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Mead Art Museum Presents HOUSE: Selections from the College of John and Sue Wieland

The exhibition marks a $3 million gift from collectors John and Sue Wieland to endow the museum’s directorship and support contemporary art acquisitions.

Radcliffe Bailey, “Seven Steps East” (1993), mixed media on wood. From the private art collection of John and Sue Wieland

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has received a gift of $3 million from collectors John and Sue Wieland to endow its directorship and support contemporary art acquisitions.

To celebrate the gift, the Mead will present HOUSE: Selections from the College of John and Sue Wieland, an exhibition featuring nearly 60 artworks by more than 30 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Robert Gober, Cindy Sherman and Ai Weiwei.

The exhibition, on view February 8 – July 1, draws on John and Sue Wieland’s trove of more than 400 contemporary artworks, which engage the idea of the house as a fundamental element of people’s lives, an interest driven by John Wieland’s professional life as a home-builder. In some cases — as with those by Olafur Eliasson and Félix González-Torres — the works speak to the modest but necessary structures people inhabit in a wide range of environments.

Other works in the show — especially objects by Greg Stimac and Martha Rosler — depict the house as a home and a place of pride for Americans, while adding complexity to the notion of the American home during moments of political turmoil.

“We are so grateful to John and Sue for their contribution to the Mead, and for sharing key works from their collection with us,” said David E. Little, Mead director and chief curator. “An exhibition like HOUSE is perfect for a college art museum, with opportunities to engage a range of campus audiences, particularly those outside the visual arts.”

To learn more, visit amherst.edu/mead.