Thursday, January 31, 2013
Robert Motherwell’s painting, Open No. 175, used to hang right at the entrance of the ground floor gallery at WCMA, and I would see it every time I was in the museum…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
“I will meet you at the eyes” was what the nice Irish woman speaking from her office in mid-town Manhattan said shortly after Hurricane Sandy had devastated large swaths of New York, ending what had already been a somewhat bizarre conversation about post storm logistics of picking up eleven year old girls from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Westchester. “I will meet you at the eyes”.
Friday, November 30, 2012
As a Russian major who is intensely interested in history, I’ve been lucky to work with Elizabeth Gallerani and WCMA this semester translating a series of 26 Soviet Propaganda posters from the 1920s. The Alumni who donated these works many years ago, Telford Taylor, served in the Counsel for the Prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials and one can only guess at how he came across such a collection.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Among the many things that art can do, one of the most persistent is to provide a portal through time. Thus an art museum is a time machine, or a collection of them, and within the confines of WCMA, the most transporting art object for me is a piece of architecture, the original Lawrence Hall rotunda.
Friday, September 28, 2012
I am a huge fan of pop art. In my studies at Marlboro College I focused my energy on anarchy and graffiti. As I looked at the history of the graffiti movement I found so many similarities with the work of Andy Warhol.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
When I first moved to the area about seven years ago, I made my way to the museum. One of the first pieces to thrill me that I saw was a terra cotta sculpture of a dog that was in one of the glass cases. Not just a generic clay dog, but also a very special Colima Mexican dog!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Before the curtain goes up on WTF’s productions, audience members are handed a program. Somewhere between the Artistic Director’s welcome letter and the listing of Donors, there are 8 pages specific to the show that give audience members both basic information and a greater context for the production.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
It has been 11 years since Louise Bourgeois’s Eyes, were installed as a gateway into the Williams College Museum of Art. Its undulating magic carpet of verdant lawn and burnished bronze bobbing eyeballs with extended phallic pupils has served as a touchstone for discourse, both negative and positive, a playground, a landmark, and a memory.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I am one of a handful of people who has seen, handled, photographed, studied, and marveled over every ancient object in the museum’s collection as part of WCMA’s ongoing digital imaging project. That’s more than 2,000 objects, and among them the beads are the smallest.
Monday, April 16, 2012
One of the most striking objects at WCMA is the enormous bas-relief of the King of Nimrud from the Iron Age of Man, approximately 900 B.C.E. To be in its presence is, for me, an extraordinary experience of being transported in space and time.