Tuesday, July 9, 2013
What first drew me to Edward Hopper’s Morning in a City was his deployment of the gaze. It is a simple enough scene of a young woman standing in a bedroom as her day begins.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
I have spent so much time with so many objects in the Williams College Museum collection that it is hard to choose just one.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Among my favorite pieces at WCMA is the 12th century Flemish baptismal font that quite literally took up space in the medieval art room – requiring visitors to walk about it. Although at first glance the font appears nondescript, faceted edges and angles create shadows with light.
Monday, April 29, 2013
When I started my position as the Coordinator of Education Programs at WCMA in mid-November, I was introduced to the Kidspace: Artistic Curiosity exhibition, where I would be working with Museum Associates to provide K-12 tours throughout the academic year. As I entered the gallery, I was immediately taken aback by a white figure with pointed ears, balanced on a tiny green ladder and holding a violin.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I had been working on a composition of Niagara Falls for years—since 1996—shortly after I had seen my friend Frank Moore’s treatment of the subject.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I first encountered Man Ray’s work in a museum in Germany back in the 70s when I was beginning my work in video. I was knocked out by the daring and the beauty of his radical imaging. This was Fine Art made of technology.
Friday, November 30, 2012
As a Russian major who is intensely interested in history, I’ve been lucky to work with Elizabeth Gallerani and WCMA this semester translating a series of 26 Soviet Propaganda posters from the 1920s. The Alumni who donated these works many years ago, Telford Taylor, served in the Counsel for the Prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials and one can only guess at how he came across such a collection.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Among the many things that art can do, one of the most persistent is to provide a portal through time. Thus an art museum is a time machine, or a collection of them, and within the confines of WCMA, the most transporting art object for me is a piece of architecture, the original Lawrence Hall rotunda.
Friday, September 28, 2012
I am a huge fan of pop art. In my studies at Marlboro College I focused my energy on anarchy and graffiti. As I looked at the history of the graffiti movement I found so many similarities with the work of Andy Warhol.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
When I first moved to the area about seven years ago, I made my way to the museum. One of the first pieces to thrill me that I saw was a terra cotta sculpture of a dog that was in one of the glass cases. Not just a generic clay dog, but also a very special Colima Mexican dog!