You are here

Blog

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!

E-mail icon
Join our e-mail list

Signup for our e-mail announcements and be the first to receive updates on exhibitions and events!

MHCAMEO_700.jpg

mhcameo logo
Photo Credit: 

Logo design by Taylor Anderson ('15)

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.

Curlee Raven Holton, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Amy Rogers and students, Nov 2 2018
Monday
15
April
2019
Re-Examining Shakespeare's Othello: An Artistic Collaboration

In fall 2018, students enrolled in Associate Professor of English Amy Rodgers’ “Activist Shakespeare” class had the opportunity to work with Curlee Raven Holton’s Othello Re-Imagined in Sepia print series, exhibited at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Students engaged with real-world examples of the activism-oriented Shakespeare adaptations discussed in their class.

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. 

Maker Unknown (American), 2 photographs, ca. 1940s
Monday
7
November
2016
Constructing Narratives from Vernacular Photographs
Emma Kennedy

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.