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. Links to register online are below.
Events are rain or shine!

 

WCMA 128
Tour ‘Both Sides Now’ with Artist Lexa Walsh

Lexa Walsh
Thursday, July 28
4 pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a change to this Thursday’s program State of the Art/Art of the State with Assistant Professor of Sociology Christina Simko. Artist Lexa Walsh will instead be giving a tour of her exhibition “Both Sides Now.”
Class Format: Tour
OnlineRegistration

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
Online Registration

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
Online Registration

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
Online Registration

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!
Reserve a Seat Online

 

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
Online Registration

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

Tuesday, Aug 9
4 pm

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