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Arts, Exhibits, and Events

The Art and Exhibits Committee coordinates exhibits and events for the UMass Amherst Libraries. Our primary exhibit spaces are featured on the Main floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and in the lobby of the Science and Engineering Library.

Current Exhibits

W.E.B. DU BOIS LIBRARY (Lower Level)

“2nd Wave in the Valley: Reflections of the Valley Women's History Collaborative Collections"

Now through August 30th, 2011 -- Opening Reception June 10th, 2011, NOON-2 p.m.

The UMass Amherst Libraries will host an exhibit of papers, photographs and objects, “2nd Wave in the Valley: Reflections of the Valley Women's History Collaborative Collections” through August 30th, 2011, on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library, at UMass Amherst. A reception will be held on Friday, June 10th, 2011, from NOON to 2:00 p.m. in the same location.

 

This exhibit is focused toward the upcoming Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, to be held at UMass Amherst from June 9th through June 12, 2011. 

The Valley Women's History Collective (VWHC) was formed in 1998 by UMass History professor Joyce Berkman, Hampshire College professor Susan Tracy and community activist Kaymarion Raymond to document and preserve progressive women’s activism in the Pioneer Valley. This collection contains organizational papers for a variety of groups, including the records of the Mary Vazquez Softball League, a league formed in 1976 that was at the center of progressive lesbian and feminist work. 

Listen to the Exhibit PSA (mp3)

For more information, contact Anne Moore, amoore@library.umass.edu or Sarah Hutton, shutton@library.umass.edu. The exhibit can be viewed all hours the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is open. For hours, visit http://www.library.umass.edu/hours.html.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING LIBRARY (Lederle Lowrise)


“Chrome Dreams" by Les Campbell

Now through August 30th, 2011 -- Opening Reception January 26, 2011, 4-6pm

The UMass Amherst Libraries will host an exhibit of photographs by Gloria Kegeles, “Chrome Dreams,” through May 13, 2011, in the Science and Engineering Library, Floor 2, Lederle Lowrise, at UMass Amherst. A reception will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the same location.

“Chrome Dreams” blends Automotive Fine Art (the details created by car designers) and the beauty of chrome and shiny images produced through a lens of a photographer with an artist's eye.

Gloria Kegeles’ automotive photo art evolved from her great love of the unique cars of her childhood. “My dad's ‘family van’ was a black 1951 Desoto limousine!” she says. “I start with the vehicle as a full canvas and search through the lens for the parts and angles of the canvas that catch my mind’s eye. The transition from three to two dimensions, of subjects already distorted by curved surfaces and multiplied by reflection, often produces unpredictable results, thus recapturing an altered dimension — the stuff of photographic magic.”

For more information, contact Peter Stern, pstern@library.umass.edu, (413) 545-3967, or visit: http://www.chromephotos.com/. The exhibit can be viewed all hours the Science and Engineering Library is open. For hours, call (413) 545-1370 or visit http://www.library.umass.edu/hours.html.

 


Upcoming Exhibits

DU BOIS LIBRARY (Lower Level)

TBA

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING LIBRARY (Lederle Lowrise)

TBA


About the Exhibits:

Reflecting the Library's role as a center for learning, exhibits highlight not only the Library's collections and the interests and activities of the UMass Amherst community, but also programs and events from around western Massachusetts. Have an idea for an exhibit? Complete and submit our Exhibit Proposal Form.

Committee Members:
Madeleine Charney, Chair (on sabbatical until August 2011)
Sarah Hutton
Jim Kelly
Sue Lychwala
Anne Moore
Peter Stern
Barbara Stewart


 

 

Last Edited: 3 June 2011