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
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.
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.
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.
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…
Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #29, installed for the exhibition Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid, is on view through Dec. 9, 2012. Check out this short video of the 5 day installation and stop in to see the drawing in person!
Thanks to James Thrall Soby’s (author, critic, connoisseur, collector and patron of the arts) enthusiasm for Surrealism and passion for Williams College, Matta’s “Rain” has published, exhibited, and been very much enjoyed by museum staff and visitors alike since 1950.
At WCMA, we are constantly learning about our permanent collection. With more than 13,000 objects, there is always something for us to research. Objects accumulate new information over time and since we are charged with caring for works in our collection, we are responsible for tracking the “life of an object.”