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.
The Patio is Open
Thursdays in July and August, 5-8 pm
The galleries are open late on Thursdays this summer and so is our patio. Drop by for a glass of wine and linger in the summer sun.
Get in Line to Pick up Art for Your WALLS
Sunday, September 14, 9 am
Cézanne or Christo? A 16th-century woodcut or a 2012 photograph? If you want it, get in line. It’s first come, first choice for Williams students. Be outside WCMA, rain or shine by 9 am.
Find the entire collection and the full scoop on WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces) at wcmawalls.williams.edu.
Publishers in Residence
Sept 25–Oct 2, 2014
Publication Studio is an on-demand press that prints, binds, and publishes original works of all kinds. WCMA’s Rotunda, the site of the College’s original library, becomes its latest hub. A platform for public and curricular use, Publication Studio brings us together to make books and exchange ideas about the ever-changing notion of the book.
Patricia No and Antonia Pinter of Publication Studio Portland take up residence in the Rotunda. Drop by to catch Patricia and Antonia trimming bespoke books, talking shop with classes, or giving pointers on how to achieve the perfect bind. Click here for more information on Publication Studio.
Happy Hour and Roundtable Chat
Thursday, Sept 25, 4 pm
Have a glass of wine and talk with Publishers in Residence, Patricia No and Antonia Pinter, about a new model of publication. Click here for more information on Publication Studio.
Saturday, Sept 27 and Nov 8, 1–4 pm
Bring a well-loved or family favorite paperback in need of a makeover, or take one from our own softcover stash. We’ll have everything you need to give it a second lease on life. Redesign the cover, rebind, reread. Click here for more information on Publication Studio.
WCMA at Night
PS I Love You
Thursday, Oct 2, 5–8 pm
We’ll wrap up the Publication Studio residency with a bookish bash. Draft a love note and publish it in an epistolary novel experiment.
Experience a Living Tradition
Thursday, Oct 9, 4 pm
In Musical Garlands: Ragamala sixteen miniature paintings from India give visual form to a layered history. Professor of Music, W. Anthony Sheppard sets the stage with an overview of Indian music then draws connections between ragas and their visual expression in paint. Musicians Veena and Devesh Chandra demonstrate these intricate relationships on sitar and tabla and conclude with a live performance of a raga.
Celebrate the Opening of Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band
Friday, Oct 24, 6:30 pm
Join curator Lisa Dorin and artist Angelica Mesiti as we kick off the exhibition.
The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art
Artist Lynda Benglis
Saturday, Oct 25, 3 pm
Lawrence L231 Auditorium
Over her nearly 50-year career, Lynda Benglis (American b. 1941) has become widely known for her fiercely independent approach to art. Material explorations—in pigmented latex, beeswax, molten metals, polyurethane foam, glass, paper, gold leaf, and glitter—lie at the heart of her abstract sculpture. Early on she challenged Minimalism with her expressionist Day-Glo colored latex works. Benglis opposed the male-dominated art world with videos and conceptual projects that focused on feminine agency, identity, and sexuality. Today her work continues to push material boundaries and relies on unorthodox techniques while exploring diverse art historical and cultural traditions. Her work conveys the action of its making. “For me,” Benglis says, “an artwork is alive. It’s a living being.”
Platform for Poets
WCMA and the English Department turn Publication Studio over to prominent poets who will direct writing projects, make original publications, and share their work.
Thursday, Oct 30, 7 pm
“Race in the Life of the Mind”
Rankine reads from her new work, Citizen: An American Lyric and shares a selection of public contributions. Click here for more details.
Thursday, Nov 13, 7 pm
An Attempt at Exhausting WCMA: A Sociological and Architectural Experiment
Dworkin reads from his work and shares insights into the “infraordinary.” Click here for more details.
See a Site-Specific Wall Drawing Take Shape
Tuesday, Nov 18, 11:30 am–Noon
Wednesday, Nov 19, 11–11:30 am
Thursday, Nov 20, 2:30–3 pm
Fathi Hassan will set to work making a floor-to-ceiling wall drawing. We’ll open up the gallery for a half hour each day and invite you behind the scenes to see the work take shape. Stop by to talk with the artist about his creative process. For more information on the Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs exhibition click here.