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    MEET THE ARTIST

    Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | December 18, 2019 | 1 - 3 PM Stop by Muscarelle @ Merchants Square (440A W Duke of Gloucester St above Williams-Sonoma) to engage with artist Steve Prince. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the process of artistic creation and make your own take-away memento!
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MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: BAUHAUS IN AMERICA

December 3, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | December 3, 2019 | 6 – 7 PM

After the closure of the Bauhaus by the Nazis in 1933 for its curriculum based on “degenerate” art, many of its artistic luminaries began to feel stymied by the pressures of an all-controlling government. As the suppression broadened, a number of Bauhaus leaders emigrated to the United States, bringing with them a breadth of modernist design principles. In this lecture, David Brashear will investigate the impact of Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Josef and Anni Albers, and László Moholy-Nagy as they made their presence known in America.

Member sign up begins November 19. Non-member sign up begins November 26.

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

Non-Members: $5

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MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES: TALON SILVERHORN

November 21, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | November 21, 2019 | 6 – 8 PM

In recognition of National American Indian Heritage Month and in conjunction with the 1619 / 2019  exhibition, the Muscarelle is proud to present flautist Talon Silverhorn. An Eastern Shawnee educator and musician, Silverhorn will perform in the gallery space where the works of art represent contemporary reactions to migration, colonialism and pluralism.  Presented by The Friends of the Muscarelle Museum of Art (FMMA).

LECTURE: CHARLES PALERMO, PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY, WILLIAM & MARY

November 20, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | November 20, 2019 | 6 – 7 PM

Please join us at Tucker Hall Theater for a lecture by Professor Charles Palermo entitled Bread and Wine in Picasso’s Blue Period.  He will discuss some strange and previously mostly unnoticed features of important paintings and prints of Pablo Picasso’s so-called Blue Period. Certain curious features of these works, which were made between about 1902 and 1904, have never been subjected to very close scrutiny, but their ambiguous relation to Christian themes has long been noted. Palermo will consider the way the people in the pictures — and especially their strange poses — relate to those religious themes and will suggest what they mean for us, as people who look at pictures.

MEET THE ARTIST

November 20, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | November 20, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Stop by Muscarelle @ Merchants Square (440A W Duke of Gloucester St above Williams-Sonoma) to engage with artist Steve Prince. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the process of artistic creation and make your own take-away memento!

BUILDING THE BRAFFERTON: ITS FOUNDING, FUNDING AND LEGACY

November 18, 2019
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Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, PhD | William & Mary Law School, Room 119 | November 18, 2019 | 12:50 – 1:50 PM

Join our Curator of Native American Art and Director of the American Indian Resource Center on campus, Danielle Moretti-Langholtz for an in depth conversation about her research on the Brafferton Indian School. Free food will be provided.

ART FILM FRIDAY: BAUHAUS SPIRIT

November 15, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | November 15, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Presented as part of Muscarelle Explorations: Bauhaus at 100, this film describes the fascinating story of the Bauhaus as a statement, but also the failure and renewal of a social utopia.  It tells of artists, scientists and architects today, who, in their examinations of current challenges, also relate to the Bauhaus. Bauhaus history is not just the history of art, but also the history of an era that stretches from the early 20th century to the modern day.  Run time: 90 minutes. A brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screenings.

MEET THE ARTIST

November 13, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | November 13, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Stop by Muscarelle @ Merchants Square (440A W Duke of Gloucester St above Williams-Sonoma) to engage with artist Steve Prince. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the process of artistic creation and make your own take-away memento!

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE BAUHAUS

November 12, 2019
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Tucker Hall Theater | November 12, 2019 | 6 – 7 PM

In this lecture, David Brashear will explore the intersection of the Bauhaus idea and architecture examining the iconic campus buildings at Weimar and Dessau, and also the incorporation of architecture into the curriculum and practice of Bauhaus. Housing concept explorations by Bauhaus architects will be investigated, highlighting the important contributions of giants like Mies van der Rohe.

Member sign up begins October 22. Non-member sign up begins October 29.

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

Non-Members: $5

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PATCHWORK QUILT PORTRAIT WORKSHOP

November 11, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | November 11, 2019 | 5 – 8 PM

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create a stylistic portrait out of fabric utilizing non-sewing methods. We will cover compositional development, color theory, collage techniques, framing and display possibilities and studio practices. This workshop is open to artists of all skill levels interested in improving their ability in artistic creation. Fee includes all materials and refreshments.

Level: Middle School and above

Member sign up begins October 21Non-Member sign up begins October 28 | Workshop fee: Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, and Students $30 | Non-Members $50 | Please note that space is limited to 12 participants.

 

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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.

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

MUSCARELLE READS

October 25, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | October 25, 2019 | 6 PM

Join us for our second installment of MUSCARELLE READS. This semester, we are reading Gropius: The Man Who Built Bauhaus in conjunction with our MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: 100 Years of Bauhaus series. Fiona MacCarthy presents a fascinating reexamination of the urges that drove European and American modernism through the life of Walter Gropius, the founder of Bauhaus.

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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.

MEET THE ARTIST

October 23, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | October 23, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Stop by Muscarelle @ Merchants Square (440A W Duke of Gloucester St above Williams-Sonoma) to engage with artist Steve Prince. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the process of artistic creation and make your own take-away memento!

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.

ARTIST TALK

October 21, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | October 21, 2019 | 12 – 1 PM

Join us for a very special artist talk with Mike Jabbur, Elizabeth Mead, and Kristen Peyton about their work in Faculty Show 14. This will be the last week of the exhibition, so we will have special Monday hours on October 21 from 9 AM – 5 PM, so be sure to stop by!

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.

MEET THE ARTIST

October 9, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | October 9, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Stop by Muscarelle @ Merchants Square (440A W Duke of Gloucester St above Williams-Sonoma) to engage with artist Steve Prince. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the process of artistic creation and make your own take-away memento!

MDF WOODCUTTING WORKSHOP

October 8, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | October 7, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create relief woodcuts utilizing traditional and non-traditional wood carving tools. The instructor will discuss the history of relief printing, offer demonstrations and share images from the Muscarelle collection. We will cover idea development, compositional skills, safe carving techniques, techniques of printing with or without a press, how to create an edition of prints and studio practice. This workshop is open to artists of all skill levels interested in improving their ability in drawing and printmaking. Fee includes all materials and refreshments.

Workshop fee: Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, and Students $50 | Non-Members $80 | Please note that space is limited to 12 participants.

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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.

DOCENT TOUR

September 22, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 22, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Take a tour of our current exhibition The Adjacent Possible with one of our knowledgeable docents! Docents will be available to give tours or answer questions about the exhibition from 1 until 3 PM.

DOCENT TOUR

September 21, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 21, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Take a tour of our current exhibition The Adjacent Possible with one of our knowledgeable docents! Docents will be available to give tours or answer questions about the exhibition from 1 until 3 PM.

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.

MUSEUM MEMBERS’ HOURS & DOCENT TOUR

September 19, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 19, 2019 | 5 – 7 PM

Enjoy Members’ Hours for The Adjacent Possible today! These exclusive hours are open to Museum Members’ and the W&M Community. Our knowledgeable Museum Docents will be on hand to give tours and answer questions.

MEET THE ARTIST

September 18, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | September 18, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Stop by Muscarelle @ Merchants Square (440A W Duke of Gloucester St above Williams-Sonoma) to engage with artist Steve Prince. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the process of artistic creation and make your own take-away memento!

[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.