Vik Muniz (Brazilian, b. 1961); Memory Rendering, 3-D Screening (from "The Best of Life"), 1989-2000; gelatin silver print. Copy Right Holder: Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Wachenheim Family Fund. (M.2007.23.D) x1200
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Winter Break 2013

Caption: Christopher Brown, Untitled (from “Artists’ Impressions”), c.1989-1991, lithograph on paper, Museum purchase, Kathryn Hurd Fund_x400

Except for evening programs the museum will be closed for installation from December 24 through January 24.

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Art of the Month Club: Peter Low

William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879), Niagara Falls, 1878, oil on canvas. Gift of the estate of J. Malcolm Forbes._x600

I love William Morris Hunt’s 1878 Niagara Falls. This is partly because, as a transplanted Canadian, the painting calls me back – across a border of time as well as place…

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WCMA’s own Morton Schamberg at The New-York Historical Society’s The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution Exhibition

Morton Livingston Schamberg, Study of a Girl (Fanette Reider), c.1912, oil on canvas, Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923_x600
Morton Livingston Schamberg, Study of a Girl (Fanette Reider), c.1912, oil on canvas, Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923.

For those of you thinking of heading to New York to catch The New-York Historical Society’s new exhibition on the famous Armory Show of 1913, be prepared to have a moment of hometown recognition.  WCMA’s own painting Study of a Girl (Fanette Reider) by American artist Morton Livingston Schamberg figures prominently among the works by Americans…

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Art of the Month Club: Ellen Salzman Chase

Caption: Sol LeWitt, Arcs 12" wide from the upper right corner of the wall alternating bands of yellow, red, and blue ink washes, May 1988. © 2013 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York._x550

Caption: Sol LeWitt, Arcs 12" wide from the upper right corner of the wall alternating bands of yellow, red, and blue ink washes, May 1988. © 2013 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

When thinking back to my time at Williams, rather than any work of art in particular at WCMA, it is the space of WCMA itself that left an impression. One of the things that remains with me most from the museum is the art on the wall of the stairway.

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Senga Nengudi

Senga Nengudi setting up for a performance of RSVP X in her Los Angeles studio, 1976. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York._x500

What will artist Senga Nengudi be bringing with her this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for her Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art and the Q & A following? In forty years of activity in the art world, Nengudi has produced a near lifetime’s worth of sculptural creations…

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A Chat with Lisa Dorin about WCMA’s Early Kiefer Show

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Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lisa Dorin and WCMA staff with Anselm Kiefer.

Q: Lisa, what can you tell us about the relationship between the Early Anselm Kiefer show and MASS MoCA’s long-term Kiefer installation from the Hall collection? How did WCMA’s exhibition come about?

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Acclaim for Now Dig This!

Dale Brockman Davis. Swept, 1970. Mixed media. 30 x 40 x 6 in. (76.2 x 101.6 x 15.2 cm). Blocker Collection c/o Rick Blocker._x345

“…a stunning installation of one of the most compelling and transformative exhibitions seen in the Berkshires in decades.” writes Charles Giuliano

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WCMA Chosen One of Top College Art Museums

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A list of the top twenty best college art museums appeared this month on complex.com’s website section Complex Art & Design, and WCMA weighs in at #18. While there doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to the order of this list (Yale University Art Gallery is ranked as #20, while Arizona State University Art Museum is placed as #2), it is still nice to see WCMA getting the recognition the institution deserves. The entry describes the…

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Grant Wood and Cole Porter

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY._x600

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Ever wonder about the previous owners of works in WCMA’s collection? Grant Wood’s Death on the Ridge Road is a striking example. The painting was a gift to the museum by the illustrious songwriter and composer Cole Porter in 1947.

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Art of the Month Club: Stephen Edidin

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY._x600

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

In the spring of 1976, I went up to Williamstown during the process of deciding where I would go for graduate school in art history.

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