Event Calendar

November 2020

Mon, Nov 2, 2020

Jess T. Dugan and Mary Statzer

Art and Activism: A Conversation with Photographer Jess T. Dugan and Curator Mary Statzer

The Department of Art and the History of Art and the Program in Film and Media Studies is excited to present a conversation between artist Jess Dugan and curator Mary Statzer.

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 35 museums throughout the United States. Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. They are represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

Mary Statzer is the curator of prints and photographs at University of New Mexico Art Museum (UNMAM), where she oversees a collection of more than 10,000 photographs. Statzer brought the exhibition To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults to UNMAM, and organized Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs and Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration. In 2019, she and her colleagues launched UNMAM’s Acquisitions Fund for Diversity and Equity. Statzer holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in the history and theory of art from University of Arizona. She has published articles in Aperture magazine and edited a multi-author book titled The Photographic Object 1970, released in 2016. She has participated in photography portfolio reviews across the United States.

Please register in advance. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Lecture Fund.

Registration Required

Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Photo of the artist, Jes Fan, with one of his sculptures

Artist Talk with Jes Fan

The Mead Art Museum is partnering with the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Queer Resource Center to host a virtual artist talk and a virtual lunch with contemporary artist Jes Fan. Jes Fan was born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. Speculating on the intersection of biology and identity, his trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness as it relates to the materiality of the gendered body.

Working primarily in expanded sculpture, Fan often incorporates organic materials, such as soybeans and depo-testosterone, into larger assemblages fashioned of welded steel, poured resin and hand-blown glass. Previous projects have focused on the bio-politics of transgender identity and the slippery nature of embodiment in an era where HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and less extreme body-modification tactics such as bodybuilding are easily accessible, allowing the subject to mold their external body to match their internal state. Fan's recent research has explored the complex and porous systems formed between biological agents (including those existing in our own body) and the surrounding environment, seeking to queer the traditional hierarchy between organic and inorganic matter. He is currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

All are invited to attend this virtual artist talk, facilitated by Niko Vicario, assistant professor of art and the history of art. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Free and open to all!

This program will take place via Zoom. Please use the link below to register, and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

Registration Required

Thu, Nov 12, 2020

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Virtual Bonfire with the Arts at Amherst Initiative

6:00 pm Virtual

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative at our Virtual Bonfire for a conversation about how we are working to stay centered during these unprecedented times. The event will begin with members of the Steering Committee sharing personal anecdotes about the art that is helping ground them in the present moment.

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Sat, Nov 14, 2020

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Study + Make Art at the Mead

Attention on-campus students!

Stop by the Mead to study or destress from studying with artmaking. We'll have clipboards, coloring sheets, pencils, and crayons in the museum for you to use to get creative. We'll also have temporary tattoos and postcards for you to take with you when you go.

The Mead is open until 9:30 pm on school nights, so be sure to stop by before the semester ends!

Please Note:
The Mead is only open for on-campus students, faculty, and staff at this time.

Please remember to wear your Amherst College ID in order to enter the museum. All visitors are required to wear masks and keep six feet apart from others inside the museum. The Mead has a limited capacity to ensure physical distancing. We cannot permit guests or visitors who do not have an Amherst College ID to enter the Mead at this time.

We hope to welcome our friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors back to the Mead after the COVID-19 crisis.

Students Only

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

AC Jazz Virtual Concerts

The Jazz Performance Program at Amherst College presents an evening of performances featuring two Jazz Combos and the Jazz Ensemble performing a wide spectrum of jazz styles.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with Jazz Combo Hale-Bopp and continues at 7:30 p.m. with Jazz Combo Hyakutake. At 9 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble concludes the evening’s performances.

These three performances will be livestreamed from the stage in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, on the Amherst College campus. This will be the final in-person jazz performance of the fall semester.

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

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Performance Project

Theater and Dance presents Performance Project, a showcase of original student work.

Christianna Mariano ’21’s Endogenous is a video exploration into the idea of cell determination – the moment a cell decides what it will specialize in. She invites you to explore this idea and what it might mean to you through images and sounds from her grandmother's garden. Lighting and imagery for videos were created in collaboration with Helen Feibes '23, Gabriella Moore '23 and Hee Won Youn '23.

Maya Mizrahi ‘21’s Monochrome reflects on teacher and mentor Ilya Gaft and his experience as a principal ballet dancer in the Soviet Union. Ilya graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic Academy under the direction of Alexander Pushkin and Agrippina Vaganova. He went on to become a principal dancer, primarily performing in the Mikhailovsky Theater (formerly the Maly Opera Theater). Gaft's philosophy and artistry has been one of Maya’s biggest influences as a dancer, artist and person. Videography and visual effects editing is by Amalia Roy '21, and sound design is by MacKenzie Kugel.

Psych '93, by Daniel Rendon ’21, asks: Where is the line that separates the sane from the insane? Is this a solid line? Does it even exist? Welcome to the exploration of the uncomfortable. Lighting is by Henry Bassett '23 and Emma Daitz '23.

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

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"Come Sit By Me"

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Come Sit By Me, a dance work created and performed by students in "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" with Jenna Riegel.

In the absence of human touch and close physical contact, where do we turn for reassurance, for comfort or to fulfill our primary desire to be caressed and held? How can we feel connected even as we remain 6 feet apart? What resources are available to us to reboot our sense of well-being? What inspires us to move amidst so much stagnation?

Assistant Professor Jenna Riegel and the students of the "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" course find solace and rejuvenation in nature and in dance in their site-specific work Come Sit By Me. Please join us on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. for a Zoom watch party of the performance! Please register in advance through the button below for the Zoom link.

Registration Required

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Photograph of a man with a bare chest reclining on a bed, draped in a green blanket.

Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

The Mead Art Museum is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos about the ongoing HIV and AIDS crisis, from artists around the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain) and Charan Singh (India/UK).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.

As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race and gender.

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. EST as part of a special online event, followed by a panel discussion with the commissioned artists.

Beginning Dec. 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based nonprofit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visit visualaids.org.

Registration Required