April 21, 2010
Contact: Bettina Jungen
Curator of Russian Art
413/542 8561

AMHERST, Mass.—On Tuesday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney ’37 Curator of Russian Art, will present a talk on an exhibition at the Mead titled “The Magic of Signs: American and European Art of the 1950s and ’60s from the Collection of Richard S. Zeisler ’37.” 

The installation presents European and American drawings, paintings and sculptures collected and donated to the Mead by Richard S. Zeisler, an alumnus from AmherstCollege’s Class of 1937. It features works by Josef Albers, Mary Bauermeister, Ilya Bolotowsky, Eduardo Chillida, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Niki de Saint Phalle— artists whose approaches range from geometrical abstraction to colorful sensuality. In her talk, Jungen will shed light on the creative atmosphere of the mid-20th century and highlight particular objects in the artists’ work, inviting the audience to engage with the magical world of their signs and explore their sense.

The free exhibition is supported by the David W. Mesker (Class of 1953) Fund and the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund. More information and a checklist of the exhibited works are posted on the Mead’s website: www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/2010/zeisler.

The MeadArt Museum houses the art collection of AmherstCollege, totaling more than 16,000 works. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. During the academic term, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit the museum’s website, www.amherst/museums/mead, or call 413/542-2335.