Gallery talk about "Money Matters" with Desmond Fitz-Gibbon and Aaron Miller, Oct, 10, 2019

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Saturday, February 29, 1:30 pm
Marking, Molding, Transfiguring: Materials in Art
Sightlines Tour
Elaine De Kooning (American, 1918-1989), Untitled, from the Lascaux Series (detail), 1984
Thursday, March 4, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Artist Talk with Bisa Butler
Learn about the Museum's new acquisition
Bisa Butler (American, b. 1975), Broom Jumpers (detail), 2019
Get to know us better
Collection Highlights and Special Collections
Tour over 400 works of art
Hendrick Andriessen (Flemish, 1607-1655), Vanitas Still Life, ca. 1650 (detail)
New Intern Insights Blog
MHCAM Interns - Summer 2019
Four Students on their Summer Experiences
MHCAM interns Izzy Chen '21 and Erin Hancock '20

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Jump past Instagram images to the footer. As we wrap up our #BlackHistoryMonth celebrations, we are captivated daily by sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller's iconic “Ethiopia Awakening” (1921) cast in bronze.
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With this sculpture, Warrick Fuller sought to create a different image of African American contributions to life and culture in America. Features of “Ethiopia Awakening” – the shape of the face, nose, and cheekbones – closely resemble those of the artist herself. As a self-portrait and an image of an awakening regal black woman, Fuller argued for a black people reclaiming their rightful place in history and asserting their racial pride.
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This stunning sculpture is part of the permanent collection at the @daviddriskellcenter, and we'll be sad to see it leave South Hadley this summer! Stop in this weekend and see Ethiopia Awakening hold court in our ancient art gallery. 🗓 SAVE THE DATE! Next Thursday (3/5) Bisa Butler, the artist of our new acquisition “Broom Jumpers” will be coming to campus! Although her talk will take place in Gamble Auditorium, the museum galleries will stay open until 6:15pm so you can take another peak at “Broom Jumpers” before it goes on traveling exhibition! 👁 Sightlines Tour SATURDAY (2/29) @1:30pm in the galleries! Join Student Guide Izzy Yiqi Chen ‘21 on a tour considering not just how an artwork is made, but how the materials themselves shape the artist’s expression and our experience. Continuing MHC’s campus wide celebrations of #BlackHistoryMonth we are thrilled to highlight our recent acquisition of two works by artist @alexandriasmithstudio “UnearThings I” (2019) and “The Rooting Place” (2019)!
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Smith is a mixed media visual artist working in London and New York City. Her practice is largely centered on a lexicon of visual semiotics the artist developed to address the complexities of black identity. Both works in MHCAM's collection are part of a larger body “Monuments to an Effigy”, an immersive installation that explores the legacies of the historic Olde Town of Flushing Burial Ground, which was used as a cemetery for black and indigenous Americans in the late 19th century, and the Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Flushing. The Burial Ground was paved over to make space for a playground by the Parks Department in the 1930s, a troubling history Smith interrogates through the lens of black female subjectivity, memory, and myth. Alexandria Smith’s work, brought into the collection in December, invites us to do the important work of black history, commemoration, and memory all day every day.
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“The Rooting Place” will be installed with a selection of contemporary works from MHCAM's permanent collection in the fall of this year. This exhibit is curated by @ssparlingwilliams and titled Modern and Contemporary Art: Proposition, Form, Gesture. 💥FLASHBACK FRIDAY to a very special #teachingwithart experience: Jessica Sidman’s Rigidity Theory class built their own Tensegrity models inspired by MHCAM’s Kenneth Snelson sculpture, “Wing 1” (1992). Tensegrity is a structural principle coined in the 1960s by architect Buckminster Fuller to describe the unique rigid and flexible elements of Snelson’s sculptures. 👁 Sightlines Tour SATURDAY (2/22) @ 1:30pm in the galleries! Created and led by Student Guide Maggie Kamb ‘21. Join us to have some fun with Saint Sebastian (pictured above) and the other works on her tour of icons and idols.