Category: Exhibitions

Claiming Williams looks at My White Friends


We were happy to welcome about 40 students, faculty, and staff to the galleries and rotunda for a discussion of Myra Greene’s newly installed exhibition My White Friends. The exhibition is a selection of 20 of Greene’s portraits of her friends, each in a setting they felt most comfortable in. Harry Gilbert ’14 worked with Maurita Poole, Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts, to bring the exhibition here.

After a brief introduction, we were given a few writing prompts/questions on clipboards….

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Kidspace: Artistic Curiosity Questions

Joseph Cornell, (American, 1903-1972), View at Ostend, c. 1965, mixed media collage. Gift of Susan W. Paine in honor of Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954. (M.2008.22) © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY_x400

As you may know, Kidspace: Artistic Curiosity recently opened at WCMA in early November 2012. We have since been encouraging…

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Art for Life’s Sake

Don’t miss the exhibition, Power Runs in Many Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art on view through October 21, 2012! Today

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Last Chance to Experience Asco: Elite of the Obscure in Williamstown


It’s your last chance to see Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 at WCMA. The exhibition will be on view through July 29, 2012. There will be a gallery talk by C. Ondine Chavoya, co-curator and Associate Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies on Thursday, July 19 at 2:00pm. There will also be a gallery talk by Kathryn Price, Curator of Special Projects, on Thursday, July 26 also at 2:00pm.

You can also learn more about Asco by checking…

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The Life of an Object


At WCMA, we are constantly learning about our permanent collection. With more than 13,000 objects, there is always something for us to research. Objects accumulate new information over time and since we are charged with caring for works in our collection, we are responsible for tracking the “life of an object.”

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Asco Reviews, Awards, and Acquisitions

Asco exhibition catalogue

Don’t miss the recent press coverage of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure.

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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.

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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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