Anselm Kiefer, Heliogabal, 1981, watercolor, gouache and ink on paper. Hall Collection. © Anselm Kiefer._x1200

Category: Blog

Behind the Scenes of Luce

Luce in Kroh

WCMA received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to digitize, condition assess, and make curatorial improvements for a large group (about 2,000!) of American paintings, prints, and drawings. The project is almost a year in and we’re right on track with 1,099 pieces– including some of our largest paintings — digitized and their condition evaluated. The ultimate goal of the project is to make the pieces available for the public and scholars to view through the collection portion of our…

Read more

WALLS Expansion

Titus Kaphur, to be titled, 2014

We asked Elliot Krasnopoler, MA ’15,  to give us some insight into his process for expanding the WALLS collection.

Why are we growing the WALLS collection?

The WALLS collection is made up of 90 original works of art that are lent out to students each semester to hang in their own dorms and apartments.  After three “sold out” semesters with long lines of students who did not get a work, we decided it was…

Read more

Jon Rubin at WCMA

Conflict Kitchen

Jon Rubin is a Pittsburgh based artist and professor of art at Carnegie Mellon. After moving from San Francisco, where he received his Masters degree, to the much smaller city, he got over the initial shock and saw how the city could be a destination for experimental art and he jumped on the opportunity.  Best known for his pieces The Waffle Shop, a talk show hosted at a functioning restaurant an completely run by the customers, Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant…

Read more



Williams Art Loans for Living Spaces, also known as WALLS, is a small, unique portion of WCMA’s permanent collection consisting of 90 works. This collection is only on view in the museum for a few short weeks, just under two, but these pieces are on view continuously for the rest of the year in a much different environment than you would expect from a Dürer or Cézanne.

Once a semester Williams students line up outside the museum doors, rain or shine,…

Read more

Q&A with the Curator


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…

Read more

The Trojans and Armor


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….

Read more

Living Portraits on Screen

feature image screentests

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…

Read more

Read into Warhol

feature image warhol library

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…

Read more

Fellows Travel to Olana


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…

Read more

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…

Read more