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Q&A with the Curator

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We sat down with Max Boersma, graduate student and co-curator of The Loosening of Time: Maurice and Charles Prendegast and asked him a few questions about his experience working with WCMA’s Prendergast collection and curating a show.

How does this Prendergast show fit into what the WCMA usually chooses to exhibit? Is the show different from others?

The Prendergasts are a core part of WCMA’s collection and identity – in fact, their work has been included in over forty exhibitions since 1983! We aimed…

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The Trojans and Armor

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Imagining the Trojan War is on view in the Weston Rotunda, the oldest part of the WCMA. This storied museum space houses a combination of ancient Greek artifacts and modern works that both depict the Greek art of the war and images of and related to the Trojan War.

The Trojan War is perhaps most famously recounted in The Illiad, Homer’s legendary tale of the titanic clash between Greeks and Troy. Amid the rotunda’s bright white columns, look for an array of documents that show the written tradition of The Illiad….

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Living Portraits on Screen

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Immerse yourself in the mind of Allen Ginsberg, Salvador Dalí, or Lou Reed among others through Andy Warhol’s signature Screen Tests.
Warhol was among the first artists to introduce video as a fine art form and he shot around 500 different Screen Tests, but not all were kept. Every test he shot was the same length, 100 feet of film, shot with the same 16mm video camera, and many were slowed down to just under four minutes for various compilations such as  13…

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Read into Warhol

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Come and surround yourself with books and knowledge that influenced Andy Warhol! In a room inspired by Andy Warhol’s library, you will find shelf after shelf of mismatched books, from classic novels to comedic shorts. In an odd twist, these books are shelved with the spine inward introducing chance into your journey through Andy Warhol’s mind. This is an opportunity to step into Warhol’s shoes and form a deeper connection with the celebrity artist. Sit down and absorb the peaceful atmosphere or have a quiet…

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WCMA is on its way to your WALLS

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Maybe you’ve already heard whispers around campus about WALLS, WCMA’s new student art loan program. We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes and are happy to report some new and exciting developments.

First off, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve finished the selection process for this first iteration of the program and have a total of 90 original works of art that will comprise the WALLS collection. Thanks to the Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts and additional contributions…

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Whither the Witkin?

You may have wondered what’s been going on with a big metal sculpture that disappeared from its spot by Greylock Quad.

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In Fine Style

Chasuble fragments, Italian, 1420-1500, silk, velvet. Anonymous gift.

This summer I acquired the book In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion by Anna Reynolds, illustrated with paintings from the Royal Collection in Great Britain. I always research current books on clothing and costume history even if it is not a particular period that I need to study for an upcoming theatre production.

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Art to the Students

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Imagine Winslow Homer as your roommate for the spring semester or Cezanne living next door. WCMA is hard at work putting together a special collection of two-dimensional art for students to display in their dorms.

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The Mystery of the Mummy Hand Part 2

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The mummy hand held by WCMA has always been a mystery to me, full of questions and no answers: how old was it? Who was he or she? Why do we have only the hand? Where is the rest of the mummy? In the fall of 2013, Betsy Hart, Class of 2014, decided to make it the center piece of her independent study of ancient Egyptian religion

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The Mystery of the Mummified Hand Part 1

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Elizabeth Hart ‘14 has been studying Egyptian objects at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) since the fall of 2012, working on an independent study with Antonia Foias, Professor of Anthropology. A particularly curious object in our collection is a mummified hand for which we had no date or background.

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