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Lectures & Clubs

ArtTalk at the MAC

Monthly Meetings, currently via Zoom
Next meeting: TBD

Would you like to join an informal group chat about art? Or perhaps you would like a better understanding of works that you “just don’t get”? Join the MAC for a virtual discussion about art – no knowledge of art or art history required!

Tune in to the Marion Art Center’s monthly program, ArtTalk at the MAC. Participants will be sent artworks in the form of images, videos, or links. The meeting host will choose artworks that will be sent to the group ahead of the scheduled meeting.

Art could be from a private collection, a publication, seen online, or a famous work found in a museum. Art may also include poetry, dance, video, performance, or installation art. The group meets via Zoom on the fourth Thursday of the month from fall to spring, unless otherwise noted. Participants are invited to make their own cocktails or refreshments to enjoy during the lively discussion.

To register, email with “ArtTalk at the MAC” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, preferred email address (if different than one you are using), and phone number. We hope to see you there!

Open Poetry Club

Every First Thursday of the month, 4:30-6:30pm at the MAC

The MAC Open Poetry Club meets on the first Thursday of each month. Laurie Knight, B. A., M. Ed., and former English teacher, leads the poetry group in a workshop format. Bring a poem to share, give and receive feedback, refine your style and contribute to the MAC poetry collection. Get creative and come join us!

Speaker Series: Understanding Buddha through Art
Jennifer Noering McIntire, Ph.D.

FREE Event
*POSTPONED - DATE TBD* beginning at 6:00pm in the MAC Theater

Description: Buddha images are ubiquitous in America today.  Jennifer will share her knowledge of early Buddhist art and the first images of the Buddha. Learn about aniconism and iconography in Buddhist art. No previous knowledge is necessary to gain an understanding of how a religion known for self-improvement, self-will, non-materiality and non-attachment generated so many ornate and costly religious images.

About the Speaker: Jennifer is an art historian. She earned her B. A. in history from Bowdoin College (1988) and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Far Eastern Art History (2000). She has taught a variety of art history courses at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, College of the Holy Cross, and Rutgers University. She will teach at Stonehill College this fall. Buddhist art in Asia is her favorite topic. She worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the Asiatic Art Department as a curatorial assistant. She has served as president of the Mattapoisett Museum and the Mattapoisett Library Trust. She serves on Tabor Academy’s Board of Trustees. She and her husband live in Mattapoisett and have three children.