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Tue 18th Mar
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This special installation brings together the work of New York–based portrait painters Kyohei Inukai (1886–1954) and Robert Brackman (1898–1980), both foreign-born artists who found great success painting high-society men and women before World War II. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=7465
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Fri 22nd Aug
11:00 am
11:45 am
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Join the Mead's curators for gallery talks in the museum’s comfortably air-conditioned galleries every Thursday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. from June 19 through August 22 (excluding July 3-4). No two gallery talks will be the same! Participants will receive a free ice cream cone coupon from the series' co-sponsor Atkins Farms Orchard Run Ice Cream Shop.

It’s Cool at the Mead gallery talks are FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 22 at www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8058
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Thu 4th Sep
5:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Amherst Art Walk takes place the first Thursday of each month.Venues include Gallery A3, The Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, The Boys and Girls Club, Freedom Trails Gallery at Valley Frameworks, The JCA Hall Gallery, The Clawfoot Tub, and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.Additional Venues vary by the month.Go to the Facebook page to see the current exhibitions. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=5065
Fri 5th Sep
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
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Enjoy a lively "closer look" at the Mead's art collection from the unique vantage point of first-year Amherst College students. As part of their Orientation Program in August, 35 new students took part in an immersive museum experience. Come see what they discovered! This event is FREE and open to the public. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8225
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Sun 14th Sep
8:00 pm
9:30 pm
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A collective of 17 young musicians, the string orchestra A Far Cry represents the vanguard of an exciting new generation in classical music. The Criers are proud to call Boston home, rehearsing at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain. They are joined by the young German violinist Augustin Hadelich, hailed by The New York Times as “one of his generation’s most gifted musicians.” A Far Cry performs works by Adès, Shostakovich and Janácek.

“This was a superb, perfectly calibrated performance, full of subtle nuances and real power. Conductors, watch out: The collective approach works.”
—The Washington Post www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8254
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Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College
Thu 18th Sep
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
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Join Harvard Divinity School professor Laura Nasrallah for the lecture “Matter and What Matters in Teaching and Learning: A Field Report from the College Art Museum.” She'll explore how first-hand encounters with original objects can transform learning in the liberal arts college and share case studies from her teaching career studying New Testament and early Christian literature in the context of Roman archaeology. The lecture takes place in Stirn Auditorium, adjacent to the Mead, followed by a reception in the Mead galleries. FREE and open to the public. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8227
Thu 18th Sep
5:00 pm
9:00 pm
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Fri 19th Sep
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
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Join the Brentano Quartet and Michael Kannen, the musicians behind the Schubert Sound Installation and the Amherst Schubert Project, for a reception in the Mead's Rotherwas Room before three "live recording" performances in the Amherst College Arms Music Center. For more information about the Amherst Schubert Project and related events, visit schubert.music.amherst.edu. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8228
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Thu 2nd Oct
5:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Amherst Art Walk takes place the first Thursday of each month.Venues include Gallery A3, The Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, The Boys and Girls Club, Freedom Trails Gallery at Valley Frameworks, The JCA Hall Gallery, The Clawfoot Tub, and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.Additional Venues vary by the month.Go to the Facebook page to see the current exhibitions. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=5066
Fri 3rd Oct
9:00 am
8:00 pm
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College presents Images of the Unimaginable, featuring artworks and documents from the Great War. The exhibition showcases the Mead’s collection of works by early twentieth-century Russian artists, including Natalia Goncharova’s print series Mystical Images of War, and Olga Rozanova’s linocuts War. American artists include Childe Hassam and Waldo Peirce, who sent postcards and letters from the front lines home to his friend George Bellows, whose prints are also on view in the show. Swiss painter and printmaker Félix Vallotton, who could not join the army because of his age, captured the war in his signature black-and-white woodcuts. Photographs by members of Amherst College’s ambulance corps, known as the “Black Cat Squadron,” and posters from the war complement the artists’ views in this centennial exhibition. On view October 3–December 28, 2014. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8229
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Fri 3rd Oct
9:00 am
8:00 pm
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Showcasing twenty-five prints from the Mead’s collection, Paper Landscapes: Prints of the American City and Countryside, 1820-1920,builds on discoveries made by the exhibition’s curator, Georgia Barnhill—curator emerita of graphic arts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts—during her June 2013 Mellon Faculty Seminar, which examined American nineteenth-century lithographs and engravings. Among the exhibition’s many exciting surprises is a monumental color engraving rediscovered by Barnhill: Charles Mottram’s 1855 New York, which reproduces a design by John William Hill; this breathtaking, bird’s-eye view of the busy port has been conserved for the exhibition. On view October 3, 2014–January 3, 2015 www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8230
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Fri 3rd Oct
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
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In conjunction with the exhibition Images of the Unimaginable: Art from the First World War, Aaron Cohen, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the California State University, Sacramento, gives the gallery talk "A Bitter Truth? World War I in Russian and European Art." This event and the reception that follows are FREE and open to the public. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8231
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Fri 17th Oct
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
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Join exhibition curator Georgia Barnhill, curator emerita of graphic arts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, for a closer look inside the exhibition Paper Landscapes: Prints of the American City and Countryside, 1820-1920. This event and the reception that follows are FREE and open to the public. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8232
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Sun 19th Oct
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
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On Sunday, September 14, at 2:00 p.m., come ready to discuss Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1929) with Amherst College Professor Ute Brandes. Tea and cookies will be served! No registration required. Following the discussion, join Professor Brandes for a screening of the 1930 film "All Quiet on the Western Front," winner of two Academy Awards, including Best Picture, at 3:15 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, adjacent to the Mead. The Mead Reads event and the screening that follows are FREE and open to the public. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=8226
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Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Thu 6th Nov
5:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Amherst Art Walk takes place the first Thursday of each month.Venues include Gallery A3, The Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, The Boys and Girls Club, Freedom Trails Gallery at Valley Frameworks, The JCA Hall Gallery, The Clawfoot Tub, and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.Additional Venues vary by the month.Go to the Facebook page to see the current exhibitions. www.amherstma.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=5067

 

Amherst Downtown Events

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