October 18, 2010
Contact: Bettina Jungen

AMHERST, Mass.—On Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., the Mead Art Museum will again serve as the venue for an experience synthesizing the arts. Distinguished students of East Street Dance Center in Hadley will present dances from the Renaissance and Baroque eras and extracts from classical ballets.

The students’ performances will reflect the historic scope of the Mead’s collections and interact with the art on view in the museum’s reinstalled galleries. Musical interludes between the dances will complement the program. In this way, dance, music and fine arts will merge beautifully into a unified artistic experience. Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney ’37 Curator of Russian Art will highlight the relationship between dance and art in her introduction.

Space for this production is limited. Reservations are recommended. For reservations and information please call 413-542-2335.

The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, 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 Thursday and Sunday 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 Web site, www.amherst.edu/museums/mead, or call 413/542-2335.