Karin Stack (American, b. 1966); Forsythia, 2007; archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. x1200
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Art of the Month Club: Jane Hudson

Man Ray (American, 1890-1976), Électricité (from "Électricité: Dix Rayogrammes"), 1931, photogravure. Museum purchase. (92.18.A). Copy Right Holder: Artists Rights Society (ARS). _x425

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.

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Art of the Month Club: Nicolas Tomczyk

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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.

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Art of the Month Club: Steve Satullo

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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.

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Art of the Month Club: justin adkins

Alfredo Manzo Cedeño, The Cuba's Soup Homage Warhol, ca. 1998 and Andy Warhol, BEEF, Campbell's Soup Can, 1969, © Artists Rights Society.

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.

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Art of the Month Club: Diane Sullivan

Unknown, (Mexican, Colima), Small dog, ca. late 19th-early 20th centuries, terra-cotta, Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast. (90.11.4)_x780

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!

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Art of the Month Club: Mary Kenny

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Woman in Striped Blouse, 1949, color lithograph on paper, Anonymous gift. (62.37) Copy Right Holder: Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Before the curtain goes up on WTF’s productions, audience members are handed a program. Somewhere between the Artistic Director’s welcome letter and the listing of Donors, there are 8 pages specific to the show that give audience members both basic information and a greater context for the production.

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Art of the Month Club: Sara Farrell Okamura

Front of WCMA, featuring Eyes (nine elements), 2001, by Louise Bourgeois_Photo by A.BlakeGardner

It has been 11 years since Louise Bourgeois’s Eyes, were installed as a gateway into the Williams College Museum of Art. Its undulating magic carpet of verdant lawn and burnished bronze bobbing eyeballs with extended phallic pupils has served as a touchstone for discourse, both negative and positive, a playground, a landmark, and a memory.

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Art of the Month Club: Jim Gipe

Anonymous, Intaglio with seated angel, Anonymous gift. (93.1.44)

I am one of a handful of people who has seen, handled, photographed, studied, and marveled over every ancient object in the museum’s collection as part of WCMA’s ongoing digital imaging project. That’s more than 2,000 objects, and among them the beads are the smallest.

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Art of the Month Club: President Adam Falk

Assyrian (1000-500 B.C.E), Guardian Spirit, from the Palace at Nimrud of Ashur-nasir-pal, ca. 880 BC, gypsum, Williams Cellege Museum of Art, Gift of Sir Austen Henry Layard through Dwight W. Marsh, Class of 1842. (1851.1)_x400

One of the most striking objects at WCMA is the enormous bas-relief of the King of Nimrud from the Iron Age of Man, approximately 900 B.C.E. To be in its presence is, for me, an extraordinary experience of being transported in space and time.

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