A Message from Director Pamela Franks

These past few months have been filled with exciting developments for us at WCMA. While our building was closed for some vital maintenance, we opened our new satellite space on Spring Street. We also took our annual summer program series Ologies on the road, bringing it to Thompson Memorial Chapel, Lasell Gymnasium and other locations. We launched a strategic planning process and welcomed new staff to our team, all of whom I look forward to introducing at our Season Celebration.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to reopen the museum this September with a dynamic suite of exhibitions and collaborations with faculty, including Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., a critically acclaimed exhibition co-curated by Williams College Professor C. Ondine Chavoya, and Sonance for the Precession, a public sound installation by Neil Leonard, who is in residence at the Williams College Music Department this fall. 

A number of upcoming projects dig into our collections in new and innovative ways. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), an installation by artist Michael Rakowitz, animates and recontextualizes our two Assyrian Reliefs, while SHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European Art highlights narratives of global influence and exchange in our collections. We also will debut our newly renovated multipurpose space with All At Once, a project by the design team Studio TheGreenEyl that transforms WCMA’s digital collections into an immersive display.

Join us back in Lawrence Hall this fall for a rich array of bold and challenging exhibitions, powerful art, and exhilarating conversations. We look forward to welcoming you!