Steve Levin (American, b. 1953), Controversy in the Nursery, 2005, oil on copper. Courtesy of the artist. x1200
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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Art of the Month Club: Nicolas Tomczyk

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As a Russian major who is intensely interested in history, I’ve been lucky to work with Elizabeth Gallerani and WCMA this semester translating a series of 26 Soviet Propaganda posters from the 1920s. The Alumni who donated these works many years ago, Telford Taylor, served in the Counsel for the Prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials and one can only guess at how he came across such a collection.

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WCMA’s Rich Collection

James Tissot (French, 1836–1902), Ces Dames des chars à l'hippodrome, ca. 1885, etching with drypoint, Williams College Museum of Art, Gift of David Tunick, Class of 1966, in honor of S. Lane Faison, Jr., Class of 1929._x300

At first glance, WCMA is a small but surprisingly well-stocked museum…what most people don’t know when they walk in, however, is how rich the collection truly is.

Many of the current exhibits are mainly geared toward contemporary art; while it is important to celebrate the new (and relatively recent), I was feeling homesick for my favorites from back home…the French Impressionists. The art gallery where I grew up had many modern works, but when we went on field trips in elementary…

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The AIDS Memorial Quilt at WCMA: World AIDS Day 2012

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A block of panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt was installed today in the atrium of the Williams College Museum of Art.

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Wall Drawing #29

Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #29, installed for the exhibition Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid, is on view through Dec. 9, 2012. Check out this short video of the 5 day installation and stop in to see the drawing in person!

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WCMA Close up Challenge Revealed

William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879), Niagara Falls, 1878, oil on canvas, Gift of the estate of J. Malcolm Forbes. (61.7)_x550

The painting from Monday’s Close-Up Challenge is William Morris Hunt’s Niagara Falls!

William Morris Hunt painted this in 1878, toward the end of his life. It is one of his largest easel paintings. Hunt was one of the most prominent painters in New England in the 19th century, known for both his dramatic landscapes and his intimate genre paintings. The close-up detail shows Hunt’s judicious use of heavy impasto to show the texture of the water, as well as his use…

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WCMA Close-Up Challenge!

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This is a close-up shot of a painting in WCMA’s collection, currently on display. Do you know which one? Leave

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The Concept of a Teaching Museum

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Here at WCMA, we take our role as a teaching museum seriously. Check out some interesting links about the concept of a teaching museum.

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WCMA at Night Postcard Drawings, Part II

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As part of WCMA at Night the third Thursday in October, students made up their own LeWitt inspired drawing directions and had the option of following the directions created by others. This is the second post displaying these drawings.

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