Detail Field photograph of Igbo Ogbodo Enyi masker dancing before audience in Enyigba Izzi, 1983. Courtesy of Herbert Cole.x1200

Past Exhibitions

Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh

February 12, 2016 - October 6, 2016

Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh

Both Sides Now is a first-time creative collaboration by sibling artists Lexa and Dan Walsh. Dan, a minimalist abstract painter, and Lexa, a socially engaged artist, come together to merge their practices around a shared interest in perception and encounters among objects and people.

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WALLS: Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces

September 1, 2016 - September 17, 2016

WALLS: Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces

The special collection destined for student dorms is on our walls through September 17. Check out the 120 original artworks before students take them home for the semester.

Fabrice Monteiro, The Prophecy, Untitled #1. Museum purchase, Karl E. Weston Fund. © Mariane Ibrahim Gallery._x345

January 29, 2016 - August 28, 2016

African Art Against the State

African Art Against the State highlights the long and extraordinary history of activism, intervention, and resistance that has characterized a great deal of African art-making from prehistory to the present.

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Abbott Handerson Thayer, Roseate Spoonbills, study for Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, ca. 1905-1909, oil on paperboard. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Abbott Handerson Thayer._x345

March 11, 2016 - August 21, 2016

“Not Theories but Revelations:” The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer

“Not Theories but Revelations” is the first exhibition to address Thayer’s artistic practice as part of his broader investigation of animal and human concealment.

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Utagawa Kunisada, (Japanese; 1786-1864), Untitled (Interior scene with two women), 1855, color woodblock on paper. Gift of Lloyd Mills._x345

January 22, 2016 - August 7, 2016

Object Lab

Object Lab makes visible how works of art are used in courses across the curriculum. Professors deeply embed art into their teaching, students get extended access to the art, and the public gets a glimpse into liberal arts learning. This is the second iteration of Object Lab with different works pulled from the WCMA collection for a new array of Williams courses.


June 9, 2016 - June 26, 2016

Bodies of Substance and Shadow

Bodies of Substance and Shadow presents the richness of gifts to the museum from Williams College alumni celebrating their reunions this year.


May 14, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Seen Yr Show: Senior Studio Art Exhibition

Seen Yr Show: Senior Studio Art Exhibition features the work of fourteen Williams College studio art majors: Aurora Brown, Marc Burnett, Ezequiel Davila, Andrea Estrada Bianchi, Mei Kazama, Angelina Lin, Jonas Luebbers, Winnie Ma, Julia Matejcek, Katherine Mooney, Clover Powell, Stephanie Sun, Brian Trelegan, and Kelly Wang.


November 6, 2015 - February 7, 2016

WALLS Evolves: Expanding a Living Collection

WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces) is growing and new works of art are on our walls. Through a student-led project, recently acquired prints, drawings, and photographs are on view in an exhibition that brings the acquisition process to the fore.

Cary S. Leibowitz, Your smarter than me. i don't care., 1994, latex on wood. Gift of Peter Norton._x345

October 2, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Your smarter than me. i don’t care.

Navel-gazing; a self-mocking focus on an artist’s own life and practice; embracing identity politics; and a skeptical obsession with technology. This is the stuff of Your smarter than me. i don’t care.

Faculty Off the Cuff Photo by Kris Qua._x345

September 11, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Faculty Off the Cuff: Labeltalk 2015

Mix eight works of art, add a group of Williams faculty and what you get is a brand new approach to the Labeltalk exhibition series.