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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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Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Monday
25
July
2016
Skinner Weird
Aaron Miller

Last month, a blogger for OnlyInYourState.com deemed Mount Holyoke’s Joseph Allen Skinner Museum the number one weirdest place in Massachusetts. Aaron F. Miller, MHCAM’s Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, takes the opportunity to explore the top 10 weirdest objects in the Skinner Museum collection. A mummified wedding cake? A Teddy Roosevelt nutcracker? Read on to learn about these wondrous oddities!

Kymberly Newberry ’16, Kimberly Grenade ’16, Fatima Cadet-Diaby ’16, Aladrianne Young ’16, Chrislyn Laurore ’16, Tara Gabriel-Richards ’16, and Natalie Riquelmy ’16
Tuesday
31
May
2016
Africana Studies at the Art Museum
Aladrianne Young

On April 20, 2016, MHCAM hosted “Africana Studies at the Art Museum,” an event organized by Aladrianne Young ’16. An Africana Studies major and a receptionist at the Museum for three years, Aladrianne became interested in representations of diversity in academia and the art world. She conceived of this brilliantly successful event in order to explore issues of racial and gender identity, oppression, and history through artworks drawn almost exclusively from the MHCAM collection. Aladrianne recruited six student presenters to share their research, poetry, and personal anecdotes about works by Faith Ringgold, Kehinde Wiley, Alison Saar, and Shirin Neshat.

Utagawa Hiroshige II, Ise Futami ga ura (detail), 1859; Emily Ewen '16 presents her installation of Japanese prints in the Carson Teaching Gallery
Monday
9
May
2016
A Collective Experience
Emily Ewen

Art History and English major Emily Ewen ’16 discusses a major project she undertook this spring reorganizing more than 550 Japanese ukiyo-e prints in the MHCAM collection. The vast collection inspired Ewen to pursue an independent study through the Art History department, allowing her to complement her tireless physical work on the collection with academic research. 

Thursday
31
March
2016
Confessions of a Museum Guide
Kristina Bush

Medieval studies major and public history minor Kristina Bush ’17 shares her experience as a participant in MHCAM’s new Student Guide Program. Reflecting on two semesters of weekly meetings at the Museum, field trips, research, and tour training, Kristina writes, “I feel as if I have found my place at Mount Holyoke in the Student Guide Program.” 

Monday
29
February
2016
Passenger Pigeon
Elizabeth Young

In 2008, Boston-based photographer Rosamond Wolff Purcell made a series of images of natural history specimens at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in California. In the newest installment of the mhcameo series Objects of Our Affection, Professor of English Elizabeth Young discusses one photograph from that series, Purcell's beautiful, beguiling Passenger Pigeon. Young describes her recent immersion in the mysterious world of taxidermy, and recounts the fascinating history of the now-extinct passenger pigeon.