Edward Kienholz, Bunny, Bunny, You’re So Funny, 1962, mixed media. Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954. © Kienholz._x1200
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Category: Exhibitions

Backstage—Museum Models: Students Take On Celebrated Architects

Exhibitions are somewhat similar to theatrical performances.  Audience members revel in the final production—often unaware of all the staging and preparation that occurs beforehand and behind-the-scenes.

Though Museum Models: Students Take On Celebrated Architects has been on view at WCMA for two months, its history is even longer.  Featuring nearly 100 models produced over a decade in Williams College Professor Ann McCallum’s architectural design courses, this exhibition highlights student creativity and explores a layering of architectural history, pedagogic practice, and educational…

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Experience East Los Angeles

Can’t afford a vacation to L.A.? Plan a stay-cation this Spring and experience East Los Angeles right here in the Berkshires. First, visit the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure at the Williams College Museum of Art. Then, catch Los Lobos on April 5 at MASS MoCA. Two museums, just a few miles apart in Williamstown and North Adams, are highlighting Chicano art and music, and the results are an inspiring journey through the turbulent politics of Southern California in…

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Talking about Asco

C. Ondine Chavoya, far left, with Asco artists and scolars at WCMA

Williams art and Latina/o studies professor C. Ondine Chavoya has spent two decades studying Asco, a performance and conceptual art group that was active in Los Angeles in the 1970s and ’80s. In the March 2012 Williams Alumni Review Chavoya talks about some of Asco’s most significant images.

Above Images:
Asco artists, curators and scholars at the WCMA reception for the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure,…

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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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Asco: The Book

Putting together the book for Asco: Elite of the Obscure was one of the most challenging and gratifying experiences…

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African Americans and the American Scene: Behind-the-Scenes

By Dalila Scruggs, Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts
The official opening reception for my exhibition African Americans and the American Scene, 1929-1945 is today!

After several months of research, writing, and planning, my co-curator Sandra Burton and I finally installed our exhibition African Americans and the American Scene, 1929-1945 over the course of one hectic week. On Monday the galleries were empty—“fresh, with no mistakes in them” (as Anne of Green Gables might say). And by Friday night, all…

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Asco Student Blog

Call Out to High School Students: We Want to Hear from You!

As an educator at WCMA, I can’t wait to talk with students about our new exhibition, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972­­–1987. Asco began as a tight-knit core group of four artists who all attended the same high school in East Los Angeles. They began working collaboratively in the late 1960s and early 1970s to create artwork to protest how they, as Chicanos, felt invisible, without representation…

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Preparation for the Opening of Asco

This week WCMA staff installed a large mural in the atrium of the museum in preparation for the opening of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure A Retrospective, 1972–1987 which will be on view this Saturday, February 4–July 29, 2012.

The mural Bound by Patssi Valdez was first laid out and condition checked in the Rose Study Gallery.

Then it was brought into the atrium and raised into position.

Next the mural was carefully tacked to the wall.

Patssi Valdez, Bound, 2011, acrylic…

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Behind-the-Scenes of the Installation of Asco

The installation of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure has begun. Allison McCloskey, Assistant Conservator of Textiles and Objects from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center paid a visit to WCMA to install a costume (boots, helmet, and velvet suit), c. 1974.

The mannequin and under layer of the suit are assembled.

The velvet suit is unpacked. It’s condition is checked and documented.

Allison adjusts the jacket.

Here is the full costume. Note the fabulous Platform Sadler boots customized by Pasquale di Fabrizio with…

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Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective Book Wins Award

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987, has won an award in the 2012 New York Book Show, in the category of Scholarly and Professional Book. Books were judged on their design, production, and manufacturing by the Book Industry Guild of New York.

According to its mission statement, “The Book Industry Guild of New York is a member-operated professional organization composed of professionals from every aspect of the book publishing and book manufacturing industries. It sponsors educational seminars and trips, holds…

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