Museums10 brings art, music and more to the area

This summer, engage with art, go back in time, and explore the world through another’s eyes at the exhibitions and events coming up at your local museums.

Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music returns to the Yiddish Book Center this summer, featuring world-class musicians, workshops, and talks July 16-19. Echoes from the Borscht Belt: Contemporary Photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld, striking photos of the decline of the iconic resorts in New York’s Catskills region, will be on display through October.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is featuring the award-winning art and illustrations by Fred Marcellino. A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino comprises more than 90 works and shows the full range of Marcellino’s talent. The Carle is also exhibiting original art from David Macaulay’s Caldecott award-winning Black and White, along with a new exhibition of Eric Carle’s work, Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs

The Hampshire College Art Gallery will host Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, an exhibition of artists’ books, prints, and broadsides in response to the 2007 bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, the bookselling district in Baghdad, with an opening reception June 18. At the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, explore art from across 6,000 years and five continents.

Visit the Smith College Museum of Art and enjoy completely redesigned galleries featuring American, Ancient and European paintings and sculpture on two floors of the museum. This summer—while the final phase of the Gallery Redesign Project is underway—the lower level and first floor galleries will be closed for renovations.

At Historic Deerfield, discover the many ways of marking time—and even make your own working sundial to take home—every weekend through the end of June. In July, learn about the history of silk in Deerfield and handle live silkworms in their interactive exhibit, Silken Threads and Shimmering Cloth.

The Emily Dickinson Museum hosts “The Emily Dickinson Project” Wednesday to Sunday, July 15 to August 2, providing stunning theatrical portraits of the poet in her home and garden. Take your children back to the 1800s with the Creatures of Bliss and Mystery Children’s Circus on July 19. Enjoy free admission to the museum on August 21 as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday series.

At the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, visit the newly dedicated Wolansky gallery, home of the museum’s world-famous dinosaur track collection. Also at Amherst College, stop by the Mead Art Museum to see the photography of Kageyama Kōyō and the Mead’s exhibition of Japanese animals, along with Gods, Kings, and Lovers: Paintings from Courtly India. At the end of August, the Mead will open a new exhibition, Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and his Contemporaries.

Though it will be closed for installations this summer, the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst has exciting exhibitions opening in September: Chuck Close Photographs and A Conversation with the University Collections: Anne Beresford—Ten Thousand Wonderful Things.

Museums10 is a collaborative affiliated with the Five College Consortium celebrating 10 years of fostering lifelong learning in art, culture, science, and history through diverse exhibitions, collections, and programs. Learn more at For more info, contact Taliesin Nyala at 413-542-4015.