August 13, 2019

Mead Art Museum Receives Anonymous Gift of 170 Contemporary Artworks

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS—The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has been gifted more than 170 works of contemporary art by artists such as Carol Dunham, Mona Hatoum, David Hockney, Thomas Ruff, and Cindy Sherman from an anonymous donor. In celebration of the donation, the museum will include a selection of the works in the exhibition “Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts,” opening September 10.

“We are so incredibly fortunate to be the recipients of a gift of contemporary art of this scale and scope,” said David E. Little, director and chief curator of the museum. “The addition of more than 170 works of contemporary art will have a tremendous impact on our collection, and supports us in our ongoing efforts to expand our holdings in ways that reflect the diversity of the Amherst College community.”

Highlights from the gift include Danny Lyon’s “Conversations with the Dead,” 1967–68, a series of documentary photographs that explore the impact of the prison-industrial complex on both inmates and society as a whole; Kapwani Kiwanga’s Greenbook, Mississippi, 2019, a doctored facsimile of a page from Victor H. Green’s The Negro Motorist Green-book, an annual publication printed between 1936 and 1966; and Mona Hatoum’s Rubber Mat, 1996, a silicon mat depicting coiled entrails.

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