Psychology Today: Meditation and Art

Physics professor Arthur Zajonc blogged about a program sponsored by the Mead Art Museum that encourages the practice of contemplative engagement with paintings. “Contemplative beholding of art - indeed of anything - can lead to the animation of whatever is before us,” he wrote. “New eyes, ‘the right eyes,’ suddenly open, waking us up, and consequently awakening everything around us.”

Mead Art Museum at Amherst College to Host Discussion Series titled "Exposing the Mead: Conversations on Photographs in the Collection"

January 4, 2011
Contact: Maggie Dethloff
Andrew W. Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow

AMHERST, Mass.— Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15,  the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host a series of five informal discussions inspired by photographs from the Mead’s collection.

Art and Science Meet in Landmark Orra White Hitchcock Exhibition at Mead Art Museum

January 4, 2011
Contact: Karen Cardinal
Accounting, Web and Marketing Manager, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.—Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863): An Amherst Woman of Art and Science, a special exhibition that brings to light the little-known art of one of the Connecticut River Valley’s earliest female artists, will open on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Mead Art Museum of Amherst College.

Medieval Detectives

After a semester’s worth of research, students in music professor Klara Moricz’s “Music and Culture” class have deduced that two pieces of sheet music in the Mead Art Museum’s collection are actually manuscripts for 14th century Gregorian chants.

Francesca Zambello, Artistic and General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival, to Speak at Amherst College Dec. 12

November  30, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. – On Sunday, Dec. 12, at noon in Stirn Auditorium, the Amherst College Department of Music, the Mead Art Museum and the Center for Community Engagement will present Francesca Zambello, artistic and general director of The Glimmerglass Festival.

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Makeover at the Mead

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History Comes Alive in New Collaboration Between Mead Art Museum of Amherst College and American Antiquarian Society

November 11, 2010
Contact: Karen Cardinal
Accounting, Web and Marketing Manager, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.—The Mead Art Museum of Amherst College has announced an exciting collections-sharing initiative with the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Mass., one of the nation’s premier collections of American historical documents.

Temporary Installation at the Mead Art Museum Nov. 4 to 14 to Feature Famous Feejee Mermaid

November 4, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—From Thursday, Nov. 4 thru Sunday, Nov. 14, the Mead Art Museum will present a temporary exhibition featuring the very same Feejee Mermaid that debuted on Nov. 2 on the Travel Channel’s new series, Mysteries at the Museum.

Art History Professor Natasha Staller to Discuss Goya and The Spanish Monster at the Mead Art Museum Dec. 9

November 4, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m., Natasha Staller, professor of the history of art, will give a gallery talk at the Mead Art Museum related to the exhibition Goya: Prints of Darkness.

Prof Rick López to Discuss the Crafting of Mexico’s National Identity at the Mead Art Museum Nov. 17

November 2, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.— On Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m., Rick López, associate professor of history and chair of the Mexican Studies Committee of the Conference of Latin American Studies at Amherst College, will discuss his newly released book, Crafting Mexico: Intellectuals, Artisans, and the State After the Revolution at the school’s Mead Art Museum. A book signing and reception will follow.