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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

Caption: Christopher Brown, Untitled (from “Artists’ Impressions”), c.1989-1991, lithograph on paper, Museum purchase, Kathryn Hurd Fund_x400

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

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Art of the Month Club: Peter Low

William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879), Niagara Falls, 1878, oil on canvas. Gift of the estate of J. Malcolm Forbes._x600

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…

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WCMA’s own Morton Schamberg at The New-York Historical Society’s The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution Exhibition

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Morton Livingston Schamberg, Study of a Girl (Fanette Reider), c.1912, oil on canvas, Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923.

For those of you thinking of heading to New York to catch The New-York Historical Society’s new exhibition on the famous Armory Show of 1913, be prepared to have a moment of hometown recognition.  WCMA’s own painting Study of a Girl (Fanette Reider) by American artist Morton Livingston Schamberg figures prominently among the works by Americans…

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Art of the Month Club: Ellen Salzman Chase

Caption: Sol LeWitt, Arcs 12" wide from the upper right corner of the wall alternating bands of yellow, red, and blue ink washes, May 1988. © 2013 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York._x550

Caption: Sol LeWitt, Arcs 12" wide from the upper right corner of the wall alternating bands of yellow, red, and blue ink washes, May 1988. © 2013 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

When thinking back to my time at Williams, rather than any work of art in particular at WCMA, it is the space of WCMA itself that left an impression. One of the things that remains with me most from the museum is the art on the wall of the stairway.

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An Evening Snapshot: WCMA at Night November 2013

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For those of you who didn’t catch last night’s WCMA at Night: Cultural Snapshots, here are a few snapshots of our own.

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WCMA is on its way to your WALLS

Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985), La Creation, 1960, color lithograph. Student Art Loan Program, Museum Purchase, Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts_x500

Maybe you’ve already heard whispers around campus about WALLS, WCMA’s new student art loan program. We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes and are happy to report some new and exciting developments.

First off, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve finished the selection process for this first iteration of the program and have a total of 90 original works of art that will comprise the WALLS collection. Thanks to the Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts and additional contributions…

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Senga Nengudi

Senga Nengudi setting up for a performance of RSVP X in her Los Angeles studio, 1976. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York._x500

What will artist Senga Nengudi be bringing with her this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for her Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art and the Q & A following? In forty years of activity in the art world, Nengudi has produced a near lifetime’s worth of sculptural creations…

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Art of the Month Club: Marisa Repka

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On the first day of the fall semester, the ten students in Professor E.J. Johnson’s tutorial Architecture of Louis I. Kahn visited the Rose Gallery at WCMA. The moment I stepped inside and saw Kahn’s 1929 Towers, San Gimignano, I experienced the happy warmth of encountering a familiar face.

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Highlight Reel: October WCMA at Night

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The WCMA staff had a blast at last Thursday’s kickoff WCMA at Night. Thanks to all who made Pulse of Place such a success, complete with great art, great food, and great company! Here are a few of our favorite moments:

 

 
Exploring temperatures in the gallery with friends and the Zilkha Center’s infrared camera.
 

 

 

 

 
Listening to the fiddle music of Sato Matsui (Class of 2014) while wandering through the galleries… with the infrared camera.
 

 

 

 

 

Goofing around at the chalkboard photo booth—here with our…

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