Mrs. A. E. Reasoner, New Jersey; Map Crazy Quilt, 1885; pieced and embroidered silk and velvet. Purchase 1970, Frederick P. Field Bequests Fund. Courtesy of the Newark Museum. x1200
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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Who is Kathryn E. Hurd?

Kathryn E. Hurd’s portrait, which hangs at the bottom of the museum’s Rotunda staircase with the condition laid out by Mrs. Hurd that it must always remain on a wall of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Kathryn E. Hurd’s last will and testament begins with this phrase:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Lawrence Museum of Williams College my paintings and pictures. I direct my Executor hereinafter named to divide the proceeds of my estate into two equal shares. One…

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Behind-the-Scenes: The Museum Shop Manager

Michele Migdal is the manager of the WCMA museum shop. Located on the first floor, just off the entrance foyer, you can often find Michele or one of her sales assistants working on displays or assisting customers. Michele keeps the shop stocked with fascinating books and catalogs, beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry, and creative gifts. I interviewed Michele so that everyone could get a behind-the-scenes experience of the shop.

1. How long have you been at WCMA? What brought you…

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Handbook Highlight: Twilight

George Inness' Twilight

George Inness’ Twilight, now on view in the 1935 Gallery post-museum reinstallation, is not only a highlight of the Williams College Museum of Art’s collection, but is also a treasure of a landscape. The brilliance of the sunset, the reds, pinks, purples, and yellows collide to create a cloud pattern at sun’s descent (or ascent), and it is a gorgeous sight to behold. Inness infuses each break in the branches, each crack in the…

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