Current Exhibitions

Unknown (American), Quilt with tumbling blocks pattern (detail), ca. 1845-1885
20
January
Through
15
April
2018

Hinchliff Reception Hall

Collection Spotlight

This collection spotlight puts two very different objects in conversation: an optically dazzling 19th-century quilt with the tumbling blocks pattern and artist Michelle Grabner’s 2016 untitled bronze sculpture of a crocheted blanket. Voices, stories, and photographs may fade or disappear with time, yet through these works, tangible and deeply personal objects persist as a mode of communication and connection across generations.

Sir Albert Gilbert (British, 1854-1934), Offering to Hymen (detail), 1884-86
29
July
Through
27
May
2018

Front Gallery

Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and Its Afterlives

Presenting more than a dozen statuettes from the Museum’s collection, this exhibition invites viewers to experience a century of European and American sculpture, dating from 1890 to 1990. The works have been selected and researched by Dr. Gülru Çakmak and her students in the seminar “Modernizing Sculpture from Canova to Duchamp,” offered at UMass Amherst in fall 2016.

Installation view, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, January 2018
23
January
Through
27
May
2018

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery, Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery, and Gump Family Gallery

The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph

The central link in three generations of quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935) is celebrated for her bold compositions and improvisational quilting style.

John White Alexander (American, 1856-1915), President Mary Emma Woolley (detail), ca. 1909
21
November
Through
27
May
2018

John and Norah Warbeke Gallery

Collection Spotlight
 

Mary Woolley accomplished many feats in her 36-year term as president of Mount Holyoke College. Today, she is remembered for laying a foundation for LGBTQ inclusiveness at the College.