John Anansa Thomas Biggers (American, 1924–2001), Mother and Children, 1947, conte crayon and gouache on board. Museum purchase, Karl E. Weston Memorial Fund._x1200


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.


Student Choice

Saturdays, 1 pm
Dec 3 – Dec 10

Take a roving tour of the museum with student gallery guides. Hear them highlight their favorite works, bringing new perspectives from their diverse areas of study that includes biology, sociology, and art history.


A Writing Workshop with The Williams Literary Review

Thursday, Dec 1
7 pm

The Williams Literary Review hosts an evening of writing and creativity. We hope to create a space for creative responses and discussion surrounding topics related to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) and look forward to this chance for the community to come together and learn from one another. Check out the Facebook Event page.


“Defacement,” Black Lives, and Basquiat

Thursday, Dec 8
4 pm

VaNatta Ford (Assistant Professor, Africana Studies) and Brynn Hatton (Visiting Assistant Professor, Art History) host an informal conversation on Jean-Michel Basquiat and the dynamic cultural spheres that informed his multi-disciplinary practice circa 1983, the year he made “Defacement: The Death of Michael Stewart.” Dr. Ford will contextualize Basquiat against the vibrant New York hip-hop scene of the early ’80s, and Dr. Hatton will focus on the artist’s ambivalent relationship to the business of contemporary art, as well as aspects of “Defacement” that distinguish the piece from his larger body of work. Free and open to the public; dialogue and participation encouraged.


Speak Together: Writing as Resistance

Thursday, Dec 8
7 pm

An Open Mic hosted by WCMA, The Williams College Literary Review, and Northern Berkshires for Racial Justice.
In the spirit of harnessing creative expression as a means for fighting oppression & breaking silences, we will come together in WCMA’s Reading Room under Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Defacement.” Share words, stories, poems, sounds, music, or other brief expressions that are helping you make sense of the world right now. Sign up at the door. Free and open to all.