Charles Prendergast (American, 1863–1948) Circus, 1940 tempera and gold leaf on incised, gessoed masonite Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast 86.18.34
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WALLS Interview #2

Student: Emily Dugdale, Class of 2014.
Majors: Political Science and International Studies (Concentration)

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Hopper at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Currently on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, WCMA’s own Morning in a City by Edward Hopper makes an appearance in these two new videos.

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WALLS Interview #1

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How did you select your artwork? I went to the exhibit beforehand and looked at the catalog, thinking that I wanted something… “stuffier”—one of the more well known, formal pieces like…

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WALLS Round Up Part 1: Students Getting to Know Their Artworks

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Last week marked one month since 90 lucky students took home 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 how their thoughts have changed over the last few weeks. Here’s a roundup of some of their responses.

Carolina Jaramillo ‘16
Artwork: Moritz Loewy & Pierre-Henri Puiseux, Photographie Lunaire: Taruntius—Mer des Crises—Macrobius (Lunar Photography; Tartuntius—Sea of Crises—Macrobius), 1900

When I first got…

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Art of the Month Club: Arthur Wheelock

Portraits by Wybrand Simonsz. de Geest the Elder,

Like many Williams undergraduates, I only learned that a field called “art history” existed after I arrived in Williamstown in the fall of 1961.

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A Summer Romance

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It was not love at first sight.

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A Wonderful Evening of Storytelling

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Thanks again to all who joined us for our Monuments Men at Williams program, and our fabulous guest speakers. And in case you weren’t able to make it, check out the full video!

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American Art Back on View

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This Saturday, March 15, we are excited to see some of our 3,000-object American Art collection return to the gallery walls with the opening of American Art: Colonial Period through Mid-Twentieth Century.

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Scrapbooks Showcase the Impact of World War II at WCMA

Paintings Expelled from German Museums

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…

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Those Williams Monuments Men

S. Lane Faison Jr. ’29 (center). Williams College Archives and Special Collections._x100

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.

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