Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924); Grand Canal, Venice, ca. 1898-99; watercolor and pencil on paper. Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast. (91.18.6) x1200
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Art of the Month Club: Thayer Tolles

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American; 1858-1924), Summer Day, Salem, ca. 1915-18, oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast._x400

It was the best work-study job ever. After a year of washing dishes in Baxter (who could forget the flume?) and another cataloguing books in the math library, I spent junior and senior years working on the so-called Prendergast project, an ambitious effort…

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100 Years Ago: Boccioni’s Schnelligkeit

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954._x380

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954.

Ever wonder what was going on in the art world 100 years ago? I took a peek in WCMA’s collection to get a whiff of the creative juices of 1914. Happy Birthday Boccioni’s Schnelligkeit!

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954.

The story of how the Italian Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni produced a lithograph with the surprisingly German title Schnelligkeit, or Speed, relates to the history…

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Art of the Month Club: Suzanne Silitch

Allen Lewis (American, 1873-1957), Twilight Toil, 1943, color woodcut on paper. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Gifford M. Lloyd._x209

When I see Twilight Toil, 1943 by American artist Allen Lewis, I think of all those who have come before me to prepare the soil for planting. This elegant woodcut evokes the cool evening air of April, as a jacket-clad farmer walks behind his plow horse, readying his fields under the sliver of a waning April moon.

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A Conversation with Darsie Alexander

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A Conversation with Darsie Alexander on meeting the challenges of contemporary museum practice, and the implications for future arts leaders.

April 16, 2014

 

 

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WALLS Interview #1

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How did you select your artwork? I went to the exhibit beforehand and looked at the catalog, thinking that I wanted something… “stuffier”—one of the more well known, formal pieces like…

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Art of the Month Club: Arthur Wheelock

Portraits by Wybrand Simonsz. de Geest the Elder,

Like many Williams undergraduates, I only learned that a field called “art history” existed after I arrived in Williamstown in the fall of 1961.

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Those Williams Monuments Men

S. Lane Faison Jr. ’29 (center). Williams College Archives and Special Collections._x100

It was a time for showing physical bravery and bravura connoisseurship, an unlikely pairing. This was the dynamic duo necessary for the men and women of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section (MFAA) of the Allied forces in Western Europe.

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Art of the Month Club: Laurel O’Connor

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Sometimes art has a way of nuzzling against your curiosity and tugging you back to look a little longer and a little deeper. For me, Carrie Mae Weems’s “Kitchen Series” is just that kind of ‘sometimes art’.

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South Africa’s New Mo(u)rning

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Williams alum Bridget Ngcobo ’12 works with Zanele Muholi’s media collective Inkanyiso. In her most recent post on from South Africa she writes about Zanele Muholi’s Mo(u)rning exhibition at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg.

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Talking American Art with Kevin Murphy, WCMA’s New Curator of American Art

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The newest addition to the WCMA family is Kevin Murphy, the Eugénie Prendergast Curator of American Art. Kevin is slated to present an installation of American art from WCMA’s permanent collection this spring.

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