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Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Museum visitors standing in a gallery of paintings

Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Join us for Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum on Friday, Aug. 23! Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, this series allows free entry to museum-goers at many museums across Massachusetts. Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum for free admission to The Homestead, where Emily Dickinson wrote nearly all of her poetry, and her brother’s home, The Evergreens.

On Free Fun Friday you can enjoy self-guided tours of The Homestead and The Evergreens with guides on hand to answer questions. A scavenger hunt through the houses invites you to look closely at the historic furnishings used by the Dickinson family. On the museum grounds, visit the craft tent for fun for all ages. Explore the “Landscape of Memory” with the EDM’s self-guided audio tour. Pollinator Bingo and a garden scavenger hunt will also be available! The day will also include a reading and signing by author Krystyna Poray Goddu. Her newly released Dickinson biography for middle-grade readers, Becoming Emily, will be a hit with kids!

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

"From the Archives" Exhibition Opening Reception at Frost Library

Local and international artists explore what it means to be inspired by research and archives. Working with a variety of materials, from institutional collections to the everyday ephemera found in the world around us, these artists recreate, draw inspiration and reinvent as a means to express personal stories and historical interests. The exhibition includes work from Linda Connor, Madeline Conover, Sara K. Lyons, Jen Morris, Tim Pinault, Laura Margaret Ramsey, Naaman Rosen, Annie Sollinger and Sara Smith.

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

Abstract mixed media work of art, featuring purple, gold, orange, red and green

"Curating the Contemporary" and Fall Opening

Tiffany Bradley, founder of Colored Criticism, a company for cultural heritage stories, will moderate a panel of contemporary art curators, featuring David E. Little, the John Wieland 1958 Director and Chief Curator of the Mead; Horace D. Ballard, curator of American art at the Williams College Museum of Art; and Emma Chubb, the Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smith College Museum of Art. An opening reception for the Mead's new fall exhibitions will follow.

Curating the Contemporary Panel | 5–6 p.m., Stirn Auditorium
Opening Reception | 6–7 p.m., Mead Art Museum

Free and open to all!

Wed, Sep 11, 2019

Photo of Tiffany Bradley, side by side with logo of Colored Criticism

Grab and Don't Go with Tiffany Bradley

Join Tiffany Bradley for lunch and conversation in the MRC. Bradley is the founder of Colored Criticism, a company for cultural heritage stories. Her focus is on intersectional, interpersonal, and interdisciplinary arts. Bradley’s film work has been shown at Brooklyn Community Foundation and Rush Arts Foundation. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Colorlines, Racialicious, and the Americans for the Arts blog. Tiffany has worked in audience development at the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, Race Forward, Americans for the Arts, and Fractured Atlas.

Free and open to Amherst College faculty, staff and students!

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

Photo of Darryl Harper '90 playing clarinet; abstract painting by Naya Gabriel; produce from Book & Plow Farm; and black-and-white print by Kevin Pomerleau

Community Makers' Day

All are invited to a day of art, craft, food and music. Join us as we consider the core elements of art-making, featuring a live jazz performance by Amherst College’s resident faculty string quartet; art-making demonstrations with local artists Naya Gabriel, Kevin Pomerleau and Wouter Schievink; snacks from Book & Plow Farm; and more!

Live demos hourly, with activities and snacks throughout the day

Free and open to all!

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Abstract print featuring person in yellow in the foreground; person in swimsuit emerging from blue and green in background

Gallery Talk with Galina Mardilovich

What is possible in a print? Join Curator of Russian and European Art Galina Mardilovich for a gallery talk about the various techniques of printmaking in the works on view at the Mead, and the economic, political and artistic forces that made them all possible in their respective times.

Free and open to all!

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Photo of Matthew Dane, wearing a white shirt and smiling

Matthew Dane '93 and Gregory Hayes '73: "Reflections" - Viola D’Amore Recital

Violist Matthew Dane '93 and harpsichordist Gregory Hayes '73 present Reflections, a program showcasing the viola d'amore as an extraordinary instrument to express the diverse music of our time and world. The program includes music by Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and Reena Esmail, and features a premiere by Amherst College's Professor Eric Sawyer. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Sculpture of arm chair missing one leg and one arm; blue and black circle print on chair back.

Gallery Talk with David E. Little

What is contemporary about contemporary art? Join David Little, John Wieland 1958 Mead Director and Chief Curator, in a participatory discussion of this question based on close examination of the works on view. Audiences will explore how artists borrow from pop culture, use new materials, and apply new conceptual approaches to addressing pressing issues in art and society.

Free and open to all!

Ongoing Events

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.