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The Life of an Object

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At WCMA, we are constantly learning about our permanent collection. With more than 13,000 objects, there is always something for us to research. Objects accumulate new information over time and since we are charged with caring for works in our collection, we are responsible for tracking the “life of an object.”

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Art of the Month Club: Sara Farrell Okamura

Front of WCMA, featuring Eyes (nine elements), 2001, by Louise Bourgeois_Photo by A.BlakeGardner

It has been 11 years since Louise Bourgeois’s Eyes, were installed as a gateway into the Williams College Museum of Art. Its undulating magic carpet of verdant lawn and burnished bronze bobbing eyeballs with extended phallic pupils has served as a touchstone for discourse, both negative and positive, a playground, a landmark, and a memory.

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Asco Reviews, Awards, and Acquisitions

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Don’t miss the recent press coverage of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure.

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Eye Can See Clearly Now

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“The eyes are the window of the soul, reflecting feelings and truth. They are the best way to communicate with the world, with others.”
—Louise Bourgeois
The conservation team from Modern Art Foundry cleaned the silver-nitrate patina on the bronze Eyes in front of WCMA, May 31, 2012.

In 2001, the 75th anniversary of the Williams College Museum of Art, the museum commissioned Eyes, a public art installation by Louise Bourgeois.

WCMA worked with Bourgeois, her studio, and the Office of Dan Kiley, Landscape…

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Lenox High School Seniors Visit WCMA

Troilos Painter (Greek, 400-499 BCE), Red-figured vase, ca. 500-475 BC, terracotta, Museum purchase, Karl E. Weston Memorial Fund. (64.9) _x345

Last March 8 the Grade 12 students enrolled in my Honors Humanities course at Lenox Memorial High School visited the museum to participate in the program, Mysteries of the Ancient World. The students had studied Greek art and architecture in the course, and were excited to see artifacts prior to their visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art later in the year.

The museum staff had conducted a workshop with teachers in the fall to determine what activities would be appropriate…

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Q&A with Director Christina Olsen and Ernie Wolfe III, Class of 1972

Theophilus Nii Anum Sowah, (Ghana, b. 1969), Fantasy Coffin (Fantastic Afterlife Vehicle) in the form of a Marlboro Cigarette Pack, 1995, wood, oil, and rayon, Gift of Ernie Wolfe III, Class of 1972. (97.14)_x600

In honor of reunion weekend we reflect on the many generous contributions from Williams alumni. One such contribution is the artwork, Fantasy Coffin (Fantastic Afterlife Vehicle) in the form of a Marlboro Cigarette Pack, 1995, given by Ernie Wolfe III, Class of 1972. WCMA director Christina Olsen had a conversation with Ernie Wolfe about his gift.

Christina Olsen: Could you tell us how you came to acquire the coffin?

Ernie Wolfe III: I bought this FAV (Fantastic Afterlife Vehicle) on my third…

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