Mead Reimagined

New Look. New Works. New Mead.

In fall 2016, the Mead unveils its renovated main gallery and opens new exhibitions and installations that offer a fresh perspective on the Amherst College art collection:


Artwork: Christo, Wrapped Floors, Project for Haus Lange Museum, Krefeld, 1983.

Accumulations: 5,000 Years of Objects, Fictions, and Conversations

This exhibition celebrates the idiosyncratic nature of museum collections. Over time, as objects of value and curiosity accumulate in a museum, they enrich our understandings of culture and ourselves.

Artwork: Church, River Landscape, ca. 1848

The American Collection: Two Centuries of Art at Amherst College

Representing over two centuries of American art and artistry, the works on view in these galleries chart the early days in the building of a nation, and a museum.

Object: 17th century Dutch ebony cabinet, inlaid with tortoiseshell, decorated with églomisé landscape scenes and brass fittings

Precious: Finding the Wondrous in the Mead’s European Art Collection

Princes, scholars, and merchants alike placed their precious objects and art made of rare materials in small rooms known as cabinets of curiosity, predecessors to the modern museum.

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Art From Africa: A Selection of Works Given by Amherst Collectors and Scholars

The majority of the works on view in this installation were gifts of two brothers, both Amherst alumni: Barry Maurer, Class of 1959, and Evan Maurer, Class of 1966.

Detail of: Solomon Benediktovich Telingater, Jazz, 1928

From Russia with Love: Selections from the Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Collection of Russian Art

This exhibition presents highlights from Whitney's collection, most of which he gave, toward the end of the century and near the end of his life, to his alma mater.

Detail of: Amanda Valdez, Ripe Appeal, 2014.

Rotherwas Project 1: Amanda Valdez, Ladies’ Night

The Rotherwas Room meets contemporary art as the Mead inaugurates its biannual exhibition series, the Rotherwas Project. Artist Amanda Valdez brings a new palette and iconography to the historic room.

Artwork by Rico Gatson

Hall Walls: Rico Gatson

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