Today - Thu, May 5, 2016

Image of the head, neck, shoulders and raised left hand of a human figure with a colorful floral headdress and a black strap across his mouth

Evening at the Mead

Meet internationally renowned conceptual artist Tom Friedman at this gallery talk held in conjunction with the exhibition Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation).

The works on view correspond to existing works in the Mead's permanent collection and mark the first time Friedman has drawn artistic inspiration directly from a museum collection.

Friedman works in a range of media, most famously using Styrofoam and paint to sculpt objects that resonate with contemporary audiences. His most recent work is Looking Up, a large-scale (over 30 feet high) stainless steel figure gazing skyward on Park Avenue and East 53rd St. in New York City.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Friedman lives and works in Massachusetts and teaches in the graduate program in art at UMass Amherst. Later in May, his work will be featured in the MASS MoCA exhibition Explode Every Day: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Mon, May 9, 2016

First Folio!

Exhibition: "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare"

How do we know Shakespeare's plays? For many of them, the answer is one book: the 1623 First Folio. Without it, 18 plays, including MacbethJulius Caesar, Twelfth Night and The Tempest could have been lost forever. 

In 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library presents "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare," a national traveling exhibition bringing the First Folio to 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Amherst College will be the only Massachusetts stop for the traveling exhibition.

Free and open to the public.

First Folio

Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition Opening Reception

Join us in celebrating the greatest playwright of the English language at a reception marking the opening of this historical exhibition, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library. 

Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and only 233 copies are known today. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this year the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the United States, and Amherst College been selected for Massachusetts.

Sat, May 14, 2016

Family Workshop: From Page to Stage

Families with children ages 8–12 take the spotlight for a dramatic afternoon of crafts, storytelling and performance featuring the exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. Early registration encouraged; call (413) 542-2295.

Ongoing Events

Tom Friedman: Untitled (Flute Player)

Exhibition: "Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation)"

This special exhibition unveils new works by renowned conceptual artist Tom Friedman, and marks the first time Friedman has drawn artistic inspiration directly from a museum collection. The works on view correspond to existing works in the Mead’s permanent collection, and represent a contemporary dialogue with art from the past in ways that introduce subtexts, narratives and new ways of thinking about the Mead’s art collection. 

Print by Binnie

Exhibition: "Unimaginable by One Mind Alone: Exquisite Corpses from the William Green Collection of Japanese Prints"

For this exhibition, the Mead Art Museum commissioned contemporary artists to finish uncompleted works from the Mead's Japanese print collection in the spirit of the Exquisite Corpse. Each participant was allowed to select designs from the Mead’s holdings and extend them into full compositions. They were given complete freedom to create anything they could imagine...