Past Events

“Nearest Faraway Place” Paintings by Christin Couture

Artist's Talk and Recption for The Nearest Faraway Place
Artist's Talk and Recption for The Nearest Faraway Place 1/22/2020

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union,200 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA
Meet artist Christin Couture for a discussion about her artwork. The Nearest Faraway Place is about more than a shadowy woodland and rushing river water. For nearly 15 years Couture has been painting the same view from her house with its innumerable changes through the hours of the day and seasons of the year.

 


Avital Sagalyn: A Life of Exploration

Late Night at the Museum Exhibition Walk-through with artist Avital Sagalyn
Late Night at the Museum Exhibition Walk-through with artist Avital Sagalyn 12/5/2019

AVITAL SAGALYN: A LIFE OF EXPLORATION
Thursday, Dec 5 / Exhibition Tour: 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Museum open until 8:00 P.M. / in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus
Nicholas Fernacz and Natalie Richards (UMass Art History ’20), two of the student curators, will lead a walk-through of the exhibition Avital Sagalyn: A Life of Exploration. The retrospective includes works on canvas and paper, textile designs, and sculptures, mostly made in the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition is on view through December 8. Avital will not be able to join us; we are sorry to disappoint you.


Leonardo Drew: Cycles

Reception: Leonardo Drew: Cycles
Reception: Leonardo Drew: Cycles 9/19/2019

Reception for the Artist: Sep 19, 4:00 – 7:30 P.M.
Panel discussion 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
September 20 – December 8, 2019

Leonardo Drew’s prints, powerfully large yet fragile, test the versatility of their medium, transforming cotton paper pulp and pigment into what appears to suggest densely populated cities, a forest, or an urban wasteland. Some may look like maps of geographical landscapes viewed from above, while others are reminiscent of the night sky and distant galaxies. Drew’s sculptural installations in wood start with a raw material, transforming and reconstructing its essence until it resembles debris. Through this process, the artist articulates diverse histories of chaos, and cycles of birth and death.


 

Play to the Art
Play to the Art 10/16/2019

October 16, Wednesday / 5:30–6:30 p.m. 

Three musicians respond to the work of Leonardo Drew — Jason Robinson (saxes, flutes), Bob Weiner (drums, percussion), and Carl Clements (saxes and flutes). 

All are UMass and Amherst College faculty members.
 


 

Artists on Artists
Artists on Artists 11/7/2019

November 7, Thursday / 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Museum open until 8:00 P.M., in collaboration with Amherst Arts Night Plus EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH led by artists Rie Hachiyanagi, Professor of Art, Mount Holyoke College, and Amanda Maciuba, Visiting Artist in Printmaking, Mount Holyoke College
 


 

Dance Performance
Dance Performance 11/7/2019

November 7, 8, and 9 / 7:30 p.m. / Totman Performance Lab

The UMass Department of Music & Dance presents “Metamorphose,” Dance inspired by the work of Leonardo Drew; conceived and choreographed by UMass Professors of Dance Thomas Vacanti, Bronwen MacArthur, and Aston McCullough. For details visit umass.edu/dance.


Procheta Mukherjee Olson: Palimpsest

Opening Reception: Palimpsest
Opening Reception: Palimpsest 2/7/2020

Thursday, Feb 6 / 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, Feb 26 / 5:30 p.m.
Olson’s miniature paintings depicting social events in India are presented alongside Yun Fei Ji’s “Three Gorges Dam Migration,” a magnificent 32-foot-long hand scroll.


 

Artist's Talk: Palimpsest
Artist's Talk: Palimpsest 2/26/2020

Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, Feb 26 / 5:30 p.m.
Olson will discuss her artistic process, the multiple ways in which her work parallels the concerns of Yun Fei Ji’s Three Gorges Dam Migration (2002), and her selection of Ji’s scroll to present alongside her miniature paintings.


Roni Horn

Opening Reception: Roni Horn
Opening Reception: Roni Horn 1/30/2020

Thursday, January 30, 4:00 - 7:30 P.M.
4:00 – 7:30 P.M. / Reception for the Artist
4:00 – 5:00 / Come early to engage with the art!
5:00 - 6:00 P.M. / Roni Horn in Conversation with glacial geologist Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette and William Daniels moderated by Professor Shona Macdonald 
6:00 -7:30 / Refreshments and cash bar


 

Artists on Artists
Artists on Artists 2/12/2020

Wednesday, February 12 / 5:30 p.m.
Roni Horn Exhibition Walk-through - Artists Justin Kimball (Conway Professor of New Media, Amherst College) and Jenny Vogel (Associate Professor of New Media Art, UMass Amherst) will give their personal takes on Roni Horn’s Pi.


Seph Rodney

“The Language of Art Criticism: What Can Words Do?” A Talk by Seph Rodney
“The Language of Art Criticism: What Can Words Do?” A Talk by Seph Rodney 12/3/2019

Tuesday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. / John W. Olver Design Bldg., Lecture Hall 170 
Seph Rodney is interested in what art criticism does besides the obvious work of promoting certain artists or styles, or placing artists, styles, or movements in the historical record. 
He will speak about the things criticism does, perhaps unconsciously, such as signal status or curry favor, or gain or affirm membership in an exclusive club. He will discuss how compelling storytelling can do more than all of this.


Amherst Arts Night Plus

Amherst Arts Night Plus
Amherst Arts Night Plus 9/6/2018

Thu, Sep 6, 5–8 p.m. Visit our outdoor exhibition XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art. See all twelve outdoor installations, created by artists and architects, connecting UMass to the town of Amherst. In collaboration with the UMass Department of Architecture.


 

Amherst Arts Night Plus
Amherst Arts Night Plus 10/4/2018

Oct 4, Thu, 6 p.m. / UMCA / A free public Building Bridges workshop with Joseph Krupczynski, Director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL), UMass; and Jacob Carter, from the UMass Center for International Education


Building Bridges

Building Bridges: A Discussion
Building Bridges: A Discussion 11/15/2018

Nov 15, Wed / 5:00–7:00 / Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and Joseph Krupczynski, director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) and associate professor of architecture, discuss the Building Bridges project at UMass and how it helps affirm the importance of respecting difference in our community.


ConcorDance by Amherst Ballet

ConcorDance by Amherst Ballet
ConcorDance by Amherst Ballet 12/7/2018

Friday, December 7 / 5:00–7:00 p.m. / at the University Museum of Contemporary Art 
ConcorDance is an examination of the possibilities that arise when multiple forms of artistic media are connected. Join us for an evening of creative dancing, beautiful art, and refreshments! Presented by Amherst Ballet in collaboration with the University Museum of Contemporary Art. This event is free and open to the public.


For Freedoms

Artist Talk by Eric Gottesman of For Freedoms
Artist Talk by Eric Gottesman of For Freedoms 10/11/2018

Thu, Oct 11, 5:30 p.m. / John W. Olver Design Building Lecture Hall
Eric Gottesman photographs, writes, makes videos, teaches, and uses art as a vehicle to engage people in critical conversations about the social structures that surround them and him. He was named a 2015 Creative Capital Artist and has previously won a Fulbright Fellowship, an Artadia Award, a Light Work Residency, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Artist Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and other grants and awards. His work is in various collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His first book, Sudden Flowers, was published in 2014. He is the co-founder of For Freedoms , the first artist-run Super PAC; and a Mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Project.


 

For Freedoms Town Hall Event / "Art, Activism & Social (In)Justice" 10/12/2018

Fri, Oct 12, 5:30 p.m. / Free and open to all! / John W. Olver Design Building Atrium / Refreshments will be served.
The UMCA is proud to be a part of one the nationwide For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative. Founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms produces exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. This year, they launched The 50 State Initiative, a new phase of programming during the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art actions.
On Friday Oct 12, Gottesman will join UMass faculty and staff for a For Freedoms Town Hall event to explore and discuss the role of democracy, art and civic action on our campus today.
The For Freedoms Town Hall at Umass will be focused on the social justice challenges our community faces. Titled “Art, Activism, and Social (In)Justice?,” the town hall seeks to highlight and discuss the ways art can be used as a conduit for addressing issues of social justice in the valley. Panelists will include: Stephanie Shonekan, Chair of Afro-American Studies, UMass; Joseph Krupczynski, Director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, UMass; and Miatta Kawinzi, multidisciplinary artist and Visiting Professor at Hampshire College. There will be a voter registration table at the event.  Join us!


Paintings by Chris Page

Artist Talk by and Reception for Chris Page
Artist Talk by and Reception for Chris Page 11/28/2018

Wed, Nov 28 / 5:30⎼7 P.M.
UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, 200 Westgate Drive, Hadley
This program is part of a partnership between the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at UMass Amherst and the UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, in which the UMCA curates and showcases works of art by local artists and displays them on a rotating basis at the Credit Union’s Hadley and UMass Campus Center branches. The UMassFive College Federal Credit Union has generously underwritten UMCA exhibitions and programming for 2018-2019. We appreciate their support.


Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio

In Conversation: “The Intersection of Art and Math”
In Conversation: “The Intersection of Art and Math” 10/29/2018

Oct 29 / Mon / 5:00 p.m. / Mathematicians Daniel Rockmore and
Pau Atela discuss the the relationship between mathematics and
art.


 

Amherst Arts Night Plus / Math Games with Josh Hornick
Amherst Arts Night Plus / Math Games with Josh Hornick 11/1/2018

Nov 1 / Thu / 5 ‒ 8 / A night of math, puzzles, and activities for all ages! At 6:00 P.M. Joshua Hornick — aka “The MathMan” — will share a potpourri of artistic construction activities, puzzles, games, lessons, and (yes, even) mathematical magic tricks to build, puzzle on, play with, and (perhaps, even) stupefy and amaze the math-interested — from age 9 to 90!  (We may delight even the not-so-mathematically interested.)  Josh Hornick is the founder of North Star: Self-directed Learning for Teens and has a long history of teaching math and science!


 

People's Encyclopedia and Zine Making Workshop
People's Encyclopedia and Zine Making Workshop 11/13/2018

Nov 13 / Tue / 3:30 – 5:30 In this workshop with Walidah Imarisha , participants will imagine themselves 50 years in the future and engage in writing entries for the 2070 People’s Encyclopedia about current issues and events now, as a way of imagining how the world today can lead to the world we want.


Speak to Me of Rivers

In Conversation
In Conversation 2/27/2019

Feb 27 5:00-7:00p.m. Stephanie Shonekan, Professor and Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, will host a discussion about the exhibition on Wed, Feb 27, 5:00 ‒ 7:00 p.m., with the curator, Kiara Hill; kara lynch, artist and Associate Professor of Video and Critical Studies at Hampshire College; and Alexis Callender, Assistant Professor of Art, Smith College.


Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions

Poetry Reading / Peter Cole and Terry Winters
Poetry Reading / Peter Cole and Terry Winters 4/8/2019

Apr 8, Monday / 6:00 p.m.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Peter Cole will read some of his poetry, including “A Winters Trail,” inspired by the work of artist Terry Winters. He and Terry Winters will discuss the relationship between Cole’s poetry and Winters’s artworks. The discussion will be moderated by Nathan McClain, a visiting assistant professor of creative writing and African American literary arts at Hampshire College. 
With thanks to the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute and Friends of the
Fine Arts Center for their support.


 

Master class with poet Peter Cole
Master class with poet Peter Cole 4/9/2019

April 9, Tuesday / 10 a.m. ‒ 11:30 a.m. / Emily Dickinson Museum
Open to all Five College students
MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole leads a master class on the translation of poetry and the poetry of translation. Cole illustrates the central place translation holds in our lives and the ways in which it can come to inform both our experience of the world and the making of poems.
To register, contact EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org


The Art Salon

The ArtSalon
The ArtSalon 10/18/2018

Thursday, October 18 / 6:30 p.m. 
Presentations begin at 7:00 / Fine Arts Center lobby / $5 – $10 Sliding scale admission / Food provided by Jakes at the Mill / Open cash bar / Parking free after 5:00 in UMass parking lots
Presenting Artists: Naomi Darling, Bibiana Medkova, Procheta Olson Mukherjee, Gary Orlinsky, and Darrell Petit. A brief Question and Answer period with the artists will follow the presentations.


What’s So Funny? How Humor Makes Us Think

“Artists on Artists”
“Artists on Artists” 3/4/2019

March 7 / Thursday / 6:00 p.m. / First Thursday — Open ‘til 8:00
A walk-through of the exhibition Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise led by artists Sarah Braman and Sean Greene, who offer their unique perspectives.
The UMCA is open until 8 p.m. on first Thursdays, in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus.


 

Artist’s Talk: Mary Frey
Artist’s Talk: Mary Frey 4/16/2019

Apr 16, Tuesday / 5:30 P.M. / South College, W360 / UMass
In conjunction with the exhibition What’s So Funny? How Humor Makes Us Think
Mary Frey will screen images from two of her recent publications: Reading Raymond Carver  (Peperoni Books, 2017), and Real Life Dramas  (Peperoni Books, 2018). For both projects, Frey revisited work she made more than 25 years ago. She will discuss her process and thoughts about re-shaping this early work into a new form — the photo book.


XTCA

XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art
XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art 7/1/2018

Continutes through November 1. An outdoor public art exhibition that seeks to reveal our interconnectedness as citizens and to highlight the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. Thirteen artists and architects have created outdoor installations, from UMass to the town of Amherst, connecting “town and gown” In innovative ways. In collaboration with the UMass Department of Architecture. *Erica Zekos’s chimes will be re-installed and activated on September 6, for Amherst Arts Night Plus; September 22, for the XTCA Symposium and Parade; and October 4, for Amherst Arts Night Plus.


 

Reception XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art
Reception XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art 9/21/2018

Sep. 21 XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art is an outdoor public art exhibition that seeks to reveal our interconnectedness as citizens and to highlight the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. Thirteen artists and architects have created outdoor installations, from UMass to the town of Amherst, connecting “town and gown” In innovative ways. In collaboration with the UMass Department of Architecture.

 


 

XTCA Symposium
XTCA Symposium 9/22/2018

Sat, Sep 22, 10 a.m. ‒ 4 p.m.; John W. Olver Design Building
On Saturday, September 22nd, the museum will present a full-day XTCA Symposium, in connection with our exhibition XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art. The Symposium will feature keynote speaker Jennifer Delos Reyes, as well as artists and architects from the exhibition.
Delos Reyes’s talk, “We Need to Know Where We Have Been to Know Where We Are Going,” will focus on the interest in socially-engaged art in the contemporary art world and will lay out a parallel history of social art and social movements, propose methodologies, and speculate on the future of the field.
Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, radical community arts organizer, and author of countless emails. She is the director and founder of Open Engagement an artist-led initiative committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago where she is the Associate Director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Register for the Symposium
 


 

XTCA Art Parade
XTCA Art Parade 9/22/2018

Sat, Sep 22, 4 ‒ 5 p.m. Rain or shine -- after the symposium!
Community members will visit all twelve outdoor sculptures, walking from Amherst Center to UMass. The goal of this programming is to engage “town” and “gown” by generating a robust public dialogue about the value of art and culture in building community. The Parade, organized by Elizabeth Pangburn, Co-Artistic Director of TheatreTruck, will include performances by members of Double Edge Theatre.


Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise

Artists on Artists
Artists on Artists 3/7/2019

March 7 / Thursday / 6:00 p.m. / First Thursday — Open ‘til 8:00
A walk-through of the exhibition Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise led by artists Sarah Braman and Sean Greene, who offer their unique perspectives.
The UMCA is open until 8 p.m. on first Thursdays, in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus.


 

“Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise” – a video by Kate Geis
“Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise” – a video by Kate Geis 4/1/2019

April 1, Monday / 5:00 p.m. / Olver Design Building, Lecture Hall 170
Don’t miss the premiere of a short documentary about artist Xylor Jane and her exhibition at the UMCA — by filmmaker Kate Geis and editor Al Shurman. The video will be screened at 5:00 p.m., at the end of the Art + Math = afternoon symposium, in John W. Olver Design Building Lecture Hall 170. This video is co-produced by the UMCA and CANADA Gallery, and made possible by a grant from the Women for UMass Amherst Fund.


 

Art + Math =
Art + Math = 4/1/2019

Symposium   
April 1, Monday  / 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. / John W. Olver Design Building,  Lecture Hall 170 / UMass
The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is pleased to present Art + Math = , a symposium in conjunction with a yearlong program of exhibitions about the intersection of art and math, including: Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise; Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions; The Concinnitas Portfolio, curated by Daniel Rockmore; and Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio.


 

Art + Math =
Art + Math = 4/1/2019

Concert
April 2, Tuesday / Art + Math = Music / 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. / Bezanson Hall / Fine Arts Center / UMass
This concert, in conjunction with the April 1 Art + Math = Symposium, is a free, public performance featuring percussionist Ayano Kataoka and electronic artist Jazer Giles playing compositions by Conlon Narcarrow, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Mark Applebaum, and Jazer Giles.


5 Takes of African Art: Exploring the Charles Derby Collection/ 42 Flags - Paintings by Fred Wilson

Performance by Bamidele Dancers and Drummers
Performance by Bamidele Dancers and Drummers 9/27/2017

Sept 27 Performance by Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, 4:30–6:00 P.M. / Fine Arts Center Plaza


 

Panel Discussion with Charles Derby and Curators
Panel Discussion with Charles Derby and Curators 9/27/2017

Sept 27 Panel discussion with Charles Derby and the five Exhibition Curators (Yingxi Lucy Gong, Kiara Hill, Imo Imeh, Vick Quezada, and Elizabeth Upenieks) / 6:00–7:00 P.M. / Fine Arts Center Lobby


 

Student Docent Tours of 5 Takes of African Art/ 42 Flags
Student Docent Tours of 5 Takes of African Art/ 42 Flags 

First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Out; and every Sat. and Sun. at 3 p.m. 


 

Talk by Artist Fred Wilson
Talk by Artist Fred Wilson 10/11/2017

Oct 11 5:30– 7:00 P.M. Integrated Learning Center, Room 151 Talk by Artist Fred Wilson: The Silent Message of the Museum, and Other New Works Since the beginning of his career some thirty years ago, acclaimed artist Fred Wilson has created a diverse range of work that challenges assumptions of history, culture, and race. For this exhibition Wilson collaborated with the UMCA and the Curatorial Fellows, contributing an interdisciplinary focus on African art.


 

Tour of Exhibition with Charles Derby
Tour of Exhibition with Charles Derby 10/26/2017

Oct 26 5:00–6:00 P.M. African art collector Charles Derby will offer commentary and personal anecdotes about his forty years of collecting and acquiring the objects on display in this exhibition.


 

Tour of Exhibition with Exhibition Curators
Tour of Exhibition with Exhibition Curators 11/15/2017

Nov. 15 5:00–6:00 P.M. Join exhibition curators — Yingxi Lucy Gong; Kiara Hill; Imo lmeh; Vick Quezada; and Elizabeth Upenieks — as they tour the exhibition and offer insights into their curatorial approaches.


 

In Conversation: Ceramicist Juliet Bacchas and art historian/artist Imo lmeh
In Conversation: Ceramicist Juliet Bacchas and art historian/artist Imo lmeh 11/29/2017

Nov. 29 4:30–6:00 P.M. Bacchas and lmeh discuss and demonstrate traditional West African ceramic techniques employed by contemporary artists. Juliet Bacchas, from Jamaica, brings forth her talents in the area of slab building and African Coiling. Her pottery forms are bold and full of daring angles and curves. Imo Nse Imeh is a Visual Artist and Scholar of African Diaspora art and aesthetics. He teaches at Westfield State University.


 

Tour by Collector Charles Derby
Tour by Collector Charles Derby 2/1/2018

UMCA Feb. 1 Collector Charles Derby will offer a tour of the exhibition 5 Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings by Fred Wilson with personal anecdotes about his forty years of collecting and acquiring the objects on display in this exhibition. In conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus.


 

Amherst Arts Night Plus – open ‘til 8 P.M. / Tour by Collector Charles Derby
Amherst Arts Night Plus – open ‘til 8 P.M. / Tour by Collector Charles Derby 3/1/2018

March 1 @ 6:00 p.m. / Collector Charles Derby will offer a tour of the exhibition 5 Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings by Fred Wilson with personal anecdotes about his forty years of collecting and acquiring the objects on display in this exhibition. In conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus.   Also…Docent mini-tours at 6:30; 6:45; 7:00.


 

Sonya Clark performance
Sonya Clark performance 3/5/2018

UMCA Mar. 5 From hair to wood to hair again: witness an ancient African hairstyle from a sculpture in the exhibition “Five Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings by Fred Wilson,” re-created by the hands of stylist Kamala Bhagat on the head of artist Sonya Clark. Clark’s work often features hair and combs to speak meaningfully about cultural heritage, gender, beauty standards, race, and identity.


 

An evening of Music, Dance, and Storytelling for  5 Takes on African Art / 42 Flags by Fred Wilson
An evening of Music, Dance, and Storytelling for 5 Takes on African Art / 42 Flags by Fred Wilson 4/19/2018

Apr 19 5:30–8:00 P.M. An evening of Music, Dance, and Storytelling to celebrate  5 Takes on African Art / 42 Flags by Fred Wilson
Featuring performances by Tony Vacca, Onawumi Jean Moss, Kymberly Newberry, and UMass Dancers


Amherst Arts Night Plus

Amherst Arts Night Plus – open ‘til 8 p.m. / Tour by Exhibition Curators
Amherst Arts Night Plus – open ‘til 8 p.m. / Tour by Exhibition Curators 4/5/2018

Amherst Arts Night Plus -- Museum open until 8:00 p.m. Tour of Color in Containment exhibition by co-curators at 6:00 p.m.


Color in Containment

Color in Containment Curators' Tour
Color in Containment Curators' Tour 1/5/2018

Thursday, April 5, 6:00 p.m., UMCA
Open to the Public.


 

Color in Containment Symposium
Color in Containment Symposium 4/4/2018

Wednesday, April 4, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Integrative Learning Centre, ILC S140 
 


Michael Zide

Reception and Talk by artists Elizabeth Caine and Michael Zide
Reception and Talk by artists Elizabeth Caine and Michael Zide 2/23/2018

Feb. 23 UMass Five College Credit Union branch, 200 Westgate Drive, Hadley


Amazing Race

The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race 4/6/2018

Friday, April 6, UMCA Open to 11pm


Caitlin Cherry: Monster Energy

Caitlin Cherry: Artist Reception and Talk
Caitlin Cherry: Artist Reception and Talk 3/29/2017

Wed, March 29, 5-7 p.m.


Cobra: Contemporary Legacy

The Legacy of Cobra, International Symposium
The Legacy of Cobra, International Symposium 9/16/2016

Sep 16 9 am - 5pm The Legacy of Cobra is a one-day symposium presenting new perspectives on the history and legacy of postwar European art, the Cobra movement (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam, 1948–1951), and its impact on later art from the Situationist International (1957–72) to today.


 

Tour of the Exhibitions: Human Animals- The Art of Cobra and Cobra-Contemporary Legacy
Tour of the Exhibitions: Human Animals- The Art of Cobra and Cobra-Contemporary Legacy 10/6/2016

Oct 6 6-7pm, Cobra scholar and curator of the exhibition Karen Kurczynski, UMass Professor of Art History, will talk about Cobra and its Legacy. In conjunction with the Amherst Arts Night Plus.


 

CRVPT Performance: The Extronauts
CRVPT Performance: The Extronauts 10/14/2016

Oct 14 7:30 pm, The Connecticut River Valley Poets and Theater (CRVPT) Group will perform a wordless poem inspired by the exhibition Human Animals: The Art of Cobra ….and Its Legacy


 

Tour of Exhibitions: Human Animals- The Art of Cobra and Cobra-Contemporary Legacy & Poetry Reading
Tour of Exhibitions: Human Animals- The Art of Cobra and Cobra-Contemporary Legacy & Poetry Reading 11/3/2016

Nov 3 7pm, Cobra scholar and curator of the exhibition Karen Kurczynski, UMass Professor of Art History, will talk about Cobra and its Legacy. Cobra Poetry performance in the historical ‘cage’ environment. In conjunction with the Amherst Arts Night Plus.


Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power

Emancipating the Past:  Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power
Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power 2/1/2017

Feb 2 - Apr 30, 2017 Kara Walker has become one of the most widely-known and controversial artists working today. Exploring the painful history of American race relations through large-scale silhouette installations, Walker’s work transforms historical materials, literary sources and popular culture, challenging us to access buried emotions about our nation’s past. In her hands, the medium of silhouette becomes a tool for examining the traumatic legacy of slavery.


 

Docent Tours
Emancipating the Past: Docent Tours

Docent tours Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., throughout the exhibition.


 

Twenty-third Annual Du Bois Lecture
Twenty-third Annual Du Bois Lecture 2/22/2017

"Viewing the Past Through the Eyes of the Present: A Dialogue around the Work of Kara Walker.” With Barbara Krauthamer (History, Associate Dean of Graduate School), UMass; Traci Parker (Afro-American Studies, UMass); and Elizabeth Pryor (History, Smith College). Co-sponsored by the UMass W.E.B. Du Bois Center. Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, Room 160.


 

The Forgotten History: Slaves in New England
The Forgotten History: Slaves in New England 3/1/2017

Panel Discussion led by Gretchen Gerzina (Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College). Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, Room 160.


 

Public Tour of the Kara Walker Exhibition
Public Tour of the Kara Walker Exhibition 3/2/2017

Tour in collaboration with Amherst Arts Night Plus. UMCA open until 8 p.m.


 

Black Aesthetics Symposium
Black Aesthetics Symposium 3/31/2017

Mar 31 Black Aesthetics Symposium, organized by Hampshire College Philosophy Prof. Monique Roelofs. This symposium explores the transdisciplinary, aesthetic and social-political issues raised in a number of important recent texts on Black aesthetics reflecting a variety of disciplines — African-American studies, comparative literature, philosophy, cultural studies, etc. — and a range of art mediums—poetry, music, visual arts, architecture, and popular culture.


 

Black Aesthetics Symposium
Black Aesthetics Symposium 4/1/2017

Black Aesthetics Symposium, organized by Hampshire College Philosophy Prof. Monique Roelofs. This symposium explores the transdisciplinary, aesthetic and social-political issues raised in a number of important recent texts on Black aesthetics reflecting a variety of disciplines — African-American studies, comparative literature, philosophy, cultural studies, etc. — and a range of art mediums—poetry, music, visual arts, architecture, and popular culture.


 

Redrawing Identity
Redrawing Identity 4/3/2017

4/3, 4-5:30PM Panel Discussion moderated by Karen Kurczynski (Art History, UMass). This panel will discuss drawing’s unique potential as manifested in Kara Walker’s work, as well as that of other contemporary artists who use drawing to reframe social identity as it intersects directly with politics. With Kalia Brooks, (Art, NYU); Christine Ho (Art History, UMass); Daniel Kojo-Schrade (Art, Hampshire College); and Nico Vicario (Art History, Amherst College). Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, Room 160.


 

Public Tour of the Kara Walker Exhibition
Public Tour of the Kara Walker Exhibition 4/6/2017

Apr 6 Tour in collaboration with Amherst Arts Night Plus. UMCA open until 8 p.m.


 

Daughters of the Dust
Daughters of the Dust 4/12/2017

Film Screening in collaboration with the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. This is a new release of the 1991 independent film written, directed, and produced by Julie Dash. Daughters was the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the U.S. The film will be introduced by Yemisi Jimoh, Professor of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst. Isenberg School of Management, Flavin Auditorium, Rm 137.


 

She Speaks/They Speak: Narratives of Oppression and Triumph, Celebrating voices of Women of Color
She Speaks/They Speak: Narratives of Oppression and Triumph, Celebrating voices of Women of Color 4/28/2017

7:30 PM - SPOKEN WORD Presented by the University Museum of Contemporary Art and the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women & Community. We invite women of color to celebrate their diverse and dynamic narratives through storytelling. Performances by self-identified women and non-binary/queer people of color. Rand Theater, UMass Fine Arts Center


Du Bois in Our Time

Du Bois in Our Time Symposium
Du Bois in Our Time Symposium 9/28/2013

Du Bois in Our Time Symposium


 

Du Bois and Art in Our Time
Du Bois and Art in Our Time 9/29/2013

Du Bois and Art in Our Time


 

Ethics of Beauty: Du Bois and the Importance of Photography
Ethics of Beauty: Du Bois and the Importance of Photography 10/8/2013

Ethics of Beauty: Du Bois and the Importance of Photography


 

The Suppression of Sound
The Suppression of Sound 10/15/2013

The Suppression of Sound


 

Bus Trip: Guided Tour of the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite
Bus Trip: Guided Tour of the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite 10/19/2013

Bus Trip: Guided Tour of the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite


 

Du Bois: The Early Social Practitioner
Du Bois: The Early Social Practitioner 11/4/2013

Du Bois: The Early Social Practitioner


 

Color Lines of Education
Color Lines of Education 11/13/2013

Color Lines of Education


 

Open Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes 11/16/2013

Open Your Eyes


 

Voices of Protest
Voices of Protest 11/20/2013

Voices of Protest


Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Annunciation

Screening: The Annunciation
Screening: The Annunciation 4/18/2012

Screening: The Annunciation


Kimsooja

In Conversation:  Kimsooja
In Conversation: Kimsooja 9/21/2011

In Conversation: Kimsooja


The Instant of Combustion

Book Launch - Signing and Reading with Peggy and Murray Schwartz
Book Launch - Signing and Reading with Peggy and Murray Schwartz 9/9/2011

Book Launch - Signing and Reading with Peggy and Murray Schwartz


 

Lecture by Camille Brown
Lecture by Camille Brown 10/5/2011

Lecture by Camille Brown


Pressing Matters

Pressing Matters, Benefit party for the University Museum of Contemporary Art
Pressing Matters, Benefit party for the University Museum of Contemporary Art 3/30/2012

Pressing Matters, Benefit party for the University Museum of Contemporary Art


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