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The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing the creative achievements of many world cultures. Eight galleries feature regularly changing installations and special exhibitions spanning a wide range of historical periods, national schools, and artistic media. Visit the Mead's website: http://www.amherst.edu/mead Visit the Mead's blog: http://meadmusings.wordpress.com

An art class on the quad outside the Mead Art Museum. The class, “Installation, Site, and The Embodied Spectator,” (...
10/11/2018

An art class on the quad outside the Mead Art Museum. The class, “Installation, Site, and The Embodied Spectator,” (ARHA-210), is taught by Artist-in-Residence Macon E. Reed, Fall 2018. Photo by Maria Stenzel

10/11/2018

Shigeyuki Kihara

Curious about how our identities impact the way we experience time? Join us TODAY for an interactive tour of the Mead’s exhibition, Timing Is Everything, followed by a conversation with Queer Resource Center Director Jxhn Martin on chrononormativity and the notion of queering time.

This program is in honor of National Coming Out Day and offered in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center. Free and open to all!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Noon–1 pm
Mead Art Museum

#meadartmusuem #nationalcomingoutday

10/11/2018

Shigeyuki Kihara

Curious about how our identities impact the way we experience time? Join us TODAY for an interactive tour of the Mead’s exhibition, Timing Is Everything, followed by a conversation with Queer Resource Center Director Jxhn Martin on chrononormativity and the notion of queering time.

This program is in honor of National Coming Out Day and offered in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center. Free and open to all!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Noon–1 pm
Mead Art Museum

#meadartmusuem #nationalcomingoutday

Lorna Simpson, American (1960- ). Partitions & Time, 1991, gelatin silver print. Purchase with Richard Templeton (Class ...
10/10/2018

Lorna Simpson, American (1960- ). Partitions & Time, 1991, gelatin silver print. Purchase with Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund. •

Curious about how our identities impact the way we experience time? Join us for an interactive tour of the Mead’s exhibition, Timing Is Everything, followed by a conversation with Queer Resource Center Director Jxhn Martin on chrononormativity and the notion of queering time.

This program is in honor of National Coming Out Day and offered in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center. Free and open to all!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Noon–1 pm
Mead Art Museum

#meadartmusuem #lornasimpson #nationalcomingoutday @lornasimpson

"As Indigenous people living in diaspora, my family participates in capitalist institutions instilled with European valu...
10/09/2018
Time Wasn’t Always Money: Decolonizing Time in Diaspora

"As Indigenous people living in diaspora, my family participates in capitalist institutions instilled with European values, such as punctuality and discipline, that dictate our experience of time. When I adhere to the schedule of my graduate program in New York, for instance, time is compressed and accelerated. I long for more time to savor readings, conduct research, and compose multiple drafts of assignments, regardless of how much I accomplish each week. When I am in creative flow, on the other hand, time expands, decelerates. I can spend hours at home working on creative projects with no awareness that time has passed at all. The dissonance I feel as I shift between these two time worlds echoes the internal split felt by all of my family members as they navigate life in the West."

Powerful words by Irene Villaseñor that resonate with some aspects of the Mead's current exhibition, Timing Is Everything. Check out the full article linked below.

https://plexus.online/portfolio/time-wasnt-always-money-decolonizing-time-in-diaspora/

As Indigenous people living in diaspora, my family participates in capitalist institutions instilled with European values, such as punctuality and discipline, that dictate our experience of time.

10/09/2018

Join us this Thursday, October 11 from 12-1pm for Queering Time, an interactive gallery talk on the Mead's latest exhibition, Timing Is Everything.

Free & open to all!

Amherst College
10/09/2018
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In this episode of #ImagineOtherwise, Prof. Manuela Picq talks about her book, "Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics", and how indigenous women continue to shape international politics.

Abstract artist Leon Polk Smith was born in 1906 in present-day Oklahoma. At the time, Oklahoma was not a state, but Ind...
10/08/2018
Home - Indigenous Peoples Day MA

Abstract artist Leon Polk Smith was born in 1906 in present-day Oklahoma. At the time, Oklahoma was not a state, but Indian Territory. Polk Smith's first language was Cherokee and he was a Native person. For much of his early life, Polk Smith was not a United States citizen - this means that he was not allowed to leave Indian Territory, vote, own property, or even hold a bank account. He became a citizen in 1934 when amendments to the first Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 became law. Soon after, Polk Smith started traveling, studied throughout Europe and enrolled in the Teacher's College at Columbia University.

He was inspired by pure abstraction and began creating art in New York City in the 1930s. Throughout his career, the artist fought against "efforts in interviews to mythologize his Native identity by revealing some hidden Native secret to his work, preferring instead to simply state it had been a deep influence on his work. Where he revealed his deep Native influence was his concept of oneness when he worked. He explicitly stated an experience of unified faculties in his artistic process: emotions, intellect, unconscious, and intuition."*

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day. We are honored to feature works by Leon Polk Smith in our current exhibition, Abstraction: New Acquisitions at the Mead. See the links below to learn more about Indigenous Peoples Day.

http://www.indigenouspeoplesdayma.org/

*Bunn Martine, David. No Reservation: New York Contemporary Native American Art Movement. New York, NY: American Indian Artists, Inc., 2017.

Special thanks to @Jacob Gendelman '20, host of Percolating on the Back Burner, for inviting the Mead into the WAMH stud...
10/04/2018

Special thanks to @Jacob Gendelman '20, host of Percolating on the Back Burner, for inviting the Mead into the WAMH studio. The Mead's new head of education Emily Potter-Ndiaye and Danielle Amodeo played time-themed tunes and chatted about museum neutrality and upcoming programs at the Mead. We'll be back on the air with Jacob again soon, so stay tuned for more!

Photos from Mead Art Museum's post
10/04/2018

Photos from Mead Art Museum's post

Thanks for coming out to our screening of Andy Warhol's Sleep and special thanks to Professor Josh Guilford for helping ...
10/04/2018

Thanks for coming out to our screening of Andy Warhol's Sleep and special thanks to Professor Josh Guilford for helping to organize this program and to Amherst College Department of English and the Film and Media Studies program for supporting the screening!

Thanks to all for coming to learn more about the Mead's latest exhibition, Timing Is Everything!
10/04/2018

Thanks to all for coming to learn more about the Mead's latest exhibition, Timing Is Everything!

Thanks to all for attending Planning Through Procrastination, a hands-on time management workshop at the Mead. Special t...
10/04/2018

Thanks to all for attending Planning Through Procrastination, a hands-on time management workshop at the Mead. Special thanks to Dean Charri Boykin-East from Student Affairs and Kristen Brookes from the Writing Center for facilitating the workshop and providing planners for all of our attendees!

Thanks for attending The Art of Is, a talk by Stephen Nachmanovitch. This program was offered in conjunction with Profes...
10/04/2018

Thanks for attending The Art of Is, a talk by Stephen Nachmanovitch. This program was offered in conjunction with Professor Darryl Harper's first year seminar, Thinking Through Improvisation. Special thanks to Arts at Amherst and the Amherst College Department of Music for their support.

Thanks to all who joined us for our Museums Are Not Neutral workshop with the Mead's Head of Education and Curator of Ac...
10/04/2018

Thanks to all who joined us for our Museums Are Not Neutral workshop with the Mead's Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye.

Special thanks to Amherst College Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed and her studio art class for taking over our sculpture ...
10/04/2018

Special thanks to Amherst College Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed and her studio art class for taking over our sculpture quad with participatory art. & thanks to the 60+ people who joined us!

Special thanks to Maria Stenzel for the bird's eye view images!

Check out the October Arts Preview from Amherst Arts & Museums! It's going to be a great month for arts and cultural exp...
10/01/2018
Amherst Arts & Museums

Check out the October Arts Preview from Amherst Arts & Museums! It's going to be a great month for arts and cultural experiences at Amherst!

Happy October 1st! Check out the October Arts Preview, featuring concerts, literary readings, artist visits and exhibition openings—plus “immersive” experiences involving Andy Warhol and Emily Dickinson—this month at Amherst College.

09/27/2018

Join us tomorrow, Friday, September 28, 2018 from noon - 1pm for Museums Are NOT Neutral with Emily Potter-Ndiaye. Free and open to all!

Thanks, Olivia Luntz and The Amherst Student for this feature on the latest Mead exhibition. The article plugs tonight's...
09/26/2018
New Mead Exhibit Asks “If Timing Is Everything, What is Time?”

Thanks, Olivia Luntz and The Amherst Student for this feature on the latest Mead exhibition. The article plugs tonight's Time Management Program Series.

https://amherststudent.com/article/new-mead-exhibit-asks-if-timing-is-everything-what-is-time

When walking into the the Mead Art Museum, one will inevitably pass by Stearns Steeple, which has stood on the same ground since 1873, even as the landscape of the rest of the college has evolved around it.

09/24/2018
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The Mead's Emily Potter-Ndiaye and Danielle Amodeo '13 are joining Percolating on the Back Burner with Jacob Gendelman today, Monday, Sept. 24, at 5pm. Tune in to WAMH Radio at 89.3FM or click the link below to listen on the web to hear the latest news from the Mead!

https://wamh.com/

89.3 FM, Amherst College's WAMH Radio. The Pioneer Valley's finest in Music, News, and Sports.

09/22/2018
Amherst Arts & Museums

Stop by The Emily Dickinson Museum for a day of poetry!

The Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a 1-day reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems and the cornerstone event of the #AmherstPoetryFestival, begins Saturday, 9/22, at 6AM @emilydickinson.museum and runs until it’s over. Drop-ins welcome!
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The Bee is not afraid of me.
I know the Butterfly.
The pretty people in the Woods
Receive me cordially—
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The Brooks laugh louder when I come—
The Breezes madder play;
Wherefore mine eye thy silver mists,
Wherefore, Oh Summer's Day?
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–Emily Dickinson (1859)
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Video by #MariaStenzel #amherstcollege #emilydickinson #poetry #nature #butterfly #art #amherstarts #amherstcollege

September 13, 2018Photos by Jiayi Liu, Amherst College Office of Communications and Julia Gill '20
09/20/2018

September 13, 2018

Photos by Jiayi Liu, Amherst College Office of Communications and Julia Gill '20

Klea McKenna, American (1980- ). Web Study #11, 2015, gelatin silver photogram. Museum Purchase and Purchase with Richar...
09/20/2018

Klea McKenna, American (1980- ). Web Study #11, 2015, gelatin silver photogram. Museum Purchase and Purchase with Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund. •

Join Curator of American Art, Vanja Malloy, to learn how artists visualize conceptions of time TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 13, from Noon-1. FREE and open to all!

@klea_mckenna #meadartmuseum #kleamckenna

Thanks Daily Hampshire Gazette for the feature on our latest exhibitions! https://www.gazettenet.com/Arts-Previews-20271...
09/19/2018
Arts Previews

Thanks Daily Hampshire Gazette for the feature on our latest exhibitions!

https://www.gazettenet.com/Arts-Previews-20271498

New exhibits at Mead Art MuseumThe Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has unveiled its fall exhibits, including “Timing is Everything,” a show drawn from the Mead’s permanent collection that presents artwork visualizing concepts of time. As the...

09/19/2018

Join us tomorrow to learn more about the Mead's latest exhibition, Timing Is Everything. All are invited to a FREE Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy, the Mead's curator of American Art. This talk will take place tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 20 from noon-1pm. All are welcome!

Jonathon Keats, American (1971- ). Millennium Camera (Site Plan), 2015, cyanotype. Gift of the artist. •Join Curator o...
09/19/2018

Jonathon Keats, American (1971- ). Millennium Camera (Site Plan), 2015, cyanotype. Gift of the artist. •

Join Curator of American Mead Art Museum Vanja Malloy to learn how artists visualize conceptions of time tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 20, from Noon-1. FREE and open to all!

#meadartmuseum #jonathonkeats

Thanks so much to everyone for coming out for our Fall opening!
09/19/2018

Thanks so much to everyone for coming out for our Fall opening!

A few photos from last week's opening reception at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Director David E. Little and curators Vanja Malloy and Mila Hruba welcomed visitors to the event, which celebrated the opening of three new exhibitions that will remain on view through February 17, 2019:

TIMING IS EVERYTHING, drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, presents artworks across centuries, continents and media that visualize concepts of time.

ABSTRACTION: NEW ACQUISITIONS AT THE MEAD celebrates the recent growth of the Mead’s collection of abstract art, including works by Caio Fonseca and Leon Polk Smith.

And the newly reinstalled exhibit FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES: THE GENDERED ROLES OF WOMEN IN ART THROUGH THE AGES examines the ways in which women have been depicted, or have represented themselves, across media, centuries, and the globe.

Klea McKenna, American (1980- ). Web Study #18, 2015, gelatin silver photogram. Museum Purchase and Purchase with Richar...
09/18/2018

Klea McKenna, American (1980- ). Web Study #18, 2015, gelatin silver photogram. Museum Purchase and Purchase with Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund. •
Join Curator of American Art, Vanja Malloy, to learn how artists visualize conceptions of time on Thursday, Sept. 13, from Noon-1. FREE and open to all!
@klea_mckenna #meadartmuseum #kleamckenna

Klea McKenna, American (1980- ). Web Study #18, 2015, gelatin silver photogram. Museum Purchase and Purchase with Richar...
09/18/2018

Klea McKenna, American (1980- ). Web Study #18, 2015, gelatin silver photogram. Museum Purchase and Purchase with Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund. •
Join Curator of American Art, Vanja Malloy, to learn how artists visualize conceptions of time on Thursday, Sept. 13, from Noon-1. FREE and open to all!
@klea_mckenna #meadartmuseum #kleamckenna

September 13, 2018Photos by Jiayi Liu, Amherst College Office of Communications and Julia Gill '20
09/18/2018

September 13, 2018

Photos by Jiayi Liu, Amherst College Office of Communications and Julia Gill '20

09/16/2018

Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present, and future, including seasons, geography, and technology.

Want to learn more? Join us for a FREE Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy this Thursday, September 20, from noon-1pm. All are welcome!

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at tonight's Timing Is Everything: Exhibition Opening! Stop by between 5-7pm to...
09/13/2018

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at tonight's Timing Is Everything: Exhibition Opening! Stop by between 5-7pm to learn more from our curators about three new exhibitions, explore art that's never been on view before, dance to timely tunes by DJ Quills, and enjoy tasty refreshments! FREE and open to all!

Amherst Arts & Museums
09/11/2018

Amherst Arts & Museums

Art lovers, get excited! The Mead opens THREE new exhibitions this Thursday.
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING, drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, presents artworks across centuries, continents and media that visualize concepts of time.
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ABSTRACTION: NEW ACQUISITIONS AT THE MEAD celebrates the recent growth of the Mead’s collection of abstract art, including works by Caio Fonseca and Leon Polk Smith.
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Finally, the works on view in the second installation of FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES: THE GENDERED ROLES OF WOMEN IN ART THROUGH THE AGES examine the ways in which women have been depicted or have represented themselves across media, centuries, and the globe.
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Everyone invited to an opening reception this Thursday, 9/13, from 5-7pm @meadartmuseum @amherstcollege #art #museum #artmuseum #exhibition #opening #amherstarts #amherstma #paintings #drawings #sculpture #time #abstractart #artbywomen @ Mead Art Museum

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Amherst, MA
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The Mead Art Museum is located on the Amherst College campus, in the town of Amherst in central Massachusetts’s Pioneer Valley. Amherst is located approximately 2 hours west of Boston, 3 hours north of New York City, and 2 hours east of Albany. Amherst College lies at the intersection of Routes 9 and 116 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Located in the center of campus, the Mead is just east of the main quadrangle. The gray stone Stearns Steeple stands just outside the museum’s front entrance. For an interactive campus map, visit: http://www.amherst.edu/map/

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(413) 542-2335

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