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Art of the Month Club: John Baker

Isaac Witkin (American, 1936-2006), Succoth, 1975, steel. Gift of Jacques and Donatella Lennon._x425

When Williamstown Theatre Festival relocates to the Berkshires each summer, our team takes over the Greylock Quad section of Williams College. Right smack in the middle of the quad is a fairly substantial metal sculpture that—up until this year—I knew little-to-nothing about.

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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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Claims to Space and Public Art at Williams

Institutions like Williams College face a unique challenge when it comes to the issue of public art, claims to space. Claims to space are created by the publics, which use them. There are many publics which inhabit any given space on this condensed campus including students, faculty, staff, tourists and town residents just to name a few of the broadest groups. Each of these publics has their own goals, histories and uses for any given space on campus. Public art…

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Speaking To Us: Jenny Holzer—Artwork in the WCMA Collection and Upcoming Artist’s Lecture

We often refer to art in linguistic terms.  A painting, we might claim, “speaks to us.”  Sculptures in a gallery are said to be “in dialogue” with one another.  Artworks, we imply, have voices—or at least the power to communicate with their own compelling language.

Contemporary artist Jenny Holzer takes this connection one step further, mediating and manipulating the space between art and language.  First emblazoning her self-described “truisms”—pithy yet provocative phrases that engage, incite, and inspire—in the public arena of…

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Jenny Holzer will Deliver the Fulkerson Leadership in the Arts Lecture

Internationally known contemporary artist Jenny Holzer will deliver the Fulkerson Leadership in the Arts Lecture, Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. A reception from 8:30 to 9:30 pm will follow the lecture.

Renowned for her compelling use of language in public space, Holzer’s work has incorporated a wide array of media including bronze plaques, painted signs, stone benches, stickers, T-shirts, condoms, paintings, photographs, sound, video, light projection, the Internet and…

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Williams Public Art Class

On Sunday November 20, 2011 Lisa Corrin’s public art class rolled out of bed at a disgustingly early 7:00 to meet for a day dedicated to art. We had two worthy destinations, Storm King and Dia: Beacon. With naps in the car we were ready to experience what we had talked about for weeks in the classroom.

Our first impression of Storm King was the view from the top of the hill outside the visitor’s center. It didn’t take very long…

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Public Art at Williams

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is pleased to announce the launch of its Public Art Module. Visitors to WCMA’s website can virtually tour the public art on campus and then download a map and see the works in person. Formally established in 2011 as a fiftieth reunion gift from the Class of ’61, the Williams Public Art Program seeks to incorporate unexpected and informal encounters with art into the daily lives of students. It also hopes to inspire…

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Double L Excentric Gyratory II on campus

George Rickey’s Double L Excentric Gyratory II is now the latest public art installation at Williams.   A graceful, 30-foot-high kinetic sculpture, the artwork features two 18-foot long stainless steel “L”s. This is the first purchase from the Class of 1961’s Public Art Fund.

The piece is easily seen by those driving along Main Street, right next to the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.  The “L”s are supported by a small “Y” jack and shift in a series of subtly smooth…

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