Sylvia Plath, John Cage inspire 2013 Wellesley College Davis Museum exhibits

200px-BelljarfirsteditionThe Davis Museum at Wellesley College has announced its 2013 exhibition schedule, beginning with the opening of Festina lente: Conserving Antiquity on Jan. 30 (and going through July 7).

That exhibit offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Greek and Roman art in the museum is collected and preserved. “The exhibition and programs illuminate the particular challenges facing museum antiquities collections, including questions of attribution, provenance, and authenticity; the science of investigation; changing strategies and shifting aesthetics in restoration; the function of and framework for managing fragmentary objects; the search for traces in abraded and eroded surfaces; and trends in collecting over time,” according to the museum.

An original interactive sound installation, opening in February and running through April, has been inspired by the poetry of famed Wellesley resident Sylvia Plath and the art of Sol LeWitt. “The Glass Heart (bells for Sylvia Plath)” exhibit comes from Jenny Olivia Johnson, Wellesley College assistant professor of music composition and theory, who is creating a musical instrument consisting of seven glass bell bars fitted with microphones and lights (Johnson will present a related concert on Feb. 23 at Houghton Chapel as well).

Another exhibit, “Prepared box for John Cage”, runs from February through June 9 and celebrates composer and artist John Cage through poems, drawings, essays and more from a variety of contributors solicited by artist Allan Kaprow in 1987.

Also on tap, “Josef Albers: Geometries, ” Feb.26-June 30;  “Louise Nevelson: Black,” March 6-June 9; and “April Brief: Notes from the Color Field,” April 3-May 5.

Location: Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley, Mass. 

Museum Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 am–5:00 pm, Wednesday until 8:00 pm, and Sunday, noon–4:00 pm.  Closed Mondays, holidays, and Wellesley College recesses.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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