Fri, Mar 22, 2019

A view of the entrance to Mead Art Museum and Stearns Steeple amidst fall foliage

Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Sat, Mar 23, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

Image: Barbara Hepworth, Project for Wood and Strings, Trezion II, 1959. Oil, gesso, pencil on board. 14 7⁄8 × 21 1⁄8 inches. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts; Gift of Richard S. Zeisler (Class of 1937). © Bowness.

Dimensionism: Opening Keynote and Reception

Join us for a keynote talk with American Art Curator Vanja Malloy as she explains her pioneering research on Dimensionism, an art movement during the early twentieth century in which American and European artists responded in their work to the air of excitement from the scientific discoveries happening around them. After the talk, come experience this first-of-its-kind exhibition, Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein at the opening reception. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Free and open to all!

Keynote will begin at 5 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, with reception to follow at the Mead.

Sat, Mar 30, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Wed, Apr 3, 2019

Image caption: Barbara Hepworth, Project for Wood and Strings, Trezion II, 1959. Oil, gesso, pencil on board. 14 7/8 x 21 1/8 inches. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts; Gift of Richard S. Zeisler (Class of 1937) (1960.1). © Bowness.

Innovation and Invention: A Conducting Recital by Ellen Mutter '18

Join us for an hour-long concert pairing choral music with stories of scientific advancements presented by graduate associate in music, Ellen Mutter '18. This performance will explore the links between scientific and artistic innovation from Palestrina and Galileo to Philip Glass and Einstein. The recital features students and faculty from Amherst and Smith Colleges. No tickets necessary. Seating is limited and first come, first served. This program is offered with support from the Amherst College Music Department and Arts at Amherst.

This event is free & open to all!

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Tue, Apr 9, 2019

Image: Maximillian Wolf, The Milky Way, photograph. 1900.

Seeing the Moon in Islamic Traditions

Join us for a conversation with Amherst College Muslim Student Association and advisors to learn more about the lunar calendar and moon sightseeing in Islamic traditions leading up to the month of Ramadan. People of all religions, beliefs and experience levels are invited to attend. This program is offered in conjunction with Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein with support from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Muslim Students Association.

This event is free and open to all!

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Maya Deren, Still from “The Very Eye of Night” 1958, Copyright Anthology Film Archives.

The Stars on Screen

Join us for a screening of short science films from the 1920s and 1930s. Stay for a conversation with Vanja Malloy, curator of American Art; Hannah Goodwin, assistant professor of film and media studies at Mount Holyoke College; and Kate Follette, assistant professor of astronomy at Amherst College. This program is supported by Arts at Amherst, Amherst College Program of Film and Media Studies and the Amherst College Department of Astronomy.

This event is free and open to all!

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!


Barbara Hepworth, Project for Wood and Strings, Trezion II, 1959. Oil, gesso, pencil on board. 14 7/8 x 21 1/8 inches. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts; Gift of Richard S. Zeisler (Class of 1937) (1960.1). © Bowness.

Spring Events Brochure

Download a PDF of the Mead’s spring brochure, which includes information about upcoming exhibitions and events. Printed copies are available in the main lobby of the museum.