In addition to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum’s reputation as an established teaching institution, the Museum is also recognized for both the quality and diversity of its collection. It is pleased to accommodate the requests of not only museums within the Five College consortium, but institutions across the globe, that wish to borrow objects from the Permanent Collection for temporary loans. Each year, the Museum thus contributes to a number of off-site and traveling exhibitions, embracing this continuous opportunity to share its collection with a broader audience and, at the same time, bringing artwork to the backyards of alumnae both near and far.
From 2 October 2011 through 8 January 2012, Raymond Saunders' American Dream, a provocative, compelling, and sobering work, will be on loan the the Hammer Museum at the University of California Los Angeles in a comprehensive exhibition entitled Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. By illuminating the richness and complexity of the African-American creative community of visual artists, the exhibition demonstrates how these artists were working not in isolation but as an integral part of the developing U.S. art scene during the latter part of the 20th century.
Sauders' work encompasses painting, collage, and other elements that add references and texture without breaking the strong abstract compositional structure. The result its a form of social narrative even in his abstract works of art.