Mount Holyoke names new associate curator
Stephanie Sparling Williams has been named as the new associate curator for the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
Mount Holyoke names new associate curator
Stephanie Sparling Williams has been named as the new associate curator for the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
We’re lucky to have an amazing group of @mtholyoke students interning with us this summer! LYNK Curatorial Intern Izzy Chen ‘21 is spending her time at the #mhcartmuseum researching & cataloging the work of Japanese-French artist Tsuguharu Foujita (1886–1968). It’s always exciting when students are able to directly engage with works in our collection!
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The galleries are abuzz this week as we welcome Mosier Elementary School’s 4th grade classes to the #mhcartmuseum! Education Fellows Jessica Lazzar ‘21 & Sommer Byers ‘21 have been leading close looking sessions and helping students create their own self-portraits. No better way to kick off the summer!
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Integral to traditional Jewish weddings, a ketubbah is a prenuptial agreement outlining the financial obligations a groom has towards his bride in marriage. A recent addition to our collection, this ketubbah celebrates the wedding of Joseph David Shabbetai ben Solomon of Perugia and Tovah Rachel bat Joseph Shabbetai Hazak in Acona, Italy on May 15, 1823 – 196 years ago to this day!
. #mhcartmuseum #mhcam #weddinganniversary #ketubbah #jewishmarriage #newacquisitions @ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
UMass Amherst Department of the History of Art and Architecture
Kendra Weisbin is an MA alumna and the Associate Curator of Education at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Last week, she met with Professor Walter Denny to record a podcast about the carpet seen in the image below! Donated to the museum by Professor Denny, the carpet is a 19th-century Turkmen camel trapping with beautiful fringe. To learn more about the carpet visit http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/detail.php?museum=all&t=objects&type=all&f=&s=walter+denny&record=2
#fivecolleges #umassamherst #mountholyokecollege #museum #artmuseum #islamicart #walterdenny #alumni #museumeducation #alumninetwork #arthistory
Calling all MHC students! Finals got you feeling blue? Take a study break at the #mhcartmuseum from 1:30-2:45p while enjoying some snacks and relaxing crafts. Whether you’re coloring, messing around with play dough, or enjoying some milk & cookies, we would love to hang out with you!
This event is co-sponsored with the MHC Department of Art History. Image designed by Jocelyn Furniss ‘21. #studybreak #crafting #relaxation #bewell
Tomorrow is our last Sightlines Tour of the semester and we’d love for you to join us! Led by Student Guide Hailey Simmons ’19 and titled “Performing Art(s): Capturing the Ephemeral,” this tour will examine how artists use dance, theater, and other performances to capture a certain moment or feeling. Hailey’s tour starts at 1:30p so stop by if you’re on campus!
Image: Masamitsu Kano, Six-fold screen with scenes from Tale of Genji (detail), mid-18th century. #mhcartmuseum #sightlinestour #studentguide #studentengagement
It’s install week at the #skinnermuseum and we want to give you a sneak peek! Students from Gina Siepel’s Studio Art class have spent the semester re-inventing & interpreting works from the Skinner collection through the production of 3-D objects and short texts installed throughout the Museum. Celebrate and learn more about their work at our opening reception next Monday, April 29, from 4:30-6:00p. Free, open to the public, & refreshments provided! #mhcartmuseum #popupexhibition #studentengagement @ Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Stop by the @mhcartmuseum today for a special lecture given by Eliza Garrison, Professor, History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College. Titled “Book, Body, Cloister: The Spaces of the Uta Codex,” the lecture will take place at 4:30 PM in Gamble Auditorium. This event is generously supported by the Amy M. Sacker Memorial Lectureship Fund, and is co-sponsored with the Department of Art History and Architectural Studies. Image: detail of folio 1v, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, CLM 13601.
It’s all hands on deck at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum as we prepare for our upcoming exhibit “Mount Holyoke Afire.” Opening on February 5 in the Museum Lobby, the show examines three devastating fires that occurred at Mount Holyoke, destroying Seminary Hall in 1896, Williston Hall in 1917, and Rockefeller Hall in 1922. Make sure to stop by next week to check it out! @ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
If you haven’t already, we highly encourage you to check out our new exhibit, “Life/Like: Photographs by Martine Gutierrez.” The show presents works from two recent series by the artist that consider themes of transformation, intimacy, identity, and reality. Although the show is on view through June 16, 2019, we’ll give you bonus points if you come & see it before Gutierrez’s artist talk, which will take place at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum on March 28 at 5:30 PM! @ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Say hello to Erin Hancock '20! An Almara History in Museums Intern, Erin has spent this J-term researching the Skinner Museum’s collection of textiles and textile manufacturing tools. Today, Erin worked alongside Mount Holyoke College Art Museum staff Jackie Finnegan ‘08 and Aaron Miller to reconstruct an 18th century loom. We can’t wait to get it up and running again! #weaving #textilecollection #skinnermuseum #internship @ Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
A new year calls for a new selection of works on view! Be sure to check out the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum when it reopens on January 15th, 2019 to see what’s changed in the permanent collection galleries. From Southwestern pottery to Native American basketry to objects created by indigenous Alaskans, we have some wonderful new works on view that we can’t wait for you to see! @ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Please note that the @mhcartmuseum will be closed for the holidays beginning on December 18, 2018 and will reopen on January 15, 2019. We look forward to seeing you in the new year! Image: Kikugawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867), "Yuki [Snow], from the series Furyu Setsugekka [Elegant seasons]."
Happy birthday to artist Minerva Chapman (1858-1947)!
Chapman studied at Mount Holyoke from 1876–1878 and went on to study painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. She became a highly successful painter of portrait miniatures and was one of the first American women to be elected a member of the esteemed Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. While better known for her watercolor portraits, Chapman employs oil paint in this 1913 work, titled “Woman Polishing Pots,” allowing her to experiment with light & abstract forms. #artistbirthday @mhcartmuseum
We’ve received some great visits from Mount Holyoke College classes in the past few weeks! Seen here are students in Terre Vandale’s “Sight-Specific Dance” class responding to Mount Holyoke College Art Museum artworks through movement. #movementbasedlearning #objectbasedlearning #teachingwithart #classes @ Mount Holyoke College
If you are looking for a way to spend time with family or loved ones this holiday season, the @mhcartmuseum has an idea for you! Join us tomorrow from 1:30 - 3:30 PM for our annual Family Day event! To celebrate this year’s theme, "Wild Animals in Winter," the Museum will be offering a variety of animal-inspired activities for visitors of all ages, including crafts, art scavenger hunts, storytimes, and more. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us! Image: Ellen Lanyon, "Zebra, from the series Beyond the Borders” [detail], 1996–2007.
Feeling the need to express yourself? To support fellow @mtholyoke students, staff, & faculty? Join us for "Another World is Possible: Poetry and Prose Reading and Open Mic," happening tonight at the @mhcartmuseum from 7-9 PM! Image: Joan Snyder, "Can We Turn our Rage to Poetry?" [detail], 1985, color lithograph on white Rives BFK paper, edition 1/50.
Change of plans! This afternoon’s Artist Talk will now be given by @mhcartmuseum Associate Curator Aaron Miller, who will speak about Zig Jackson’s work in dialogue with Mac Chambers ‘19. We hope you can join us!
Be sure to stop by the @mhcartmuseum this Thursday, November 15, at 4:30 PM for a Gallery Talk by artist Zig Jackson. A professor of photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, Jackson challenges popular and deeply ingrained conceptions of Native Americans through his photographs. Jackson will speak about his work featured in the Museum’s Collection Spotlight “Photographing Native America,” curated by Mac Chambers ‘19 and on view until December 16, 2018. We hope you can attend!
Image: “Indian Photographing Tourist Photographing Indian, #1 of 4, Taos, New Mexico” (detail), 1992 negative/2018 print, Courtesy Andrew Smith Gallery.
Afternoon field trip to the @carlemuseum! @mhcartmuseum interns received a fantastic tour of their exhibit “Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards” and were even able to make their own prints. A great end to the week if you ask us! #ericcarle #museums10 #fridayfunday #fieldtrip
Our 'Hermes at Rest' sculpture is not at rest today! Kudos to @mhcartmuseum Senior Preparator Jackie Finnegan ‘08 for getting Hermes safely inside for winter (and for rigging this impressive contraption!) @ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Feeling unsure of what to do this weekend? Stop by the @mhcartmuseum on Saturday, November 10 at 1:30 PM for a Sightlines Tour led by Student Guide Summayya Wagenseil ‘19. Titled “Through the Eyes of the Artist,” Summayya’s tour will focus on the significance of the artist’s identity, exploring such elements as the artist’s biography, race, gender, & conditions in which they lived and created their work. See you there!
Happy Halloween from the @mhcartmuseum! 🎃 If you want to add a little extra spookiness to your day or need something sweet to munch on, stop by the Skinner Museum today between 2 and 3! There will be candy, bubbles, & plenty of Skinner curiosities to learn about! @ Mount Holyoke College
Join us this Friday, November 2, at 4:30 PM in Gamble Auditorium for a dialogue between artist Curlee Raven Holton & actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb. In their public conversation, titled “African American Perspectives on Othello,” Holton and Cobb will discuss the agency of artists of African descent, and share the experiences that led to their Othello-inspired projects in printmaking and theater. We hope to see you there!
Reminder to stop by the @mhcartmuseum tomorrow at 1:30 PM for Student Guide Tori Gernert-Dott’s Sightlines Tour “(Don’t) Touch: Texture in Art.” Visitors on this tour will explore texture in a wide range of art from many time periods, including textiles, paintings, and sculpture. We hope you can make it!
Need something to look forward to this weekend? Look no further! This Saturday, October 27 at 1:30 PM, Student Guide Tori Gernert-Dott ‘20 will lead our third Sightlines Tour of the season, titled “(Don’t) Touch: Texture in Art.” Visitors on this tour will explore the role of texture within works of art & material culture, such as the texture created by the intricate carvings of this 16th century Italian casket. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday in learning more about this and other @mhcartmuseum works! #studentguide #studentengagment #museumtour #objectbasedlearning
Spotted: Students in Bettina Bergmann & Aaron Miller’s ‘Collecting Global Antiquity’ class spending the afternoon at the @mhcartmuseum researching and learning best practices for handling ancient coins. #ancientcoins #numismatics #teachingmuseum #objectbasedlearning @ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Join us at 5:30 in Gamble Auditorium in welcoming artist Joan Jonas ‘58 back to campus! Jonas’s lecture, titled “Joan Jonas ‘58: 60 Years Later,” will reflect back on her life & career as an artist best known for blending video, performance, sound, movement, drawing, and sculpture into her work. As #mountholyoke College’s 2018-2019 Leading Woman in the Arts, Jonas’s lecture is made possible by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the InterArts Council. A reception will follow to celebrate Jonas’s visit and the opening of her exhibit “Promise of the Infinite: Joan Jonas and the Mirror,” on view at the @mhcartmuseum until June 16, 2019. Photo credit: Peter Campus, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise.
Join us this Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 PM in Gamble Auditorium for a public lecture by artist & #mountholyoke alumna Joan Jonas ‘58, titled “Joan Jonas ’58: 60 Years Later.” As the 2018-2019 Leading Woman in the Arts, Jonas is the first alumna in the program’s 12-year history. Her lecture is made possible by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the InterArts Council, and there will be a reception to follow. Check out the @mhcartmuseum website for more details! #joanjonas #mountholyokecollege #alumna #lecture
No better place to spend a rainy Saturday than at the @mhcartmuseum! Be sure to stop by at 1:30 for a tour led by Student Guide Mollie Wohlforth ‘19. Titled “Imagining the East,” Mollie’s tour will be the second Sightlines Tour offered this fall and we wouldn’t want you to miss out! #studentguide #sightlinestour #teachingwithart #objectbasedlearning
Happening TODAY at 4:30! Join us for the first in a lively series of faculty conversations offered in conjunction with the exhibition Major Themes: Celebrating Ten Years of Teaching with Art on view through June 21, 2020. @mhcartmuseum #gallerytalk #faculty #interdisciplinarylearning
The Museum has an abundance of exciting events in store for you this October! Keep your eyes peeled for more info on our upcoming gallery talks, lectures, performances, & sightlines tours, all of which are free, fully accessible, and open to the public. For now though, take a moment to enjoy this 1804 autumnal landscape, titled "Fall Leaves" and created by Chinese artist Zhai Dakun (1730–1804). 🍂🍁🍂 @mhcartmuseum #fallevents
Happy Birthday to American photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874–1940). Hines used photography as a means of social reform, documenting the dire working conditions of immigrants & factory workers at the turn of the century. His photographs became instrumental in the changing of US child labor laws. In his 1936-1937 series, titled “Men at Work,” Hine captures the lives of workers in a Holyoke factory, such as this man who is assembling plastic doll heads. #lewiswickeshine #artistbirthday @mhcartmuseum
Reminder to stop by the Museum tomorrow at 1:30 PM for a tour led by Student Guide Rachel Kim ‘21. Rachel’s tour, “The Private Lives in the Public Eye,” will explore the relationship of museums as public institutions to the intimate, personal works they exhibit. We hope to see you there! @mhcartmuseum #studentguide #studentengagement #teachingmuseum
This morning the @mhcartmuseum received a welcome visit from Kerstin Nordstrom’s Foundations of Physics class, who were investigating the role of mirrors, lenses, and optics within works of art & material culture. We hope our #encyclopediccollection helped broaden your perspective on this fascinating subject! #teachingmuseum #objectbasedlearning @ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Sightlines Tours kick off this Saturday, September 22 at 1:30 PM! Student Guide Rachel Kim ‘21 will lead a tour titled “Private Lives in the Public Eye,” where visitors will be invited to uncover questions about the private versus the public self. We hope you can join us in celebrating Rachel’s hard work & leadership! @mhcartmuseum #studentguide #gallerytalk #studentengagement
Congratulations to Reegen Hatch ‘22 and Sarah Day ‘22, our Museum Mania Selfie Challenge winners! @mhcartmuseum staff loved your photo with the Museum’s double shoulder jar by Puebloan artist Sara Fina Tafoya. #museummania #selfiechallenge #studentengagement @mhcartmuseum
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