Exhibition Openings & Artist Talks
Esteban Uceda ’19 and SabriAnan Micha ’19. Photo by Maria Stenzel & Jonathan Jackson ’19 for #AmherstIBelong.
#AmherstIBelong, a new exhibition in the Keefe Campus Center, explores what it means to “belong” at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the exhibition includes colorful portraits of students, along with their own thoughts about their sense of belonging at Amherst. All are invited to celebrate the exhibit during opening receptions on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m. in Keefe and on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum.
Seductive, disorienting, informative and allegorical, Nicholas Muellner’s In Most Tides an Island is at once a glimpse of contemporary post-Soviet queer life, a meditation on solitude and desire, and an inquiry into the nature of photography and poetry. The exhibition opens Monday, Sept. 11, at the Eli Marsh Gallery in Fayerweather Hall (Room 105). Later that week, on Thursday, Sept. 14, join Muellner for an opening lecture and reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Fayerweather’s Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115). The exhibition remains on view through Friday, Oct. 6.
During the 2017–18 year, the Arts at Amherst Initiative—a collaboration between three departments (music, theater & dance, and art & the history of art) and the Mead Art Museum—hosts Art Ecologies, a series of events featuring guest artists whose works focus on our relationship to ecological systems and materials. Guest artists visiting in September include printmaker Lyell Castonguay, who prints large-scale woodcuts, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside Fayerweather Hall, and musician Vic Rawlings, who performs Thursday, Sept. 28, at 12:50 p.m. in front of Fayerweather, followed by a 4:30 p.m. workshop with Rawlings in the Yūshien Japanese Garden (between Webster Hall and Kirby Memorial Theater).
On view at Amherst’s Mead Art Museum: Saya Woolfalk, The Four Virtues (Prudence), 2017; Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Untitled, 2014; and Jerome Liebling, Young Girl, 1952.
Global art and photography take center stage this fall at Amherst’s Mead Art Museum. Tell It Like It Is—or Could Be features works by acclaimed contemporary photographers Cindy Sherman, Zackary Drucker and Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, among others. Saya Woolfalk: Life Products and the ChimaCloud is the third installment in the ongoing Rotherwas Project exhibition series, which situates contemporary art in the Mead’s historic Rotherwas Room. Also on view are installations featuring the Mead’s Russian, European and American collections, works by renowned American artist Michael Mazur ’57, and Picturing American Identity, an installation organized by the Mead’s summer interns.
All are invited to celebrate the Mead’s fall exhibitions at an opening reception on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Curatorial remarks begin at 5 p.m., and a reception with contemporary photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok follows from 6–8 p.m. Rotherwas Project artist Saya Woolfalk speaks on Friday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the Mead. If you can’t make it to the opening reception, stop by the museum anytime between Sept. 12 and Dec. 31 to see the new exhibits. The Mead is open from 9 a.m. until midnight on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is always free of charge.