David Rokeby (Canadian, b. 1960); Taken, 2005; video projection. Photo courtesy of the artist. x1200
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Dig this! Archeology Family Day

Last Saturday, the Berkshire community had the opportunity to explore the museum’s collection of ancient art, dig for artifacts, hunt for sounds and meanings in ancient languages, and make Assyrian fashion accessories. Featuring WCMA’s Assyrian Reliefs, a project called “Accessorizing with the Ancients” enticed people to look closely at the dress and style of the ancient Apkallu guardians.

Families made elaborate headdresses, arm bands, and bracelets and enjoyed posing with the imposing stones!

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Speaking To Us: Jenny Holzer—Artwork in the WCMA Collection and Upcoming Artist’s Lecture

We often refer to art in linguistic terms.  A painting, we might claim, “speaks to us.”  Sculptures in a gallery are said to be “in dialogue” with one another.  Artworks, we imply, have voices—or at least the power to communicate with their own compelling language.

Contemporary artist Jenny Holzer takes this connection one step further, mediating and manipulating the space between art and language.  First emblazoning her self-described “truisms”—pithy yet provocative phrases that engage, incite, and inspire—in the public arena of…

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Asco Tour

In November 2011, we organized a Williams Alumni event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), an opportunity for alumni in the region to see the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure. CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA Michael Govan (Williams ’85) spoke to the large group near Chris Burden’s Urban Light (2008) before we rode up the exterior escalator of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) at LACMA to see Asco.

Williams alumnus and LACMA Director Michael…

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Jenny Holzer will Deliver the Fulkerson Leadership in the Arts Lecture

Internationally known contemporary artist Jenny Holzer will deliver the Fulkerson Leadership in the Arts Lecture, Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. A reception from 8:30 to 9:30 pm will follow the lecture.

Renowned for her compelling use of language in public space, Holzer’s work has incorporated a wide array of media including bronze plaques, painted signs, stone benches, stickers, T-shirts, condoms, paintings, photographs, sound, video, light projection, the Internet and…

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Holiday Walk and Shopping Event

This year’s shopping event hosted by the Williams College Museum Shop was well attended and a success.

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Eph Football Players Respond to Coach’s Exhibition

Eph football players talk about the exhibition A View from the Coach’s Seat, the latest installation in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies, curated by their head football coach Aaron Kelton. The players were interviewed during the Monday Football and Art “Pep Rally” reception at WCMA on October 24, 2011.

Demarius D. Edwards ’14

Michael A. Williams ’15, Ryan C. Barry ’15,  and Alexander J. Walsh ’15

 

Videos by Suzanne Silitch

 

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Williams Football and Art

In 1966 Norman Rockwell featured Williams Head Coach Frank Navarro, trainer Joe Altott and Eph football player Dennis Kelly, class of ’68 in his painting The Recruit, later re-named The Football Hero. Today we celebrate a new connection between Williams football and art with the exhibition A View from the Coach’s Seat the current installation in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies curated by Head Football Coach Aaron Kelton. Join us Monday October 24, 2011 from 4:00-6:00 pm for refreshments and and…

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Kerry James Marshall to Deliver the Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art this Thursday!

An internationally recognized artist, Kerry James Marshall employs a broad range of art historical references from Renaissance painting to black folk art to comic books to create complex and dramatic works often on a large scale. His art explores contemporary issues in urban America and highlights the invisibility of African Americans in the history of Western art. He draws upon aspects of African-American popular culture in his paintings, sculptures and installations, reflecting the social and political context of his upbringing….

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Asco opens at LACMA

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 opened September 4th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition, which is co-organized by Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and opens here at WCMA February 4th, 2012, is already getting attention in the press with articles in the New York Times and the Huffington Post.

Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College associate professor of art and Latina/o studies and Rita Gonzalez, contemporary art curator at LACMA, Asco:…

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Conversation: The Photography of Gregory Crewdson

On Friday, August 19, 2011, the Williams College Museum of Art’s former Deputy Director and Chief Curator, John Stomberg, and the Berkshire Museum’s Interim Executive Director and Director of Interpretation, Maria Mingalone, will offer a lively conversation about the innovative work of photographer Gregory Crewdson. This talk, which takes place at the Berkshire Museum, is part of the artBerkshires’s weekend events called Decadence and Decay. Two of the photographs to be discussed are Untitled (debutante), 2007, currently on view at…

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