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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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Michelle Grabner and Tricia Y. Paik
Friday
22
September
2017
Artist Michelle Grabner in conversation with Museum Director Tricia Y. Paik

Video recording

Maker Unknown (Yomat Turkmen), Asmalyk, 19th century
Tuesday
1
August
2017
A 19th-Century Turkmen Asmalyk
Kendra Weisbin

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. 

Tuesday
9
February
2016
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.  

Tuesday
19
January
2016
People Will Know Our Names
Lynda Teller Pete

Relatively little is known about individual early 20th-century Navajo weavers and the creative and economic choices they made with their work. While the maker of MHCAM’s weaving with Yei figures remains unidentified, Lynda Teller Pete, a fifth-generation weaver from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills areas of the Navajo Nation, shares her perspective on its origins, and the Navajo weaving tradition.