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Family and Friends Weekend

October 19-21, 2018

Family and Friends Weekend has been a chance for parents, alums, friends, and students to get together on campus and celebrate our vibrant, intellectual, artistic community. In 2018, community members enjoyed out Farm Center, gallery exhibits, and various performances.

Ongoing Activities


Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
R.W. Kern Center lobby
Please check in and pick up a name tag, snacks, and a program. The name tag will enable you to attend activities and events, so do keep it visible at all times.

The HampStore

Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; closed Sunday
Harold F. Johnson Library, ground floor
The HampStore is your source for all officially licensed College apparel as well as a selection of food, drinks, and supplies.

R.W. Kern Center Kafé

Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; closed Sunday
Stop by and pick up one of the café’s delicious, made-from-scratch blondies, breakfast pastries, soft pretzels, and cookies. Thirsty? There’s an espresso, a latte, or a daily-drip brew (hot or cold) just for you!

MultiSport Center Weight Room

Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1–6 p.m.
Note: You must present your name tag in order to use the weight room.

Faculty Exhibition: Wayfinding, by Bill Brayton, professor of art, and Naomi Darling, Five College assistant professor of sustainable design

R.W. Kern Center Gallery
Bill Brayton’s large wall sculptures, made from locally sourced, steam-bent white oak and a lightweight hybrid concrete of his own devising, are a form of architectural drawing in space. Curves, lines, shapes, and joints cast shadows, conjure forms, and imply motion through their interaction with the gallery’s shifting light. Inspired in part by Polynesian nautical stick charts, early navigational aids that mapped ocean swells, the sculptures in the gallery take their titles from wind names drawn from a range of cultures. In dialogue with these large sculptures are Naomi Darling’s small, multi-plate etchings in which the artist layers historical maps and geological surveys of the Connecticut River Valley and Long Island Sound, with markers of her own movement and memory in and through each region. Both artists’ work allude to forms of geographic navigation and how we orient ourselves in space through personal, historical, and cultural systems of knowledge and meaning.

The Museum of the Old Colony: An Installation by Pablo Delano

Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College Art Gallery
In The Museum of the Old Colony, Hartford-based Puerto Rican artist Pablo Delano presents a striking visual depiction of the origins of the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico and explores themes of race, representation, language, politics, and power. Delano employs enlarged and carefully sequenced reproductions of original historical photographs, invoking the imperial logic of traditional historical and anthropological museums built to celebrate the so-called achievements of empire and the superiority of the “white race.” It operates within a contemporary art tradition of post-1990s institutional critique (such as Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum), made especially resonant since Hurricane Maria, which rendered the fault lines of US–Puerto Rico relations more widely visible. In many ways, the installation is also a personal meditation on the past and present situation of the place in which Delano was born and raised. Spanning a century of images, this wry, sometimes shocking, and often deeply painful “museum” draws attention to the role of photographers, journalists, writers, historians, and other “experts” in constructing (racialized, often primitivist) narratives of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans, and naturalizing the socioeconomic and military exploitation of the island by the United States under the guise of the “many benefits of citizenship.” The exhibition provides a framework, and many provocative prompts, for discussion, learning, reflection, and advocacy.

Hampshire Theatre Performance: Weeping for Life, or What Your Family Never Told You

Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 8 p.m.
Emily Dickinson Hall, studio
Thomas is like any other ordinary young teenager on the brink of adolescence: He's figuring out who he is and what that even means. Growing up can be hard, but it’s even more difficult with a family like his. When lies that have always been truth become blurred, the characters find what the real truth is within themselves. Weeping for Life is an exploration of identity through repressed memory, and how the narratives of our lives can still be rewritten.
Admission is free, donations welcome.

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