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.

 

Faculty Off the Cuff: Labeltalk 2015 Photo by Kris Qua_200x150Opening Celebration
Faculty Off the Cuff: Labeltalk 2015

Thursday, Sept 10
4 pm

Raise a glass to our faculty participants.

 

WALLS_Dear_Future_Borrower_200x150Dear Future Borrower…

WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces)
Sept 14–17
12–2 pm

Drop by to chat with former student borrowers and hear about their experiences rooming with art.

 

WALLS_Come_and_Get_It_200x150Come and Get It

WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces)
Thursday, Sept 17
7 pm

It’s first come first choice for Williams students. Be outside WCMA, rain or shine by 7 pm.

 

Journey_of_the_GreatMystery_200x150Journey of the Great Mystery

A roving performance that begins at WCMA and travels to Thompson Chapel and across campus.
Sunday, Sept 20
3 pm

Dancer and Choreographer Ronald K. Brown examines the role of the body in worship, spiritual practice, and belief systems. For this roving performance he brings Williams students and alumni together with community members from Pittsfield and Williamstown in a parade of spiritual dances. Along the journey selected performers will share their testimonies through movement to fully underscore how the Great Mystery works across denominations. Viewers become participants in spiritual dances from South Carolina, West Africa, and Cuba as the group moves toward a shared destination.

 

PlonskerLecture_JohnRubin_200x150The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art
Artist Jon Rubin

Saturday, Sept 26
3 pm
Lawrence Auditorium (L231)

Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group, and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird, operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers, and co-directing another that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. He is currently developing a collaborative sitcom that will be shot simultaneously in Los Angeles and Tehran. He has exhibited nationally and internationally as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners. Jon is an associate professor in the School of Art and head of Contextual Practice at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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Imagining the Trojan War

Tuesday, Sept 29
Noon

Walk through the exhibition with Ben Rubin, Assistant Professor of Classics.

 

ForrestNash_200x150Envisioning Curatorial Practice

Forrest Nash, founder of Contemporary Art Daily

Tuesday, Sept 29
7 pm
Lawrence Auditorium (L231)

Co-presented by WCMA and the Graduate Program in Art History

Each day the Contemporary Art Daily website introduces visitors to a different contemporary art exhibition somewhere in the world. CAD began in 2008 and has grown into a widely utilized resource with over 800,000 followers, publishing high-quality documentation of a highly select group of exhibitions. The organization’s major new project, Contemporary Art Quarterly, launched this year, features archives of individual artists’ practices with unprecedented depth. Nash’s talk will focus on choosing artists and curating in a space without walls or objects.

 

WCMAAtNight_MarkParsons_200x150WCMA at Night
Artist Mark Parsons

Thursday, Oct 8
5–8 pm

Mark Parsons turns publicly authored content into collaboratively executed wall drawings. He choreographs the process through carefully crafted public invitations, sharing and in turn reclaiming creative agency.
At WCMA, Parsons offers up a selfie stick and a specific set of instructions as tools to generate new content. He converts visitors’ selfies with LeWitt’s soon-to-be-deinstalled #959 into a composite portrait.  And At WCMA at Night, he invites you to draw it on the wall.

 

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Your smarter than me. i don’t care.

Tuesday, Oct 13
Noon

Walk through the exhibition with Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Contemporary Art Curator.

 

StudentGuides_200x150Student Guides in the Galleries

Thursdays
Oct 15–Dec 10
4:30 pm

 

Hear_the_Stories_200x150Hear the Stories

Friday, Oct 16 and Friday, Nov 6
2 pm

This fall we’ve temporarily converted a gallery into a workspace. The Henry Luce Foundation generously funded the digitization of over 2,000 American artworks in our collection. Stop by to visit with the staff who research and check the condition of the objects and learn about their findings.

 

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The Anxiety of Influence

Tuesday, Nov 3
Noon

Walk through the exhibition with Kevin Murphy, Eugénie Prendergast Curator of American Art and Kathryn Price, Curator of Collections.

 

FacultyOffTheCuff_tour_200x150Curator’s Insights
Faculty Off the Cuff

Tuesday, Nov 10
Noon

Walk through the exhibition with Elizabeth Gallerani, Curator of Mellon Academic Programs.

 

LeWitt_StudentPanel_Celebration_200x150Sol LeWitt: On the Wall
Student Panel and Celebration

Thursday, Nov 12
5 pm

WCMA and the art department are installing a new Sol LeWitt wall drawing, #1089 in the museum’s atrium. Professor of Art History Charles W. Haxthausen’s last seminar before he retires will focus on LeWitt’s wall drawings. Hear from some of the students and celebrate the installation of #1089.

 

Celebrate_the_Old_and_the_New_200x150Celebrate the Old & the New

Wednesday, Dec 9
5 pm

A toast to The Anxiety of Influence and Your smarter than me.