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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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Nicole Lara Granados and Jennifer Villa
Wednesday
2
June
2021
Inaugural Mariposa Prize Winners

Thanks to the generosity of artist Hector Dionico Mendoza, an exciting new student award was established in spring 2021. The Mariposa Prize represents a collaboration between the Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies and the Museum, and offers a new opportunity to celebrate the creative and inspiring work of Latinx students at the College.

Barton Lidice Benes, AIDS (Reliquarium), 1999
Monday
18
May
2020
Looking Closely, Thinking Textually: A Museum Session with "Poetry and Image"
Kendra Weisbin

In February 2020, students enrolled in Visiting Lecturer Sam Ace's "Poetry and Image” course had the opportunity to look closely and think analytically about Barton Lidice Benes's AIDS Museum (Reliquarium) at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

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.