Friday, January 20, 2012
The installation of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure has begun. Allison McCloskey, Assistant Conservator of Textiles and Objects from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center paid a visit to WCMA to install a costume (boots, helmet, and velvet suit), c. 1974.
The mannequin and under layer of the suit are assembled.
The velvet suit is unpacked. It’s condition is checked and documented.
Allison adjusts the jacket.
Here is the full costume. Note the fabulous Platform Sadler boots customized by Pasquale di Fabrizio with…
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987, has won an award in the 2012 New York Book Show, in the category of Scholarly and Professional Book. Books were judged on their design, production, and manufacturing by the Book Industry Guild of New York.
According to its mission statement, “The Book Industry Guild of New York is a member-operated professional organization composed of professionals from every aspect of the book publishing and book manufacturing industries. It sponsors educational seminars and trips, holds…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day is an occasion to mourn and remember the innumerable artists who were lost to the disease before they could leave their mark on the world. This year WCMA will highlight the recent acquisition of the serigraph print—Angel Baby, 1995 by Teddy Sandoval.
As one of the many Latino artists living with AIDS during a time of great loss, Teddy Sandoval depicts himself here as a tattooed winged boxer in a scene that combines popular imagery with…
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Decoy Gang War Victim, a work by Asco, the influential Chicano artist collective from the ’70s and ’80s is on the cover of the October 2011 issue of Artforum. The exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be coming to the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) in February 2012. The exhibition was co-curated by LACMA Curator of Contemporary Art, Rita Gonzalez and Williams College…
Friday, September 23, 2011
Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and will head on its way to WCMA this February! Asco, the 1970’s Chicano art group is known for their public art, including their contemporary take on traditional Mexican murals.
The Chicano group and their work have been getting lots of press coverage over the past couple of months. A post on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster reports…
Friday, September 9, 2011
Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 opened September 4th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition, which is co-organized by Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and opens here at WCMA February 4th, 2012, is already getting attention in the press with articles in the New York Times and the Huffington Post.
Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College associate professor of art and Latina/o studies and Rita Gonzalez, contemporary art curator at LACMA, Asco:…
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Asco exhibition co-organized by WCMA, opens Sunday, September 4th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and will travel to WCMA opening in February 2012. Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is already receiving attention in the press. Check out the articles in the New York Times and the Huffington Post.
Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 will be the first retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art…