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Smith College Museum of Art, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment

October 4 - October 25

Tours, talks, and films in conjunction with the special exhibition “Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment.”

Gallery Talk: Women, War, and Revolution

Join Jennifer Heuer, Associate Professor of History at University of Massachusetts Amherst as she explores the portrayal of women as symbols in war and revolution in conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. 

Professor Heuer is the author of The Family and the Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Museum of Art

12: 15 PM | Free with admission

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To Let Grass Grow Over a Matter: Artist Talk with Inas Halabi

Artist Inas Halabi will lecture in conjunction with the exhibition of her work, Letters to Fritz and Paul (2016-8), at the Smith College Museum of Art.

Co-sponsored by Smith College Museum of Art; The Sams Fund, Middle East Studies; the Lewis Global Studies Center; Film and Media Studies; and the Museums Concentration.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall

5:00 PM | Free

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Film: Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux Á La Reine) 2012

Directed by Benoît Jacquot. In French with English subtitles. 1:40 minutes – R. In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment.

Adapted from the best selling feminist novel by Chantal Thomas, the film re-imagines three days at the Palace of Versailles leading up to the French Revolution. The story is told through the eyes of Marie Antoinette’s (fictional) servant and personal reader, Sidonie Laborde. As Sidonie’s attachment to the Queen deepens, Marie Antoinette’s (non-fictional) friendship with Duchess Gabrielle de Polignac intensifies.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall

7:00 PM | Free

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Curator’s Tour: Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment

Join us as the organizing curator of the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment, Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Florida, provides a close-up look at the images and themes of the exhibition.

Dr. Hyde’s research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Museum of Art

12: 15 PM | Free with admission

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Lecture: Women Artists in the Age of the Enlightenment

In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment, Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Florida, explores how women artists reached unprecedented success in 18th-century France. The work of several of these women including Adelaide Labille-Guiard, Anne Vallayer-Coster and Marie-Anne Fragonard is on view in the exhibition.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall

5:00 PM | Free

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Film: Belle (2013)

In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment.

This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait of Lady Elizabeth Murray and her multiracial cousin Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804). Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray. Murray is credited with advancing the end of official slavery in Britain. The film imagines Belle’s early life in late 18th-century society.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall

7:00 PM | Free

Directed by Amma Asante. 1:44 minutes. Rated PG.

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Film: Ridicule (1996)

Directed by Patrice Leconte. In French with English subtitles. 1:03 minutes. Rated R.
Introduction by Hélène Visentin, Professor of French Studies, Smith College.
Set in 1783, the film follows a provincial engineer/aristocrat who heads to the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles to gain support for a local drainage project. The plot unfolds as he learns the manners of gaining favor and prestige through wit and patronage. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Ridicule was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall

7:00 PM | Free

Details

Start:
October 4
End:
October 25

Venue

Smith College Museum of Art
20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA 01063
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Phone:
(413) 584-2760
Website:
www.smith.edu/artmuseum