young virtuosi from the graduate program at New England Conservatory. The program, to be announced, will feature solo and chamber works. The 3:30pm concert is preceded by a talk about the music at 2:45pm.

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War Paint

04.24.20 at 8:00 PM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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$19 - $42

Hailed as “thoroughly compelling and masterfully entertaining” WAR PAINT is the true-to-life story of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein, masters of self-invention and titans of the cosmetics industry who became the country’s first major female entrepreneurs in a time when only men were thought to be capable of building international empires. This fascinating, female-forward bio-musical spans their 50 year rivalry, is a master-class for two stars and will feature Boston’s own leading ladies, Leigh Barrett and Shana Dirik, in one of the first productions in the country since the musical closed on Broadway in November, 2017. Book by Doug Wright Music by Scott Frankel Lyrics by Michael Korie Directed by Julia Deter CAST Leigh Barrett* as Elizabeth Arden Shana Dirik* as Helena Rubinstein Russell Garrett* as Tommy Lewis Todd Yard as Harry Fleming with Jennifer Bubriski Vanessa Calantropo Doug Hodge Sabrina Koss Lori L’Italien Ashley Nicole Martin Jeff Mitchell Kara Chu Nelson Dan Prior Rachel Tata Rebekah Turner PERFORMANCES 04/24/2020 - 8:00pm 04/25/2020 - 8:00pm 04/26/2020 - 3:00pm 04/30/2020 - 7:30pm 05/01/2020 - 8:00pm 05/02/2020 - 8:00pm 05/03/2020 - 3:00pm 05/07/2020 - 7:30pm 05/08/2020 - 8:00pm 05/09/2020 - 8:00pm 05/10/2020 - 3:00pm 05/14/2020 - 7:30pm 05/15/2020 - 8:00pm 05/16/2020 - 8:00pm 05/17/2020 - 3:00pm ABOUT THE SEASON The Umbrella's Stage Company's expanded, six-show season ranges from high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama. With shows alternating between a 350-seat mainstage and flexible 100-seat blackbox, it will be the first season staged in The Umbrella Community Art Center’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-theater performing arts facilities at 40 Stow Street, in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District. Season, Flex Pass, Group and Individual tickets are available, and patrons can make a night of it thanks to Dinner-and-a-Show deals offered by several Umbrella Hospitality Partners.

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Symphony Pro Musica: Rule Brittania!

05.17.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

The seventh and final concert in the "Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's" series will feature Symphony Pro Musica under the direction of Mark Churchill. Program: William Walton–Crown Imperial Thea Musgrave–Turbulent Landscapes Sir Edward Elgar–Violin Concerto The Elgar Cello Concerto will be played by cellist Zlatomir Fung. The 3:30pm concert will be preceded by a talk about the music at 2:45pm. Seating is unreserved. Tickets may be bought at the door or at the Southborough Sounds website.

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