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In this Objects of Our Affection post, Associate Curator of Education Kendra Weisbin weaves together the history of a beautiful 19th-century textile—a 2017 gift to MHCAM—and her own cultivation as a specialist and enthusiast of Islamic carpets.
Video recording of a conversation between photographer Pete Muller and Dean of Faculty Jon Western
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.
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.
Curatorial Intern Madeline Ketley '17 recently catalogued materials from the Fellows Collection of Silver and Snuff Bottles, a gift to MHCAM in 1986 from Josephine Purtscher Fellows (Class of 1924). In the newest installment of the blog series Objects of Our Affection, Ketley reveals the history and allure of a tiny silver pomander from this collection. Read on to discover the secrets contained in this delicate 16th-century object.