Skinned by Joe Smith
Bifurcated Smith Sculptor and Assistant Professor of Art Joe Smith has been busy this fall--showing work at one venue at present after having recently had his art on view at another location earlier in the fall. Through the end of September, Smith had work at the 55 Mercer Street Gallery in New York City, and October 1, his one-person show opened at Dartmouth College in the Barrows Exhibition Rotunda. The Hanover, New Hampshire, show runs through December 28. What are Smith's pieces like? The piece recently on view in New York, titled Skinned, takes the form of a house--a house that fairly glows with the gallery lighting and appears to move as if it is immersed in a flood. It is made exclusively of transparent packing tape and is about 30 inches long, 20 inches high, and 20 inches wide. The two works at Dartmouth are 30 inches high, 60 inches long, and 48 inches wide and are made from an arrangement of common marker flags in plywood. The flags are squares of plastic attached to the ends of small diameter 30-inch-long metal rods. There are 692 of them in each work, and they are held in a strict two-inch grid arrangement by the plywood; the rods support the plywood 12 inches off the ground as well. The flags are blue and absorb, capture, and emit light. They will be housed in a small circular glass building that is lighted at night. Thus, the best viewing will be at night, notes the artist. Smith, whose work has been widely shown and reviewed, typically works with a variety of materials to explore landscape and architecture in the modernist tradition. Although his art is abstract, it makes reference to the American landscape and ideas of permanence and impermanence.
Very estuary! A Five College-sponsored field trip aboard the Ernestina, a century-old schooner, will set sail October 8, reports Professor of Geology Mark McMenamin. The Ernestina, perhaps the finest ship of its class ever built, will set sail from Poughkeepsie, New York, and return to port at Stamford, Connecticut, on October 10. A diverse group of Five College science faculty (including McMenamin), graduate students, and undergraduates (including MHC students Sarah Hale '01 Meghan Housewright '01, and FP Sarah Trembley) will study the estuarine system of the Hudson River using a wide array of scientific tools--from salinity and temperature probes to box samplers and piston cores. Some samples will be processed on board, while others will be prepared and stored for analysis at the home institutions. A primary goal of the expedition is to track the changes in sediments and organisms as the ship passes into increasingly saline waters. A search will also be made for methane seeps and associated organisms in the estuarine system. Five College faculty will be evaluating the feasibility of using the Ernestina as a floating laboratory on a regular basis. McMenamin chairs the Ernestina Committee.
Lipman to Talk China On October 14, Jonathan Lipman, professor of history and chair of Asian studies, will deliver the keynote address at "Encountering China," a conference sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools' Commission on Professional Development, History Conference Committee, at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. Lipman will discuss "A Multiplicity of Chinas: Diversity and Nationality from the Ch'ing to the Present."
Essay Published An essay on English artist John Everett Millais by Elizabeth Lloyd-Kimbrel, assistant to the dean of enrollment, appears in the forthcoming Makers of Western Culture, 1800 - 1914: A Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences. The volume is being published by Greenwood Press.
Recycling Award Won The Five College recycling program has won the National Recycling Coalition's (NRC) outstanding school award. The award ceremony was held during the NRC's annual congress in Cincinnati on September 27. According to Roger Guzowski, the Five College recycling coordinator, "This award is the direct result of the efforts taken by students, faculty, and staff to separate their recyclables into the proper barrels; the fine work of the staff who handle our trash and recycling; and the foresight of administrators who 'invested' in this program. At Mount Holyoke, special thanks go to all the students who have driven this recycling program since its inception."
In Memoriam Joan K. (McCormick) Page of South Hadley, who worked in the housekeeping department at MHC for 18 years, died on September 27 at the age of sixty-eight. She leaves son Robert A. Page Jr. and daughter Lou Ann Pecia, as well as three brothers, three sisters, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Robert A. Page, died in 1977.