Today - Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Conversations On A Bench

Conversations On A Bench - Mead Art Museum

Students and other members of the community are invited to engage in conversation in the museum with a curator, artist or local celebrity. Visit amherst.edu/mead to see the community members and guests available for conversation, and to sign up for your time on the bench.

“I am interested in secondary architecture — screens, canopies, wall paneling . . . the gray area or middle ground of the built world. These are the spaces of renovation, manipulation, compromise and potential.” — Liam Gillick

Thu, Oct 6, 2016

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Artist Projects at the Mead - Rico Gatson

Hall Walls: Rico Gatson - Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.

Rico Gatson inaugurates this annual project that gives artists and students the freedom to create an ephemeral artwork on the walls of the museum.

Mr. Gatson attended Bethel College in Minnesota and received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 1991. He has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and his works are held in many public collections, including Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Join artist Rico Gatson at this evening talk about his work, including his work-in-progress at the Mead. Followed by a reception.

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Materiality at the Mead - Bruce Kaiser

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Thursday, October 13, noon

Bruce Kaiser, chief scientist at Bruker Corporation, explains the process of X-ray fluorescent (XRF) testing using the Mead’s bronze sculptures by A. Phimister Proctor (1860–1950), famous sculptor of the American West. Dr. Kaiser will explain the tool’s value to the field of art conservation and how it is advancing our understanding of Proctor’s bronzes. Lunch provided.

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Materiality at the Mead - Julia A. Ream

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Friday, October 21, 1–3 p.m. (workshop) and 4–5 p.m. (lecture)

Thinking of a career in art conservation? Or just curious about the process and materials involved in conserving art? Julia A. Ream, independent conservator of Asian works on paper, will lead a conservation workshop for students and deliver a lecture on her career trajectory and recent work on manuscripts and paintings from the Middle East and South Asia.

Lecture open to the public, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

Workshop held in William Green Study Room, Mead Art Museum. Limited to 10 students; registration required. To register, email Louise Beckett (finearts@amherst.edu).

Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Family & Community event: Re-stART

Re-stART

Saturday, October 22, 1–3 pm

Rediscover the art of the everyday—using found objects, recycled materials, and other surprises—at this hands-on crafting marathon for all ages.

Wed, Nov 2, 2016

Global Artists Speak at the Mead - Zanele Muholi

A series that brings leading artists from around the world to Amherst College.

Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.

Join South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi in conversation with Wendy Ewald, photographer and visiting artist-in-residence at Amherst College. Followed by a reception.

Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Global Artists Speak at the Mead - Vitaly Komar

A series that brings leading artists from around the world to Amherst College.

Friday, November 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Join Russian-born conceptual artist Vitaly Komar for a conversation with Henry Steele Commager Professor and Professor of Russian Stanley Rabinowitz and Russian art scholar and independent curator Bettina Jungen about Amherst’s renowned Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Collection of Russian Art; Russian art and culture in the United States since the 1970s; and the experience of being a Russian émigré artist. Preceded by a reception at 4:30 p.m., Mead Art Museum.

Thu, Dec 1, 2016

Materiality at the Mead - Laurence Kanter

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Thursday, December 1, 6:30 pm

What’s the secret to identifying a painting’s creator? Come hear the process by which the Mead’s Renaissance painting The Crucifixion was identified as the work of the remarkably expressive devotional painter and monk Lorenzo Monaco (ca. 1370–1425). The scholar responsible for this new attribution, Laurence Kanter, Chief Curator and the Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art at Yale University Art Gallery, details his recent discovery, joined in conversation with Nicola Courtright, William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art. Followed by a reception.

Tue, Dec 6, 2016

Materiality at the Mead - Carol Clark

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Tuesday, December 6, noon

A closer look at the Mead’s larger-than-life bronze sculptures Pronghorn Antelope and Indian Hunter (1917), made by American artist Paul Manship (1885–1966). Led by Carol Clark, Professor Emerita of Art and the History of Art. Lunch provided.