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Lectures & Clubs

ArtTalk at the MAC

Monthly Meetings, currently via Zoom
First meeting: Thursday, May 28 at 7:00pm (virtual)
FREE

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!).

The Marion Art Center's new monthly program, ArtTalk at the MAC, is similar to a book club. Participants will be sent two artworks in the form of images, videos, or links. The meeting host will choose two artworks: one that she or he is fond of, and a second that she or he doesn't particularly like or understand. The host will also provide short artist bios and/or descriptions of selected works 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 will meet at a scheduled date and time (currently via Zoom). Participants are invited to make their own cocktails or refreshments! ArtTalk at the MAC may continue on site at the Marion Art Center when we are able to safely meet as a group.

The first session of #ArtTalkattheMAC is scheduled on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00pm. This will be an organizational meeting to discuss the schedule and arrange hosts, with a brief art discussion. Jennifer Wolfe Webb, MAC board President, will host the initial meeting. To register, email [email protected] 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
Next meeting: POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
FREE

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.