Event Calendar

March 2021

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

"Black Art Matters" in bold white font with black background

Black Art Matters Festival

In partnership with the Black Student Union, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center and Arts at Amherst Initiative, the Mead Art Museum is proud to support the fourth installment of the Black Art Matters Festival. In 2017, Zoe Akoto '21 noticed a lack of art by Black students on campus and started the Black Art Matters Festival as an affirmation and celebration of Black student artists and creators in the Five Colleges. This year, the festival will take place online via Zoom and feature performances and visual art by Black students at Amherst College.

This program is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please use the link below to register for access to the Zoom link.

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo by email at damodeo13(at)amherst.edu or by phone at (413) 542-5651.

Registration Required

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Dan Bernitt: A Performance and Conversation

7:00 pm Virtual

Please join us for award-winning playwright Dan Bernitt’s Phi Alpha Gamma and a conversation with poet and Amherst College professor Shayla Lawson. The play, which Bernitt will be streaming from an immersive home theater space complete with lighting and sound, explores masculinity, homophobia and men’s relationships in a college fraternity.

Using the structure of a Greek tragedy, the performance weaves together the voices of four fraternity brothers as they grapple with the remnants of a hate crime and their own fears. Pioneer Press calls it a “MUST-SEE SHOW ... Bernitt's savvy script offers few easy answers and plenty of twists that toy with the audience's sympathies.”

Registration Required

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

A red poster shows an image of a man with crutches kneeling on the ground in front of a studio mirror, teaching students. Photo is by Philip Channells. Text reads: Translation Workshop with Bill Shannon, Friday March 12, 2021, 12:20-1:45 pm EST. Hosted by Five College Dance with Support from UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center. Visit www.fivecolleges.edu/dance to register

Five College Dance Translations Workshop with Bill Shannon

Hosted by Five College Dance with support from UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center, this workshop will be a fully remote experience hosted in Shakia Barron's Intermediate Hip-Hop/House class at UMASS Amherst. There are 24 spots available - first come first serve! This workshop is for experienced dancers and physical performers but you do not have to have current or prior course enrollment with Five College Dance. If your spot is reserved you will receive an email in advance with a Zoom link; if you are not one of the first 24 participants to enroll, you will not receive notification.

All workshop participants will receive limited time and exclusive access to watch CRUTCH, a documentary about Bill Shannon's career, and will be expected to watch in advance of this workshop.

Workshop Description:
In this workshop, Bill Shannon will teach rhythm, holding patterns and body positions invented over his life of dance and play on crutches. Workshop participants will be mentally and physically challenged to improvise ways of recreating his original movement patterns (The Shannon Technique) in real time without their own use of crutches (with the exception of physically disabled dancers who use crutches). This workshop offers able-bodied dancers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of establishing a physical translation process that recreates an existing dance technique that is not based in the assumptions or patterns of an able-body in relation to gravity. Participants will work mentally and creatively in a similar way that disabled dancers have historically worked  and engaged with the physical patterns of able bodied dance forms, by moving in ways that adopt the aesthetic from a different physicality than the one the originating form is based in.

***By signing up for this event, I agree to be photographed for potential use in FCD publicity and social media.***

Bill Shannon (1970) is an interdisciplinary artist, inventor and maker who explores body-centric work through video installation, sculpture, drawing, linguistics, sociology, choreography and dance. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography, a Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellowship in Performance Art, and a United States Artist Fellowship in Dance. He has received three NEA Multidisciplinary Arts Awards and worked as a choreographer on the creative team behind Cirque Du Soleil’s “Varekai.” His interdisciplinary works include a multi-year street performance and line art series titled “Regarding The Fall” and “Notes on Performance” respectively, a video installation series titled “Fragmentation Series” and five group works for dance theater focused on translating "street dance" to the stage. Shannon's most recent work involved putting together a team to design, code and fabricate a Wearable Video Mask. Currently Shannon resides in Pittsburgh, PA, working independently on a range of projects while taking care of his family and growing assorted vegetables. 

Students Only
Registration Required

Thu, Mar 18, 2021

"Creative Resilience workshop series with Chelvanaya Grabriel and Mars" in purple font. Background has purple, orange, and blue paint globs. Mead, QRC, and MRC logos in bottom right.

Creative Resilience Workshop #1 Essential Work: An Embodied Awareness of White Supremacy

The Mead is partnering with the Arts at Amherst Initiative, Multicultural Resource Center, and Queer Resource Center to present a Creative Resilience Workshop Series led by contemporary artists Chelvanaya Gabriel and Mars.

Self-care can be hard to prioritize, but it is also a form of essential labor that helps you center yourself in your daily life and work. Join us for a series of workshops led by local artists Mars and Chelvanaya Gabriel designed to teach creative resilience as a model for self-care. These workshops are designed to center BIPOC experiences of labor and self-care.

Workshop #1 Essential Work: An Embodied Awareness of White Supremacy
What is essential work? Essential work is self-care. For many, self-care is a luxury. In this workshop, we learn that it is a NECESSITY in abolishing white supremacy. We will co-create space for your inner voice and bring revelations to how that reflects in the outward reality of white supremacy and racism. It’s time to eradicate racism at the source. Naya and Mars guide you in creating a relationship with your voice and its true power.

This program is limited to 15 participants, but open to everyone. Registration is required.

Stay tuned for more information about the second workshop in this series!

Registration Required

Sat, Mar 20, 2021

Mingle at the Mead Saturday, March 20, 11:30 am - 3:00pm EST. Free and open to all. At the Mead Art Museum.

Mingle at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to pick up an art-care package ft. a paint-by-number kit from a painting in the Mead's Collection, postcards, coloring sheets and more! The museum will be open for exploring and to-go refreshments will be served.

To comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, we ask that folx pre-register as a common courtesy; all that is required is your name and Amherst email. Additionally, those that pre-register, reserve an art-care kit.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/sjMisEvJuMQDbMvB8

Registration Required

Thu, Mar 25, 2021

March Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series

Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series celebrates contemporary creativity that echoes Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. The series features established and emerging poets whose work and backgrounds represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary poetry scene. The 2021 series will be a virtual event, to ensure the health and safety of participants.

The March featured poets are Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Amy Dryansky and W. Todd Kaneko!

Registration Required

Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Juilliard String Quartet standing close together, smiling and holding their instruments

M@A: A Virtual Season Presents the Juilliard String Quartet

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ) continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each performance of the Juilliard String Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, Hunt
Dutilleux: "Ainsi la nuit"
Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Tue, Mar 30, 2021

Black and white photo of artist A.K. Burns. She has cropped hair and wears a button-down striped shirt.

A.K. Burns on Labor

Join us for a two-part lecture with A.K. Burns—artist, educator and founding member of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists in the Greater Economy)—followed by a Q&A moderated by Lisa Crossman, Mead curator of American art and art of the Americas.

In Part I, Burns will present a brief history of the connection between art and labor movements in the U.S. and share how this history set the stage for W.A.G.E. In 2008, Burns co-founded W.A.G.E., an artists’ advocacy group that has re-envisioned efforts of the Art Workers Coalition with a focus on resolving fiscal inequities between artists and institutions. W.A.G.E. acted primarily as an educational organization until 2012, when it transitioned into a 501c3 nonprofit and began actively advocating for artist rights. In the fall of 2014, W.A.G.E. launched their much-anticipated certification program and fee calculator.

In Part II, Burns will discuss labor as it pertains to Negative Space, a quasi-science fiction four-part video epic that explores the violence of boundary-making practices and agency as enacted through subjugated positions. Each video within Negative Space is nonlinear and allegorical, built around a physical system: power (the sun), the body, space (void/land) and water. Through a process of conjuring and deconstructing science fiction tropes, the videos work at the intersection of politics and fantasy. Negative Space raises questions about the allocation of resources, environmental fragility, marginalized bodies and their relationship to place.

This program is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art and is aimed at providing frameworks for thinking about a forthcoming exhibition about labor at the Mead Art Museum.

Free and open to all! Registration is required.

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo at damodeo13@amherst.edu or (413) 542-5651.

Registration Required