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Global Art & Contemporary Photography Find  a Home this Fall at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College 

AMHERST, Mass. — The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College presents four new exhibitions this fall that explore fiction in contemporary photography, displacement in Russian art, modernity in landscape painting, and cultural hybridity in the multimedia art of the Rotherwas Project . Together, these exhibitions reflect the Mead’s mission to engage visitors with cross-cultural art spanning centuries.

“The Mead is a home for global art that inspires Amherst College’s global student body and the Pioneer Valley community,” says David E. Little, the Mead’s director and chief curator. “What says we are home to our visitors more than the fact that we are free and open until 12:00 a.m. most nights? Our exhibitions this season are presented in a manner that allow visitors to slow down, think and look at art that speaks critically to today’s important debates, from the nature of truth in imagery to immigration. I hope visitors come during lunch and right before they go to bed!”
All are invited to celebrate these exhibitions and the role of the art museum as a home both to global art and patrons, at an opening reception on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Curatorial remarks begin at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow from 6-8 p.m. Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (Nairobi, Kenya), one of the contemporary artists featured at the Mead, will be in attendance.
Monumental Photographs Tell  New Stories
Tell It Like It Is — or Could Be presents a new genre of large-scale color photography that seeks to tell stories about the past and the present that often have been elided from historical imagery. In the media age, black-and-white documentary photographs have been replaced by ones that utilize image technologies and experimental techniques to depict history and contemporary experience. The exhibition, curated by David E. Little, features works by Cindy Sherman, Stan Douglas, Zackary Drucker, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Tim Hetherington, Peter Hugo,  Boris Mikhailov and Tim Parchikov.

Rotherwas Project 3 with Artist Saya Woolfalk
Saya Woolfalk: Life Products and the Chima Cloud, organized by Vanja Malloy, curator of American art, is the third installment of the ongoing Rotherwas Project exhibition series, which situates contemporary art in the Mead’s historic Rotherwas Room. Woolfalk, a New York multimedia artist, uses science-fiction and fantasy in her work as she explores science, race, sex and hybridity, traversing a range of topics including culture, race, and globalization in a way that encourages museum-goers to reflect on their own cultural consciousness.
Russian Artists Abroad
Home Away From Home: Russian Artists Abroad presents paintings, sculptures and objects created by artists who had left the Soviet Union or its pre-Bolshevik predecessor, the Russian Empire, in search of personal or artistic freedom. Many of them ended up in Paris. Conceived by Alla Rosenfeld, the Mead’s recently hired curator of Russian and European art, Home Away From Home includes works by Antoine Pevsner, Konstantin Korovin, Alexandre Benois and Alexandre Exter. “The exhibition demonstrates a wide range of styles and practices explored by some of these important artists,” Rosenfeld says.
The Evolution of Landscape Paintings
  From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries, also curated by Rosenfeld, includes works by Claude Monet, Francesco Guardi and Silvestr Shchedren, among others. The exhibition follows the development of landscape painting from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, reflecting stylistic approaches ranging from pastoral landscapes to modernist works. The show traces the evolution of how artists saw and interacted with their natural surroundings over time.  

Also on View
Remaining on view are The American Collection, Perspectives on Michael Mazur and Hall Walls: Rico Gatson. The American Collection has been refreshed this summer to show the breadth and depth of the Mead’s permanent collection of American landscape painting.
Mazur, a printmaker and painter, is one of the most distinguished artists to have graduated from Amherst College, with the Class of 1957. Gatson, known for his collage drawings honoring African-American icons from the Civil Rights era, created a bold, colorful mural in a previously unused hallway in the Mead.
About the Mead Art Museum
Situated in the vibrant Five Colleges academic community of western Massachusetts, the Mead Art Museum serves as a laboratory for interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching involving original works of art. An accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round, and until midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday during the academic term.
Admission to the museum is free and open to the public. For more information, including a searchable catalogue of the collection and a complete schedule of exhibitions and events, visit or call (413) 542-2335.

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