Material Friction: Americana and American Art
June 12, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Highlights from the Collection of Jonathan and Karin Fielding
Material culture from the dawn of the United States shoulders in among work from WCMA’s American art collection. Samplers and blanket chests take up residence next to luminous paintings from the Hudson River School and works of high Modernism by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s Joseph Cornell in conversation with a Colonial cabinet maker and John Frederick Kensett talking with a limner from Connecticut.
In Fall 2014 Material Friction becomes the site and subject of a Williams art history course. Graduate and undergraduate students will work directly with the Fielding collection, researching questions about museum practice and experimenting with modes of display, ultimately implementing their own installation of the works. Observe students’ progress throughout the semester and see their vision realized in the beginning of November.