With small operational budgets, college and university art museums are particularly reliant on funding from the NEH, NEA, and IMLS. This funding preserves artistic, ethnographic, scientific, and historic collections, and creates access to cultural heritage unique to our respective diverse communities. This funding not only supports essential infrastructure, it enables us to pursue transformative programs that provide employment for emerging and young professionals. This funding ensures that our collections are interpreted, understood, and valued.
We, the directors of the Northeast Small College Art Museum Association (NESCAMA), are deeply concerned about potential budget cuts that threaten funding so vital to us and to the good work that arts organizations do throughout the nation. We must continue to hold the line and to promote the arts energetically through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Williams College Museum of Art’s historic Rotunda becomes the site for an ambitious sculptural installation and the hub of a collaboration with the international art collective Ghana ThinkTank. Focusing on the issue of climate change, the project brings solutions from “think tanks” in Indonesia and Morocco—two countries already grappling with the effects of climate change—to the Williams community. Members of both think tanks will visit Williamstown to give public talks, advise, and meet with students the week of March 13th.
Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography brings together 26 original works of art with 56 archival objects primarily on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and centers on the artist’s monumental print, Autobiography, 1968. The exhibition will be on view at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) from March 17 through August 20, 2017, opening with the museum’s season celebration on Thursday, March 16 at 5:00 pm.
David Zink Yi’s first museum exhibition in the United States brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video and marks his foray into collaborative live performance. Developed with writer and artist Angie Keefer, and performed with musicians Marvin Diz, Eliel Lazo, Regis Molina, and Onel Matos Somoza, Zink Yi’s original work at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) fuses Minimalist sculptural and musical traditions, Afro-Cuban spiritual music, and spoken word structures. Being the measure will be on view from October 7, 2016 through February 12, 2017 with the opening performance on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) brings the rarely seen painting Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) by Jean-Michel Basquiat to Williamstown, Massachusetts where it will be the centerpiece of a series of conversations about police brutality, black identity, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Defacement will be on view October 7, 2016 through January 29, 2017.