On View

A black and white photo of a ruined building overlooking the sea

Architectural Ghosts

This exhibition features objects from antiquity to the 21st century that examine what it means to be in ruin, as a material state and theoretical concept, each with ethical and political dimensions. On view January 31–June 25, 2023. 

A pile of candies with blue plastic wrappers heaped into a corner formed by black walls.

“Untitled” (Blue Placebo)

Felix Gonzalez-Torres left flexible guidelines for the installation of his candy works.  While at the Mead, “Untitled” (Blue Placebo) will change locations and take new shape. On view January 31–July 9, 2023. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

A headshot of two black men in profile in a dim, blue-lit room passing smoke from their blunts into each other’s mouths. The close proximity of the men suggest the promise of a kiss.

God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

This group exhibition is a special iteration of God Made My Face, organized by Hilton Als. On view February 24–July 9, 2023. 

detailed oil painting of a cell

Black Art Matters

The Sixth Annual Black Art Matters Festival is a student-led celebration highlighting Amherst's Black students' work and artistic achievement. The visual art exhibition will be on view from March 7–June 25, 2023. 

Back cover of a birch bark book with woven dyed porcupine quills in the shape of a wreath with a heart in the center.


Boundless features works by Native American writers and artists from the late 18th century to the present that expand conversations about networks of kinship, presence, and resistance through image and text. On view September 12, 2023–January 7, 2024

 wampum, milkweed plant two ply, logwood dye, sterling silver

Seeping In, Coursing Through: Elizabeth James-Perry

Seeping In, Coursing Through features new work by Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag). On view September 12, 2023-January 7, 2024.

Virtual tours of Past Exhibitions

George Benjamin Luks (American (1866/67-1933). Child Eating. Oil on canvas. Mead Art Museum. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Babbott (Class of 1945).

Embodied Taste

Join students in a conversation on food, culture, art, and power, culminating in an exhibition at the Mead Art Museum. 

Painting of a seascape, featuring a ship in a body water, which runs between rock formations on each each side of the image.

Founding Narratives

Presenting artworks produced in the United States between 1800 and today that offer opportunities to consider the role of art in creating, reinforcing, and challenging stories about national identity. On view through July 18, 2021.

Painting of a woman pictured from behind, looking over her right shoulder. Her right hand rests on her hip. She has dark brown skin & wears a blue sundress and red headscarf. People, trees, & bright blue sky are visible in the background

The Living Room

The exhibition is curated by DeLyna Hadgu, a senior and Advanced Student Museum Educator at Amherst College in collaboration with the Black Art Matters Festival. The show explores how Black artists represent Black subjects.