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The Life of an Object

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At WCMA, we are constantly learning about our permanent collection. With more than 13,000 objects, there is always something for us to research. Objects accumulate new information over time and since we are charged with caring for works in our collection, we are responsible for tracking the “life of an object.”

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Encounter Football and Art this Homecoming Weekend

“Looking back with hindsight,” says James Wood, former director of the Art Institute of Chicago and then President of the Getty Trust, until his death in 2010, “I would emphasize that contact sports probably taught me as much about how to run an institution as anything else.” Wood was quoted in the November 1989 issue of Art & Auction magazine in the cover story, The Williams Art Mafia. As it turned out, a number of Williams College graduates, who went…

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Eph Football Players Respond to Coach’s Exhibition

Eph football players talk about the exhibition A View from the Coach’s Seat, the latest installation in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies, curated by their head football coach Aaron Kelton. The players were interviewed during the Monday Football and Art “Pep Rally” reception at WCMA on October 24, 2011.

Demarius D. Edwards ’14

Michael A. Williams ’15, Ryan C. Barry ’15,  and Alexander J. Walsh ’15

 

Videos by Suzanne Silitch

 

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Coach Aaron Kelton in the Gallery of Crossed Destinies

Williams College Head Football Coach Aaron Kelton, has been meeting with WCMA staff in order to organize the space for his debut as a guest curator. The exhibition, A View from the Coach’s Seat, in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies, will be on view October 8 through December 4, 2011. There will be an exhibition reception, Monday Football & Art “Pep Rally” on Monday October 24, 2011 from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Coach Kelton is the final of four guest curators invited by the…

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Reflections on a Museum Videos

Former Deputy Director John Stomberg and Curator of Special Projects Kathryn Price talk about Reflections on a Museum the re-installation of the museum’s permanent collection along with loans from the Yale University Art Gallery. Reflections on a Museum takes the “museum” as its subject. It features 7 exhibitions, nearly 400 objects from the museum’s permanent collection, spans 9 galleries, and 5,000 years of art history.

 

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Giving the Artworks a Voice

The current installation, Expressions, is by Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF). Gersten approached the exhibition by connecting to the art through the medium of theater. She was interested in how artworks express themselves and wanted to endeavor to give the artworks a voice. Gersten reached out to theater artists, specifically playwrights, and showed them particular images of art selected for the exhibition and asked them if they would either write something for it, or choose…

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The Gallery of Crossed Destinies

 

 

 

 

 

Last time you saw The Gallery of Crossed Destinies, it was the vision of local florist, Chad Therrien. Since The Gallery of Crossed Destinies is unique in the sense that it is the people and perspectives—not the artworks—that change, you will now find a completely new exhibition curated by 16 ninth graders from Mount Greylock High School. They began the process with color reproductions of the 25 objects, and decided to organize the artwork into thematic categories based on the…

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Reflections on a Museum Now Open

The museum’s reinstallation project is complete and ready for all to see! Two years in the making, Reflections on a Museum is a re-presentation of the museum’s collection with the additional treat of 50 masterpieces on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery. Eight exhibitions approach the “museum” as subject in different ways. In doing so, the galleries raise fascinating questions about the function and meaning of art across time and cultures and the role of museums in shaping our…

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Then and Now: Media Field Gallery and a Room for Reflection

The museum has been reopened for over a month, and many of the galleries appear much different than they did before the December shutdown. Although a few of the physical changes have taken some getting used to, there are some galleries in which the changes are so transformative one must emend years of deeply seated conceptions about them.

For instance, Medial Field Gallery was once arguably the loudest gallery in the museum. Patrons could hear the ambient sounds produced by the…

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Where Crossed Destinies Meet

One of the highlights of the reinstallation has been the transformation of the 1935 Gallery. For the first time since the early 90s, the magnificent tall windows have been opened up and the results are glorious. The influx of light into the gallery casts dramatic shadows and a vibrant exchange of colors, constantly adjusting throughout the day. The new perspective of the room merits a visit to the museum all by itself.

To coincide with the uncovering of the windows, the…

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