Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. 1956); Malpractice, 2002; oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. x1200
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Hopper in Paris

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967), Morning in a City, 1944, oil on canvas. Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923, © Williams College Museum of Art. (77.9.7)_x345

The Edward Hopper painting, Morning in the City, 1944, from the WCMA permanent collection is currently on view in a major Edward Hopper exhibition, now at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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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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WCMA Announces the Recipients of the Fulkerson Award for Leadership in the Arts

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Fulkerson Award for Leadership in the Arts: William Su, Williams College, Class of 2012; and Caitlin Condell, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, Class of 2012.

This award, administered by WCMA, recognizes an outstanding graduating Williams senior and a second year graduate student in the history of art for their potential in arts leadership and their contributions to the museum and campus…

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Williams Announces New Museum Director Christina Olsen

After a six-month national search, Christina Olsen is named as the Class of 1956 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art.

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Williams Student Featured on CBS Sunday Morning Show

William Su, Class of 2012, is in Venice for an internship at the Venice Biennale. He was interviewed there by Seth Doane of CBS News Sunday Morning for a story on this year’s Biennale exhibition, “Illuminations,” which showcases works from 89 countries. The story aired Sunday, November 27, 2011. To watch the segment go to

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7389704n&tag=contentMain;contentBody.

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From LA to Williamstown: Asco is coming our way!

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and will head on its way to WCMA this February! Asco, the 1970′s Chicano art group is known for their public art, including their contemporary take on traditional Mexican murals.

The Chicano group and their work have been getting lots of press coverage over the past couple of months. A post on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster reports…

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WCMA Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) will integrate its archives of American artist brothers Maurice and Charles Prendergast, into the museum’s permanent collection. The three-year project will also include digitally photographing the entire Prendergast collection of fine art and archives, including paintings, works on paper, hand-carved frames, sketchbooks, decorative arts, letters, documents, ephemera, and carving tools. The project will create new database records and link…

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Katy Kline Appointed Interim Director

While WCMA is currently undergoing a search for its next director, the museum feels very fortunate to have Katy Kline step in to an interim role.  Kline has all of the attributes Williams is looking for in an interim director: proven leadership at a liberal arts college art museum, extensive ties with the Williams community, and a wealth of curatorial experience.

No stranger to the college museum scene, Kline has built up an impressive resume after a 10-year stint as Director…

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Double L Excentric Gyratory II on campus

George Rickey’s Double L Excentric Gyratory II is now the latest public art installation at Williams.   A graceful, 30-foot-high kinetic sculpture, the artwork features two 18-foot long stainless steel “L”s. This is the first purchase from the Class of 1961’s Public Art Fund.

The piece is easily seen by those driving along Main Street, right next to the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.  The “L”s are supported by a small “Y” jack and shift in a series of subtly smooth…

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Brancusi at WCMA

For the first time ever, Williams College Art History 101 students have the opportunity to enjoy in person a work of art by Constantin Brancusi (Romanian, 1876-1957), one of Professor E.J. Johnson’s favorite artists. Now on view at the museum, Mlle. Pogany II (1925) is on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery so that students and faculty can enjoy an important part of art history. The bronze piece, like much of Brancusi’s work, reduces the subject to its most…

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