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[RESCHEDULED] SCREENING OF ANNE TRUITT and MUSEUM HOURS

September 17, 2019
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Andrews Hall, Room 101 | September 17, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Join us for a screening of two of Jem Cohen’s films.  Anne Truitt: Working (2009) provides a portrait of the artist Anne Truitt (1921 – 2004) through interviews with the artist and the filmmaker. Cohen says, “I was honored to know Anne Truitt, and doubly so when she allowed me to make a short record of her presence and thoughts. I felt as if she opened her hand and showed, in a profound but down to earth way, the compass by which she navigated.” We will also be showing Museum Hours (2013), which is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. Run time for Anne Truitt: 13 minutes and Museum Hours: 107 minutes.  A brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screenings.

GALLERY TALK

September 13, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 13, 2019 | 12 – 1 PM

Join exhibition curator Elizabeth Mead, William & Mary Professor of Art, W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, Department of Art & Art History, for a walking tour of The Adjacent Possible in the Museum’s Sheridan and Spigel galleries.  This exhibition provides first-hand experiential interaction with contemporary abstract works and explores creative potential.

POSTPONED: GALLERY TALK

September 6, 2019
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Due to the projected weather conditions associated with Hurricane Dorian, we are postponing this event until further notice. Check back soon for updates!

Join exhibition curator Elizabeth Mead, William & Mary Professor of Art, W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, Department of Art & Art History, for a walking tour of The Adjacent Possible in the Museum’s Sheridan and Spigel galleries.  This exhibition provides first-hand experiential interaction with contemporary abstract works and explores creative potential.

Upcoming Members’ Trips

August 30, 2019
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Thank you to all our Members who traveled with us to the National Gallery of Art in June for a special tour of Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice. Sign-up here to join us on September 23 for Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence.

 

National Gallery of Art | Monday, September 23, 2019

Join us at the National Gallery of Art for Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence. This comprehensive exhibition examines the wealth and breadth of Verrocchio’s extraordinary artistry by bringing together over 50 of his masterpieces in painting, sculpture and drawing. Driven by a passion for inquiry and innovation, Verrocchio shows the cross-fertilization he embodied through the combination of ideas and practices from the variety of media in which he worked. Verrocchio’s highly personal technique and style of execution in his drawing exemplify the relationship between sculpture and painting, and depict his original and experimental combinations of different media, making him one of the most important artists of the Florentine Renaissance.  Online registration now available here.

Glenstone | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Travel with the MMA’s interim director, David Brashear, to Glenstone and discover an oasis outside of Washington, D.C., that offers an environment of architecture, art and designed landscapes. Engage in a self-guided tour of Glenstone’s collection of modern and contemporary fine art, with the help of guides who are available to provide answers at every turn. Enjoy seasonal fare made fresh daily with locally sourced ingredients in its Café. Experience the vast grounds and architectural pavilions, which house outdoor sculpture, a water court and Glenstone’s Environmental Center where you can learn about the museum’s sustainability efforts and how its practices of composting, reforestation, water usage and organic landscaping can be adapted to your own home.  Online registration available soon.

 

Below: Muscarelle Members at the National Gallery of Art, June 2019, enjoyed a special tour of Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice.

The Adjacent Possible

July 9, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | August 27 – September 27, 2019

This exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Mead, Professor of Art and W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, seeks to analyze how humans cogitate and process our experience when viewing works of art.  The title of the exhibition is a term borrowed from the scientist Stuart Kauffman who defines “the adjacent possible” as the limits of creative potential and how those boundaries grow and enlarge the more one explores them.  The Adjacent Possible  ponders an area of science called neuro-aesthetics and offers first-hand experiential interaction with contemporary abstract works from a distinguished group of living artists comprised of Michelle Benoit, Phil Chang, Stefan Chinov, Jaynie Crimmins, Sara Dochow, Diane Englander, Pamela Farrell, Karen Fitzgerald, Helen O’Leary, Lorraine Tady, Jo Volley, and Susan York.

Docent-led public tours are available on Saturday & Sunday between 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Docent-led private tours are available by request; contact museum@wm.edu for more details.

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Faculty Show 14

July 8, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | October 4 – October 27, 2019

Faculty Show 14  highlights the diverse talents of the William & Mary studio instructors in a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and installation art.  A long-standing collaboration between the Museum and the Department of Art & Art History, participating artists include William Barnes, David Campbell, Lewis Cohen, Suzanne Demeo, Michael Draeger, Eliot Dudik, Michael Gaynes, Mike Jabbur, Marlene Jack, Brian Kreydatus, John Lee, Jayson Lowery, Elizabeth Mead, Edwin Pease, Kristen Peyton, and Nicole McCormick Santiago.        

1619 / 2019

July 7, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | November 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

This exhibition marks the 400 year-anniversary of the arrival of the first documented African slaves in Colonial Virginia that, while part of the greater narrative of slavery in the Americas, helped to set into motion the ongoing repercussions of this historical event.  As a contemporary response to the 1619 commemoration in Virginia, 1619 / 2019  will feature art works from African American and Native American emergent and established artists in a variety of media expressing a complexity of experience, addressing the past and present.

OBJECTS OF CEREMONY: EFFERVESCENCE, DECAY, AND THE EVERYDAY

May 12, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | April 5 – June 6, 2019

This spring, William & Mary students curated this exhibition as part of a required practicum course for Art History majors called The Curatorial Project (ARTH 331). The exhibition explores ceremony as a vital cultural impulse expressed by communities and individuals around the world through an incredible diversity of artistic forms and objects, some grand and some quotidian, some celebratory and others somber. Drawing upon collections at the Muscarelle, Special Collections Resource Center at William & Mary Libraries, and elsewhere around William & Mary, along with sociological ideas about the effervescent liveliness of communal artifacts Objects of Ceremony presents a rich and complex portrait of ritual events that shape and define daily life.

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.  Non-Members: $5.  Reserve or purchase tickets here!

Watch the William & Mary News VIDEO:  Hanging the exhibition Objects of Ceremony!

Image citations (left to right):
AMALIA MESA-BAINS | American, b. 1943 | Plants of Mourning, Remembrance of Things Past (detail), 1997 | Digital print on Arches Aquarelle | © Amalia Mesa-Bains | Purchase, the Michael Darren Kelm Memorial Fund and the Kelm-Malis Family | 2000.020
WAYNE MORTON THIEBAUD | American, 1920 – 2011 | Eight Lipsticks, 1988 | Color drypoint and etching | © 2019 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY | Purchase, Jean Outland Chrysler Fund | 1988.084
CAROLYN AUTRY | American, 1940 – 2011 | Relationship of Things ─ Belief XXXV (detail), 1981 | Line etching and aquatint | © Estate of the artist | Gift of Peter Elloian in Memory of his wife Carolyn Autry | 2018.051
TORII KOTONDO | Japanese, 1900 – 1976 | Tomomori (detail), c. 1950 | Woodblock print | Gift of David Libertson | 2016.255

SAVE THE DATE FOR WINE & RUN FOR THE ROSES ON DERBY DAY

May 4, 2019
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present the ninth Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Auction on Derby Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 2 – 7 PM.  Laugh, libate and lift your paddle for a great cause!  Proceeds benefit the Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation a 501(c)3 organization.  Purchase your ticket here!

 

ART FILM FRIDAY: MY ARCHITECT

March 29, 2019
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March 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM | Tucker Hall, Tucker Theater

Please join us for the award-winning film My Architect: A Son’s Journey!  This remarkable documentary examines Louis Kahn’s bold, modern buildings in loving detail.  Kahn was one of the most important architects of the twentieth century. His dramatic death in 1974 – alone and unidentified in the men’s room of New York’s Penn train station – revealed a triple life: in addition to this wife and daughter, Kahn left behind two illegitimate children, by different women with whom he had long-term relationships. As the architect’s only son, director Nathaniel Kahn sought out old acquaintances and relatives of his father making My Architect a startlingly emotional human-interest story. Kahn explores his father’s life with a spirit of generosity and a wonderful sense of objectivity, taking him around America and to Israel, India and finally Bangladesh, to create a profound portrait of a man, an artist, his buildings and his secret lives.

 

A brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screening (Run time: 110 minutes).

 

Free and open to the public.

 

MUSCARELLE READS

March 11, 2019
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March 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery

Join us for our inaugural Book Club! Over the course of this series we will be reading books that are related to works of art and artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection. In honor of 100 Years of Women at William & Mary, this semester we have selected Lee Krasner: A Biography by Gail Levin. Lee Krasner trained with Hans Hofmann at his New York studio, where she was exposed to the modernist innovations of pre-war Paris, including Picasso’s Cubism and Matisse’s use of color and outline. Though her works are marked by these influences and incorporate other characteristic motifs— shallow space, reductive color, rhythmic gesture, geometric abstraction, and bio-morphic motifs— Krasner also frequently experimented with new styles. Krasner married Jackson Pollock in 1945 and continued her exploration in abstraction. In Gail Levin’s biography, she challenges previous portrayals of Krasner as living in the shadow of her husband, and shows that she was an independent and resourceful woman of uncompromising talent and prodigious energy.

 

Please RSVP at //forms.wm.edu/41870.

 

 

 

 

 

Treats courtesy of Kilwins Williamsburg!

 

MEET THE ARTIST BROWN BAG LUNCH

January 18, 2019
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Please join Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Friday, January 18 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for a Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch. Stop by the Museum with your lunch any time between 12 and 2:00 pm to learn about the methods and thought processes involved in creating works of art dealing with provocative subject matter through the artist himself. Each Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch promises something new including an art installation, demonstration and a give-away!

 

ART FILM FRIDAY

December 14, 2018
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The Muscarelle presents our third installment of Art Film Friday, a free community event, on December 14, 5:30 pm, at Washington Hall Room 201. Please join us for the celebrated documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. Appreciated by Andy Warhol, the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that made him famous. Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this cinematic biography, but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.

The screening will include a short introduction by the student organizers. (Film run-time 1hr, 33min). Washington Hall is located at 241 Jamestown Road on the campus of William & Mary.

MEET THE ARTIST BROWN BAG LUNCH

December 7, 2018
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Please join Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Friday, December 7 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for a Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch. Stop by the Museum any time between 12 and 2:00 pm to learn about the methods and thought processes involved in creating works of art dealing with provocative subject matter through the artist himself.

 

ART FILM FRIDAY

November 2, 2018
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The Muscarelle presents our second installment of Art Film Friday, a free community event, on November 2nd, 5:30 pm, at Tucker Theater (Tucker 127A). Trace the rise of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang from childhood in Mao’s China to global art world superstar, and join his quest to realize his lifelong obsession: Sky Ladder. Told through the artist’s own words and those of family, friends and observers, the film examines why Cai engineers artworks that loom as far as the eye can see. The screening will include a short introduction by the student organizers. (Film run-time 1hr, 16min). Tucker Theater is located at 350 James Blair Drive on the campus of William & Mary. Please call 757.221.2703 for more information.

 

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

May 14, 2018
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MUSCARELLE MUSEUM OF ART

 

EXHIBITION HOURS

Monday | Closed

Tuesday – Friday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday | 12:00 – 4:00 PM

MEMBERS ONLY EXHIBITION HOURS

Thursday | 5 – 7 PM

Closed on most national holidays 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Closed on most national holidays

 

ADMISSION

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff, and Children under 12

Non-Members: $5

 

TOURS

Docent-led public tours will be available on the following days:

Saturday & Sunday | 1:00 – 3:00 PM

*Docent-led private tours are available by request; contact museum@wm.edu for more details.

 

PARKING

Free parking in front of the Museum with a permit obtained at the front desk.

 

DIRECTIONS

Muscarelle Museum of Art

603 Jamestown Road

Williamsburg, VA 23185

 

From 1-64 East:

Take exit 242A (Route 199 West) for five miles to Jamestown Road (Route 31 North). Take a right on Jamestown Road. Proceed for one and a quarter miles. The Museum is on the left next to Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.

 

From 1-64 West:

Take exit 234 (Route 199 East toward Lightfoot). Follow for several miles to the second stop light, which is the intersection of Route 199 and Jamestown Road. Take a left onto Jamestown Road. Proceed for one and a quarter miles. The Museum is located on the left next to Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.

MUSCARELLE @ MERCHANTS SQUARE

 

ABOUT

In conjunction with our on-campus exhibitions at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, this location allows the Museum to facilitate outreach to the community through special events and workshops.

HOURS

By appointment.

Check event page for workshop schedule and sign-ups.

DIRECTIONS

Muscarelle @ Merchants Square

440A W Duke of Gloucester St

Williamsburg, VA 23185

 

Located across North Boundary Street from William & Mary’s Historic Campus and above Williams-Sonoma.

 

 

For more information please email museum@wm.edu or call 757.221.2700.

 

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

May 8, 2018
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May 8 | Edwin Pease | Broadacre City and Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Utopia | 6 PM

 

One of the fundamental questions considered by many of the greatest twentieth-century architects was how a modern, technology-infused society should arrange itself for living.  As part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, Edwin Pease will discuss how many architects developed their own ideas for urbanism; with some even defining their own brand of utopia.  Wright had a deep disdain for cities, and a very strong belief in the rural fabric of America, not unlike that of Thomas Jefferson.  He longed for American democracy to play itself out on our country’s vast landscape, seeking a way for life and land to be intertwined.  Wright’s utopia was described physically in his Broadacre City project, which included a model of a four square mile section of America.  He spoke extensively on his project, which incorporated many of his most important architectural paradigms and legacies that became the cornerstones of American residential development.

Bluegrass, Beer, and Barbeque in the ‘Burg

May 6, 2018
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Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 1 PM – 5 PM
The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque in the ‘Burg.  The event will feature traditional southern BBQ from five states, live music, and beer as far as the eye can see. Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque is open to the entire Williamsburg community, so don’t miss out! This event is a celebration of the 80th birthday of the Chamber and Tourism Alliance. For more information and tickets, click here.

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

April 10, 2018
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April 10 | David Brashear |  The Mid-Career Resurgence of Frank Lloyd Wright | 6 PM

 

In this session, part of our Selected Topics in Architecture, David Brashear will discuss Wright’s hardships during the depths of the Depression; a time when the renowned architect was nearly written off as being irrelevant.  But his re-emergence as a powerful architectural force was announced to the world with his remarkable creation at Bear Run for Edgar Kaufmann – Fallingwater.  Hailed around the world as an incredible breakthrough, Fallingwater relaunched Wright’s career at the age of 69.  He would go on to do some of the most important work of his career following the Kaufmann house, including the Herbert Jacob House, the Herbert Johnson House, the Johnson Wax Building, the Price Tower, and the Guggenheim Museum, among many, many other works.  Wright’s last decades constituted the most productive period of his life, and he worked until his death in 1959 at the age of 92.

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

March 13, 2018
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March 13 | Edwin Pease | Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship | 6 PM

 

As part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, Edwin Pease will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s strong belief in architectural training through apprenticeship.  After time in Chicago, Wright returned to Wisconsin and set up a type of architectural “commune,” where students came to study not only architecture but other arts, including music.  The “students,” or fellows, also participated in an immersive lifestyle that included building out the premises of Taliesin and helping to provide for the necessities of day-to-day living.  After a sequence of tragedies fell upon Taliesin in Wisconsin, Wright permanently moved the enterprise to Taliesin West on the outskirts of Phoenix.  In many ways, Wright’s perspective on architectural education mirrored that of educational paradigms that came before him, like the atelier system of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

February 7, 2018
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February 7 | David Brashear | Frank Lloyd Wright and the Quest for an American Architecture | 6 PM

 

Frank Lloyd Wright departed Wisconsin and headed to Chicago at age 18, eager to immerse himself in the architectural fabric of the emerging and rapidly changing city.  In this session, part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, David Brashear will trace Wright’s early career, from his start with Lyman Silsbee and his subsequent employment at Adler and Sullivan, where he worked closely with and was influenced deeply by his “Lieber Meister” Louis Sullivan.  Both Wright and Sullivan believed that America should have an architecture of its own, and were strongly opposed to the importation of classical architectural themes from Europe.  When Wright broke with Sullivan and set out on his own, he immediately focused on the development of new architectural motifs that he believed reflected the spirit of American democracy.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

January 14, 2018
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Free Admission on Final Day of Building on the Legacy Exhibition!

Please note that the Museum galleries will be closed for a ticketed event on Saturday, January 13.  However, as we re-open for the final day of the Building on the Legacy exhibition, we are delighted to offer FREE ADMISSION on Sunday, January 14, from 12 – 4 PM.  #WMArts #wm50Legacy #BuildingontheLegacy

Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World

December 1, 2017
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February 10 – May 13, 2018

We are proud to present Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World in the Herman Graphic Arts Room as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia. In 2017, the Museum acquired the Guerrilla Girls Portfolio Compleat, a portfolio that contains over 125 posters and projects created by the Guerrilla Girls from 1985 through 2016.  Since 1985 and even more stridently today, the Guerrilla Girls have been concerned with broader discrimination; particularly social oppression related to race, class, and gender.  In this exhibition you will see how the Guerrilla Girls use a combination of humor, advertising styled graphics and statistics to openly protest the imbalance of men and women artists in galleries and museums worldwide.

Third Thursday Lecture Series

September 21, 2017
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Please join us for our Third Thursday Lecture Series!

21 September 2017 | Fred Eversley and his Contemporaries: Light, Space & Energy in Postwar Art | Dr. John T. Spike

19 October 2017 | African American Art at the Muscarelle: Building on the Legacy | Dr. John T. Spike

16 November 2017 | Commemoration and Remembering | Dr. Michael L. Blakey

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Fred Eversley, 50 Years an Artist: Light & Space & Energy

June 14, 2017
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September 2 – December 10, 2017

Fred Eversley, 50 Years an Artist: Light & Space & Energy features a survey of the artist’s work representing an extraordinary fifty-year career.  Eversley, trained as an engineer, began making his polyester resin sculptures with an aim to “create kinetic art without using kinetic elements such as mechanical movement or artificial light changes.”  Eversley’s strong interest in energy  has led to further creations that utilize wind current to create dynamic acrylic cast forms.  This retrospective exhibition featuring the works of Fred Eversley, an important African American sculptor and innovator, will coincide with the College’s fiftieth anniversary of the first residential African American students.  Interestingly, as the artist has pointed out to us, the dates of desegregation at the College of William & Mary in September 1967 is the exact month and year that he embarked on his exceptional career as an artist.

Press release available here.

Image citation: Fred Eversley | American, b. 1941 | Blue Para, 2004 | Cast polyester resin | 20 x 20 x 6 inches | Muscarelle Museum of Art | Photo: Maria Larsson