Mount Holyoke College Art Museum exhibition

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Streaming Museum Announce Digital Media Exhibition Brave New Perspectives: This World Through the Lens of New Media Art

Janet Bellotto (CA/Dubai) “Nile Blue” 2011 Courtesy of the Artist


South Hadley, MA – The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Streaming Museum are collaborating to produce an exhibition entitled Brave New Perspectives: This World Through the Lens of New Media Art. The exhibition superimposes four new media works with questions designed to encourage visitors to critically engage with new media art. An accompanying blog, accessible via an iPad mounted in the exhibition space, further encourages dialogue.

Brave New Perspectives is curated by Maureen Millmore, Andrew W. Mellon Academic Outreach Intern and Mount Holyoke College class of 2013. Each work in the show presents a unique view of familiar topics, including reproduction and genetics, the effect of global warming, and the impacts of news, global data and social media. The techniques employed by each artist invite viewers to experience the subject matter in a unique way that arguably may only be achievable through the use of digital tools. Ultimately, the take-away from this exhibition is the question “What do you think?” and the intention is that the combination of the artwork, posted questions, and the option to write in a blog will inspire viewers to share their thoughts, engage in dialogue with others, and question their own opinions.

The exhibition will open on February 26, 2013 and will run through April 21, 2013. The blog will also be live during this period and will then be archived on the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum website.

Featured works include Gen 244 (2011) by Scott Draves, Emotion Forecast (2010) (video version) by Maurice Benayoun, Nile Blue (2011) by Janet Bellotto, and HI, A Real Human Interface (2009) by Multitouch Barcelona.

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum: Founded in 1876, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum was one of the first collegiate museums in the United States—and today is one of the liveliest. It is a “cultural laboratory” for the campus and is actively used in teaching by faculty and students studying art, history, chemistry, French, anthropology, philosophy, religion, and numerous other disciplines.

The Museum’s comprehensive permanent collection of 17,000 objects features Asian art, 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, Medieval sculpture, early Italian Renaissance paintings, and an extensive collection of works on paper.

Collection objects are displayed on a rotating basis, allowing students to have access to original works of art of the highest quality. An illustrated online database also allows reference to the permanent collection which is constantly growing through purchases and gifts.

The Museum is free, open to the public, and fully accessible. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Sundays.

For more information, visit mtholyoke.edu/artmuseum or call 413-538-2085.

Streaming Museum: Founded in 2008, the museum produces and presents exhibitions of international multi-media arts, innovative ideas and related programs to a wide global demographic via mobile devices, a network of big screens in public spaces, and live at cultural centers. Programs focus on contemporary universal themes and synergies across cultures and disciplines. Image and sound act as “contemporary hieroglyphs’ that transcend language and cultural boundaries. New York City-based Streaming Museum generates content in collaboration with a variety of cultural and educational organizations, prominent and emerging visual and performing artists, curators, and visionaries across fields.

For more information, visit streamingmuseum.org.

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Contact: Maureen Millmore Exhibition Curator 413.538.2245 millm22m@mtholyoke.edu

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