From the Collection: Photographs by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons created this work – titled Voyeurs & Beholders of . . . – in response to the Iraq War. “When I see what is going on in the world, I feel like crying,” she said in a 2008 interview.

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Voyeurs & Beholders of . . . is made up of five photographs in which Campos-Pons subtly confronts the viewer with issues of gender and race. She has outlined the large eyes in the foreground with long strands of frizzy black hair, which reflects her own concern with the voyeuristic perception of women—especially black women. The absence of faces, however, makes the eyes ambivalent. While hair and crying conventionally suggest the “weaker sex,” the act of watching—of being a voyeur—has traditionally masculine connotations.

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Voyeurs & Beholders of . . . is on view in the exhibition New Arrivals: Modern and Contemporary Additions to the Collection through June 29.

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From The Collection: Photographs by Jim Dow

The following chromogenic prints by American photographer Jim Dow, featured in the upcoming exhibition New Arrivals: Modern and Contemporary Additions to the Collection, were gifted to the Mead in 2012.

Window at Jess’s Lunch. US 11 & 33. Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1998

Facade of the Martin Theatre. Talladega, Alabama. 1978

Bar at Mrs. Turner’s Restaurant. New Orleans, Louisiana, 1977

Stand Selling Tomatoes. Yardley, Pennsylvania. 1979

Dairy Queen at Night. Iowa City, Iowa. 1988

To see even more works from the collection by the artist, click here.

Exhibition: This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today

sarcophagus no background tifThe Mead’s fall exhibition, This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today, is on view now through December 29. Included in the exhibition is the Mead’s newly acquired Roman sarcophagus, inscribed with a memorial poem for the two children it once held.

Also on view is an exquisite print by Albrecht Dürer:


Contemporary art by Jonathan Meese:


And so much more.

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Exhibition: Photographs along the New England Trail

Harry above Briggs Brook Falls, 2012

A new exhibition opens today at the Mead! To Be At The Farther Edge: Photographs along the New England Trail/Barbara Bosworth features twenty photographs exhibited simultaneously at 9 different venues. (Each venue features a different work, or works, by the artist!) Learn more about the artist and the exhibition here.

image credit: Barbara Bosworth, Harry above Briggs Brook Falls, 2012

Exhibition: Art for All

Through Sunday, July 7, you can visit the Mead’s Art for All: Additions to the Collection from Antiquity to Today exhibition and see drawings and photographs by American artist Jared French…


lithographs by Russian artist Oleg Vassiliev based on Anton Chekhov’s short story The House with the Mezzanine…


African sculpture…

2007-26and more! If you’re in the Amherst, Massachusetts, area, stop by before July 7 anytime Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

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Exhibition: As it Almost Was

The Mead’s new exhibition, As it Almost Was: Amherst College’s Monuments to Lord Jeffery, is on view in the museum through December 29.

Lord%20Jeff%20statuesThe exhibition features two bronze models of equestrian statues showing Amherst College’s (unofficial) mascot Lord Jeffery Amherst, and tells the story of how Amherst College almost created a monumental landmark of this historical figure.

Image credits: (left) Bela Lyon Pratt, Lord Jeffrey Amherst, 1913, Lent by Carolyn and Lindsey Echelbarger, Amherst College Class of 1974; (right) Sidney Biehler Waugh, Lord Jeffery Amherst, 1930-36/1956, Gift of Charles H. Morgan <source>


Exhibition: Art for All

Art for All (Big)

This special exhibition celebrating the recent growth of Amherst College’s art collection will be on view through July 7, 2013.

Art for All: Additions to the Collection from Antiquity to Today features 130 paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, watercolors, ceramics, glass objects, sculptures, masks, scrolls, videos, and antiquities—most on view for the first time—that represent a cross-section of the more than 900 objects that have entered the Mead’s collection since 2007.

A few works you’ll see inside the exhibition include prints by Russian artist Oleg Vassiliev and photographs by Stephen Petegorsky, Amherst College Class of 1975.



Roberto Daniel Gonzalez and Family, Asturias, Nicaragua

Garbage Dump, León, Nicaragua

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