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Who is Michael Rakowitz?

Artist Michael Rakowitz will be speaking at Williams College on Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 pm.

So what are the important things to know about Michael Rakowitz?

He is an American artist of Iraqi descent. Although many of his recent art projects have been defined by his interest in the relationship between Iraq and the West, his work also focuses on social issues in the U.S., and many of these projects have been located in public spaces rather than in traditional…

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Carrie Mae Weems and WCMA

Did you know that the Williams College Museum of Art has a long history of working with Carrie Mae Weems?

In 2000, WCMA commissioned an installation by Carrie Mae Weems titled The Hampton Project, which also featured a selection of photographs from Frances Johnston’s stunning Hampton Album of 1900 (borrowed from the Museum of Modern Art in New York). These two women, distanced by time and race, both shared a fascination with the history and legacy of the Hampton Normal…

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Why are we fascinated by brains?

So, Landscapes of the Mind may have closed on May 2, but as you can see we still have the brain on our mind.  Below are some thoughts from our Coordinator of Education Programs, Joann Harnden.

Brains are cool, no question. This holds true for visitors of all ages. It’s true for hesitant high school students who find themselves asking earnest questions about the brain despite their best intentions to remain aloof, and true for the seven and eight-year olds who…

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Maverick Leadership in the Arts: A Summary

Just in case you missed the inaugural event for the Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts on April 22, below are some YouTube videos documenting the event!

We hope you enjoy them!

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Last Chance!

Don’t miss the exhibition Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain. . .the last day to see the show is this Sunday, May 2. 

If you’ve (somehow!) missed all of the previous posts about this show, Landscapes of the Mind features the work of four contemporary artists—Susan Aldworth, Andrew Carnie, Jessica Rankin, and Katy Schimert—who blend the worlds of art and science.

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend and come to WCMA!  Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm,…

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Brainscapes and Anna Atkins’s cyanotypes

In March, the Williams College Museum of Art held a symposium that brought together artists and neuroscientists for a day of talks and discussions as part of Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain.  It was during that time that one of the artists in the show, Susan Aldworth, visited us from her home in London.  Susan is an incredibly engaging person, a wonderful artist, and lots of fun.

One of the things that has stayed with me most about…

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“I am both in my mind and out of my brain”

 

“You can look INTO my brain but you will never find me.”
SUSAN ALDWORTH, 2006

I have been thinking a lot about the title of the exhibition Landscapes of the Mind. Contemporary neuroscience talks of “mapping the mind” — it aims to chart the neural infrastructure of the human mind. This knowledge is important for our understanding of what it is to be human. But whilst a map of the mind suggests the idea of a landscape if we are talking about…

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Magic Forest – Part 2

Beyond Magic Forest

Our discussions were helpful in aiding Richard Wingate in developing teaching strategies for his students and as well as developing his interest in science and art projects. Since we met, he has served on the selection panel for the Wellcome Trust’s art science grants panel and he has become more interested in teaching pedagogies as we have developed our links. Lots of time in Richard’s office was spent with him making explanatory drawings of the work he was undertaking and specifically…

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Magic Forest

The Symposium for Landscapes of the Mind has just taken place; unfortunately logistics and money meant I couldn’t be there! I hope it went well. Since I couldn’t be there I thought I would jot down some bits about Magic Forest (2002) that might be pertinent.

First thing is maybe to set it, in place and time and send a few images of the protagonists. By a bit of a contorted journey I eventually met Richard Wingate, my science associate at King’s…

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The Woven Brain

 

“Our eyes may see images, but our brains interpret the visual world and generate cognitive and emotional responses to the visual input from the eyes.”

These words written by Curator Katie Price and Psychology Professor Betty Zimmerberg peaked my interest, inspiring me to be an enthusiastic part of this extraordinary show. It is not only the work in Landscapes of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain that is important but the collaboration of thoughts between disciplines that began in Professor…

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