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100 Years Ago: Boccioni’s Schnelligkeit

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954._x380

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954.

Ever wonder what was going on in the art world 100 years ago? I took a peek in WCMA’s collection to get a whiff of the creative juices of 1914. Happy Birthday Boccioni’s Schnelligkeit!

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916), Schnelligkeit, 1914, lithograph on paper, Gift of Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine, Class of 1954.

The story of how the Italian Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni produced a lithograph with the surprisingly German title Schnelligkeit, or Speed, relates to the history…

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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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Those Williams Monuments Men

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It was a time for showing physical bravery and bravura connoisseurship, an unlikely pairing. This was the dynamic duo necessary for the men and women of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section (MFAA) of the Allied forces in Western Europe.

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Talking American Art with Kevin Murphy, WCMA’s New Curator of American Art

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The newest addition to the WCMA family is Kevin Murphy, the Eugénie Prendergast Curator of American Art. Kevin is slated to present an installation of American art from WCMA’s permanent collection this spring.

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WCMA’s own Morton Schamberg at The New-York Historical Society’s The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution Exhibition

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Morton Livingston Schamberg, Study of a Girl (Fanette Reider), c.1912, oil on canvas, Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923.

For those of you thinking of heading to New York to catch The New-York Historical Society’s new exhibition on the famous Armory Show of 1913, be prepared to have a moment of hometown recognition.  WCMA’s own painting Study of a Girl (Fanette Reider) by American artist Morton Livingston Schamberg figures prominently among the works by Americans…

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Senga Nengudi

Senga Nengudi setting up for a performance of RSVP X in her Los Angeles studio, 1976. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York._x500

What will artist Senga Nengudi be bringing with her this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for her Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art and the Q & A following? In forty years of activity in the art world, Nengudi has produced a near lifetime’s worth of sculptural creations…

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A Chat with Lisa Dorin about WCMA’s Early Kiefer Show

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Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lisa Dorin and WCMA staff with Anselm Kiefer.

Q: Lisa, what can you tell us about the relationship between the Early Anselm Kiefer show and MASS MoCA’s long-term Kiefer installation from the Hall collection? How did WCMA’s exhibition come about?

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WCMA Chosen One of Top College Art Museums

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A list of the top twenty best college art museums appeared this month on complex.com’s website section Complex Art & Design, and WCMA weighs in at #18. While there doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to the order of this list (Yale University Art Gallery is ranked as #20, while Arizona State University Art Museum is placed as #2), it is still nice to see WCMA getting the recognition the institution deserves. The entry describes the…

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Grant Wood and Cole Porter

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY._x600

Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942), Death on the Ridge Road, 1935, oil on masonite. Gift of Cole Porter. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Ever wonder about the previous owners of works in WCMA’s collection? Grant Wood’s Death on the Ridge Road is a striking example. The painting was a gift to the museum by the illustrious songwriter and composer Cole Porter in 1947.

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Whither the Witkin?

You may have wondered what’s been going on with a big metal sculpture that disappeared from its spot by Greylock Quad.

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