Event Calendar

Friday, February 21, 2020

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Photo of the wood paneled Rotherwas Room, depicts Chris Myers' boat and quilted depictions of The Tempest.

Art and Reading with Christopher Myers

Enjoy a children’s storybook reading and signing with author and artist Christopher Myers. Books will be available for purchase. After story time, stay for free activities inspired by Myers’s latest exhibition, Rotherwas Project 5: The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language. Choose from sonnet writing, quilting, mapping and more!

Refreshments will be served.

Activities are designed for children ages 6–11, but all are welcome to attend. This program is presented in partnership with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Common and the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center.

Free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo at (413) 542-5651.

Life Stories Lunch with Sheila Jaswal, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Internship Application Drop-In Clinic

Come to the Loeb Center and work on your internship applications! Show us your cover letters in progress, get feedback and advice, or just come for some dedicated time and space to make progress. There are also two other drop-in clinics on February 7 and February 21. Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.

Internship Application Drop-In Clinic

Come to the Loeb Center and work on your internship applications! Show us your cover letters in progress, get feedback and advice, or just come for some dedicated time and space to make progress. There are also two other drop-in clinics on February 14 and March 13. Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.

Headshot of Sherrie Tucker

"Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument": A Talk by Professor Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas)

The music department presents a special talk by jazz historian and professor of American studies Sherrie Tucker. All are invited.

Professor Tucker’s talk focuses on the work of composer, musician and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), who is renowned for her innovations in composition, sound technology, research, philosophy and practices of listening, as well as feminist and environmental humanitarian projects. Less known is her work on all-ability improvisation through the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a free download/app that transforms any laptop, desktop, iPad or iPhone into a musical instrument that uses motion tracking to adapt to every body. Oliveros considered the AUMI a continuation of, not a departure from, her life’s work, listing it as her major research project with her department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in her final years. From 2007 until her passing, she spoke of the AUMI as interconnected with her other projects and collaborations intended to expand our abilities to listen, and thus to expand consciousness—such as the Sonic Meditations, Expanded Instrument System and Deep Listening® practice. 

In this lecture/demonstration, jazz studies scholar Sherrie Tucker shares what she has learned as a member of the ongoing collaborative AUMI Research Project, including how it challenged her exclusive relationship with jazz as an object of study, and pivoted her jazz studies questions and methods toward explorations of inclusive mixed-ability listening, sounding and sociality. Participants are invited to bring laptops, iPads or iPhones (sorry, Android users), if they wish. Those who want to try the AUMI in advance may download it free of charge at http://aumiapp.com/download.php.

Sherrie Tucker (professor, American studies, University of Kansas) is the author of Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (Duke, 2014) and Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (Duke, 2000) and co-editor, with Nichole T. Rustin, of Big Ears:  Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (Duke, 2008). She is a member of the AUMI Editorial Collective, whose collaborative volume, Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) is currently under review at University of Michigan Press. She is a member of two major collaborative research initiatives: the International Institute of Critical Improvisation Studies and Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (for which she served as facilitator for the Improvisation, Gender and the Body research area), both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a founding member of the Melba Liston Research Collective, a member of the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) Project and founding member of AUMI-KU InterArts, one of six member institutions of the AUMI Research Consortium. She was the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in 2004-2005, where she was a member of the Columbia Jazz Study Group. With Randal M. Jelks, she co-edits the journal American Studies. She serves with Deborah Wong and Jeremy Wallach as series editors for the Music/Culture Series at Wesleyan University Press. She is the proud holder of a Deep Listening® Ear-tificate.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson (jrobinson@amherst.edu).

Painting of a young black woman holding and sitting behind colorful flowers

“Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today”—A Talk by Denise Murrell

4:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Denise Murrell is the curator behind the highly praised exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today that opened last year at the Museé d’Orsay in Paris. Murrell’s new analyses and rigorous research into social and art histories resulted in the writing of significant biographies for previously unknown Black models and muses, and the suggestion of new titles for paintings by Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso and others where those depicted had previously been reduced to words like “negro” or “mulatto.” Beyond the focus on 19th- and 20th-century art, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue have created entirely new paradigms for research and teaching, and have transformed perspectives in the history of art.

Murrell was recently appointed to the post of associate curator of 19th- and 20th-century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a newly created position that will involve her working closely with both the museum’s modern and contemporary department and its European painting department. The first new appointment by the Met director Max Hollein signals that new perspectives are being pursued at the museum, moving beyond the Western lens. “Max and his team want to proactively move toward a more inclusive presentation of art history across all periods,” Murrell told The New York Times (November 20, 2019).

Murrell’s lecture is sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series and the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College. Following her Friday lecture, Murrell will be leading a faculty seminar and a workshop with students at the Smith College Museum of Art. Murrell’s visit is being organized by Karen Koehler, visiting faculty in art and the history of art at Amherst and professor in architectural and art history at Hampshire College, and Darcy Buerkle, associate professor of history and affiliate in the study of women and gender at Smith College.

Image: Frédéric Bazille, Young Woman with Peonies
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Eileen Travell

Event poster featuring colorful construction-paper cutouts that look like filmstrips

2020 Five College Film & Video Festival

Join us to watch 26 short films from Five College students. Celebrate diverse works of animation, documentaries, experimentals and narratives. A small award ceremony will be held at the end, with a special audience award.

Free snack is included!

Founded in 1994, the Five College Student Film & Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. The festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate and share their productions with their peers and with the Five College film community.
Students from each of the Five Colleges organize the festival with the assistance of a student director from the host college and a faculty advisor. The festival, which is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, is held each year during the spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and faculty members from each campus. Selected works are shown at the festival, and awards are given.

"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

Film Showing: "Queen & Slim"

There will be a discussion following Friday’s showing.

There will be food!

Synopsis: A young couple’s first date hits a snag when they inadvertently kill a police officer who pulled them over for a traffic infraction. However, as the truth of their story comes out, the country finds itself divided on the matter of the couple’s fate.