Past Exhibitions: 2012

Duane Michals (American, b. 1932), Untitled (from "The Indomitable Spirit Portfolio"), 1989, gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase,

September 29, 2012 - December 16, 2012


Cosmologies considers just a few of the many ways in which artists can explore the universe’s origins, fate, meaning and physical laws. By studying the universe, from the smallest pieces of matter to the totality of time and space, these artists attempt to better understand not only its scientific functioning but also humanity’s ultimate purpose in it.

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Unknown, (Mexican, Nayarit), Seated pregnant woman, 300 BCE-300 CE, red terra-cotta, Museum purchase. (70.18)

September 1, 2012 - December 12, 2012

Teaching with Art: Looking at Sculpture

Eugene J. Johnson, Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, organized this exhibition to support his fall course, Art History 101, “Aspects of Western Art.” This course is the first half of the year-long introduction to art history, focusing on European and North American sculpture and architecture.

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007), Bands of Color in Four Directions, 1991, gouache on paper, Photograph by Jody Dole, © 2012 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

September 15, 2012 - December 9, 2012

Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid

Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid is the first exhibition to focus on the centrality of the grid in LeWitt’s art. The exhibition focuses on LeWitt’s use of the grid as a generative matrix for his artistic production over the span of nearly five decades, from 1960 until his death in 2007.

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Laylah Ali, Untitled, 2004, (detail) gouache on paper, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Photo courtesy of the artist. 05.3.2. (TL.2012.9)_x345

August 18, 2012 - November 25, 2012

Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series

Created between 1996 and 2005, Laylah Ali’s Greenheads chronicle the development of her dramatis personae—thin, round-headed two-dimensional beings of indeterminate sex and race—who anticipate, respond to, or enact unseen power struggles.

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Detail Field photograph of Igbo Ogbodo Enyi masker dancing before audience in Enyigba Izzi, 1983. Courtesy of Herbert Cole._x345

June 30, 2012 - October 21, 2012

Power Runs in Many Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art

“Power Runs in Many Channels” is an Igbo proverb that means that everything has its own individual essence, a power that deserves recognition. Invoking the concept of dynamic variety, this exhibition explores the rich diversity of cultural and artistic production in traditional African art from Nigeria.

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Margot Weller, Architectural Model after Robert Venturi, 2006. Courtesy of the Williams College Art Department._x345

March 10, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Museum Models: Students Take On Celebrated Architects

Highlighting the innovative curriculum of Ann McCallum’s architectural design courses, this exhibition features models of museums that students have created in the styles of renowned architects.

Unknown (Roman), Flavian Portrait Bust of a Woman, ca. 88 AD, marble, Williams College Museum of Art, On extended loan from Hiram Butler, MA '79. (EL.2009.3)_x345

February 25, 2012 - August 6, 2012

Teaching with Art: Life and Death in Ancient Rome

Benjamin Rubin, Assistant Professor of Classics, has worked closely with the museum’s collection of antiquities to create this exhibition. Focusing on ancient Rome, he grouped objects thematically: jewelry, coins, sculpture, household objects, military accoutrements, and grave goods.

Humberto Sandoval, Asco, 1975, sepia photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

February 4, 2012 - July 29, 2012

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 will be the first retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco.

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May 11, 2012 - June 3, 2012

Jean Pool: Senior Studio Art Exhibition

The Class of 2012 has worked in a wide array of media and is notable for their varied aesthetic approaches to art making. The work draws inspiration from diverse sources and explores far ranging issues.

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Installation View, African Americans and the American Scene, Class of 1935 Gallery_x345

January 14, 2012 - April 22, 2012

African Americans and the American Scene, 1929–1945

African Americans and the American Scene, 1929—1945 explores the role of African Americans in the visual and performing arts during the Great Depression.

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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)_x345

September 24, 2011 - February 5, 2012

Teaching with Art: The Art and Archaeology of Maya Civilization

Professor Antonia Foias, an authority in Maya ceramics, selected eight objects from the museum’s collection as exemplars for study. She grouped the objects thematically based on their original use—architectural decoration, incense burners, pots, and musical instruments.

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