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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.

 

PubStudio_logo_100x100 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.

 

PubStudio_logo_100x100 Rebind Workshop

Saturday, 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.

 

PubStudio_logo_100x100Pop-up Publication Studio Bookshop

Thursday, Oct 2, 10 am–2 pm

Publication Studio, an on-demand press, set up its latest hub in the WCMA rotunda. Peruse the books in WCMA’s reading room. You just might find a new favorite. You can purchase a publication and have it bound while you wait. From the poems in Lessons From A Lonely Italian by Sydney S. Kim to the time based statistics in Every Second One Hundred Bolts of Lightning Strike the Earth by James Hoff you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy. Click here to view the extensive list of Publication Studio titles.

 

WCMAatNight_neon_centered_100x100WCMA 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.

 

Ragamala_Veena and Devesh Chandra_100x100Experience 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.

 

Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band_100x100Celebrate the Opening of Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band

CANCELLED Friday, Oct 24, 6:30 pm

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the opening celebration. Due to family issues the artist is not able to travel to Williamstown. The exhibition will be on view October 24–January 4, 2015.

 

Lyndab Benglis_2014 Plonsker Lecture_100x100The 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.”

 

PubStudio_logo_100x100Platform 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

Claudia Rankine

“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

Craig Dworkin

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.

 

Fathi Hassan_100x100See 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.