Steve Levin (American, b. 1953), Controversy in the Nursery, 2005, oil on copper. Courtesy of the artist. x1200
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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Digitizing Textiles

Photographing textiles was an interesting part of our two year IMLS digitization grant we just finished up which focused on ancient and world cultures. Not all objects fit on a table top on a small easel. In fact, shooting ten foot tall Indian temple hangings and enormous African blankets was a bit challenging for the digitization team. The Indian temple hangings, for example, are usually rolled up and hung from the ceiling in art storage making them difficult to access,…

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From LA to Williamstown: Asco is coming our way!

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and will head on its way to WCMA this February! Asco, the 1970′s Chicano art group is known for their public art, including their contemporary take on traditional Mexican murals.

The Chicano group and their work have been getting lots of press coverage over the past couple of months. A post on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster reports…

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Kerry James Marshall to Deliver the Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art this Thursday!

An internationally recognized artist, Kerry James Marshall employs a broad range of art historical references from Renaissance painting to black folk art to comic books to create complex and dramatic works often on a large scale. His art explores contemporary issues in urban America and highlights the invisibility of African Americans in the history of Western art. He draws upon aspects of African-American popular culture in his paintings, sculptures and installations, reflecting the social and political context of his upbringing….

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It’s Constitution Day!

Did you know that Constitution Day is being celebrated today? On September 17 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed and adopted the United States Constitution. An undoubtedly important date in our nation’s history indeed!

A great way to celebrate this day is by stopping by the Williams College Museum of Art, which houses the founding documents of the United States. The museum holds one of twenty-six known copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, one of nine…

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Jamali-Kamali Reading in Becket

Jamali-Kamali: A Tale of Passion in Mughal India by Karen Chase, a literary tale of two potential lovers in 16th century India, is being celebrated this weekend, Sunday, September 18th at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Massachusetts. Weaving through oral traditions, and glancing in between traditionally rich text, Lenox writer, Karen Chase, envisions a love connection between Sufi poet Jamali, and Kamali.

The book has an introduction by former director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute…

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Asco opens at LACMA

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 opened September 4th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition, which is co-organized by Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and opens here at WCMA February 4th, 2012, is already getting attention in the press with articles in the New York Times and the Huffington Post.

Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College associate professor of art and Latina/o studies and Rita Gonzalez, contemporary art curator at LACMA, Asco:…

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Rehousing Chinese Scrolls

Some objects in the museum’s collection need very specialized types of care and handling. During our 2009-2011 IMLS Grant to digitize the ancient and world cultures collections, we photographed the Asian scrolls, and realized that many were fragile and being stored improperly. One important aspect of storing scrolls is that the weight should ideally be placed on the handles and not on the scroll itself. Too much weight being placed on the scroll can lead to folds and creases in…

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