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Mary Lee Bendolph and Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw
I Keep Dreaming that Dream: The Life and Creative Genius of Mary Lee Bendolph
Hannah Blunt

Video recording of a lecture by Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw, Professor of Art History and Director/Curator of the University Museum, Texas Southern University

Installation view, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, fall 2017
Art in Translation
Hannah Blunt

On December 7, the Museum hosted a poetry reading and open mic in the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Department of English, the event saw marvelous readings by students and faculty alike. Several students presented poems and prose written in response to exhibitions and works of art on view at MHCAM. Thank you to Becca Mullen ‘18, Ben Sambrook ‘18, Anisha Pai ‘19, and Henna Joshi ‘18 for sharing those poems with us for the first blog post of 2018. Happy reading!

Frederic Leighton's study, Leighton House Museum, London
Close Encounters with Frederic Leighton
Wendy Watson

For Curator Emerita Wendy Watson, a visit to the exhibition A Very Long Engagement: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and Its Afterlives conjures memories of her many encounters with Frederic Leighton's 1890 sculpture The Sluggard. Watson, who facilitated the acquisition of a small bronze cast of The Sluggard for MHCAM in 1985, takes us from the Museum's galleries to an exhibition in Paris to Leighton's elaborate house and studio in London.