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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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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!

Textile Tactics
Jacqueline Finnegan

Museum Preparator Jacqueline Finnegan reflects on the labor-intensive process of preparing textiles for exhibition. Thanks to her meticulous use of needle, thread, and Velcro®, the textiles in the current exhibition, Dancers of the Nightway: Ceremonial Themes in Navajo Weaving, seem to hover off the wall.  

Bob Riddle, Jacqueline Finnegan, and Linda Best install a Judy Pfaff sculpture
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.