Join the Mead student docents for Evenings at the Mead, lighthearted combinations of gallery talks and musical performances with the lively participation of Amherst College's student musicians. This semester’s Evenings at the Mead will be held at 8pm on February 7, March 7, and April 4.
Join the Mead student docents for Exposing the Mead and participate in thematic conversations featuring photographs from the Mead's collection. This semester’s Exposing the Mead events will be held at 8pm and feature the following student presenters: Siyu Shen '15 on February 21, Heather Lee '15 on March 28, and Alice Wang '13 on April 25.
Celebrate spring at the Mead! Join us for this family-friendly afternoon of fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages, including spring-themed tours of the museum’s galleries, a flora and fauna scavenger hunt, and art-making projects. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. Stop by anytime between 11am and 3pm.
A Closer Look: Art and Social Engagement. A Conversation with Photographer Stephen Petegorsky, Amherst College Class of 1975
Stephen Petegorsky will discuss his powerful images that address issues of disability resulting from acts of war, accidents, or disease. His photographs, taken mainly in developing countries to document the work of The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, record distressing circumstances, but also celebrate these humanitarian efforts as well as fundamental human dignity.
A Closer Look: Compassion and the Art of Medicine. A Conversation with Dr. Alan Blum, Amherst College Class of 1969 and Honorary Degree Recipient 2006
Dr. Alan Blum, a professor of family medicine at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and director of its Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, will discuss the Mead’s collection of Chinese snuff bottles as well as present his own sketches of patients and the touching stories that accompany them.
Co-sponsored by the Croxton Lecture Fund, the AC Department of Biology, and the AC Lecture Committee.
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
The Mead Art Museum is pleased to announce a new senior award, the Wise Award for Collection Research, presented annually in the spring to a student in any academic department whose senior thesis, in the judgment of the museum’s curators and director, most effectively analyzes, interprets or responds to one or more objects in the museum’s collection. Direct study of the work(s) of art in the Mead’s galleries or study room and consultation of curatorial files is expected. In order to be eligible, the thesis will include a passage of at least one page that engages a museum object: it is not necessary for the entire thesis to focus on museum objects. One complete copy of the student’s thesis must be received (in paper or electronic form) by the Office of the Director the Mead Art Museum no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013. Electronic submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using the document-sharing service https://filesender.amherst.edu/. The Wise Award for Collection Research will be awarded at Senior Assembly on May 8, 2013.
Public Lecture: “The Part and the Whole: An Assyrian Synecdoche”
Ms. Lindsay Oxx, Amherst College Class of 2014, unlocks a museum mystery by examining how and why one slab of the Mead’s renowned group Assyrian palace reliefs was incorrectly restored in the 1850s and does not belong with the others. She demonstrates how this “alien” element, only recently recognized, sheds light on the reception and interpretation of these reliefs when they first arrived in bucolic Amherst from exotic Mesopotamia.
In January 2013, Ms. Oxx delivered a version of this lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle, WA, as part of the first Undergraduate Paper Session. Her lecture at the Mead is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society.
The House with the Mezzanine — A public lecture in memory of Oleg Vassiliev
Please join Dr. Maria Zavialova, a curator at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, and Dr. Alla Rosenfeld, an internationally renowned expert in Russian art, for a gallery talk and a slide lecture in conjunction with the Mead’s Art for All exhibition featuring the print series The House with the Mezzanine, by Russian artist Oleg Vassiliev (1931–2013).
Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art slowly – and thereby experience art in a new way. It happens on the same day around the world, and here's what it entails...
You'll visit the Mead and view five pre-selected artworks on your own slowly. Then, all of the participants will meet with Mead educator Wendy Somes over lunch at the High Horse (in downtown Amherst) to discuss and share experiences. All you need to do is RSVP by sending a quick email to Wendy Somes.
Salah M. Hassan, a leading critic and curator of contemporary African and African-American art, and Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History and Visual Culture at Cornell University, will deliver the lecture “Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Is ‘Afropolitan’ the Answer?” in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and has been organized by Rowland O. Abiodun, the John C. Newton Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies and Chair of Black Studies at Amherst College. It is co-sponsored by Amherst College’s departments of Black Studies, Art and the History of Art, the Mead Art Museum, and the Office of the President.
Join us at Amherst Books (8 Main Street in Amherst) to celebrate the newly published catalogue Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, with a book-signing and reception with catalogue editor and main author Marylin M. Rhie, the Jesse Wells Post Professor of Art and Professor of East Asian Studies at Smith College, and essay contributors Maria Heim, Associate Professor of Religion and Buddhist Studies at Amherst College, Paola Zamperini, Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College, and Camille Myers Breeze, Director of Museum Textile Services.
Poets and poetry-lovers alike are invited to read five to seven minutes of poetry—original work or personal favorites—in the Mead’s 16th century, Jacobean Rotherwas Room. Participants are encouraged to arrive promptly to sign up for a spot on the reading list.