February 27, 2023



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Gallery Talk 


THU, March 2nd, 5:30 p.m.

Herter Art Gallery

The UMass Art Department is delighted to announce a gallery talk by the art faculty of

Greenfield Community College. The discussion will focus on the work currently

exhibited in the Herter Art Gallery, titled "CONNECTIONS: GCC at UMASS."

The panel discussion will feature guest artists:

Joan O'Beirne, Kelly Popoff, Johanna Hoogendyk, Noah Paessel, and Jen


The UMass Art Department Chair, Young Min Moon, will moderate the event.

Join us for this exciting event on Thursday, Mar. 2nd, at 5:30 PM in the Herter Art Gallery. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Two short films by artist William Kentridge and a talk

by Prof. Stephen Clingman

Tue, 28 Feb, 4:30 p.m.

Old Chapel, UMass Amherst

Presentation on South African artist William Kentridge by Stephen Clingman, a world-renowned

expert on Kentridge's work, including screening two of his short films. The event on the 28th will also

celebrate Stephen's book, now available as a catalog, which has been acclaimed for its approach

and insight. The event, sponsored by the University Museum of Contemporary Art and co-sponsored

by the Department of English, will be free and open to the public.


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Juan Sánchez, "Unknown Boricua Streaming: Nuyorican State of Mind" (2011), single-channel HD

video, 8:09 min. Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs (photo courtesy Néstor Pérez-Molière

Juan Sanchez visiting artist lecture

THU, March 2nd, 4:00 p.m.

Studio Arts Building Room 240 

Juan Sánchez, a Nuyorican cultural icon and influential American visual artist, has exhibited his work

across the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His art is in the permanent collections of

prestigious museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum

of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and El Museo del Barrio.

To learn more about Juan Sánchez’s work, you can read a recent review of his exhibition at the

Hutchison Modern + Contemporary here.


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March 18 - April 19

Don't miss out on artist and Art department professor Shona MacDonald's solo exhibition "Boundary"

in Chicago, IL.

Running from March 18 to April 19, the exhibition opens on March 18 from 6-9 pm.

Experience MacDonald's latest work and explore the themes of boundary in this exciting showcase.


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Shona MacDonald's Work Featured in New Publication:

The Performing Observer

The Art department's professor, Shona MacDonald's work, has been included in the book "The

Performing Observer: Essays on Contemporary Art, Performance, and Photography" by Martin

Patrick, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2023.

Don't miss out on this exciting publication!


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Juana Valdés, Colored Bone China Rags, 2017


Cuban Artist and Art Department professor Juana Valdés' Installation to Be Acquired by Miami

Beach After Public Vote

Miami Beach has voted to acquire Cuban artist Juana Valdés' work, Colored Bone China

Rags (2017), as part of its annual Legacy Purchase Program. The piece explores themes related to

Afro-Cuban migration is displayed at Art Basel in Miami Beach. Valdés' work joins artists like

Farah Al Qasimi, Sanford Biggers, Amoako Boafo, and Ebony G. Patterson in the city's public



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Gallery view of thesis exhibition at University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 2022.

The Interview as Performance: An Article by Jessica Scott, Art Department Alumna, Featured

in Voices of Contemporary Arts Journal

Art department alumna Jessica Scott discusses her thesis performance, "Spooky Action at a

Distance." The project was based on her mother's account of her grandfather's footage. Attending a

VoCA Artists Interview Workshop helped her step back and allow her mother to speak for herself. The

interview performance was held on March 30th, 2022, with the student queuing the video collage

while her mother appeared via Zoom.

Link to article!


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