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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

Ben Shahn, Blind Botanist, 1961; Torii Kiyonaga, Three Women in the Rain, ca. 1783; Edward Curtis, A Feast Day, Acoma._x400

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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Can photography capture your inner emotions?

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If you are curious come to WCMA and find out. Hands-on activities play an important role in the Kidspace at WCMA: Artistic Curiosity exhibition. One section of the exhibition investigates the representation of inner lives.

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Working Together/Declarations of Independence

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We want to invite you to rest, to listen, to wonder. We’ll pay you to do it if we have to. We want to invite you to be disoriented, willingly, just for a moment. I want to invite you to enjoy yourself.

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A Week in the Rose Study Gallery

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What happens behind the locked door off the WCMA atrium? This room is the Rose Study Gallery, our object-study classroom. Professors teach with works of art from storage that are arranged in a mini-exhibition just for their class. The Rose Study Gallery hosts a variety of courses and artworks throughout the year. Here is a sample week from November 2012 to give a sense of this variety.

Tuesday, November 27
Maria Elena Cepeda and Latina/o Studies 313
Race, Beauty, and Power in the…

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The AIDS Memorial Quilt at WCMA: World AIDS Day 2012

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A block of panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt was installed today in the atrium of the Williams College Museum of Art.

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