Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Paintings Expelled from German Museums
The release of the film Monuments Men has drawn attention to the importance of preserving national art treasures during times of war. Although not featured in the film, S. Lane Faison, Director of Williams College Museum of Art (then Lawrence Art Museum) from 1948 — 1976, was a Navy Reservist during World War II and in 1945 was posted to the Office of Strategic Services’ Art Looting Investigation Unit. In addition to writing the official report on Adolf Hitler’s collection of…
Friday, February 28, 2014
It was a time for showing physical bravery and bravura connoisseurship, an unlikely pairing. This was the dynamic duo necessary for the men and women of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section (MFAA) of the Allied forces in Western Europe.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sometimes art has a way of nuzzling against your curiosity and tugging you back to look a little longer and a little deeper. For me, Carrie Mae Weems’s “Kitchen Series” is just that kind of ‘sometimes art’.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 6:45 a.m. I roll out of bed and greet a wintry Williamstown morning. Armed with a tarp, a sleeping bag, and a coffee, I join my friends and we make our way to WCMA, hoping that few of our fellow students are as warm-blooded as we are. As it turns out, twenty-four of Williams’s finest have beaten us to the punch, already freezing away for the chance to have a first pick of the Williams Art Loan…
Monday, February 3, 2014
Williams alum Bridget Ngcobo ’12 works with Zanele Muholi’s media collective Inkanyiso. In her most recent post on from South Africa she writes about Zanele Muholi’s Mo(u)rning exhibition at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Less than a month after I arrived at Williams as a graduate student in the art history program, I had my first hands-on experience at WCMA, wielding a paint roller in one of the museum’s galleries!
Friday, January 24, 2014
With the January 25th opening of American Art 1950-1975, WCMA’s newest acquisition, Joan Mitchell’s Sunflower VI will make its public debut. This will become the third painting from her 1969 Sunflower series that is on view in a museum. Serendipitously, staff members Marisa Repka ’14 (PR Intern) and Sarah Margerum (Public Engagement Manager) had the opportunity to visit the other two artworks during the holiday break. In anticipation of WCMA’s new installation, we wanted to share our very different, yet…
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The newest addition to the WCMA family is Kevin Murphy, the Eugénie Prendergast Curator of American Art. Kevin is slated to present an installation of American art from WCMA’s permanent collection this spring.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Except for evening programs the museum will be closed for installation from December 24 through January 24.
Friday, December 20, 2013
I love William Morris Hunt’s 1878 Niagara Falls. This is partly because, as a transplanted Canadian, the painting calls me back – across a border of time as well as place…