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Jump past Instagram images to the footer. #mhcameow 🐱 this week is Curator Aaron Miller’s cat Shelby! According to Aaron, “Shelby was born in a barn and she is a predator.” Hence, her favorite MHCAM artwork is also her most prized prey, “A Mouse Mouse Eating a Plum” by Johannes Le Francq van Berkhey (ca. 1770). Shelby is so beloved that she even has portraits made of her...the last photo is a rendition of Shelby made by renowned artist James Miller, 6 & 1/2 years old. Meet Cody! Our first #mhcameow 🐶. He is the beloved best friend of Education Curator Ellen Alvord and family. Cody’s favorite painting in our collection is none other than William Wegman’s “Snowy” (1979)...notice any resemblance? As a lover of snow days, Cody was particularly pleased about the spring powder we received on Monday. We hope you’re enjoying spending lots of time with your family, Cody! Since moving our all-staff meetings to Zoom, we’ve enjoyed a lot of cameos by furry friends. It’s time we share them with you! Starting tomorrow, we will feature an MHCAM staff member’s pet along with their favorite painting in our collection. Keep an eye out for #mhcameow 🐱🐶🐹
Image: Richard Lindner, “Man’s Best Friend” (1969). Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel. 💥FLASHBACK FRIDAY: One of the things we will miss the most this semester are the class visits through our #teachingwithart program. Last Wednesday, Professor Chris Benfey’s literature class, “The American Essay,” trekked over to the Skinner Museum to explore the collection for their own essay writing inspiration. Students were captivated by everything from the decorative arts objects in the glass cases to the baby carriage and rocking horses in the basement! Keeping everyone’s safety in mind, the Museum will be closed until further notice. Thank you very much for your patience and your support of the Museum. Wishing you all good health and safety! Addressing COVID-19 concerns, the Museum will be closed temporarily to the public starting Saturday, March 14th. The Museum has also suspended our programming through May 5th.
Those with valid Mount Holyoke ID's will be able to enter the Museum during our regular weekend hours of 1-5pm.
Thank you very much for your patience and your support of the Museum. Wishing you all good health and safety.