Art of the Month Club: Kathryn Calley Galitz
The Art of the Month Club is a regular feature of the WCMA blog. Each month we invite someone special to write about a work from our collection. Find your own favorite WCMA artwork by searching our collection database. You never know, we may invite you to be the next Art of the Month Club member. Today, please welcome Kathryn Calley Galitz from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, Class of 1991.
Less than a month after I arrived at Williams as a graduate student in the art history program, I had my first hands-on experience at WCMA, wielding a paint roller in one of the museum’s galleries! A number of us had been enlisted to help with the installation of a display of photographs by Garry Winogrand and, I think, Lee Friedlander as well. While this was not exactly what I had envisioned as part of the job description of curator, it was a lesson in the collaborative process, which is absolutely essential in museum work. Looking back, I also see it as an experience unique to a teaching museum. Of course, my “hands-on experiences” with art at Williams did progress beyond painting a gallery; I can remember, for example, visits to the print room to study works in relation to various courses. Collectively, these experiences brought home the fact that the museum and its collection was there for us, the students, not only to complement our coursework but also to offer endless possibilities of enriching our lives through direct experiences with works of art. Those values have shaped my own work as a curator and teacher.
—Kathryn Calley Galitz
Above Image: Garry Winogrand (American, 1928-1984), New York City, 1968, gelatin silver print. Gift of Elizabeth and Frederick M. Myers, Class of 1943. © Estate of Gary Winogrand, courtesy of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.