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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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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. 

Maureen Milmore '13
Monday
20
March
2017
Maureen Millmore ’13
Hannah Blunt

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.

Small Wonder: A 16th-Century German Pomander
Madeline Ketley

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.

Harriet Flower, Professor of Classics, Princeton University
Wednesday
15
February
2017
The Roman Lares, Gods of the Home and Journey

Video recording of a lecture by Harriet Flower, Professor of Classics, Princeton University

Photographs from the Ann Zelle Collection
Tuesday
22
November
2016
A Life in Photography
Ann Zelle

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.