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As one of her final projects before heading off to pursue a Master’s degree in art history, 2017-2018 Art Museum Advisory Board Curatorial Fellow Katia Kiefaber '17 reflects on an unusual book she discovered in an unexplored box in Museum storage. Bequested to MHCAM in 1991 as part of a large collection from alumna Helene Brosseau Black (Class of 1931), Marcel Vertès Dames Seules sheds light on queer relationships between women in early 20th-century Paris…but not as much as our author would have liked.
Maureen Millmore ’13 is a Major Gifts Coordinator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since graduating from Mount Holyoke, Millmore has held positions at a number of important New York cultural institutions, including the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In this installment of the blog series Alumnae in the Arts, Associate Curator Hannah Blunt interviews Millmore about the essential functions of museum development.
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.
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.
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.