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Exhibition-Related in March 2019

Plastic Pollution: Art to Action

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Weinstein Auditorium | Wright Hall
  • 5–6:30 PM
  • Dianna Cohen is a visual artist and the co-founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global coalition to address the pervasive problem of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment. She was inspired to co-found PPC by her work as an artist – her chosen material is the ubiquitous plastic bag combined with thread. Dianna will speak on the connection between her medium which she uses to make 2D and 3D artwork, sculptures, and installations – and inspiring conversation and action around the issue of plastic pollution, alternatives, and solutions. At a time when sustainability is an international concern, Cohen asks us to rethink our relationship with plastic and consider the material as a valued resource instead of waste.

    Presented in collaboration with with the Office of Student Engagement. 

March 8 Free Second Friday

  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 4–8 PM
  • 4–7 PM Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Hot Button Issue: Is there a cause that really gets you going? Make a pin to promote your point of view.

    6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month.

    Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments. 

Installation: The Bagshare Project—Creative Reuse in Action

  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Nolen Art Lounge | Smith College Campus Center
  • From March 08–April 08 2018. 

    BagShare Project volunteers transform locally sourced surplus materials into reusable bags. Leni Fried, local artist and printmaker, founded The Bagshare Project in 2007 in Cummington, MA. Since then over 30,000 reusable bags have been made by volunteers and shared in stores and food pantries. This installation tells the story of the project and its environmental impact---and invites you to take action!

    Presented in conjunction with Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. 

Neo-traditionalism and the Eco-ethics of the African Feminist: Artist + Scholar in Dialogue

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • TBD
  • 5–6:30 PM
  • Nigerian artist Ifeoma U. Anyaeji is featured in the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. She will discuss her neo-traditional "Plasto-yarning" technique in dialogue with Chelsea Mikael Frazier, a cultural studies scholar working at the intersection of Black feminist theory and environmental thought. Moderated by Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art.

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