March 5 - July 5, 2020

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Hôtel de l'Étoile: Grand Hotel Fontaine), 1953–1955. Mixed media. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts; Gift of the C and B Foundation.
Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Hôtel de l'Étoile: Grand Hotel Fontaine), 1953–1955. Mixed media. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts; Gift of the C and B Foundation.

This exhibition presents some of the ways in which artists have employed collage, and the related forms of photomontage and film montage, throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. As a technique, collage involves the physical layering of disparate elements often borrowed from other contexts. This capacity for fragmenting and combining have rendered collage both an inexhaustible medium and emblematic of the ever-changing modern world.

Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features works by Joseph Cornell, Sam Gilliam, Liliana Porter, Oleg Kudryashov, Richard Stankiewicz, and Kara Walker.