Art Department Events

Most departmental events take place in the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather Hall) or Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather). Check this calendar often for updates—events are added and edited frequently. For additional arts events on campus, see what’s happening at the Mead.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Ongoing Events

Untitled, ripped and damaged black-and-white photo from the series "Love Notes," showing shrubbery in a field by the side of a road, under a cloudy sky

“Do Things to Images”: An Exhibition by Odette England

Do Things to Images presents for the first time a selection of photographs from 2014 to 2019 by the artist Odette England. It includes images from her newest series Love Notes.

England’s parents’ former dairy farm, and the archive of snapshots her family made there, serve as raw material for England’s practice. Many of her photographs are unique pieces. By mixing preciousness with low-fi, unrepeatable processes, England highlights the infidelity of memory.

This exhibition includes prints from negatives that England buried and then dug up, and hand-torn paper prints. It features pages ripped from family photo albums, and vintage snapshots that have been hole-punched, among other works. Her need to cut, crop, sand, fold and otherwise manipulate photographs is in contrast to the French meaning of her name, Odette, “Lover of Home.”

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.

Arts & Activism: A Conversation Between Photographer Jess Dugan and Curator Mary Stazer

November 2, 2020

The Department of Art and the History of Art and the Program in Film and Media Studies hosted a conversation between photographer Jess Dugan and curator Mary Statzer. Dugan and Statzer that ranged from whether art can help during difficult times, the artistic process, and the collaboration between artist and curator.

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Kellie Jones '81 and a group of students

With Kellie Jones ’81

In a recent talk on campus, MacArthur Fellow Kellie Jones ’81 connected her Amherst experience to her career as an art historian and curator, offering some advice to current students along the way.

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 Curated By Thieves

In an interview with Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art Niko Vicario, artist Kota Ezawa talks about how an FBI database sparked his interest in the still unsolved Gardner Museum art heist of 1990 and led him to recreate 13 lost artworks. (Read more)

Women, Art and Wikipedia

Students in Professor Nicola Courtright’s course “Women and Art in Early Modern Europe” joined an international initiative to bridge the gap between academia and Wikipedia, highlighting women in the arts along the way. (Read more)