You are here


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

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


mhcameo logo
Photo Credit: 

Logo design by Taylor Anderson ('15)

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Skinner Weird
Aaron Miller

Last month, a blogger for 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!

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. 

Jerome Liebling (American, 1924-2011), Emily Dickinson's White Dress, The Homestead, 1989
Emily Dickinson's White Dress, The Homestead, 1989
Lynn Pasquerella

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella has provided the first post for the mhcameo column Objects of Our Affection, a series of personal reflections about works of art in the MHCAM collection. Here, President Pasquerella meditates over a photograph by Jerome Liebling (American, 1924-2011) of poet and Mount Holyoke alumna Emily Dickinson's ethereal white dress.