Elmer Nelson Bischoff, (American, 1916-1991), Country Room, 1957, oil on canvas, Williams College Museum of Art, Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923. (77.9.32)_x1200

The Object of Art

April 7, 2011 - July 28, 2013

The Object of Art focuses on what makes an object a work of art and what is the role of the museum in dictating this transformation. This exhibition features coins, doors, paintings, sculptures, wine goblets, as well as sacred objects and many other beautiful “things,” to consider where in their life they shifted from utilitarian or sacrosanct objects to art objects. The Object of Art asks the viewer to ponder objects in art, objects as art, and the wide-ranging objectives of the artists.