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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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A Chat with Lisa Dorin about WCMA’s Early Kiefer Show

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Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lisa Dorin and WCMA staff with Anselm Kiefer.

Q: Lisa, what can you tell us about the relationship between the Early Anselm Kiefer show and MASS MoCA’s long-term Kiefer installation from the Hall collection? How did WCMA’s exhibition come about?

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Acclaim for Now Dig This!

Dale Brockman Davis. Swept, 1970. Mixed media. 30 x 40 x 6 in. (76.2 x 101.6 x 15.2 cm). Blocker Collection c/o Rick Blocker._x345

“…a stunning installation of one of the most compelling and transformative exhibitions seen in the Berkshires in decades.” writes Charles Giuliano

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WCMA Chosen One of Top College Art Museums

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A list of the top twenty best college art museums appeared this month on complex.com’s website section Complex Art & Design, and WCMA weighs in at #18. While there doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to the order of this list (Yale University Art Gallery is ranked as #20, while Arizona State University Art Museum is placed as #2), it is still nice to see WCMA getting the recognition the institution deserves. The entry describes the…

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Grant Wood and Cole Porter

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY._x600

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Ever wonder about the previous owners of works in WCMA’s collection? Grant Wood’s Death on the Ridge Road is a striking example. The painting was a gift to the museum by the illustrious songwriter and composer Cole Porter in 1947.

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