Current Exhibitions

Installation view, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, August 2018
11
August
Through
21
June
2020

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Celebrating Ten Years of Teaching with Art

Inspired by the broad interpretative possibility of objects, Major Themes is an innovative, two-year exhibition that brings thought-provoking dialogues from the Museum’s teaching classroom into its public galleries.

Joan Jonas in mirror costume, ca. 1968
17
July
Through
16
June
2019

Front Gallery and Gump Family Gallery

Joan Jonas and the Mirror

Once called the “Mother of all Performance Art,” Joan Jonas ’58 has used mirrors in her groundbreaking multimedia works since the late 1960s. From early performances captured on 16mm film, to recent installation pieces, Jonas uses the concept of the mirror to show us that images are not facts, but reflections of our individual imaginations and assumptions.

Curlee Raven Holton (American, b. 1951), Festival of Piazza San Marco; The man in the mask: in the midst of celebration, doubt (detail), 2012
17
July
Through
16
December
2018

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

African American painter and printmaker Curlee Raven Holton reinvents Shakespeare’s Othello in this series of ten etchings, created during an artist residency at the Venice Printmaking Studio in 2012. At once aesthetically decadent and psychologically raw, Holton’s sepia-toned prints explore the inner life and public persona of the Moor of Venice, bringing to his story contemporary ideas about race, identity, and love.

Photgraphing Native America installation view, July 2018
17
July
Through
16
December
2018

John and Norah Warbeke Gallery

Collection Spotlight

This spotlight features works by photographer and member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, Zig Jackson (b. 1957) in conversation with early 20th-century photographs by Edward Curtis (1868-1952) and Adam Clark Vroman (1856-1914). In his work, Jackson challenges deeply ingrained popular concepts of Native Americans and encourages viewers to embrace the narratives that people tell us about themselves.

Curated by Mac Chambers ’19