Giovanni Paolo Pannini (Italian, 1691–1765), Composition of Roman Ruins, 1734, oil on canvas, Museum purchase, Mather Bequest Fund. (54.20)_x1200
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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Art of the Month Club: Stephen Hannock

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

I had been working on a composition of Niagara Falls for years—since 1996—shortly after I had seen my friend Frank Moore’s treatment of the subject.

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Family Day Brought Out the Curious

Photo of boy with his shadow puppet

Saturday March 2, 2013 was Family Day at WCMA. This year’s theme was Get Curious! One young girl had a couple questions

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The Magic Ingredient

I was delighted to experience firsthand the power of art last week.  Our director Tina Olsen was out and while she was on the road her office underwent a radical transformation. We didn’t knock down walls or buy new furniture or repaint: we simply hung five paintings she had selected from our collection in the space. Returning from a meeting, I noticed it out of the corner of my eye and was stopped in my tracks.   It was jaw…

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Asco: Elite of the Obscure Opening in Mexico

Image of invitation to Asco exhibition at MUAC in Mexico

More press for Asco: Elite of the Obscure as it is about to open in Mexico at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) on March 21, 2013!

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 started at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), then came here to the WCMA, and has now traveled to MUAC in Mexico City. Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College associate professor of art and Latina/o studies and Rita Gonzalez, contemporary art curator…

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Tom Phillips at MASS MoCA April 3

Installation shot of A Humament by Tom Phillips

The British artist Tom Phillips will be participating in MASS MoCA’s Book Club on April 3rd at 6pm. Phillips will be there to talk about his work and artistic process more generally. Phillip’s work, A Humument, a collage created over the text of WH Mallock’s 1892 novel A Human Document, is currently on view in WCMA’s Picture: Literature exhibition.

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The Mystery of the Mummy Hand Part 2

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The mummy hand held by WCMA has always been a mystery to me, full of questions and no answers: how old was it? Who was he or she? Why do we have only the hand? Where is the rest of the mummy? In the fall of 2013, Betsy Hart, Class of 2014, decided to make it the center piece of her independent study of ancient Egyptian religion

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