The 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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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
The following objects–two photographs, a print, and a kimono–were recently acquired and featured in last year’s Reinventing Tokyo exhibition.
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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…
and 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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Now on view in the Mead’s special exhibition Art for All: Additions to the Collection from Antiquity to Today are six exquisite oshiguma: impressions of kabuki actor’s faces on towels of silk captured after an actor’s performance.
See them while they’re on view through July 7, 2013.
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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.
The 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>
This ancient clay tablet from Mesopotamia (ca. 2100-2000 B.C.E.!) is about an inch in size and could fit in the palm of your hand. The small cuneiform script tells us that this “document” served as a receipt for an exchange of five goats.
It’s now on view in the special display Mementoes from Mesopotamia.
image source: Cuneiform Tablet
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.
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The special exhibition on view now through December 30 – Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination – features a carefully selected group of woodblock prints, scroll paintings, photographs, kimonos, and fashion dating from the 19th century to the present day, which document the changes that took place as Tokyo modernized and westernized in the Meiji era, became the center of modern urban life in Japan before the Second World War, and rebuilt itself as part of the country’s economic miracle in the postwar decades.
Here’s a sneak peak inside the exhibition…
The Mead is open 9am-midnight Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday. This exhibition is on view through December 30, 2012.
Photo credits: Jim Gipe © Pivot Media
Two weeks ago today, the Mead welcomed American sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave for a public conversation in conjunction with the Mead’s special exhibition Exotic Muses featuring three of Cave’s “soundsuits” and three oil paintings by American artist Robert Henri.
Before the lecture, Nick danced with Amherst students and visitors in the Mead’s outdoor sculpture court. As an undergrad at the Kansas City Art Institute, Nick studied modern dance, and cites his interest in the intersection between movement and art as the basis for the soundsuits. The video below, included in the exhibition, illustrates the movement of Cave’s soundsuits.
During Cave’s public conversation at the Mead, he discussed “moving into a suit” for the first time, saying, “I realized it could be brought to the body, and when I moved in it, it made sound.” He said it was only after stepping into that first suit that he realized what that sound really meant. “When I moved in the suit, I moved into this space where it was about protest, and in order to be heard, you’ve got to make noise.”
You can watch Nick’s public conversation in full on the Mead’s website here.