[Msa-discuss] Bloomsbury Artists exhibition at Smith College

Brenda Helt helt0010 at umn.edu
Tue Apr 6 11:16:17 EDT 2010

MSA members emerging from a particularly grueling New England winter (and
those traveling up the I-91 to Montreal for NEMLA) might be interested in
the following:

The exhibition A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American
Collections is now at Smith College
(http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/programs/index.php).  There are several
lectures this week and next by Bloomsbury scholars and Woolf scholars, as
well as programs associated with the exhibition while it's at Smith (through
June 15).  Complete program information (pasted from the SCMA web page)

A Room of Their Own exemplifies the breadth and strength of the complex
artistic output of the visual artists associated with the Bloomsbury Group,
focusing particularly on the work of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry,
and Dora Carrington. The exhibition features over 100 works =97prints,
paintings, watercolors, drawings, books from the Hogarth Press, and
decorative works from the Omega Workshop (1910-1950s)=97drawn from public a=
private collections in the U.S. The exhibition and its catalogue were
organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY, in conjunction with the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University,
NC. Presentation of the exhibition at SCMA was made possible by the Museum
of Art Program Fund.

Lecture: "Roger Fry: Art and Life in Bloomsbury"
Thursday, April 8, 2010
On Campus - Seelye Hall 106, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Christopher Reed, associate professor of English and visual culture at
Pennsylvania State University, examines Bloomsbury artist, designer, and
critic Roger Fry's influential ideas on aesthetics and beliefs about life.
Sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art in honor of the exhibition A
Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections.

Opening celebration for Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group: A Pen and a
Press of Their Own
Thursday, April 8, 2010
On Campus - Neilson Library Browsing Room, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nancy E. Green, Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of Prints, Drawings, and
Photographs at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University will
present "Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and the Origins of Bloomsbury."
Professor Michele Wick will present "Virginia Woolf, Creativity, and
Emotional Well-being." Reception to follow in the Book Arts Gallery, level
3, Neilson Library. Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room; this
exhibition will be on view through July 2010.

SCMA Second Fridays Fun! (ages 4+ with adult)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Museum of Art, Atrium, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Second Friday Fun! (ages 4+ with adult) See the decorative arts objects in
the Bloomsbury exhibition, and turn everyday objects (paper plates) into
beautiful works of art by adding your own personal touch.

Lecture on the Bloomsbury Group by Frances Spalding
Friday, April 9, 2010
On Campus, Stoddard Auditorium, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Frances Spalding will talk about what Bloomsbury gained from Cambridge
(England) and what, in turn, it gave back to this ancient university. She
will also ask why, in the twenty-first century, Bloomsbury continues to
excite admiration as well as irritation among its critics. Frances Spalding
is both an art historian and the biographer of Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and
Duncan Grant. Her book, 'The Bloomsbury Group', published by London's
National Portrait Gallery in their 'Insights' series, offers a useful
introduction to this subject. She is currently Professor of Art History at
Newcastle University and wills be giving the annual Seymour lecture on
biography at the National Library of Australia in Canberra later this year.

Lecture: "Writing and Painting in Bloomsbury"
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
On Campus - Neilson Library Browsing Room, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, English,
and French at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, will
present "Writing and Painting in Bloomsbury." Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Museum of Art, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
MUSEUM TALK A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American
With Cornelia Pearsall, professor, department of English and Karen Kukil,
associate curator of special collections, William Allan Neilson Library
Space limited. Registration and information:
Fee: Members: $5 / Student Members: $5

Hope to see some of you there!

Brenda Helt

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