WCMA Launches a New Program, WCMA at Night

For immediate release: October 12, 2012

Experiment with the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) as it launches WCMA at Night, an evening series of happenings with music, food, dancing and more, on the third Thursday of most months from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Expect the unexpected as artists, musicians, dancers, writers, students, and others re-imagine the museum as a site  for connection, collaboration, and art-making. With themes such as “Drawing on the Walls” and “Under the Stars” each night is unique, with different ways to get involved, exchange ideas, and make your mark. Each event offers a wide range of experiences: meditate in the galleries, enjoy food and drink, or find out which artists share your astrological sign. Create art, from quick and easy drawing games to mini-workshops with artists. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the artistic process in action. Vote on art and share your thoughts in quick post-it labels. Be a part of the art by joining in on group dance and performance installations in the galleries (no experience required!)

The first WCMA at Night event, “Drawing on the Walls” will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012, a night inspired by the art of Sol LeWitt. From 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. you can make your mark and join in drawing games, vote on student banner art, and curate a taste of LeWitt-inspired food and drink. Visual artist, performer and choreographer, Tony Orrico will create a live performance drawing from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tune in to LeWitt out loud with CoDa (Contemporary Dance Ensemble), Williams a cappella groups, and Art Pulse stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and join in a LeWitt inspired dance party with DJ Elixer featuring DJ iamsam from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The second WCMA at Night event, “Under the Stars” will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Inspired by the exhibition Cosmologies, the evening includes a planetarium show at the observatory, tarot card readings in the galleries, a dance installation by Nia Love, Ziggy Stardust-themed music, face painting, and more. After a break in December, WCMA at Night will resume in the New Year on January 17, 2013 with special guest artist Hana van der Kolk.

About Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico is a visual artist, performer, and choreographer. His Penwald Drawings have been presented and exhibited internationally, attracting attention from prominent collectors and institutions. As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced such stages as the Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, New York State Theater, and Théâtre du Palais-Royal. He was also one of a select group of artists to re-perform the work of Marina Abramovic during her retrospective at MoMA. Orrico is currently collaborating with choreographer John Jasperse on a design for the premiere of Canyon at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

The Williams College Museum of Art
The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Admission is FREE. For more information, contact the museum at (413) 597-2429 or visit wcma.williams.edu.