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Fellows Travel to Olana

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…

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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

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954._x380

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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WALLS Round Up Part 3: Overheard in Student Rooms

Ninety students have now spent three months living with an artwork from the WALLS collection. Here at WCMA, we’re really interested in the knowledge and experiences generated during these semester-long loans. We checked in with students to find out what interesting comments they’ve overheard in response to their artworks: as we wrap up the inaugural semester of WALLS, we thought we would share a few.

Artist not known, Himalayas from Kashmir, 1870s

Charlotte Fleming ’15

“That makes sense. It…

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Happy National Photo Week!

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May 5, 1984: “Photography, the prime visual recorder of human events, preserves memories, emotion, and sentiment for virtually all Americans…

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WALLS Interview #3

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Sam Steakley with his WALLS Artwork. Pia Fries (b. 1955), Rake, 2007. Color soap ground and spit bite aquatints with photogravure and roulette. Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts.

Well, I was one of the crazy people. I was the third person in the line, behind the people in a tent.

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WALLS Round Up Part 2: “Tweeting” the Experience

We checked in with students to ask them to reflect and sum up their WALLS experience in a “tweet.” Here’s a roundup of some of their responses.

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