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10/29/19

Clark Fellow lecture–Jessica Horton: “Earth Diplomacy: Diné Arts of Reciprocity, 1966–1968”

Clark Fellow Jessica Horton presents “Earth Diplomacy: Diné Arts of Reciprocity, 1966–1968.” From 1966 to 1968, the United States government commissioned Diné (Navajo) artists Bertha and Fred Stevens to demonstrate weaving and sandpainting across Eurasia and Latin America, ostensibly as …

8/9/2019
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10/1/19

Clark Fellow lecture–Susan Gagliardi: “Mapping Senufo”

Clark Fellow Susan Gagliardi presents “Mapping Senufo: Rethinking the Scholarly Monograph in the Era of Digital Publication.” What might research and the publication of results look like if scholars producing them integrated decades of theories about the construction of identities …

9/25/19

Scholar Lecture-Anthony Grafton: “Images in the Margins: Renaissance Readers Draw the Meanings of their Texts”

Anthony Grafton considers the meaning and relevance of margin notes found in Renaissance texts. In this period, educated readers went through their texts pen in hand. They underlining passages, adding references to names and short summaries in the margins, and …

7/21/2019
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9/17/19

Scholar Lecture–Jared Sexton-“Basic Black”

Beinecke Fellow Jared Sexton presents “Basic Black.” What would happen, what would be enabled theoretically and practically if we re-imagined and re-envisioned all color and all colors as blackness in the most expansive sense? Thinking about the universe (of color) …

5/3/19

Alternative Art Histories: Future Directions in U.S. Latinx Art

Alternative Art Histories is a two-day symposium focused on U.S. Latinx art and art history. The symposium will bring together leading museum curators, museum directors, and art historians to discuss the aesthetic contribution of U.S. Latinx arts and how we …

4/30/19

Fellows Lecture: IN QUEST OF THE GORGON’S HEAD

Clark Fellow Celeste Olalquiaga presents “In Quest of the Gorgon’s Head.” The terrifying Medusa of mythical fame is a reinterpretation of an archaic apotropaion, or protective emblem, the Gorgoneion. Greek classic culture transformed this protective figure into a destructive one, …

4/27/19

Public Discussion–GRAND CHALLENGES: SOCIAL HISTORY OF ART AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES

The Research and Academic Program presents, “Grand Challenges: Social History of Art and Digital Humanities Methods,” a public discussion among leaders in the field of art history about the state of the field in relationship to the digital humanities and …

1/31/2019
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4/18/19

Emilie Boone on James Van Der Zee’s Photography

A talk at WCMA on James Van Der Zee’s Photography by Emilie Boone, Assistant Professor of Art History in the African American Studies Department at CUNY New York City College of Technology.  The talk will look at some of Van Der …

4/18/2019
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4/18/19

Lecture, Seth Estrin: Recognizing the Dead in Classical Athenian Funerary Sculpture

University of Chicago Assistant Professor of Art Seth Estrin is a historian of the art, archaeology, and visual cultures of ancient Greece. His research explores the making and viewing of art as a form of social practice in the ancient …

4/16/19

Fellows Lecture: THE ART OF COMMODITIES: MEDIEVAL VENICE

Mellon Decade Fellow Philippe Cordez presents “The Art of Commodities: Medieval Venice.” Since the twelfth century, Europe has seen a steady increase of highly specialized objects produced in large quantities, involving a variety of materials, techniques, ornaments, images, and functions, …

4/15/19

Kyla Schuller, “The Origins of Gender: Rethinking the Sex/Gender Distinction”

Kyla Schuller (Rutgers, author, The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century), will be speaking on the 1950s invention of gender, as well as a new way of conceptualizing sex/gender that differentiates on the basis of …

4/11/19

Talk, Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez is most recognized for his monumental portrayal of the contemporary figure. His drawn and painted subjects remark on a universal struggle within various sociopolitical arenas and eras. “My aim is to incite public remembrance and to impede distorted …

4/9/19

Stoddard Lecture: Barry Bergdoll

Professor Bergdoll’s broad interests center on modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on France and Germany since 1750. Trained in art history rather than architecture, he has an approach most closely allied with cultural history and the history and …

4/8/19

Talk, Dave McKenzie

Dave McKenzie is a visual artist who uses video, performance, and text to explore how and why subjects engage-with and become-with one another. Through simple gestures and an exploration of popular culture, language, and politics, McKenzie’s work reveals complex layers …

3/29/2019
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4/4/19

Aruna D’Souza: Who Speaks More Freely?: Artistic Freedom, Protest, and the Modern Museum

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the …

4/2/19

Scholar Lecture: LOUISE NEVELSON: MODERNIST DRAG

Robert Sterling Clark Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson presents “Louise Nevelson: Modernist Drag.” This talk investigates the work of sculptor Louise Nevelson (1899–1988), in particular her all-black wood-based reliefs—a formal idiom she pursued for decades—to argue for a politics of queer commitment, …

3/12/19

Fellows Lecture: STRATEGIC INVISIBILITIES: MIGRATION AND POST-REPRESENTATION

Clark Fellow Jennifer Bajorek presents “Strategic Invisibilities: Migration and Post-Representation.” This lecture explores work about migrants and migration in contemporary France. Bajorek thinks with artistic strategies that decenter the migrant as an anchor of truth and rights claims, and that …

3/7/19

If WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces) Could Talk: Photographer Daniel Kukla in Conversation

Artist Daniel Kukla discusses his practice and the intersections of photography, landscape, and environmentalism. Conversation moderated by students Elyse Mack MA ’20, Nanase Shirokawa ’19, Perry Weber ’19, and Maggie Wu MA ’19. Thursday March 7 6PM Williams College Museum of Art  

3/1/2019
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3/5/19

Fellows Lecture: ALMA THOMAS AND THE GRAPHICAL PICTURE PLANE

Mellon Network Fellow Kris Cohen presents “Alma Thomas and the Graphical Picture Plane.” This talk describes how Alma Thomas’s Earth Paintings address, in ways both belied and surprisingly revealed by the language of abstraction, nascent configurations of the computer screen …

3/5/19

“Indigeneity” and the Cultural Production of Mexico’s Pueblos Originarios: A Panel Discussion

“Indigeneity” and the Cultural Production of Mexico’s Pueblos Originarios: A Panel Discussion with Citlali Fabián, Ana Daisy Alonso Ortiz, Isaura de los Santos Mendoza and Amal Eqeiq; moderated by Roxana Blancas-Curiel. This panel discussion, organized in conjunction with the exhibition …

3/4/2019
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2/25/19

Lecture by Jonathan Katz: Warhol’s Queerness and the End of Distinction

Jonathan D. Katz—founder of the Harvey Milk Institute and director of the visual culture studies doctoral program at the State University of New York at Buffalo—frames the Andy Warhol’s pop art through the lens of queer studies. While Andy Warhol’s …

2/21/19

Season Celebration-Williams College Museum of Art

Raise a glass to our spring exhibitions: “possible selves: queer foto vernaculars,” “James Van Der Zee: Collecting History,” “Uncovering Williams,” “New Painting,” and “Object Lab.” Remarks 5:30 PM, followed by a series of student performances responding to exhibitions. Featuring dance …

2/19/19

Fellows Lecture: JOHN SINGER SARGENT AND THE MATTER OF PAINT

Clark Fellow Susan Sidlauskas presents “John Singer Sargent and the Matter of Paint.” The cosmopolitan son of a physician, John Singer Sargent dissolved the distinctions among fabric, flesh, and paint with the pictorial equivalent of dissection and its counter-activities: masking, …

11/27/18

Lecture: Jill Casid — Necrolandscaping on the Border

Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow Jill Casid presents “Necrolandscaping on the Border.” In recent calls for an ecological aesthetics capable of reckoning with global Anthropocene crisis, landscape’s colonial and neo-colonial dreamwork, master-of-all-I-survey perspectives, and distanced way of seeing that reduces nature to …

11/15/18

Making Material Histories: A Close Look at 19th Century Hawaiian Language Texts in the Williams Archives

Jeffrey Kapali Lyon, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa This program series, presented in conjunction with “The Field is the World: Williams, Hawai’i, and Material Histories in the Making,” explores how methods of collecting and displaying material …

10/5/2018
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11/13/18

Lecture: JOHN MCHALE AND THE DISSOLVING ARCHITECTURE OF POP

Beinecke Fellow Mark Wigley presents, “John McHale and the Dissolving Architecture of Pop.” The British artist John McHale made some of the most radical and prophetic propositions about art, information, media, ecology, education, social life, prosthetics, the body, buildings, and …

11/11/18

Michael Hartman–OPENING LECTURE: EXTREME NATURE!

Nature’s limitless possibilities inspired nineteenth-century artists who transformed hazardous weather, natural disasters, and the Earth’s darkest caverns into awe-inspiring portrayals of natural phenomena. Curator Michael Hartman, Williams MA ’18 and current PhD student at the University of Delaware, examines how …

11/1/18

Campus Conversation: Grappling with our Histories

A conversation for students, faculty, and staff of Williams College to reckon with the histories surfaced in ““The Field is the World:” Williams, Hawaiʻi, and Material Histories in the Making.” WCMA Nov. 1  7-8pm

10/5/2018
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10/30/18

Lecture: Doron Bauer–THE AESTHETIC COLONIZATION OF CONQUERED ISLAMIC CITIES

Center for Spain in America Fellow Doron Bauer presents, “The Aesthetic Colonization of Conquered Islamic Cities: From Palma de Mallorca to Tel Aviv.” A detailed examination of the transformation of Islamic Madina Mayurqa into Christian Palma de Mallorca after the …

10/20/18

The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art: 25th Anniversary

An afternoon of music and conversation on cultural and artistic production in and out of Cuba. Featuring multimedia artist Nestor Siré, scholar Paloma Duong, and musicians Neil Leonard and Miguel Núñez. The Plonsker Family Lecture Series in Contemporary Art, established …

10/5/2018
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10/18/18

Season Celebration at WCMA

WCMA’s Season Celebration Meet our new Class of 1956 Director Pamela Franks and celebrate our fall exhibitions: The Field is the World, Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist, Anicka Yi: Our Love Is Bigger Than an AIDS Quilt, Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter, …

10/5/2018
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10/17/18

Making Material Histories: Curating the Kalākaua Era in the 21st Century

Healoha Johnston, Interim Director of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of the Arts of Hawaiʻi, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas, Honolulu Museum of Art This program series, presented in conjunction with “The Field is the World: Williams, Hawai’i, and Material Histories in …

10/5/2018
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10/16/18

Lecture: Gülru Çakmak–PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE LONG DURATION OF HISTORY IN OSMAN HAMDI’S PAINTINGS

Florence Gould Foundation Fellow Gülru Çakmak presents “Painting, Photography and the Long Duration of History in Osman Hamdi’s Paintings.” In this talk, Çakmak will discuss a series of paintings made in the 1880s and 1890s by the Ottoman painter Osman …

9/20/2018
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9/25/18

Lecture: Frédéric Ogée – TRUTH AND NATURE IN BRITISH ART

Kress Fellow in the Literature of Art before the Age of Art History Frédéric Ogée presents “Truth and Nature in British Art.” This lecture will survey British artists’ writings from c. 1700–1920, bringing out the priorities and values shared by …

9/20/18

Talk Together: Cultural Appropriation

This week’s conversation around “Dance We Must,” which has been shaped jointly by WCMA staff and students, will explore the following: What do we make of the phrases cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation? How do we negotiate the categories of …

8/18/18

Berthe Morisot and the Making of Modernity

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris attracted women artists from around the world, drawn to the city’s academies, museums, studios, and salons. Guest lecturer Nicole Myers, Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, discusses …

7/14/18

Rivalry and Resolve: Marie Bashkirtseff and Louise Breslau in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris attracted women artists from around the world, drawn to the city’s academies, museums, studios, and salons. Guest lecturer Jane R. Becker, collections management associate at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses …

6/30/18

A Conversation with Jennifer Steinkamp

Join Senior Curator Esther Bell as she welcomes Jennifer Steinkamp for a one-on-one conversation in conjunction with the exhibition Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye, the groundbreaking video installation on view in the Lunder Center at Stone Hill from June 30–October 8. …

6/24/18

Opening lecture–The Art of Iron

Before the advent of modern building materials, iron was used for everything from architectural gates and grills to household implements. Exhibition curator Kathleen Morris discusses some of the extraordinary objects included in the exhibition and what they tell us about …

6/10/18

Women Artists in Paris–Opening lecture by Esther Bell

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris attracted international women artists, drawn to the city’s academies, museums, studios, and salons. Curator Esther Bell considers the influential, often-overlooked work of these artists, as well as the barriers they encountered …

5/18/18

The Resonant Object: A Symposium to Honor Charles W. Haxthausen

Nearly twenty years after the landmark Clark Conference “The Two Art Histories,”  graduates from the Williams-Clark program will gather to honor its former director, and to consider the intellectual, vocational, and pedagogical challenges posed by the art object with new …

5/6/18

The Landscape of the Modern Museum: A Conversation

What role does the modern museum play in the landscape and community in which it resides? How does leadership navigate the delicate line between stewardship and evolution? Clark Director Olivier Meslay joins Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes, Chief Apiary Inspector …

5/1/18

Shira Brisman Lecture: The Provisionality of Sixteenth-Century Designs

Kress Fellow in the Literature of Art Shira Brisman presents, “The Provisionality of Sixteenth-Century Designs.” In the sixteenth century, as goldsmiths affiliated with families such as Jamnitzer and de Bry began to publish their engraved designs for objects that could …

4/17/18

Nina Dubin Lecture: Master of the World

Clark Visiting Professor Nina Dubin presents “Master of the World.” In the wake of the world’s first international financial crisis, Cupid claimed pride of place in French eighteenth-century art. The naked, winged infant deity personified not only the folly of …

4/15/18

Matthew Hargraves lecture: Visionaries: Romantic Drawings from the Thaw Collection

Drawn to Greatness includes some of Eugene Thaw’s finest Romantic drawings, among them outstanding works of art by William Blake, Caspar David Friedrich, and J.M.W. Turner. This lecture by Matthew Hargraves, chief curator of art collections and head of college …

4/4/18

Yasmine Taan lecture: Establishing an Arab Modern Visual Culture

Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture & Design at the Lebanese American University, will discuss the breadth and depth in Hilmi al-Tuni’s illustrations and Abdulkader Arnaout’s typographic work. She will first highlight Arnaout’s contribution to the …

4/3/18

Close Look with Artist Lordy Rodriguez

Close Look: Mapping Stories Professor of Geoscience José Constantine and Artist Lordy Rodriguez discuss Rodriguez’s conceptual maps that visualize global relationships, history, and culture. Tuesday, April 3 at 4:00pm Williams College Museum of Art–Object Lab gallery

4/3/18

Daniel Savoy Lecture: Food for the Soul

Holly Fellow Daniel Savoy presents “Food for the Soul: Michelangelo, the Laurentian Library, and the Body’s Spiritual Nourishment.” In his celebrated book, The Architecture of Michelangelo (1961), the late James Ackerman (1919–2016) interpreted the Library of S. Lorenzo in Florence …

3/26/18

Other Uses Film series at EMPAC– Ulysses Jenkins

Curated by Lucas Matheson, Williams Graduate Program MA ’18, the fifth screening in EMPAC’s Other Uses film series features the work of Ulysses Jenkins, whose videos examine television’s power to shape current events and historical episodes.Ulysses Jenkins is an artist …

3/14/2018
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3/13/18

Public Lecture: The Hagiography of Place

Mellon Decade Fellow Kevin Carr presents, “The Hagiography of Place: Illustrated Legends of the Zenkōji Triad and the Formation of Sacred Cartographies in Medieval Japan.” In medieval Japan, why did people make pilgrimages and donate to religious centers? What role …

3/4/18

John Marcieri lecture: From Natural to Artificial and Back Again

Focusing on the Renaissance and Baroque drawings in the Thaw Collection, including examples by Pisanello, Mantegna, Fra Bartolommeo, Altdorfer, Claude Lorrain, Rubens, and Rembrandt, this lecture given by John Marcieri, Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of …

2/13/18

Public Lecture: Rococo Thought Patterns

Lauren Cannady presents “Rococo Thought Patterns.” If eighteenth-century curiosity cabinets were repositories for the dead and ossified, the garden was a parallel cabinet that provided a space for the viable, for living curiosities. Given that the organizing principal of the …

2/1/18

Public Lecture: Titus Kaphar Speaks: Making Space For Black History

Mixed media artist Titus Kaphar presents a free lecture, “Making Space for Black History: Amending the Landscape of American Art,” as part of Claiming Williams Day, a campus-wide program at Williams College that focuses on building and sustaining a more …

1/11/18

Getting a Read On : The Body

A new program series called Getting A Read On The Body will happen at WCMA, the first installment of which will take place Thursday, Jan 11 at 5:30 PM in WCMA’s Reading Room. Come for some tea and conversation around …

1/8/18

Joseph Rodriguez, Acclaimed Documentary Photographer, to Speak

Internationally recognized documentary photographer, Joseph Rodriguez, will speak about his life-long passion for recording the stories of people whose lives are often ignored by mainstream narratives. A recipient of the “Pictures of the Year Award” by the National Press Photographers …

12/3/17

Lecture–Mary Cassatt’s Prints: Experiments in Understanding–Nancy Mowll Mathews

Art historian Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator, Emerita at the Williams College Museum of Art, explores how Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt worked with preliminary states (stages in the development of a print), which the esteemed print scholar William …

11/28/17

Object Lab Close Look Tour

Join Professor Nicolas Howe and students from his Environmental Humanities course as they discuss how culture shapes the representation and experience of landscape. Tuesday, November 28 at 4:00pm Williams College Museum of Art

11/28/17

Deborah Rothschild To Speak on Memorial Monument to Lynching Victims

The Equal Justice Initiative creates the country’s first national memorial to the victims of lynching. Deborah Rothschild is consulting curator to the Equal Justice Initiative and former senior curator at the Williams College Museum of Art. She will discuss the …

11/28/17

Public Lecture: The Political Body in Radical Women Latin/a American Artists, 1960-1985

Lecture by Dr. Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, a British/Venezuelan art historian and curator in modern and contemporary art, specialized in Latin American art. At present she is the co-curator of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the Hammer Museum’s contribution to Pacific Standard …

11/14/17

Lecture: Andrew Scherer

Mellon Decade Fellow Andrew K. Scherer presents “Baak: The Qualities and Craft of Ancient Maya Bone.” This illustrated lecture explores the materiality of human and animal bone among the Pre-Columbian Maya (ca. 400 BCE to 1502 CE). The importance of …

11/5/17

Opening Lecture: The Impressionist Line–Jay Clarke

In the opening lecture for the special exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Jay A. Clarke considers the hallmarks of “the impressionist line” by exploring works from the exhibition, including luminous …

11/5/17

Color, Light, and Movement in the Dances of Loïe Fuller–Jody Sperling

In this special artist demonstration, New York-based choreographer and dancer Jody Sperling presents a performance of solo dances in tribute to Loïe Fuller (1862–1928), a visionary artist whose performances drew on the light-play of Impressionism to create a new dance …

10/31/17

Lecture: Christopher Heuer

Christopher Heuer presents “Arctic Ink.” When a mysterious cache of sixteenth-century Netherlandish engravings was found in the Arctic circle in 1870, many questions arose. What do such objects, for example, tell us about narratives of Renaissance globalization? About “cultural exchange” …

10/30/17

Lecture: Spyros Papapetros–“Ornament and Evolution”

Spyros Papapetros, associate professor of history and theory of architecture at Princeton University, presents “Ornament and Evolution.” Enmeshed with the life histories of flourishing or atrophying social, political, and cultural organisms, turn-of-the-century discussions of the controversial topic of ornamentation invited …

10/21/17

Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art: Clifford Owens

Clifford Owens presents “Your Head is Attached to Your Body” as this year’s Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art. Clifford Owens is an artist, writer, and curator. Influenced by performance art practices of the 1960s, he is known for live …

10/17/17

Lecture: Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, “Slave Portraiture”

Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow Agnes Lugo-Ortiz presents, “Slave Portraiture at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation).” This talk will address the visualization of enslaved subjects in portraiture during the period of emancipation in the Caribbean. It will underscore the conflictive …

10/5/17

Season Celebration at WCMA

Celebrate our fall exhibitions: “Barbara Takenaga,” “Pink Art,” “The Presence of Absence,” and “Object Lab.” Hear from artist Barbara Takenaga and guest curator Debra Bricker Balken followed by mini tours in the galleries. Thursday October 5th 5pm Williams College Museum …

9/26/17

Lecture: Victoria Rovine–“Cloth and Colonialism”

Clark Fellow Victoria Rovine presents “Cloth and Colonialism: France, French West Africa, and the Construction of Cultures.” Cloth’s soft, pliable nature makes it an improbable vehicle for the assertion of power, yet it played a singular role in the history …

9/12/17

Lecture: Matthew Jesse Jackson– “Everythingism”

Beinecke Fellow Matthew Jesse Jackson presents “Everythingism.” It could be argued that the most compelling art is no longer defined by particular media (painting, sculpture, photography, video), or by particular subjects (portraiture, landscape, still life, devotional image), or by particular …

6/17/17

Peter Trippi Lecture: From the Vanderbilts to Candid Camera

Few artists’ legacies have experienced the extreme highs and lows accorded to Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema over the last century. Since the 1980s, private collectors and museum curators have rediscovered Alma-Tadema’s many charms. Peter Trippi, co-curator of a large Alma-Tadema exhibition …

6/11/17

Opening Lecture: Picasso’s Creative Collaborations

This talk by Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Sculpture Jay A. Clarke investigates how Picasso’s creative collaborations fueled and strengthened his art. We often think of Pablo Picasso as the ultimate artist genius, working alone in his studio, but he …

6/4/17

Opening Lecture: Orchestrating Elegance

Co-curators Kathleen Morris and Alexis Goodin share stories behind the creation of the exhibition and show how this project brings back to life one of the great interiors of the Gilded Age.   Sunday, June 4, 2017 3:00 pm-4:30 pm …

5/12/17

Senior Studio Exhibition Reception

As contemporary as it gets, senior studio art students design and produce an exhibition of their work in the final semester of their college careers. Friday, May 12 at 7:00pm Williams College Museum of Art

5/5/17

Clark Conference: Ecologies, Agents, Terrains

The Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute presents “Ecologies, Agents, Terrains,” a Clark Conference. What is the place of art and its histories in a time of ecological crisis? This conference will bring together art historians, artists, …

5/4/17

Opening Lecture: Ecologies, Agents, Terrains — Clark Conference

The Clark Conference “Ecologies, Agents, Terrains” begins its two-day conference with a presentation by Ghana ThinkTank. Ghana ThinkTank (GTT) is an artist collective known for its unconventional approach to negotiating social conflicts. Using a blend of public art and community …

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