The Departments of Political Science and Anthropology at Amherst College, with additional funding from the Eastman Fund, Lamont Fund and Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, presents "Paint and Pestilence: Art During Pandemic Times."
This event is free and open to the public.
Via Zoom: Registration in advance is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Danielle Carrabino is curator of painting and sculpture at the Smith College Museum of Art. She is an Italian Renaissance and Baroque art scholar and educator who previously served as a member of the curatorial team at the Harvard Art Museums. The plague ravaged Europe from the 14th to the 18th centuries, but its cause was not identified until 1884. At a time when vaccines were still unimaginable, strict quarantines helped control the spread of the disease, at least until subsequent surges. People took matters into their own hands by resorting to prayer and charitable acts, believed to placate an irate God. This talk will focus on a few examples of art created in Italy during several bouts of the plague to demonstrate its impact on art as well as to illustrate how this disease was perceived at the time.
Michelle Vigeant has been drawing animals since she was a child. She holds a degree in biology to further her understanding about how critters work. Spending years studying their bones, tracks and more gives her a very intimate perspective on their habits, anatomy and placement within the world. Vigeant's illustration style is inspired by American comic book line work as well as color from illustrators such as James Gurney of the Dinotopia books. She has illustrated the cover of the book The Whispering Basket, done a number of shows in the Western Massachusetts area, and can often be found at fandom conventions throughout the Eastern Coast of the U.S. She has also live-painted for the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York. She will speak on how the pandemic impacted her life as a modern working artist, changing workflow, venues and style, especially as a mom, and how public art can offer connection and resiliency.
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Please join us for a reading by multi-genre writer Kazim Ali, and a conversation between Ali and Amherst College Visiting Writer Thirii Myint. Ali’s books include several volumes of poetry, novels, essays and translations. He is currently a professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books include a collection of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water.
“Much of what the poet has presented to us is painful, yes, but it is also beautiful in how it uses voice as a symbol for continued imagination. Altogether, The Voice of Sheila Chandra is both an excavation and compilation of our survival.” – NPR