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Art, celebrations and so much more at Museums10 this spring

The members of Museums10 will host a diverse range of exhibits and events this spring, from innovative art exhibitions to family-friendly happenings.

The Emily Dickinson Museum this year celebrates the restoration of the poet’s bedroom, where she wrote most of her nearly 1,800 poems. Also in Amherst, the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College offers student docent guided tours for families February 17-20, featuring scavenger hunts and a chance to explore its collection of more than 1,700 specimens.

Yusef LateefAt the Hampshire College Art Gallery, The Japanese Tea House, featuring work by Five College students, runs through January 29, while Towards the Unknown: The Drawings of Yusef Lateef, works by the late musician (pictured at left), composer and Five College professor, opens on February 4.

At the Smith College Museum of Art, the exhibit Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade opens January 30 and will feature the German artist’s signature optical lens boxes, assemblages, stone reliefs, drawings and other works. The Yiddish Book Center hosts through March 31 the exhibit Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context, works by the important but long-overlooked Soviet-era painter.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art opens Tall Tales and Short Stories: The Art of Uri Shulevitz March 17 and hosts several continuing exhibits: Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans (through February 22), The Art of Eric Carle: Re-Imaged and Re-Imagined (through March 22), and A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston (through May 3).

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum opens on January 20 both The Yoshida Family: An Artistic Legacy in Prints and the collection spotlight Ellen Lanyon’s Beyond the Borders. On February 19, the museum hosts the 2015 Weiser Lecture in Creativity, “A Potter’s Tale: Ceramicist Mark Hewitt in Conversation with Critic Christopher Benfey,” in conjunction with the opening of The Potter’s Tale exhibit.

Japanese artAmherst College’s Mead Art Museum features several exciting exhibits: Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan (image at right) and Fifty Years of Shōwa Japan: The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō both open February 7, while Gods, Kings, and Lovers: Paintings from Courtly India opens February 14.

On February 28, Historic Deerfield opens a new exhibit, Greek Gods, Roman Ideals: Neoclassicism and Style in Early America, while on April 18 it hosts a Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade, with music, crafts and demonstrations.

Francesc Torres photographThe University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst celebrates its fortieth anniversary with several new exhibitions. 40 Years/40 Artists (Francesc Torres' photograph at left) and Yun-Fei Ji: Migrants, Ghosts, and the Dam are on view beginning January 22. The Art Department Faculty Exhibition and Annual Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition, Body Politic: The Anatomy of the Grotesque, both open March 26.

Museums10 is a collaborative that fosters lifelong learning through art, culture, science, and history through diverse exhibitions, collections, and programs. Its members are the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Yiddish Book Center, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Learn more at www.museums10.org.

For more information, contact Taliesin Nyala at 413-542-4015 or tnyala@fivecolleges.edu.