Past Exhibitions

3D model
13
October
Through
26
November
2017

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

3D Models Then and Now

Curated by Carla Gonzalez-Vazquez '19, this display features a selection of historical plaster models of geometric surfaces alongside contemporary mathematical models created with 3D printing technology.

Co-sponsored with the Mount Holyoke College Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

William Kentridge (South African, b. 1955), Tango for Page Turning (detail), 2012-2013
5
September
Through
17
December
2017

Gump Family Gallery

Tango for Page Turning

South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955) is internationally-recognized for his film, drawing, sculpture, animation, and performance. For more than three decades, his work has explored contentious political systems such as colonialism, totalitarianism, and apartheid through powerful allegorical imagery and theater.

Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), The Science Pictures: Multiple Flash Photograph (Bouncing Ball) (detail), 1982
19
August
Through
17
December
2017

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

Photographs by Berenice Abbott

One of the great photographers of the twentieth century, Berenice Abbott documented the rapidly changing world around her from the streets of New York City to the impact of new scientific discoveries. This exhibition explores Abbott’s groundbreaking images that illustrate fundamental physical laws, which she captured with precision and stark beauty.

John M. Peck (American), Woman's Riding Hat, 1800-1825
29
July
Through
17
December
2017

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Collection Spotlight

Thirty years ago, Mount Holyoke College opened its world-class Equestrian Center. Considered one of the best college facilities for competitive riding and riding education in the United States, the building supports Mount Holyoke's top-ranked riding program, which was founded in 1920. This collection spotlight honors the Equestrian Center's anniversary by exploring two objects relating to the tradition and practice of horseback riding.

Maker unknown (Roman; Imperial), Lar holding a patera and cornucopia, 1st-2nd century CE
24
January
Through
28
May
2017

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

In 57 BCE, the philosopher and politician Cicero described the Roman home as “the most hallowed place on earth…the center of worship, religion, and domestic ritual.” While many people today are familiar with the Olympian gods and goddesses and the monumental, marble temples of ancient Rome, the religious practice that took place in the privacy of Roman domestic spaces is new to most.

Prospect Hill
10
October
Through
18
December
2016

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Goodnow Park, the Pepper Box, and Lake Nonotuck

From the mid-1880s to World War I, Goodnow Park, Lake Nonotuck, and the Pepper Box were lively sites of Mount Holyoke College activities. Today these place-names have been all but forgotten. Drawing from the College's Archives and Special Collections, this exhibition highlights a rich collection of postcards, photographs, stereopticon views and glass negatives that offer an excursion into the years between 1879 and 1920. 

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) (Queen Ntombi), 1985
6
September
Through
28
May
2017

Permanent Collection Galleries

Recent Acquisitions in Honor of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum’s 140th Anniversary

The fall of 2016 marks the 140th anniversary of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum—a milestone shared by only a handful of collegiate art museums in the United States. Since its founding, visionary donors have given countless works of extraordinary beauty and cultural significance to the Museum’s collection. The recent past has been no exception.

Unknown artist (Apsáalooke), Toy cradleboard and doll (detai), late 19th or early 20th century
21
January
Through
10
April
2016

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Native America and the Early Tourist Market

What should be considered art, and how do we define terms like fine art, decorative art, craft, and utilitarian? This collection spotlight, curated by Mount Holyoke College history major Allyson LaForge ’16  examines  19th- and early 20th-century objects made by Ojibwe, Haida, and Apsáalooke (Crow) craftspeople to discuss a category of material culture often described as tourist items or souvenirs.

Unknown artist (Navajo), Weaving with Yei figures (detail), ca. 1935-40
21
January
Through
10
April
2016

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Collection Spotlight

Curated by Lynda Teller Pete, a fifth-generation weaver from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills areas of the Navajo Nation, this collection spotlight focuses on a ca. 1935-1940 Navajo weaving of Yei figures.

Unknown artist (Navajo), Yeibichai dance team, ca. 1925, handspun wool, From the Collection of Rebecca and Jean-Paul Valette
19
January
Through
29
May
2016

Weissman and Garonzik Galleries

Ceremonial Imagery in Navajo Weaving

For Navajo women, the act of weaving has a sacred dimension since, according to tradition, they learned their craft from a supernatural being named Spider Woman. In the distant past, they wove warm blankets for their personal use and, on occasion, for intertribal barter.

Joel Meyerowitz (American, b. 1946), Pittsburgh, Carnival and train (detail), 1984
9
December
Through
29
May
2016

T. Marc Futter Gallery

Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz, 1979-1989

In the text to his 1985 photo-essay A Summer’s Day, Joel Meyerowitz describes his photographs as “fragile paper timeships dusted with information.” A master of color photography for more than four decades, Meyerowitz catches fleeting sensations in his images, rather than just objects or observations. The source information “dusted” across his prints is often as intangible as his metaphor suggests.

Arnaldo Pomodoro (Italian, b. 1926), Disco con sfera (Disk with Sphere), 1986
3
September
Through
20
December
2015

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Collection Spotlight

Arnaldo Pomodoro is known for his imposing bronze sculptures in public sites like Vatican City in Rome and the United Nations Plaza in New York. Born in 1926, he began his career in the wake of World War II, as a consultant for the reconstruction of damaged public buildings in his native Italy.

Judy Pfaff (American, b. 1946), Wallabout, 1986
3
September
Through
20
December
2015

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Judy Pfaff 1985/92

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum recently acquired Judy Pfaff’s Wallabout (1986) and this exhibition celebrates the historical moment in the artist’s career when she made that sculpture. Between 1985 and 1992, Pfaff created large-scale, multi-media works that bridge, both conceptually and physically, the surface of the wall and the space of the gallery.

Mel Bochner (American, b. 1940), Endpapers from On Certainty (detail), 1991
21
July
Through
20
December
2015

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

Illustrating Philosophy

How can a work of art illustrate an abstract philosophical idea?

Sally Mann (American, b. 1951), Yard Eggs (detail), 1991
14
July
Through
2
December
2015

T. Marc Futter Gallery

Exploring themes of absence and abundance, entropy and energy, this new installation brings together highlights from the Museum’s continuously expanding holdings in contemporary art.

Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988), Strange Bird, 1945/72, bronze, gift of the estate of Eileen Paradis Barber (Class of 1929), 1997.14.16
20
January
Through
31
May
2015

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Director's Choice

The idea for this exhibition comes from something that the artist Joseph Cornell said: “Who knows what one object will have to say to another?” The joy of working with a broad permanent collection lies in having opportunities to explore the idea that objects—metaphorically—speak to one another when they are on display.

Ellen Lanyon (American, 1926-2013), Zebra (detail), from the series Beyond the Borders
20
January
Through
26
April
2015

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Collection Spotlight

Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013) was a celebrated artist associated with a movement of representational painters known as the Chicago Imagists. She created fantastical works throughout her sixty-year career, including the series on view, titled Beyond the Borders, which captures Lanyon’s fascination with both design and the natural world.

Yoshida Hiroshi (Japanese, 1876-1950), Hansen: Asa [Sailboats: Morning], from the series Seto Naikai Shū [Inland Sea Collection], 1926
20
January
Through
14
June
2015

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

An Artistic Legacy in Prints

Featuring 23 woodblock prints, this exhibition explores the establishment and development of the printmaking tradition of the Yoshida family, which produced multiple generations of print makers. In the 1920s, Yoshida Hiroshi—the key figure of this exhibition—turned to printmaking from his original oil-painting training and created a series of naturalistic prints that attracted domestic and international collectors.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), Femme en fauteuil (Woman in chair), 1935, pencil on paper, collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, 346.203120
30
August
Through
14
December
2014

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection

Henri Matisse drew constantly, and his direct, elegant draftsmanship has become a hallmark of modern art. This exhibition features Matisse drawings from across 50 years:  1900-1950. We thank Ellsworth Kelly for making a brilliant and discerning selection and for conceiving a stunning presentation of these drawings.

Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923), Citron (Lemon) (detail), 1965-66
30
August
Through
14
December
2014

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

by Ellsworth Kelly, 1964-66

Ellsworth Kelly began making lithographs in Paris with Maeght Editions in 1964 and over the next few years created a seminal body of work. This exhibition focuses on the series of botanical images the artist made during this period. These works are both an homage to and bold departure from Matisse’s evocative line drawings. 

Curated by John R. Stomberg, Florence Finch Abbott Director

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953), I Looked and Looked and Failed to See What so Terrified You, from the Louisiana Project series
30
August
Through
14
December
2014

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Collection Spotlight

An installation of Carrie Mae Weems’s I Looked and Looked to See What So Terrified You (2006) continues the Museum’s series of permanent collection spotlights this fall. In this diptych, the artist portrays herself wearing a beautifully quilted dress as she looks into a handheld mirror. Each panel is the mirror image of the other. Typical of Weems’s conceptual photography, the images operate on several levels simultaneously.

Turkish, Plate, ca. 1550-1600; Chinese, One of a pair of eggshell porcelain bowls, ca. 19th century; Italian, Albarello, late 15th century
26
August
Through
14
June
2015

T. Marc Futter Gallery

Contextualizing 6,000 Years of Ceramics

Through innovation and exchange, vessels made of clay have contributed to the lives of people all across the economic spectrum, through time, and across the world. This exhibition highlights the ceramic collection of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, which spans five continents and six thousand years.

Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975), Lunchroom Buddies, New York City, 1931
2
May
Through
25
May
2014

Carson Teaching Gallery

Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson

Inside/Outside explores the contrasting photographic sensibilities of Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson in the middle of the twentieth century. Although the two men knew and respected each other and even exhibited together, they could not have been more different in their ways with the camera. For Evans, a bookish Midwesterner, photography was a deliberate art.

Maker Unknown (American; British), EK Hadley Chest, ca. 1700
21
January
Through
8
June
2014

John and Norah Warbeke Gallery

A Collection Spotlight

This collection spotlight features an iconic piece of early 18th-century Massachusetts furniture, the Museum’s “EK” Hadley chest. This examination of the object explores the design and construction that defines this furniture tradition, the provenance of the Museum’s example, and the significance of these objects that were commissioned for young Western Massachusetts women.

El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944), New World Map, 2009, aluminum and copper wire
21
January
Through
8
June
2014

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

New Worlds

This exhibition features six of Anatsui’s large-scale sculptures—five are wall mounted and one extends into the viewers’ space across the floor. The works are all constructed in Anatsui’s signature technique of joining the bands and caps of liquor bottles into broad expanses of flexible sculpture.

Albert Bierstadt (American, born in Germany, 1830-1902), Tuolomne Meadows
1
September
Through
15
December
2013

John and Norah Warbeke Gallery

A Collection Spotlight

In celebration of the continuing fascination with Bierstadt’s painting, Hetch Hetchy Canyon, this spring the Museum will feature its iconic work alongside special guests in a Collection Spotlight. On loan from private collection, two of the artist’s other western paintings will also be on display. These loans demonstrate Bierstadt’s continuing concern with the plight of the natural world and provide context for artist and his work.

Installation view of Lorna Bieber, Eden
30
August
Through
17
December
2013

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

 Of Echoes and Grace

Using pictures she finds in books, magazines, and catalogues as raw material, the artist Lorna Bieber transforms images through copying and cropping, expanding and contracting, until she has individual elements that fit into her vision for a completed work. Her multi-paneled montages rely on the relationships between the parts to create complexity.

Bartolomeo Coriolano after Guido Reni, Allegory of Peace and Abundance, 1627
30
August
Through
17
December
2013

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

The Italian Chiaroscuro Woodcut

Layering impressions from multiple carved blocks, the chiaroscuro woodcut is hardly discernible as a relief print, but instead appears to be fashioned with a painter’s fluid brush. These remarkable prints reveal the intricate commercial relationship between painters, woodcarvers, publishers, and patrons, and explore the timeless debate of what is an original work of art.

Barbara Bosworth (American, b. 1953), View of the Oxbow from Dry Knob (detail), archival Ink jet print, 2012
30
August
Through
17
December
2013

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

Photographs Along the New England Trail/ Barbara Bosworth

TO BE AT THE FARTHER EDGE: Photographs along the New England Trail/Barbara Bosworth is presented by the National Park Service in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.

Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924), The Waterfall (detail), 1920-23
2
May
Through
26
May
2013

Carson Teaching Gallery

Landscapes from the Permanent Collection

Although landscapes are often seen as views of static and unchanging nature, in fact they are engaged with and affected by human processes, both visible and unseen. Landscape art interprets, edits, and updates space; it is necessarily viewed and considered through the human eye.

Scott Draves, Gen 244, 2011
26
February
Through
21
April
2013

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

This World Through the Lens of New Media Art

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Streaming Museum have collaborated to produce an exhibition entitled Brave New Perspectives: This World Through the Lens of New Media Art. The exhibition superimposes four new media works with questions designed to encourage visitors to critically engage with new media art. An accompanying blog, accessible via an iPad mounted in the exhibition space, further encourages dialogue.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778), Arco di Settimio Severo [The Arch of Septimius Severus] from the series Vedute di Roma [Views of Rome], 1759
22
January
Through
26
May
2013

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

This exhibition explores the multiplicity of views of Rome that appear in prints produced from the 16th to the 18th century.  Artists such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi captured the shifting balance between ancient and modern that defined the Eternal City as it went through three centuries of extensive changes.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Unidentified Women, undated
22
January
Through
26
May
2013

Hinchcliff Reception Hall

An Andy Warhol Production

Andy Warhol once pinpointed the ideal condition for taking a good picture. Thinking of paparazzi out to catch “a famous person doing something unfamous,” the artist perversely suggested that the key to photography was “being in the right place at the wrong time.

Kara Walker (American, b. 1969), Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta, from the series Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005
31
August
Through
26
May
2013

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

Throughout her career, Kara Walker has combined exquisite technique with biting social commentary. Her large-scale print suite Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is considered by many to be her quintessential work in a multiple format and among the most important works in her oeuvre to date.

Maker Unknown (Peruvian), Nasca Vessel with anthropomorphic being
10
August
Through
7
July
2013

Gump Family Gallery

Faces of the Ancient Americas

To 16th-century European observers, artifacts of indigenous Mesoamerican and South American peoples possessed a scintillating foreignness that was simultaneously alluring and frightening. The perceived primitiveness of these objects persisted for centuries, with the first exhibitions of Ancient American art not appearing in the United States until the 1930s and ‘40s.

Joseph Holston (American, b. 1944), Man in Boat, 2005
10
August
Through
23
December
2012

Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

The Janet Hickey Tague '66 Collection

This exhibition features a selection of outstanding works on paper by prominent African American artists, all produced at the acclaimed Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. On view are a range of printmaking processes including serigraphs, relief prints, color etchings, and lithographs by eight internationally renowned artists: Emma Amos, David C.

John Ahearn (American, b. 1951), Thomas, 1983
1
August
Through
7
July
2013

T. Marc Futter Gallery

Contemporary Art from the Collection

The contemporary relief sculptures brought together in this exhibition are of many descriptions. Though relief is probably not the first form that comes to mind when we think of contemporary art, it is actually quite prevalent.

Faculty exhibition
3
February
Through
27
May
2012

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

The 2012 Mount Holyoke College Studio Art Faculty Exhibition

The Art Museum is honored to feature this exhibition of recent work by the studio art faculty of Mount Holyoke College.

Ouyang Xingkai (Chinese, b. 1950), Shen Jinqiu, born in 1921, now lives in No. 26 (detail)
2
September
Through
18
December
2011

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

World Documents brings together the work and ideas of important, thoughtful, and eloquent contemporary photographers. Presenting their work as competing approaches to the practice of documentary photography, it places their projects in a global setting and meditates on the possibilities and limitations facing the socially concerned photographer today.

Ogle Winston Link (American, 1914-2001), Hotshot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia, N&W, August 2,1956
6
May
Through
29
May
2011

Carson Teaching Gallery

Selections from the Permanent Collection

Two landmark projects transformed American photography in 1955. In that year, Edward Steichen unveiled a blockbuster exhibition called The Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Maker Unknown (Nayarit), Female figure, 250 BCE-250 CE
8
February
Through
19
June
2011

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Arts of the Ancient Americas

“All the days of my life I have seen nothing that rejoiced my heart so much as these things, for I saw amongst them wonderful works of art, and I marveled at the subtle Ingenia of people in foreign lands.”

Darius Painter, Volute krater
21
September
Through
3
June
2012

Permanent Collection Galleries

How does one gain an understanding of antiquity from looking at works of art? In a series of thematic groupings of objects from ancient Greece and Rome, Reconstructing Antiquity explores daily life in the ancient world, representations of ancient women, and aspects of storytelling and mythology.

Isoda Koryūsai (Japanese, 1735-1790), A party in the Yoshiwara, from the series Shikidō tokkumi jūni-tsugai [Twelve bouts of lovemaking]
14
September
Through
19
December
2010

Rodney L. White Print Room

From the tilling of the soil to the washing of the dishes, nearly every step in food's journey from production to consumption has been represented in the visual arts. Whether planted or hunted, cooked or purchased, eaten as basic sustenance or in celebration, food has worked its way into numerous prints, drawings, and photographs, as the focus of a composition or as an accessory.

Pieter Claesz., Still-life with Roemer
2
September
Through
14
December
2010

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Rituals, Remedies, and Revelry

Wine has been instrumental in nurturing the human spirit since ancient times. No beverage or potion has a longer history than wine, whose transformative effects on both body and spirit were recognized from its beginnings in the Neolithic age. But until recently, no serious art exhibition coupled the histories of wine and art in a cross-disciplinary fashion.

Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), West Street
11
May
Through
30
May
2010

Carson Teaching Gallery

Photography Goes Public

In 1930s America, a newly defined mode of photographic expression, “documentary,” tried to address the extraordinary trauma visited upon common people, who were daily struggling with poverty and hunger, disenfranchisement and displacement. Documentary photography, then and in subsequent generations, helped Americans understand the Great Depression and, at a time when the promises of industrial capitalism seemed in doubt, helped them interpret

Maker unknown (Flemish), Book of Hours (detail), 15th century
9
February
Through
30
May
2010

Permanent Collection Galleries

Exploring The Art of Devotion

The expressive power of visual art to articulate important religious values as well as complicated spiritual beliefs has been utilized by artists throughout the ages. From elaborate sculptures representing important deities, to paintings of sacred spaces, to small vessels that mediate contact between the earthly realm and the divine, devotional artwork has served an essential function for those pursuing spiritual understanding.

Maker Unknown (Peruvian; Nasca), Vessel with anthropomorphic being, 325-440 CE
9
February
Through
13
June
2010

Rodney L. White Print Room

Making Connections

How do culture, medium, and time period influence the depiction of a subject? Focusing on new purchases and gifts that reinterpret works from the collection, the exhibition Crossing Boundaries/Making Connections and its companion brochure cluster works across time and geography into nine groups and examines contextual influence

Duccio, Angel (Pinnacle from the Maestà altarpiece)
9
February
Through
30
May
2010

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Panel Painting in Early Renaissance Italy

At heart a collaborative venture, the creation of early fifteenth-century panel paintings in Italy depended upon a tight network of connections between patrons, painters, woodworkers, and gilders. The product of these interactions was an object that served both as a focus for devotion, and as an emphatic statement about wealth and status.

Lisette Model exhibition
1
September
Through
13
December
2009

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Lisette Model and Her Successors brings together for the first time a selection of 120 vintage works by Lisette Model, one of the last century's most significant photographers together with 12 of her illustrious students who went on to leave their own marks on American photographic history: Diane Arbus, Bruce Cratsley, Elaine Ellman, Larry Fink, Peter Hujar, Raymond Jacobs, Ruth Kaplan, Leon Levinstein, Eva Rubinstein, Gary Schneider,

Dance and Dancers exhibition
1
September
Through
13
December
2009

Rodney L. White Print Room

Dance & Dancers features both well-known and seldom-seen treasures from the Museum’s collection, a few judicious loans, and some outstanding new acquisitions appearing in the galleries for the first time.  The Museum’s holdings now number over 15,000, but only a small selection are on view at any given time for reasons of space and conservation.  Thematically based shows like this one provide a welcome occasion to explore the coll

Faith Ringgold (American, b. 1930), Nobody will ever love you like I do, 2006
7
February
Through
31
May
2009

Rodney L. White Print Room

Works on Paper

How do our particular memories, histories and traditions inform us as individuals and shape the marks we leave on the world? For more than 40 years, Faith Ringgold has been formulating answers to this question in the paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and—perhaps most famously—quilts in which she documents her experiences as an African-American woman, mother, daughter, and artist.

What Can A Woman Do?
6
February
Through
31
May
2009

Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Gallery

Women, Work, and Wardrobe 1865-1940

Images of women portrayed as professionals, athletes and intellectuals are common today, but until the late nineteenth century, such representations of strong self-reliant women were virtually absent from the visual arts and literature. What Can a Woman Do?, provides an engaging and informative window into the ways that women’s identities and attitudes are forged on the stage of visual culture.