The compelling slate of exhibitions this season draws collection objects into conversation with newly-acquired works or objects on loan; make connections between art works and the curriculum; and delve into Williams College history. Each is an intellectual and aesthetic exercise in creating possibilities and stimulating new ideas. Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, the museum is a both a home for inquiry and exploration and an agent for artful change in the world beyond Williams. The exhibitions exemplify what WCMA does best.
This summer the museum closes its doors for twelve weeks for some long planned and vital maintenance to Lawrence Hall. In the fall we reopen with the homecoming of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., a critically-acclaimed exhibition co-curated by Williams College Professor C. Ondine Chavoya. There will be cause for celebration indeed.
I am deeply grateful to my new colleagues for their warm welcome and willingness to share their insights and expertise. It is a privilege and a joy to lead one of the premier teaching museums in the country, knowing that generative partnerships across campus and farther afield will allow the Williams College Museum of Art to thrive and grow in exciting new ways over the coming years.
— Pam Franks, Class of 1956 Director