WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)’s Summer Space will open to the public on Monday, June 3.
WCMA Summer Space, located at 76 Spring St., will replace the museum’s permanent home in Lawrence Hall while the building closes from June 3 through Sept. 5 to undergo a series of renovations.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 2, and free of charge, Summer Space will be a place for visitors to gather, shop and sip a cold beverage while surrounded by works from the WALLS collection. WALLS, which stands for “Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces,” is a special collection of original artworks that go on loan to Williams students every semester. The Summer Space WALLS exhibition comprises 40 works by artists such as Titus Kaphar, Kitagawa Utamaro and Louise Nevelson and was curated by students in the museum’s Agents for Creative Change program.
WCMA also will continue its popular summer series, Ologies, with programs at different unique locations around the Williams College campus on Thursdays from July 11 through Aug. 15. A reception back at Summer Space will follow each program, which will include topics such as physiology, campanology and etymology. For complete program information, visit wcma.williams.edu.
With an emphasis on contemporary design and local makers, the WCMA shop offers art and design-inspired books and zines, home goods, jewelry and gifts for all ages. It features local and international designers including poketo, areaware and Chronicle Press. This summer, a newly debuted selection of beverages by Yes Folk Kombucha, Green Bee sodas and Quivr coffee will be available for visitors to purchase and enjoy in Summer Space.
The main WCMA galleries in Lawrence Hall will reopen Friday, Sept. 6, with an exciting lineup featuring Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., a critically acclaimed exhibition co-curated by Williams College professor C. Ondine Chavoya.