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January 24, 2012 

Contact: Maggie Dethloff, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow 

Telephone 413/542-5455     

Exposing the Mead:  

Conversations on Photographs in the Collection 
Continues at the Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.- Beginning on Tuesday, February 14, for the second consecutive year, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host "Exposing the Mead: Conversations on Photographs in the Collection." This series of four informal discussions is inspired by photographs from the Mead's collection and is organized and facilitated by passionate Amherst College students Alex Strecker, Perry De La Vega, Alice Wang and Thea Goldring. Each session will highlight a pair of photographs from the collection, exploring questions of subject matter and the unique influence of the photographic medium on artistic choices.  

Accompanying the series is a blog (at that chronicles series events, highlights additional photographs from the collection and offers another forum for participants to share their thoughts.


Series coordinator Maggie Dethloff, the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow at the Mead, reflects: "The first season of 'Exposing the Mead,' last spring, generated some very exciting, genuine dialogue, out of which emerged thought-provoking questions such as 'Can a photograph be abstract?' This semester, this fun and stimulating series will only get better!"


Free and open to the public, the discussions will take place at 8 p.m. on four Tuesday nights: Feb. 14, March 6, March 27 and April 17, 2012.


The student facilitators and topics will be:


February 14: Alex Strecker, Class of 2013, leads participants in a Valentine's Day themed discussion.


March 6: Thea Goldring, Class of 2014, leads discussion on surreal photography.


March 27: Perry De La Vega, Class of 2013, leads discussion on a topic to be determined.


April 17: Alice Wang, Class of 2013, leads discussion on a topic to be determined.


A complete schedule of the museum's spring events is posted on the Mead's Web site: The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, totaling more than 16,000 works. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. During the academic term, the museum is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit the museum's Web site,, or call 413/542-2335.