Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996); Untitled (Placebo), 1991; silver wrapped hard candy. Image courtesy of the Williams College Museum of Art, photo by Roman Iwasiwka. x1200
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WALLS Round Up Part 1: Students Getting to Know Their Artworks

Last week marked one month since 90 lucky students took home an artwork from the WALLS collection. Here at WCMA, we’re really interested in the knowledge and experiences generated during these semester-long loans. We checked in with students to find out how their thoughts have changed over the last few weeks. Here’s a roundup of some of their responses.

Loewy & Puiseux, Photographie Lunaire, 1900_x500

Carolina Jaramillo ‘16
Artwork: Moritz Loewy & Pierre-Henri Puiseux, Photographie Lunaire: Taruntius—Mer des Crises—Macrobius (Lunar Photography; Tartuntius—Sea of Crises—Macrobius), 1900

When I first got my artwork home I thought… Perfect.

Now that I’ve had my artwork for a month, I think… It’s going to be so hard to give it back.

Cuevas, MacBeth, 1989_x500

Christian Ruhl, ’17
Artwork: Jose Luis Cuevas, Macbeth, 1989

When I first got my artwork home I thought… It will take me a long time to understand what it means

Now that I’ve had my artwork for a month, I think… I can appreciate the amount of thought the artist put into it.

Curtis, Feast Day at Acoma, 1904_x500

Mariah Widman ‘15
Artwork: Edward Sheriff Curtis, A Feast Day at Acoma, 1904

When I first got my artwork home I thought… I wasn’t sure how much I was going to look at my piece. I didn’t know whether it would become meaningful to me or how much more I would gain from it.

Now that I’ve had my artwork for a month, I think… I look at it from time to time. It fits much more into the aesthetic of my room than I anticipated, and I really enjoy it.

Bradford Untitled (Black and Blue), 2003_x500

Name: Sam O’Donnell ’15
Artwork: Mark Bradford, Untitled (black and blue), 2003

When I first got my artwork home I thought… Shit, how am I gonna hang this up?

Now that I’ve had my artwork for a month, I think… Oh god, is it gonna fall on me while I’m asleep and crush me/shatter everywhere/rip half my wall out? (But this feeling passes after several weeks of the art being displayed successfully. Now I’m just taken in by its beauty.)

Eppridge, Apollo 11 Roll Out, 1969_x500

Name: Anna Spiers ’15
Artwork: Bill Eppridge, Apollo 11 Roll Out, Cape Canaveral, FL, May 20, 1969, printed 2009

When I first got my artwork home I thought… I wonder what inspiration this photograph will spark in my mind.

Now that I’ve had my artwork for a month, I think… seeing this piece in my room every time I go to bed reminds me that nothing is impossible. That was impossible at one point in mankind’s history.

Okada, Untitled, 1969_x500

Name: Malcolm Moutenot ‘17
Artwork: Kenzo Okada , Untitled, 1969

When I first got my artwork home I thought… The incredible colors will really liven up the room. It’ll also make my room feel a little more like home — my parents have a ton of art hanging around my house.

Now that I’ve had my artwork for a month, I think… I can’t take it for granted. I have to keep acknowledging its beauty and how lucky I am to have it. It’s easy to get adjusted to something and to stop paying the same amount of attention to it as you did early on!

Chagall, La Creation, 1960_x500

Name: Rakdong Lim ‘15
Artwork: Marc Chagall, La Création (The Creation), 1960

When I first got my artwork home I thought… It was a really interesting and colorful expression of the spiritual faith Chagall must have had!

Now that I’ve had my artwork for a month, I think… It is more complicated than I had imagined. I am planning to read more books about Chagall to explore his art world a bit deeper.

 

Image Credits:

Moritz Loewy & Pierre-Henri Puiseux (French, 1833-1907) & (French, 1855-1928), Photographie Lunaire: Taruntius—Mer des Crises—Macrobius (Lunar Photography; Tartuntius—Sea of Crises—Macrobius), 1900, Heliogravure, 32 x 35 1/2 x 1 1/2 in, Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts

José Luis Cuevas (Mexican, b. 1934), MacBeth, 1989, Lithograph and collage, 24 x 33 1/2 in., Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts

Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952), A Feast Day at Acoma, 1904, Photogravure, 21 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 1 in., Gift of Michael S. Engl ‘66

Mark Bradford (American, b. 1961), Untitled (black and blue), 2003, Lithograph, 32 1/2 x 32 5/8 in., Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts

Bill Eppridge (American, b. 1938), Apollo 11 Roll-Out, Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 20, 1969, Printed 2009, Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in., Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts

Kenzo Okada (Japanese, 1902-1982), Untitled, 1969, Screenprint on paper, 24 1/4 in. 30 1/4 in., Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts

Marc Chagall (Russian-French, 1887-1985), La Création (The Creation), 1960, Color lithograph, 13 15/16 x 10 3/8 in., Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts

 

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