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EXPERIENCE MUSCARELLE: THE LINKS STEAMROLLER PRINT

November 7, 2019
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Wren Building, South Yard | November 7, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

The Links Project, led by Director of Engagement Steve Prince, is a global initiative to draw upon various cultures and age groups in reflecting upon the history and impact of slavery through the cathartic nature of creating art.  Over the past year, participants in the project created individualized artworks, which Prince arranged to form the blocks for a singular piece of large-scale contemporary art.  The culmination of this project is the act of printing with an industrial steamroller in the South Yard of the Wren Building.  We invite you to witness the creation of this monumental print on Thursday, November 7th between 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  The print will then be on view in the 1619/2019 exhibition beginning November 8, 2019.

Stay tuned!

November 5, 2019
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Information about our upcoming exhibitions will be announced here in the coming weeks! Please check our events page for information about programs including Art Film Fridays, Muscarelle Explorations, Music in the Galleries and more!

ART FILM FRIDAY: NATIVE ART NOW!

November 1, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | November 1, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

NATIVE ART NOW! examines the evolution of Native contemporary art over the last 25 years, presenting personal perspectives from internationally acclaimed Native modern artists. Installations, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, glass and fabric art by indigenous artists Rick Bartow, Meryl McMaster, Jim Denomie, Holly Wilson and numerous others from the United States and Canada are featured in the program. This documentary was produced by PBS in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.  Run time: 57 minutes. A brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screening.

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: DESIGNING WOMEN OF THE BAUHAUS

October 30, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | October 30, 2019 | 6 – 7 PM

A century after its founding, scholars and the art-and-design interested public associate the Bauhaus with modernist architecture, avant-garde design and abstract painting by artists such as Kandinsky, Klee, or Moholy-Nagy. Until recently, mainstream accounts of the school have most often failed to acknowledge the significance of Bauhaus women’s work either on its own or in relation to its impact on the institution. In this talk, Elizabeth Otto, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, 2019 – 2020, The Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, will focus on the vibrant artistic contributions made by female Bauhäusler throughout the fourteen-year existence of this early 20th century movement.

Member sign up begins October 9. Non-member sign up begins October 16.

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Non-Members: $5

1619 / 2019

October 28, 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.

Press Release is available here.

LECTURE: KATE CONLEY, DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCES, PROFESSOR OF FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE STUDIES, WILLIAM & MARY

October 23, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | October 23, 2019 | 6 – 7 PM

Join us at Tucker Hall Theater for a lecture by Kate Conley, Dean of Faculty of Arts & Sciences, for her lecture entitled Collection as a Surrealist State of Mind.  She will discuss how surrealist artists and poets in France and England filled their living spaces with objects from around the world that had symbolic value to them. Over the course of the movement, which spanned the twentieth century, collection became a surrealist state of mind. The things they collected mirrored and refracted back to them aspects of their own experience of being alive in a material world. This talk will highlight the impact the collections of André Breton, author of the Manifesto of Surrealism (1924), and Roland Penrose, organizer of the first major surrealist exhibition in London in 1936, had on their thought and everyday lives. They were fascinated by objects from Oceania, specifically Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, that had had a ritual function in their cultures of origin. That original function lay dormant within these things, lending them a ghostly quality within their new European settings that activated the surrealists’ imagination. They sought insight from their things, ways to create new rituals that would allow them to work together as a group to invent new ways of thinking and making art that could revitalize their lives and the life of their community.

1619 / 2019: Exhibition Press Release

October 23, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art Press Release – For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACT:  Melissa Parris  |  Phone:  757.221.2704  |  E-mail: mmparris@wm.edu

Exhibition:  1619 / 2019 | Exhibition Dates:  November 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Williamsburg, Va. (October 23,  2019) – Works of art in a variety of media and techniques, including weaving, quilting, cast iron, mosaic, painting, graphite, photography and prints, will be featured in the exhibition 1619 / 2019 organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans in Colonial Virginia.  The Muscarelle exhibition, opening November 6, will feature works by emerging and established African American and Native American artists that address the complex experience of slavery and forced migration.  The evocative power of art can serve as a liberating exercise in dealing with the challenging subject matter, such as slavery and forced migration.

Artists from across the country were invited to submit new works, or works from their personal collections, in response to the 1619 / 2019 theme of the exhibition.  Participating artists include Sonya Clark, Nell Painter, Katrina Andry, Sedrick Huckaby, Preston Jackson, Delita Martin, Jerushia Graham, Letitia Huckaby, Richard Ward, Elmer Yazzie, Steve Prince, Dayon Royster, Kimberly Dummons, Bear Allison and Donald Wilson.

Works from the Museum’s permanent collection will augment the exhibition and will include such artists as Charlie Pratt, Rose Powhatan, Bunky Echo-Hawk, and Willie Cole among others.  Recently acquired works from Cara Romero and Danny Simmons along with original poems by Hermine Pinson, William & Mary Professor of English & Africana Studies, offer additional opportunities for reflection on the powerful subject matter of this exhibition on view through January 12, 2020.

Muscarelle Museum of Art Interim Director David Brashear stated, “The works in this exhibition communicate a complexity of experience, addressing the past and present. We are fortunate to have such powerful works for our visitors to experience and reflect upon.”  Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Curator of Native American Art, added, “Including art produced by Native Americans in this exhibition reminds us that 1619 had a major impact on the indigenous peoples who had been living in North America for thousands of years.  The forced migration of Africans to Virginia is not just a story about African and European settlers.  It’s about the disruption of the societies and lifeways of the original inhabitants of the continent.”

The exhibition will also include The Links Steamroller Print – a yearlong art project led by Muscarelle Director of Engagement Steve Prince.  Prince engaged people from various cultures and age groups to create small woodblocks that will be inserted into a large-scale, puzzle-like matrix to “link” the individuals.  The culmination of this project is the act of printing with an industrial steamroller. Visitors can witness the live creation of this monumental print on Thursday, November 7, between noon and 1:00 PM on the south yard of the Wren Building on the campus of William & Mary.  The print will then be on view in the 1619 / 2019 exhibition beginning November 8, 2019.

1619 / 2019 will be on view from November 6, 2019 through January 12, 2020.  For more information about this exhibition and associated programming, please visit muscarelle.org.

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About the Muscarelle Museum of Art

Since its founding in 1983, the mission of the Muscarelle Museum of Art has been to integrate and celebrate the role of artistic exploration in the life of William & Mary and greater region. Over the last decade, the Muscarelle has grown from a small university art museum to a world-class brand featuring groundbreaking exhibitions and publications.

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is located on the campus of William & Mary at 603 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg, Va. For more information, call 757-221-2700 or visit muscarelle.org. Follow on Twitter (@Muscarelle), Instagram (@muscarellemuseum) or on Facebook (Muscarelle Museum of Art).

Admission is FREE for this exhibition.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5 PM and Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (closed most national holidays, check muscarelle.org for more information).  Special Members’ Only hours (includes Museum Members, William & Mary Faculty and Staff and Students) are on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES: APPALACHIAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE WITH DIRECTOR TRIPP JOHNSON

October 10, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | October 10, 2019 | 6 – 8 PM

Come join us for a performance by The William & Mary Appalachian Music Ensemble against the backdrop of the always-exceptional studio faculty art exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The ensemble players utilize a multitude of stringed instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin as they explore the rich heritage of traditional Southern Appalachian tunes and songs.

ART FILM FRIDAY: BAUHAUS, THE FACE OF THE 20TH CENTURY

October 4, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | October 4, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Presented as part of Muscarelle Explorations: Bauhaus at 100, this film memoir recounts the beginning of the Staatliche Bauhaus Weimar with contributions from former students and historians, a strong selection of artworks as well as archival footage including interviews with the founder Walter Gropius. Exceptional visuals add to the beauty of a well-narrated documentary about the 1919 founding and principles of this seminal school. The film concludes that although the Bauhaus did not last that long, its influence has been profound. Run time is 49 minutes. A brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screenings.

GALLERY TALK

September 27, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 27, 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.

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES: CHRISTOPHER DELAURENTI, VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC

September 26, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 26, 2019 | 6 – 8 PM

Join us at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for a special performance by Christopher DeLaurenti situated among the abstract compositions featured in The Adjacent Possible exhibition. DeLaurenti is a writer, sound artist, improvisor and phonographer whose sound work encompasses field recordings, electroacoustic and acousmatic music, text-sound scores, free-improvised low-tech electronics and compositions for acoustic instruments.

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES: CHRISTOPHER DELAURENTI

September 25, 2019
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On Thursday, September 26th, beginning at 6:00 PM, please join us at the for a special musical performance by sound artist Christopher DeLaurenti at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. DeLaurenti performs with vintage electronic devices and activated objects in tandem with commercial and customized sound software. You will hear gossamer electromagnetic fields, lyrical system noise, unusual acoustic phenomena, and location recordings culled from his 25-year archive among the abstract art works included in The Adjacent Possible exhibition.  DeLaurenti has performed internationally and appears on over 50 solo, collaborative and compilation albums. Christopher holds an MFA from Bard College and is currently completing his PhD at Goldsmiths University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer teaching Sound Design, Music, and Writing as well as Film and Audio Production in the Department of Music at William & Mary.

LECTURE: ARTIST SUSAN YORK

September 20, 2019
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Andrews Hall, Room 101 | September 20, 2019 | 4 – 5:30 PM

Join us for a very special artist talk with Susan York, one of the participating artists in The Adjacent Possible. York will discuss the relationships and transitions between flat and dimensional forms in her work and how those forms are able to merge with a space to challenge our perception. The talk in Andrews Hall will be moderated by Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History. A reception will follow the talk at the Muscarelle Museum of Art from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

[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.

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 for Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence.  Online registration is now available for our November trip to Glenstone HERE.

Glenstone | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Travel with the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s Interim Director, David Brashear, to Glenstone, a private contemporary art museum opened by Emily and Mitchell Rales in 2006. 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. 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.

Sign up today to see this extraordinary collection with the Muscarelle Museum of Art on November 14th!  Online registration now available HERE.

 

 

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 and emeritus professors 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.

Press Release is available here.

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.