Tag Archives: Reflections on a Museum

Handbook Highlight: Twilight

George Inness' Twilight

George Inness’ Twilight, now on view in the 1935 Gallery post-museum reinstallation, is not only a highlight of the Williams College Museum of Art’s collection, but is also a treasure of a landscape. The brilliance of the sunset, the reds, pinks, purples, and yellows collide to create a cloud pattern at sun’s descent (or ascent), and it is a gorgeous sight to behold. Inness infuses each break in the branches, each crack in the…

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Life in the Reinstallation

During the museum shutdown, most of the museum’s staff has been culled to lend a hand in meeting an extremely busy gallery preparation schedule. But there are also some employees who have been entrusted to carry out very different duties from what their normal everyday positions call for.

Tina Maher, a part-time museum shop associate, usually spends her days at the museum selling posters, jewelry, and exhibition catalogues to visitors. Phone orders and stocking shelves also fill her time. But until…

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Brancusi at WCMA

For the first time ever, Williams College Art History 101 students have the opportunity to enjoy in person a work of art by Constantin Brancusi (Romanian, 1876-1957), one of Professor E.J. Johnson’s favorite artists. Now on view at the museum, Mlle. Pogany II (1925) is on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery so that students and faculty can enjoy an important part of art history. The bronze piece, like much of Brancusi’s work, reduces the subject to its most…

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