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Your guide to concerts, literary readings, artist visits, gallery talks and exhibition openings—plus “immersive” experiences involving Andy Warhol and Emily Dickinson—this month at Amherst.
Organized by Amherst College’s Emily Dickinson Museum and held Sept. 20–23, the sixth annual Amherst Poetry Festival brought together poetry lovers of all ages for a weekend of special events, including an evening of poetry in Bassett Planetarium, a master class with Amherst’s new Writer-in-Residence Shayla Lawson, and a marathon reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems.
Orra White Hitchcock made beautiful drawings that helped Amherst students learn geology. Two centuries later, that work is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
In her new story collection, reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80, acclaimed novelist Lauren Groff ’01 imagines “an Eden of dangerous things.”
The Emily Dickinson Museum was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant, along with a one-to-one match from Amherst College, will support a two-year project to complete improvements at The Evergreens—where Emily Dickinson’s brother and sister-in-law lived “a hedge away” from the poet for three decades, and where later heirs would keep many manuscripts of her then-unpublished work—by 2020.
Amherst College alum Brooke Kamin Rapaport ’84 will curate an installation by 77-year-old African-American sculptor Martin Puryear at the 58th Venice Biennale next spring.
Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum has acquired The American Library Collection (Activists), a large-scale installation piece by the Britain-born, Nigeria-raised artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. It will be on view at the Mead beginning October 30, 2018.
The Music at Amherst concert series welcomes a rich assortment of performers for its 2018-19 season, including one of the world’s premiere brass ensembles and a Latin Grammy-winning all female ensemble.
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