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Art of the Month Club: Suzanne Silitch

Allen Lewis (American, 1873-1957), Twilight Toil, 1943, color woodcut on paper. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Gifford M. Lloyd._x209

When I see Twilight Toil, 1943 by American artist Allen Lewis, I think of all those who have come before me to prepare the soil for planting. This elegant woodcut evokes the cool evening air of April, as a jacket-clad farmer walks behind his plow horse, readying his fields under the sliver of a waning April moon.

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Art of the Month Club: Arthur Wheelock

Portraits by Wybrand Simonsz. de Geest the Elder,

Like many Williams undergraduates, I only learned that a field called “art history” existed after I arrived in Williamstown in the fall of 1961.

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Art of the Month Club: Laurel O’Connor

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Sometimes art has a way of nuzzling against your curiosity and tugging you back to look a little longer and a little deeper. For me, Carrie Mae Weems’s “Kitchen Series” is just that kind of ‘sometimes art’.

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Art of the Month Club: Kathryn Calley Galitz

Garry Winogrand, New York City, 1968 _x400

Gift of Elizabeth and Frederick M. Myers, Class of 1943. Copyright Gary Winogrand/The Estate of Gary Winogrand, courtesy of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

Less than a month after I arrived at Williams as a graduate student in the art history program, I had my first hands-on experience at WCMA, wielding a paint roller in one of the museum’s galleries!

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Art of the Month Club: Peter Low

William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879), Niagara Falls, 1878, oil on canvas. Gift of the estate of J. Malcolm Forbes._x600

I love William Morris Hunt’s 1878 Niagara Falls. This is partly because, as a transplanted Canadian, the painting calls me back – across a border of time as well as place…

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Art of the Month Club: Christina Yang

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967), Morning in a City, 1944, oil on canvas. Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923, © Williams College Museum of Art. (77.9.7)_x345

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.

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Art of the Month Club: Barbara Ernst Prey

Winslow Homer, (American, 1836-1910), Children on a Fence, 1874, watercolor over pencil on paper. Museum purchase, with funds provided by the Assyrian Relief Exchange._x600

I have spent so much time with so many objects in the Williams College Museum collection that it is hard to choose just one.

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Art of the Month Club: Katy Ganino Reddick

Flemish, 12th century, Baptismal Font, limestone. Museum purchase, Joseph O. Eaton Fund._x300

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.

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Art of the Month Club: Amelia Wood

Installation view. Amy Podmore, Measured Rest (rabbit), 2009, mixed media. Collection of the artist. Photo by Arthur Evans._x425

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.

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Art of the Month Club: Stephen Hannock

William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879), Niagara Falls, 1878, oil on canvas, (61.7) Gift of the estate of J. Malcolm Forbes.

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.

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