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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

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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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Art of the Month Club: Laurel O’Connor

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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’.

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WALLS: The Pick-Up Day Experience

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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…

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South Africa’s New Mo(u)rning

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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.

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Art of the Month Club: Kathryn Calley Galitz

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Gift of Elizabeth and Frederick M. Myers, Class of 1943. Copyright Gary Winogrand/The Estate of Gary Winogrand, courtesy of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

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!

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Experiencing Joan Mitchell’s Sunflowers

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…

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Talking American Art with Kevin Murphy, WCMA’s New Curator of American Art

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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.

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Winter Break 2013

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Except for evening programs the museum will be closed for installation from December 24 through January 24.

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