Jacqueline Humphries (American, b. 1960); Clio in Furs, 2006; oil on canvas. Courtesy of Greene Naftali Gallery and the artist. x1200
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Art of the Month Club: Christina Yang

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967), Morning in a City, 1944, oil on canvas. Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923, © Williams College Museum of Art. (77.9.7)_x345

What first drew me to Edward Hopper’s Morning in a City was his deployment of the gaze. It is a simple enough scene of a young woman standing in a bedroom as her day begins.

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Art of the Month Club: Barbara Ernst Prey

Winslow Homer, (American, 1836-1910), Children on a Fence, 1874, watercolor over pencil on paper. Museum purchase, with funds provided by the Assyrian Relief Exchange._x600

I have spent so much time with so many objects in the Williams College Museum collection that it is hard to choose just one.

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Art of the Month Club: Katy Ganino Reddick

Flemish, 12th century, Baptismal Font, limestone. Museum purchase, Joseph O. Eaton Fund._x300

Among my favorite pieces at WCMA is the 12th century Flemish baptismal font that quite literally took up space in the medieval art room – requiring visitors to walk about it. Although at first glance the font appears nondescript, faceted edges and angles create shadows with light.

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Art of the Month Club: Amelia Wood

Installation view. Amy Podmore, Measured Rest (rabbit), 2009, mixed media. Collection of the artist. Photo by Arthur Evans._x425

When I started my position as the Coordinator of Education Programs at WCMA in mid-November, I was introduced to the Kidspace: Artistic Curiosity exhibition, where I would be working with Museum Associates to provide K-12 tours throughout the academic year. As I entered the gallery, I was immediately taken aback by a white figure with pointed ears, balanced on a tiny green ladder and holding a violin.

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Art of the Month Club: Stephen Hannock

William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879), Niagara Falls, 1878, oil on canvas, (61.7) Gift of the estate of J. Malcolm Forbes.

I had been working on a composition of Niagara Falls for years—since 1996—shortly after I had seen my friend Frank Moore’s treatment of the subject.

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Art of the Month Club: Jane Hudson

Man Ray (American, 1890-1976), Électricité (from "Électricité: Dix Rayogrammes"), 1931, photogravure. Museum purchase. (92.18.A). Copy Right Holder: Artists Rights Society (ARS). _x425

I first encountered Man Ray’s work in a museum in Germany back in the 70s when I was beginning my work in video. I was knocked out by the daring and the beauty of his radical imaging. This was Fine Art made of technology.

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Art of the Month Club: Janet Curran

Robert Motherwell, (American, 1915-1991), Open No. 175, acrylic on canvas. Gift of Sylvia and Joseph Slifka. (M.2004.4.5) © Daedalus/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY_x345

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…

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Art of the Month Club: Jonathan D. Secor

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“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”.

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Art of the Month Club: Nicolas Tomczyk

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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.

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Art of the Month Club: Steve Satullo

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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.

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