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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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Frederic Leighton's study, Leighton House Museum, London
Friday
1
December
2017
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. 

Michelle Grabner and Tricia Y. Paik
Friday
22
September
2017
Artist Michelle Grabner in conversation with Museum Director Tricia Y. Paik

Video recording

Monday
30
November
2015
From the Beginning

Video recording of a lecture by artist Judy Pfaff

 

Bob Riddle, Jacqueline Finnegan, and Linda Best install a Judy Pfaff sculpture
Monday
26
October
2015
Installing Wallabout
Jacqueline Finnegan

In this first post for the mhcameo blog column Storage Segments, which covers fascinating behind-the-scenes and collections management topics, Museum Preparator Jacqueline Finnegan describes the challenging but rewarding process of installing Judy Pfaff's Wallabout for the exhibition betwixt: Judy Pfaff 1985/92.

Student dancers perform outside the Museum
Tuesday
6
October
2015
Beautiful Cacophonies
Jim Coleman

Professor Jim Coleman describes a recent student dance performance at the Museum inspired by the artworks of Judy Pfaff. Three art majors, three experienced dance improvisers, and 20 beginning dance students participated in the performance.