Robert ParkeHarrison (American, b. 1968) and Shana ParkeHarrison (American, b. 1964); Oppenheimer's Circle, 1999; gelatin silver print. Copy Right Holder: the artist. Museum purchase, Wachenheim Family Fund. (M.2003.5) x1200

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Jane Peterson (American, 1876-1965), The Garden Pool, ca. 1929, gouache and charcoal on paper._x345

The Garden Pool by Jane Peterson

Proposed by students in the course Acquiring Art: Selecting and Purchasing Objects for WCMA, Fall 2015, The Garden Pool is an animated and brightly colored gouache on paper by Jane Peterson.

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Hermann Fuechsel, Keene Valley, Adirondacks, 1876, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Godel & Co., New York._x345

Keene Valley, Adirondacks by Hermann Fuechsel

Students in a new course, Acquiring Art: Selecting and Purchasing Objects for the Williams College Museum of Art, purchased this work of art for the museum collection. Keene Valley, Adirondacks is a depiction of an epic American landscape and can be read as a meditation on the difficulties of national healing after the Civil War.

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Mother and Children by John Biggers

Mother and Children exhibits Bigger’s early style when his artistic production was concerned with figures passed over by the post-war economic recovery. This early contè crayon drawing is a strong addition to WCMA’s collection of American art and the first major social realist work by an African American artist before 1950.

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Robert Vonnoh, (American, 1858 - 1933), Frosty Morning , 1904, oil on canvas. Gift of Danielle and Michael Barger in memory of Gisele and Harold Jaffe._x345

Frosty Morning by Robert Vonnoh

Frosty Morning displays Vonnoh’s mature impressionist style; his brushstrokes are more varied and the tonality is more subtle than in his earlier landscapes. The style and the composition is not clearly copied from another artist, but is uniquely his own.

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Reagan Louie, (American, b.1951), Betelnut Stand, Taiwan, 1997, Type C-print. Gift of the artist in honor of his son, Ralston Peregrine Louie, Class of 2014._x345

Sex Work in Asia by Reagan Louie

Sex Work in Asia, is a suite of seventy images compiled over the course of six years, during which Louie traveled through Asia exploring the world of brothels and nightclubs. The resulting photographs document his journey and serve as personal portraits of the women he met.

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George Segal, (American, 1924-2000), Couple in Open Doorway, 1977, plaster, paint, wood, metal. Gift of The George & Helen Segal Foundation, Inc. © Visual Artists and Gallery Association (VAGA)._345

Couple in Open Doorway by George Segal

Couple in Open Doorway is a quintessential example of Segal’s sculptural tableaux at a moment in the mid-1970s when he was returning to the use of color after over a decade of creating purely white works.

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Gift of Miriam Schapiro’s Teatro

This summer pioneering feminist artist Miriam Schapiro died at age 91. We are fortunate to have work by Schapiro in our collection. Teatro was given to WCMA by and Ellie and Sig Balka (Williams ’56), long time supporters of the museum. This mixed media work was donated in 2006 in honor of retiring curator Deborah Rothschild.

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Barbara Morgan (American, 1900-1992), Hearst Over the People, 1939, gelatin silver print. Museum purchase, Wachenheim Family Fund. © The Barbara Morgan Archives._x345

Photographs by Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan is widely recognized for her groundbreaking photographic images of the American modern dance movement from the 1930s and 1940s. Both an expressionist and a modernist, Morgan was interested in the concept of visual metaphors fluctuating between realism and abstraction.

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Monika Baer (German, b. 1964), L (detail), oil on canvas. Museum purchase, Wachenheim Family Fund._x345

L by Monika Baer

German artist Monika Baer (b. 1964) is known for an idiosyncratic body of work that employs a diversity of subject matter and stylistic and material explorations. Often called both conceptual and performative, Baer’s paintings are spare yet sensuous, oscillating between revealing and pretending to reveal themselves.

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Hannah Wilke, Ponder-r-rosa #1, 1974, latex, metal snaps, push pins. Museum purchase, Karl E. Weston Memorial Fund. © Visual Artists and Gallery Association (VAGA)._x345

Ponder-r-rosa 1 by Hannah Wilke

A pioneer of feminist art, Hannah Wilke is widely known for controversial photographs and performance videos featuring her own youthful, beautiful and highly sexualized body, and, years later, the same body ravaged by cancer. Wilke’s art, however, is grounded in sculpture.

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Sherrie Levine, After Edgar Degas, 1995, duotone lithographs on paper. Gift of Hiram C. Butler, MA’79 in honor of George W. Ahl, III ’82, for his tenure as chair of the Visiting Committee._x345

After Edgar Degas by Sherrie Levine

Sherrie Levine is an American artist known for appropriating images from other artists’ work. Her technique is often very blunt: she re-photographs images—by acknowledged male masters— without altering them and presents them as her own work.

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John Smibert, Portrait of Sarah Belcher Lyde, ca. 1735-1743, oil on canvas. Museum purchase, Joseph O. Eaton Fund_345

Portrait of Sarah Belcher Lyde by John Smibert

This portrait by John Smibert joins other colonial works as the earliest portrait in WCMA’s American collection. The acquisition of Smibert’s Sarah Lyde will enhance student engagement with modes of gendered visual representation and the roles of women in the Atlantic littoral during the eighteenth century.

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StuartDavis, Study for Allée , 1955, gouache on paper. Gift of Toni and Stuart B. Young, Class of 1957._x345

Study for Allée by Stuart Davis

Study for Allée captures the energy and essence of the final Allée mural painting completed by Davis at Drake University, a work that, according to the artist, captured the “vigorous spirit” of collegiate life.

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