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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mummified Hand

Just in time for Halloween we have the mystery of the mummified hand. How did it become separated from its arm? How did such an object become part of our collection? What does the museum do with it? What kind of condition is a hand in that is likely thousands of years old?

As to the first question, the object was brought into the collection by Professor Richard Austin Rice. Rice was a professor at Williams College from 1881-1911. According to…

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Eph Football Players Respond to Coach’s Exhibition

Eph football players talk about the exhibition A View from the Coach’s Seat, the latest installation in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies, curated by their head football coach Aaron Kelton. The players were interviewed during the Monday Football and Art “Pep Rally” reception at WCMA on October 24, 2011.

Demarius D. Edwards ’14

Michael A. Williams ’15, Ryan C. Barry ’15,  and Alexander J. Walsh ’15

 

Videos by Suzanne Silitch

 

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Bringing Pottery Sherds to Life

When we started working on our Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) ancient art digitization grant a couple of years ago, we began to research some objects that came into the museum with very little information, often with no date or culture to speak of. Laura Lesswing, Williams Art History Graduate class of 2010, was a big help to me. We reviewed the curatorial files for leads on information about the objects. In the file for a group of…

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Williams Football and Art

In 1966 Norman Rockwell featured Williams Head Coach Frank Navarro, trainer Joe Altott and Eph football player Dennis Kelly, class of ’68 in his painting The Recruit, later re-named The Football Hero. Today we celebrate a new connection between Williams football and art with the exhibition A View from the Coach’s Seat the current installation in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies curated by Head Football Coach Aaron Kelton. Join us Monday October 24, 2011 from 4:00-6:00 pm for refreshments and and…

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Public Art at Williams

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is pleased to announce the launch of its Public Art Module. Visitors to WCMA’s website can virtually tour the public art on campus and then download a map and see the works in person. Formally established in 2011 as a fiftieth reunion gift from the Class of ’61, the Williams Public Art Program seeks to incorporate unexpected and informal encounters with art into the daily lives of students. It also hopes to inspire…

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Asco on the Cover of Artforum

Decoy Gang War Victim, a work by Asco, the influential Chicano artist collective from the ’70s and ’80s is on the cover of the October 2011 issue of Artforum. The exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be coming to the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) in February 2012. The exhibition was co-curated by LACMA Curator of Contemporary Art, Rita Gonzalez and Williams College…

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Coach Aaron Kelton in the Gallery of Crossed Destinies

Williams College Head Football Coach Aaron Kelton, has been meeting with WCMA staff in order to organize the space for his debut as a guest curator. The exhibition, A View from the Coach’s Seat, in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies, will be on view October 8 through December 4, 2011. There will be an exhibition reception, Monday Football & Art “Pep Rally” on Monday October 24, 2011 from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Coach Kelton is the final of four guest curators invited by the…

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