Print Appreciation: Up Close and Personal at Smith College Museum of Art

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Print Appreciation: Up Close and Personal at Smith College Museum of Art

March 13 @ 10:30 am - April 3 @ 12:00 pm


Session 1: Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 AM-12 PM

Session 2: Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 AM-12 PM

Session 3: Wednesday, March 27, 10:30 AM-12 PM

Session 4: Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 AM-12 PM

Come explore the beauty and complexity of prints from one of the finest collections in the country with our insightful, knowledgeable and passionate teaching artists!

The Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs houses Smith College Museum of Art’s collection of more than 23,000 original works of art on paper, dating from the 15th century to the present day. It’s an incredible resource right down the road from Zea Mays Printmaking.

This series will bring a group of art lovers to the Cunningham Center to view prints selected by different members of the Zea Mays Printmaking teaching faculty. Each week a different artist will select a group of prints that inspire and excite and lead a viewing/discussion of the works. The prints will range from historic to contemporary and are guaranteed to surprise and delight. Participants will be able to get close and personal with the unframed artwork – a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of an amazing works on paper collection.

No prior printmaking or art history experience needed – come with an open mind and enthusiasm for looking!

Session 1 (March 13):  The Human Condition with Lynn Peterfreund

Sold Out. Email to be placed on the waiting list.

What are the stories prints tell? Together, we’ll interpret the narratives expressed in a selection of prints that describe the human condition. We’ll discover how we find meaning in art through careful looking.

Session 2 (March 20):  Nature and Printmaking with Alison Williams

Through the centuries printmaking has been utilized to document, present, and represent nature. As an artist, landscape designer and life-long gardener, Alison will discuss how printmaking has been used as an artistic tool but also as a document to assist in scientific research and to document historical change.

Session 3 (March 27):  The Built Environment with Maya Malachowski Bajak

Come admire the exquisite detail found in etchings depicting both interior and exterior spaces. From the 18th century to the present, we’ll admire artist’s skilful use of techniques such as drypoint and aquatint to portray a wide range of takes on the built environment.

Session 4 (April 3): Psychedelic Posters of the 1960s with Jenny Gover

Experience the vibrating colors and undulating forms of the psychedelic poster movement! Drawing on influences from Art Nouveau to Op-Art, a group of artists from San Francisco turned conventional graphic design on its head and created entrancing posters for concerts and dance halls. Painstakingly drawn by hand and printed on an offset lithography press, we will examine these posters up close and learn about the color theory and art historical references that combined to create some of the most recognizable designs of the modern era.


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Print Appreciation: Session 1
The Human Condition with Lynn Peterfreund, March 13
$ 30.00
0 available
Sold Out
Print Appreciation: Session 2
Nature and Printmaking with Alison Williams, March 20
$ 30.00
4 available
Print Appreciation: Session 3
The Built Environment with Maya Malachowski Bajak, March 27
$ 30.00
13 available
Print Appreciation: Session 4
Psychedelic Posters of the 1960's with Jenny Gover, April 3
$ 30.00
15 available


March 13 @ 10:30 am
April 3 @ 12:00 pm
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