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The Williams College Museum of Art Presents its 2011 Summer Season

For immediate release: May 24, 2011

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) kicks off its summer season this Memorial Day Weekend. The museum’s reinstallation project, Reflections on a Museum, will be on view throughout the summer months. Re-discover WCMA and what makes it unique: its commitment to raising questions about the function and meaning of art across time and cultures and the role of the museum in shaping understandings of art.

The latest addition to Reflections on a Museum includes Jesse Aron Green’s installation, Force Tracking, now on view through summer in the museum’s historic rotunda. Green’s installation examines how a strategic ordering of space exerts control over our movements both physically and visually. Whether in his references to the meticulously planned galleries of a museum, or in the precisely mapped arena of modern day warfare, Green’s work suggests how visual systems order our lives.

Also on view for this summer is Masters of the Modern, an exhibition of Madeleine and Harvey Plonsker’s (Class of 1961) modernist print collection recently donated to the museum.  Fifty years in the making, the compilation covers masters from Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes to Joán Miró and includes a strong focus on German Expressionist artists.  Masters of the Modern opens on Saturday, June 11.

In addition to these exhibitions, the summer season will offer a reading on July 4 at 1:30 p.m. of the Declaration of Independence and British Reply and a series of free public tours in the galleries on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. from July 12 through August 11. Please note that the museum will be closed on Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.

All of WCMA’s exhibitions and events are free to the public. WCMA is located in the Berkshires, known for its bucolic scenery and cultural hub in western Massachusetts. Once here, visitors can also explore two, new public art installations on campus. A kinetic sculpture by George Rickey is on view next to the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance and a stone table by Jenny Holzer, called 715 molecules, is on view in the Science Quad. Bring a bagged lunch — as visitors are encouraged to sit at the table and enjoy it.  If visitors seek more challenging outdoor activities, they can hike for free in Hopkins Forest, located close to campus.

Event Schedule at WCMA

Readings of the Declaration of Independence and the British Reply
Monday, July 4 at 1:30 p.m.
Join actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival as they read the Founding Documents of the United States of America. Then, step inside WCMA to see original printings, including an early version of the Constitution and George Washington’s signed edition of The Federalist.

The Object of Art
Tuesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m.
The first of WCMA’s summer Gallery Talks focuses on the exhibition The Object of Art.  Tour will be led by John Stomberg, Deputy Director and Chief Curator; Elizabeth Gallerani, Coordinator of Mellon Academic Programs; Dalila Scruggs, Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts; Kathryn Price, Curator of Special Projects; and Cynthia Way, Director of Education and Visitor Experience.

The Medium and the Message
Thursday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Tour the exhibition, The Medium and the Message, with John Stomberg, Deputy Director and Chief Curator; Elizabeth Gallerani, Coordinator of Mellon Academic Programs; Dalila Scruggs, Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts; Kathryn Price, Curator of Special Projects; and Cynthia Way, Director of Education and Visitor Experience.

The Gallery of Crossed Destinies
Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Tour the exhibition, The Gallery of Crossed Destinies, with guest curator Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director, Williamstown Theatre Festival, including readings by actors from Williamstown Theatre Festival.

A Collection of Histories & Labeltalk: The Art of the Ancient World
Thursday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Tour the exhibitions, A Collection of Histories and Labeltalk 2011: The Art of the Ancient World, with Elizabeth Gallerani, Coordinator of Mellon Academic Programs.

Cosmopolitan Modernism
Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Tour of Don’t Fence U.S. in: Crossing Boundaries in American Art, led by John Stomberg, Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

Red
Thursday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Thematic tour of the museum led by John Stomberg, Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

Art Re: Art
Tuesday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Tour the exhibition, Art re: Art, with Kathryn Price, Curator of Special Projects.

Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art
Thursday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Tour the exhibition, Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art, with Joann Harnden, Coordinator of Education Programs; Dalila Scruggs, Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts; Kathryn Price, Curator of Special Projects; and Cynthia Way, Director of Education and Visitor Experience.

Who Can Dance? Performing Gender in African Masquerades
Tuesday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Tour the exhibition, Who Can Dance? Performing Gender in African Masquerades, with Dalila Scruggs, Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts.

Highlights of the Collection
Thursday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m.
WCMA’s summer Gallery Talks series concludes with a tour led by Deena Bak, Education Summer Intern.