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Programs

All of our programs are free and open to the public.

These programs take place at the Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, in Williamstown, Massachusetts unless otherwise noted.

 

Summer School: A Weekly Mashup of Campus Life Crafted by Artist Lexa Walsh

Thursdays in July & August

4 pm: Get a healthy dose of academics in the galleries with a mini course led by Williams College faculty.

5-8 pm: A playful taste of Williams culture with artfully curated food and drinks on the patio.

Ongoing: Study up on artists and exhibitions all summer long in our Reading Room!

Enrollment for mini courses is limited. Registration will open soon.
Events are rain or shine!

 

WCMA 107
Enlivening Texture & Texture in Art

Deborah Brothers, Costume Designer and Lecturer in Theatre
Thursday, July 7
4 pm

Whether in paint, marble, or graphite, artists’ renderings of texture, form, and movement beckon the viewer to respond with the body. One might imagine reaching out to touch the ruffed collar of a Dutch nobleman, or turning toward the wind cascading through a figure’s gauzy cloak.  In this mini course, we’ll engage the senses in a close study of the ways costume, texture, and material are rendered by artists.
Class Format: Workshop

The Art & Science of Beer

Thursday, July 7
5 pm on the patio

Chemistry Professor Thomas Smith and local beer brewer Sam Amoroso team up to show you how and why beer tastes as good as it does. Finish off the evening with a glass of homebrew.

 

WCMA 114
Museum: The Gathering

David Gurçay-Morris, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Thursday, July 14
4 pm

Can art be democratic? Should it be? Is culture the result of a popularity contest, or should some individuals be chosen to represent us and curate our cultural experience? Players will grapple with these, and other questions as they craft their own aesthetic worlds in this immersive performance.
Class Format: Performance

No Hook, Finger Crook: Finger Crocheting with Seth Koen

Thursday, July 14
5 pm on the patio

Make new friends and some friendly minimalist art with crochet artist Seth Koen. Pick up some yarn, a few new skills, and create a collective work of art.

 

WCMA 121
Labeling: A History Lesson

Katarzyna Pieprzak, Chair and Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and Comparative Literature
Thursday, July 21
4 pm

Museums constantly make decisions about objects and their reception. Which work gets shared? What is displayed alongside it? How are objects written about and analyzed? These decisions impact the way that works of art, knowledge, and even people have been organized over time. Consider the implications of these decisions by creatively re-crafting WCMA and its taxonomies.
Class Format: Workshop

Food Lab

Thursday, July 21
5 pm on the patio

Get a taste of the role science plays in your kitchen. Artist and chef Lexa Walsh cooks up some surprises on our patio.

 

WCMA 128
State of the Art/Art of the State

Christina Simko, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Thursday, July 28
4 pm

It isn’t just propaganda that promulgates state agendas. Think through the many ways that art reproduces, resists, or reformulates cultural and political narratives. Delve into works of art from African Art Against the State and put them into conversation with politically significant American art.
Class Format: Lecture

WTF + WCMA: A Guided Tour 

Thursday, July 28
6 pm

Williamstown Theatre Festival actors bring WCMA’s collection to life in this trip through the galleries that makes protagonists of portrait sitters. The tour starts and ends on the patio.

 

WCMA 104
After Images: Photography and Its Shifting Stories

Emilie Boone, Mellon Curatorial Fellow
Thursday, Aug 4
4 pm

Whether a family snapshot, a document of political trauma, or a visual tool of cultural triumph, every photograph tells a story. The story, though, is far from fixed. How do those stories change over time and how can we account for their shifting meanings?
Class Format: Lecture

Athletics & Aesthetics: Mini-Golf 

Thursday, Aug 4
5 pm on the patio

Perfect your putt with the help of a pro-golfer on our artist-designed mini-golf course on the patio.

 

WCMA 111
Markets and Museums: The Economics of Aesthetics

Stephen Sheppard, Class of 2012 Professor of Economics
Thursday, Aug 11
4 pm

How do Museum exhibitions and installations impact the art market? Contemplate the intersections between museum and market, aesthetics and economics and contextualize these theories within WCMA’s walls.
Class Format: Lecture

Dance Class: Salsa!

Thursday, Aug 11
5 pm on the patio

Get moving to the beat with Latin Dance instructor Alan Franco.

 

WCMA 118
The Aesthetics of Evolution: Natural and Sexual Selection in the Era of Abbott Handerson Thayer

Luana Maroja, Assistant Professor of Biology
Thursday, Aug 18
4 pm

Consider the scientific role that animal coloration plays in natural and sexual selection. Using the now extinct Passenger Pigeon as a start, we will trace the story of how scientific and public acceptance of natural and sexual selection changed over time.
Class Format: Lecture

WTF + WCMA: The Dinner Party 

Thursday, Aug 18
6 pm

What happens when characters from WCMA’s collection leave the museum walls and sit down to dinner? Grab a bite on the patio and find out as the conversation unfolds across centuries and continents with Williamstown Theatre Festival actors!

 

WCMA 125
What’s in a Name?: The Politics of Identification in African Art

Michelle Apotsos, Assistant Professor of Art
Thursday, Aug 25
4 pm

What are the implications of identifying an artist as “Unknown” or using the name of a cultural group in the place of an individual artist? Further, what are the politics of identifying a contemporary artist in a way that they contest? Unpack the politics of identity and identification within the shifting roles of African artists from past to present in African Art Against the State.
Class Format: Lecture

Athletics & Aesthetics: Badminton 

Thursday, Aug 25
5 pm on the patio

Get physical as sound artist Crank Sturgeon amplifies the sounds of a live Badminton game. Take part in the game or kick back and listen.

 

Curator’s Insights: “Not Theories but Revelations:” The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer

Thursday, Aug 9
4 pm

Curator Kevin Murphy will discuss how recently discovered archival materials inspired the exhibition and publication.