Unknown, (Mexican, Chiapas, Lacandon), Grotesque incense burner, 20th century, ceramic. Williams College Museum of Art, Gift of Herbert D. N. Jones, Class of 1914. (21.1.10)_x1200

Current Exhibitions

Fathi Hassan, Carpet, 2013, mixed media on paper. © the artist, courtesy of Rose Issa Projects._x345

November 22, 2014 - April 26, 2015

Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs

Fathi Hassan (Nubian, b. 1957) transforms Arabic script into illegible text to illustrate the uncertainty embedded in the experience of migration and displacement. His most recent works explore the idea of Nubia, Egypt, and the Middle East as mythical and nostalgic space. They serve as allegories of the diasporic condition, spiritual journeys, and key reform movements like the Arab Spring.

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November 15, 2014 - January 25, 2015

Looking At and Looking Through: Rethinking Portraiture

A remixed version of Material Friction organized by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Experimental and Experiential Approaches to Curating American Vernacular Art.

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Angelica Mesiti, Citizens Band, 2012, Four-channel High Definition video installation 16:9, color. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery._x345

October 24, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band

In its US debut Angelica Mesiti’s Citizens Band unites four individuals from disparate cultures—Cameroon, Algeria, Mongolia, and Sudan—in a cinematic and immersive multi-channel video installation.

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Syrian, Palmyra, Grave stele with bust of a man, 2nd–3rd century CE, limestone. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art._x345

September 27, 2014 - May 31, 2015

Immortal Scripts

Bringing WCMA’s Assyrian holdings together with a selection of artworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, Immortal Scripts takes a close look at inscribed objects and the many messages they convey.

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Deccan, Hindol Raga, ca. 1750-1775, opaque watercolor on paper, heightened with gold. Gift of Mrs. Horace W. Frost._x345

September 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Musical Garlands: Ragamala

Sixteen miniature paintings from India give visual form to a layered history. They speak across time to a musical legacy: traditional ragas, or melodies, inspired poets to take up their pens, and in turn, verse inspired visual expression.

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September 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014

Publication Studio

Publication Studio is an on-demand press that prints, binds, and publishes original works of all kinds. WCMA’s Rotunda, the site of the College’s original library, becomes its latest hub.

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Tsutaya Kichizo Hiroshige, Wild Good Hill and the Tone River (Konodai tonegawa) (from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji” (Fuji Sanju Rokkei)), 1858, Gift of Lloyd Mills 94.19.1

September 13, 2014 - December 14, 2014

From the Land of the Buddha to the World of the Geisha

Through close examination of the works of art assembled by Professor Scarlett Jang and WCMA curator Elizabeth Gallerani, the students in Professor Jang’s Asian Art Survey discuss a variety of topics…

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West, Poster Design (Detail), 2001. Hall Collection, Courtesy Franz West Foundation, Vienna, (c) legal successor of the artist. _x345

June 7, 2014 - January 25, 2015

Franz West

Franz West (Austrian, 1947-2012) is known for willfully unserious, non-ideological, and sometimes mischievously erotic mixed-media drawings, sculptures, and furniture.

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