Five College Consortium

Fine art and world-class exhibitions on display this fall at Museums10

This fall, Museums10 is featuring a range of exhibitions and public events to warm the chilly days and nights. Works by world-renowned artists will be on display throughout the autumn months. The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum is showing an exhibition of Henri Matisse drawings curated by the award-winning artist Ellsworth Kelly, as well as plant lithographs by Kelly to accompany the exhibition. The University Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting a provocative exhibition by international artist Walid Raad, Postface, along with contemporary prints from the Risa Gerrig collection curated by University of Massachusetts Amherst students.

Evoking constellations, clouds, natural systems and abstract topographies, the installation Moiré by artist Tara Donovan is on display at the Smith College Museum of Art through January. The Mead Art Museum has a Schubert sound installation through the end of September that features the work of the Brentano Quartet and Michael Kannen. In October, the exhibition Images of the Unimaginable: Art from the First World War will go on display, featuring Russian, American and Swiss artwork.

The Hampshire College Art Gallery is exhibiting work by artist Deirdre Leber through September, and at the end of the season, an exhibition of artwork by Hampshire County restaurant workers. The Yiddish Book Center is presenting the visiting exhibit Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context October 19 through March 2015. Lembersky’s emotionally powerful art combines realism with avant-garde sensibilities, which for much of his career, was suppressed for his refusal to adhere to a style that glorified the state as well as for his inclusion of banned subject matter.

Historic Deerfield is hosting some of the country’s leading antiques dealers at the annual antiques show October 11 and 12. Visitors can browse thousands of rare objects, from furnishings to carpets to quilts. The Emily Dickinson Museum is holding its popular Dickinsons in Love program in which participants explore the courtships, marriages, unrequited passions and extramarital romances of Dickinsons’ world.

For families, Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans opens in November at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The Beneski Museum of Natural History boasts a collection of more than 1,700 specimens of plants, animals, rocks, fossils and artifacts, including several dinosaurs and prehistoric animals on display at all times.

Museums10 (M10) is a collaborative of 10 museums that fosters lifelong learning through art, culture, science and history. Together, the museums offer diverse exhibitions, collections and programs that empower people to better understand themselves and the world around them. 

Affiliated with Five Colleges Consortium, M10’s members are the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Emily Dickinson Museum, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Yiddish Book Center, and University Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit M10 museums in Amherst, Deerfield, Northampton and South Hadley, and on the web at

September 25, 2014