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Maker Unknown (Tibetan or Indian), Mani stone dedicated to Rinchen Gyatso, 19th century or earlier
Wednesday
12
September
2018
Stories Behind the Stones
Priscilla (Qizhen) Zhang

During her LYNK internship at MHCAM this summer, Architectural Studies major and Religion minor Priscilla (Qizhen) Zhang '19 studied a group of Tibetan Mani stones in the Museum's collection. Zhang was especially intrigued by the religious stories present in the carved images and inscriptions on these stones, which she describes in this enlightening blog post. The Museum is grateful for her terrific work, and the important contributions of all of our brilliant interns--contributions that have inspired this new blog series, Intern Insights. 

Mary McCarthy, Little Precious #1, 2004
Thursday
17
May
2018
For the Love of (Artists') Books
Juliana Cordero

Curatorial Intern Juliana Cordero ’18 is a book lover. Her affinity for books is so strong, in fact, that she hopes to pursue a career as a book conservator. Here, she shares her favorite books from a collection of nearly 70 artists’ books by women recently gifted to MHCAM by Marjorie (Jerry) Cohn ’60. Cohn, a long-time conservator and curator at the Fogg Museum, amassed this wondrous collection over 25 years. Feminist themes abound in these books, through comedy, tragedy, and the commonplace. Read on…Cordero’s picks are laugh-out-loud funny!

Installation view, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, fall 2017
Tuesday
9
January
2018
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!

Unknown Maker, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Bandolier bag, ca. 1900
Thursday
17
August
2017
MHCAM, meet LYNK
Aaron Miller

This summer, the Museum was honored to host three Mount Holyoke undergraduate interns who chose to use their LYNK internship funding to gain museum experience. Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture Aaron Miller highlights the summer work experiences of Jamie Collings ’18, Cassie Peltier ’18, and Emily Tarantini ’18.

Maker Unknown (German), Pomander, 1580-90
Friday
24
February
2017
Small Wonder: A 16th-Century German Pomander
Madeline Ketley

Curatorial Intern Madeline Ketley '17 recently catalogued materials from the Fellows Collection of Silver and Snuff Bottles, a gift to MHCAM in 1986 from Josephine Purtscher Fellows (Class of 1924). In the newest installment of the blog series Objects of Our Affection, Ketley reveals the history and allure of a tiny silver pomander from this collection. Read on to discover the secrets contained in this delicate 16th-century object.