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 Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art
Sharon Hayes

Saturday, Oct 22
3 pm
Lawrence Auditorium (L231)

Sharon Hayes’s work in performance, video, and installation draws from historical examples of activism and protest to interrogate the present political climate. She tackles issues such as gay rights, gender construction, and militarism, often performing archival documentation in new or unexpected settings. Hayes is an associate professor of fine art at the University of Pennsylvania.


Close Look: Artist Matthew Ronay in Conversation

Thursday, Oct 27
4 pm

Curator Anna Kelley ’MA 17 and sculptor Matthew Ronay discuss how themes of violence, debauchery, abstraction, and narrative play out in the exhibition.


Student Choice

Saturdays, 1 pm
Oct 29 – Nov 19
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.


Human head emerging from monster jaws, Mayan, Belize, Corozal, Late Classic, 600-900 CE, limestone coated with stucco with traces of blue and red polychrome. _x345Close Look: Not Set in Stone

Thursday, Nov 3
4 pm

Walk through the exhibition with curator Elizabeth Gallerani. Hear about the objects’ origins,  such as a connection to the Williams College Lyceum of Natural History, founded as a secret society in 1835.


“Defacement:” Ambivalence, Identity and Black Lives Matter

Thursday, Nov 10
6 pm

This program brings together three Basquiat scholars to discuss why this painting matters, what it meant in 1983, and what it means in 2016. Writer and Activist Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 moderates a panel with Pérez Art Museum Director Franklin Sirmans and Professor of Visual Studies at the California College of the Arts Jordana Moore Saggese.


Close Look: The Anxiety of Influence: European and American Art

Thursday, Nov 17
4 pm

Curator Kevin Murphy highlights several recent additions to the exhibition. Stair access only due to elevator maintenance.