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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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Fellows Travel to Olana

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It is a spectacular view. In the afternoon sun, the water of the Hudson River shimmers and the peaks of the Catskill Mountains glow. You step down from the back porch, turn around, and look up to study the façade of the house. Bold geometric shapes and delicately attenuated script flow freely throughout in reds, blues, and golds and culminate in a powerful minaret. Here, Persian design meets American landscape: this is Olana.

On Sunday, September 21, at 10 am, the Fellows—some of…

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Art of the Month Club: Thayer Tolles

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American; 1858-1924), Summer Day, Salem, ca. 1915-18, oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast._x400

It was the best work-study job ever. After a year of washing dishes in Baxter (who could forget the flume?) and another cataloguing books in the math library, I spent junior and senior years working on the so-called Prendergast project, an ambitious effort…

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100 Years Ago: Boccioni’s Schnelligkeit

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Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954.

Ever wonder what was going on in the art world 100 years ago? I took a peek in WCMA’s collection to get a whiff of the creative juices of 1914. Happy Birthday Boccioni’s Schnelligkeit!

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954.

The story of how the Italian Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni produced a lithograph with the surprisingly German title Schnelligkeit, or Speed, relates to the history…

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Congratulations to the 2014 Fulkerson Leadership in the Arts Award Winners

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is delighted to announce the 2014 Fulkerson Leadership in the Arts Award winners: Marisa Repka, Class of 2014, and Nina Pelaez, Graduate Student in the History of Art, Class of 2014.  The Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts is now in its fifth year and continues to support a variety of student-centered projects at WCMA including WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces) and WAC (WCMA Advisory Council). A central component of…

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Art of the Month Club: Suzanne Silitch

Allen Lewis (American, 1873-1957), Twilight Toil, 1943, color woodcut on paper. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Gifford M. Lloyd._x209

When I see Twilight Toil, 1943 by American artist Allen Lewis, I think of all those who have come before me to prepare the soil for planting. This elegant woodcut evokes the cool evening air of April, as a jacket-clad farmer walks behind his plow horse, readying his fields under the sliver of a waning April moon.

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Overheard in the Galleries

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Frederick William MacMonnies, Study of a Stamdomg Male Nude, ca. 1880s. Charcoal and conte crayon on paper. Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon.

“I’m 103 and I knew and lived by Frederick W. MacMonnies many years ago.”

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