Laylah Ali (American, b. 1968), Untitled, 2004, (detail) gouache on paper, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 05.3.2. (TL.2012.9)_x1200
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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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Asco Exhibition in the Press

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…

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