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Williams College Museum of Art

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15 Lawrence Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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December 2018

A Kiki: “possible selves” Opening Celebration

December 13 @ 5:30 PM
Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Celebrate the opening of the exhibition "possible selves: queer foto vernaculars" with drinks, bites, a polaroid selfie photo-op, and a series of hip-hop and vogue performances by Quess Green (Williams '20) featuring music by Drebae, Leikeli 47, Mykki Blanco, Laverne Cox, and Teyana Taylor. Reading and remarks at 6 PM About Quess Green In an era of insta-famous black queers, all-knowing twitter goddesses, & prized facebook queens, one’s social media presence speaks volumes of their narrative. For the non-binary “Queen…

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possible selves: queer foto vernaculars

December 14, 2018 - April 14, 2019
Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Living through extraordinary times guides humans to make extraordinary images. This first major exhibition about the global impact of queer identities on the evolution of portrait photography brings together works from WCMA’s collection alongside over two-hundred images from social media. Spanning two galleries and sixty-years of photography—from a 1953 candid of Jack Kerouac taken by Allen Ginsberg to Instagram selfies taken two months ago—possible selves considers the links between art photography and the vernacular forms of the snapshot and digital…

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Object Lab: Spring 2019

December 21, 2018 - May 19, 2019
Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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In this hybrid gallery-classroom, Williams classes across disciplines investigate the relationships between works of art and key course concepts. Professors teaching courses from Androids, Cyborgs, Selves to Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Islam select objects from the collection to be displayed for the semester. During this eighth iteration students working in Object Lab will sketch plants in field journals, create object-costumes from a variety of materials, and make models using Geographic Information Systems.

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January 2019

Uncovering Williams

January 31, 2019 - June 2, 2019
Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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The Spring 2019 class, Uncovering Williams, will use this selection of four works from WCMA’s collection to interrogate the history of Williams College and its relationship to land, people, architecture, and artifacts. Students in the course, co-taught by Kevin Murphy, Senior Curator of American Art, and Dorothy Wang, Professor of American Studies and Faculty Affiliate in English, will examine the visual and material culture of Williams, including a portrait of Amos Lawrence—an early benefactor of the college—and 19th century landscapes…

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James Van Der Zee: Collecting History

January 31, 2019 - June 12, 2019
Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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This focused exhibition highlights WCMA’s recently-acquired portfolio of eighteen photographs by James Van Der Zee (1886-1983) during the first half of the 20th century. Born and raised in Lenox, Massachusetts, Van Der Zee established a thriving photography studio in Harlem by 1916, and served as the foremost chronicler of black life in New York City during the early 20th century. The photographs from Van Der Zee’s portfolio, as well as one photograph already in WCMA’s collection, are shown alongside three…

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