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Welcome to mhcameo, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum blog. Here we post about unique happenings, including behind-the-scenes looks at our exhibitions, close examinations of objects from the collection, and art-related chats with alumnae, faculty, and students. Sign-up below for blog alerts and take a regular peek at mhcameo!

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Jon Western and Pete Muller
Monday
24
April
2017
A Tale of Two Wolves
Kavita Khory

Video recording of a conversation between photographer Pete Muller and Dean of Faculty Jon Western

Coins on display in the Carson Teaching Gallery
Monday
17
April
2017
Methoughts the Shilling: Teaching History with Money
Desmond Fitz-Gibbon

Money doesn’t just talk. It’s also good to think with. Assistant Professor of History Desmond Fitz-Gibbon describes some of the intriguing stories told by coins and other money-related objects in the MHCAM collection: a Spanish real with layers of history, a gold solidus with a disturbing omission, and an assignat, France’s first paper currency. Taught bienially in the spring semester, Professor Fitz-Gibbon’s History of Money course explores the meaning of money from the distant past to the present day. 

Monday
29
February
2016
Passenger Pigeon
Elizabeth Young

In 2008, Boston-based photographer Rosamond Wolff Purcell made a series of images of natural history specimens at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in California. In the newest installment of the mhcameo series Objects of Our Affection, Professor of English Elizabeth Young discusses one photograph from that series, Purcell's beautiful, beguiling Passenger Pigeon. Young describes her recent immersion in the mysterious world of taxidermy, and recounts the fascinating history of the now-extinct passenger pigeon. 

Friday
18
December
2015
Art on the Brain: A Conversation with Professor Sue Barry
Ellen Alvord

This fall, Mount Holyoke Professor of Biological Sciences Sue Barry taught her groundbreaking course “Art, Music, and the Brain” in the Museum for the last time before her retirement from teaching. Her students—along with the entire MHCAM staff—will miss having an art-savvy neurobiologist in our midst. 

Monday
30
November
2015
Thinking Through Images

Video recording of artist Mel Bochner in conversation with Thomas E. Wartenberg, Professor of Philosophy