Jean-Michel Basquiat, Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), 1983. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2016.

Past Exhibitions: 2008


December 5, 2008 - December 9, 2008

Williams College Museum of Art Presents AIDS: An African Crisis, A World Problem

In observance of World AIDS Day, December 1, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents a four-day screening of the documentary Sons of Lwala (2008).

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Emily Driscoll (American, 1982-2007); Untitled, 2006; gouache, pen and ink on paper. Courtesy of the Driscoll family. Photo by Kevin Kennefick, 2008. x345

May 31, 2008 - October 5, 2008

Emily Driscoll: Works

The exhibition features a broad range of works on paper, the principal medium in which the artist worked. Driscoll’s works are meticulously rendered in wax, pen, ink, and marker.

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Benton Murdoch Spruance (American, 1904-1967); Last Stop-Beach Haven, 1941; lithograph. Sigmund R. Balka Collection. x345

July 12, 2008 - October 5, 2008

The Long Night and the New Day Lithographs by Benton Spruance

Williams College Museum of Art presents The Long Night and the New Day, an exhibition featuring 24 lithographs by the artist Benton Spruance.

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Nick Zammuto (American, b. 1975); Laser Show, 2008; laser light. Images courtesy of the Artist. x345

July 12, 2008 - September 14, 2008

Nick Zammuto: Laser Show: Six Perspectives on a Chaotic Resonator

Laser Show: Six Perspectives on a Chaotic Resonator focuses on the relationship between visual, aural, and physical vibration and its ability to carry information.

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Samuel Joseph Brown (American, 1907-1994); Boy in the White Suit, ca. 1940-41; watercolor on paper. Gift of the artist through the Pennsylvania W.P.A. Art Project. (PA.10) x345

March 1, 2008 - August 24, 2008

Model American Men

Model American Men explores representations of male role models and conceptions of masculinity in American culture from 1850 to 1950.

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William Kentridge (South African, b. 1955); Drawing from Felix in Exile, 1994; charcoal and pastel on paper. Courtesy of the Artist and Marian Goodman Fallery, NY. x345

February 2, 2008 - August 24, 2008

William Kentridge Prints and History of the Main Complaint, 1996

The Williams College Museum of Art presents William Kentridge Prints, the first of a two-part exhibition, which features 120 works by this pioneering South-African artist.

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Julie Mehretu (American, b. 1970); Stadia II, 200; ink and acrylic on canvas. Copyright 2007 Julie Mehretu. Photo credit: Richard Stoner. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Gift of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicholas Rohatyn and A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund. x345

April 19, 2008 - July 27, 2008

Julie Mehretu: City Sitings

This exhibition brings together 12 of the artist’s monumental paintings inspired by community, history, and the built environment. Mehretu’s compelling canvases re-envision urban experience and rewrite narratives of exclusion, reconciling divergent histories through her expansive, dynamic compositions.

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Willie Cole (American, b. 1955); Stowage, 1997; woodcut on paper. Museum purchase, Kathryn Hurd Fund. (M.2006.19) x345

January 26, 2008 - June 29, 2008

Unchained Legacies

Unchained Legacies features two of the museum’s new contemporary art acquisitions—Stowage (1997) by Willie Cole and Absolut Power (2003) by Hank Willis Thomas—as well as a selection of historical documents related to the Middle Passage from the Chapin Library of rare books at Williams College.

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... The Horse You Rode In On x345

May 9, 2008 - June 1, 2008

…The Horse You Rode In On

The Williams College senior students’ art exhibition that celebrates the culmination of each artist’s work.

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996); Untitled (Placebo), 1991; silver wrapped hard candy. Image courtesy of the Williams College Museum of Art, photo by Roman Iwasiwka. x345

December 1, 2007 - March 23, 2008

Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Untitled” (Placebo), 1991

This monumental installation, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, features a single sculpture comprised of 1200 pounds — nearly 40,000 pieces — of silver-wrapped hard candy.

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Liu Zheng (Chinese, b. 1969); Buddha in Cage, Wutai Mountain, Shanxi Province (from The Chinese) negative 1998, printed 2006; gelatin silver print. Copy Right Holder: Liu Zheng and Pekin Fine Arts. Wachenheim Family Fund. (M.2006.5.3) x345

September 15, 2007 - January 6, 2008

New Acquisitions/New Perspectives

Featuring contemporary work by Laylah Ali, Patty Chang, Liu Zheng, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter and Susan Meiselas, among others, this exhibition reflects important movements in both art and art history, positioning the museum’s collection at the forefront of contemporary art and in tune with the latest trends in art scholarship.

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