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Photographs from the Ann Zelle Collection
Tuesday
22
November
2016
A Life in Photography
Ann Zelle

Ann Zelle '65 still has pictures that she took with her first camera, a Kodak Baby Brownie. Throughout her life, she has created, taught with, and collected photographs, focusing on the social and technological histories they embody and document. In this first installment of the column Alumnae in the Arts, Zelle reflects on her instinct to record the world she lives in by making and saving photographs. She recently gifted to MHCAM works by 20th-century photographers Lisette Model and August Sander, as well as a collection of over 200 American vernacular images. 

Maker Unknown (American), 2 photographs, ca. 1940s
Monday
7
November
2016
Constructing Narratives from Vernacular Photographs
Emma Kennedy

Recent Mount Holyoke graduate Emma Kennedy '16 reflects on her work with a collection of photographs gifted to MHCAM by Ann Zelle '65. During her curatorial internship at the Museum, and in her research for a final paper, Kennedy contemplated the mysteries of these compelling vernacular images.

Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery (third from left) with Five College museum directors
Tuesday
18
October
2016
Teaching Museums in the 21st Century

Video recording of a lecture by Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery

 

Lucy M. Lewis, Jar (olla), ca. 1953
Tuesday
6
September
2016
An Affinity for Southwestern Pottery
Aaron Miller

Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture Aaron Miller interviews Juli Shea Towell '55 about her amazing collection of artworks from the Pueblo communities of the American Southwest. Towell recently donated nine ceramics and one watercolor to MHCAM, works that are currently on view in the exhibition 140 Unlimited: Recent Acquisitions in Honor of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum's 140th Anniversary

Museum Preparator Jacqueline Finnegan installs vinyl
Wednesday
17
August
2016
The Not So Lazy Days of Summer
Hannah Blunt

This week MHCAM reopens to the public after almost three months of installations. Associate Curator Hannah Blunt provides a brief overview of what has been happening behind the scenes, and what visitors will discover in the re-installed galleries.