When Wellesley introduced art history in 1885, it distinguished itself as one of the only American colleges to offer this area of study, and the College has been dedicated to leadership in arts education ever since. The Art Department is home to majors in art history, studio art, and architecture, and intersects with programs in cinema and media studies as well as media arts and science. The department believes that the rigorous study of art and visual culture is critical to a liberal arts education and to the power of women to interpret, shape, and master their environments. To enrich the art experience at the College, the department hosts special exhibitions and welcomes guest lecturers and visiting artists to engage with the community.
Jan 20–Mar 6Some of Us Were Brave: Toisha Tucker
Toisha Tucker, the College’s 2018–19 Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellow, exhibits artwork made during their fellowship year. The sculptures and conceptual installations offer commentary on social and political issues in the U.S. today.Event Date:Monday, January 20, 2020 (All day) to Friday, March 6, 2020 (All day)
Mar 13–Apr 20
Mar 14, 8:30 AM–5 PMFrom Suffrage to Stonewall: The Visual and Material Culture of Social Justice
This symposium examines the visual and material culture of social justice movements in the U.S. Illustrated scholarly presentations will explore artistic expressions deployed to foster social, political, economic, and cultural change.Event Date:Saturday, March 14, 2020 -8:30am to 5:00pm
Mar 30, 5:30 PM
May 9–May 31