WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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quet of flowers rests on a single bud, the flowers emerging from a vase that is hanging from above. Tony Matelli, a New York-based artist known for his hyper-realistic works (including Sleepwalker, the scantily clad statue of a man formerly on the college campus), cast Arrangement 9 in bronze and painted it by hand. The positioning of the 2014 sculpture exemplifies how the museum's reconfiguration takes advantage of previously unused space and the building's vertical sightlines. Looking below from Matelli's sculpture, the viewer sees on one side a late 17th-century floral arrangement by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer and on the other, the mid-19th century Still Life with Fruit, by Prussian-born Severin Roesen. Appropriately for the museum's home, the three central landings on the staircases — the spine of the building — each display portraits of women. At the lowest level is French artist Alexandre Cabanel's 1871 painting of Cornelia Lyman Warren, attired in riding gear, with her chestnut hair cascading over her shoulders; Warren later served as a Wellesley College trustee. One level up is Alice Neel's 1967 Wellesley Girls, depicting the casually dressed students Kiki Djos (Martin) and Nancy Selvage when they visited the artist's son at her Manhattan home. On the top level is a painting of two black women with promi- nent Afros, holding hands and staring straight at the viewer as they stand in front of a warehouse door stamped "Loading." That's also the name of the work, part of Canadian artist Tim Okamura's Brooklyn Mythology series. The renovation of the museum returned a fifth-century mosaic to its proper position — horizontal — after being unbolted from a fifth- floor wall. The stone fragment, measuring 13 feet by 13 feet, was exca- vated from a Roman villa in Antioch, now part of Turkey, during a 1930s archeological dig. The mosaic is the centerpiece of the second-floor Art of the Ancient Mediterranean and Ancient Americas on the second level, including a fifth-century mosaic excavated from the floor of a Roman villa. S T E V E B R I G G S P H O T O G R A P H Y 84 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 Davis Museum

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