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October 2020

FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE “SELFIE”: Portraiture through the Ages

October 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian
Virtual, VA United States

Join Art Historian Elaine Ruffolo for a virtual presentation through the history of portraiture. What profile picture do you have on your social media account? How do you want to be portrayed, regarded, and remembered? Portraiture is a very old art form going back to ancient Egypt, where it flourished from about 5,000 years ago. Before the invention of photography, a painted, sculpted, or drawn portrait was the only way to record the appearance of someone. Portraits can represent individuals in many different ways. They can be literal representations of a person or they can represent a person symbolically. But…

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NEW FORMS: The Chicago Tribune Tower Architectural Competition of 1922

October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: David Brashear, Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary
Virtual, VA United States

When they launched the design competition for their new headquarters in 1922, the publishers of the Chicago Tribune were seeking to build “the world’s most beautiful office building.”  Prizes totaling $100,000 were offered to entrants, and 263 designers from 23 countries submitted entries.  The competition was a watershed moment in the evolution of skyscraper architecture, and the diversity of the entries underscored the broad palette available to architects as they struggled with appropriate forms for tall buildings.  In this lecture, David Brashear will examine the importance of the competition and some of the noteworthy submissions.

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MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes

October 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Colette Loll, Founder and Director of Art Fraud Insights
Virtual, VA United States

Join Colette Loll, the Founder and Director of Art Fraud Insights, as she details the stories behind the headlines and describes the scoundrels that perpetrated the frauds that were featured in her groundbreaking exhibition Treasures on Trial. She will describe fake-busting techniques used to determine authenticity, and while focused on art and antiques, will also discuss objects from other collector categories such as fine wine, sports memorabilia, and most recently, her project with ancient texts. Members, W&M Students, Faculty and Staff: Free Non-Members: $10

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November 2020

CURATOR TALK: Looking out, at, in and back again

November 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Elizabeth Mead, Professor of Art, W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, Department of Art & Art History, William & Mary
Virtual, VA United States

Join us for a special discussion with Elizabeth Mead who curated the exhibition Looking out, at, in and back again. Mead will discuss the works from the Muscarelle collection included in the exhibition and how it serves as an interdisciplinary laboratory for the class Neuroaesthetics: The Artist and the Mind taught by her and Jennifer Stevens of the Department of Psychological Sciences as part of the W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Fellows program.

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MEMBER’S LECTURE: The Princely Court of Mantua

November 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian
Virtual, VA United States

Join Elaine Ruffolo for an unhindered gaze into court life in Mantua. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Italy gradually fragmented into numerous little territories with unique political systems. Debilitating violence all too often ensued as the leading families fought with fellow citizens for dominance of the city. A common outcome from the 13th century onwards was the imposition of autocratic rule by a single prince and by the 15th century, most of Italy was organized around princely courts. Mantua is deeply connected to the history of a particular family, which ruled and determined the town’s fate. The Gonzaga…

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December 2020

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: Microscopes & Death Threats

December 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Thiago Piwowarczyk, Founder and Owner of New York Art Forensics Art
Virtual, VA United States

Join us for a special lecture with Thiago Piwowarczyk, Founder and Owner of New York Art Forensics, a firm dedicated to full-service art consulting for the purposes of authentication, attribution and conservation. This lecture will focus on how art authentication investigations can be scientifically challenging, but sometimes, the challenge lies elsewhere. From historical research to exposing scams, join us as we examine some past cases tackled by New York Art Forensics. Members, W&M Students, Faculty and Staff: Free Non-Members: $10

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February 2021

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | History for the Future: Campus Memorials

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Panel
Virtual, VA United States

Universities have been addressing their histories of racial injustices in a variety of ways. William & Mary and the University of Virginia have designed memorials to enslaved workers, and the one at the University of Virginia has been constructed. William & Mary’s Jody Allen and the University of Virginia’s Louis Nelson '90 will explore the process and meaning of these projects in a panel moderated by Sara Bon-Harper.

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MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | Memorial to the Enslaved Discussion

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Panel
Virtual, VA United States

Learn more about William & Mary’s upcoming Memorial to the Enslaved through a discussion by the project’s key stakeholders. The final design, Hearth, by William Sendor, W&M ’11 was unveiled in 2020 and construction is slated to begin in 2021. Panelists include Jody Allen, Director of The Lemon Project; Chon Glover, Chief Diversity Officer; Susan Kern, Executive Director of Historic Campus; Ed Pease, architect and adjunct professor; Burt Pinnock, Principal, Chairman, Baskervill; and William Sendor, W&M ’11, designer. Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, Students, Alumni: Free Non-Members: $10

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA

February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian
Virtual, VA United States

Piero della Francesca is acknowledged today as one of the foundational artists of the Renaissance and more than any other Italian fifteenth-century painter, Francesca was responsible for the development of Renaissance painting in Florence, and its crucial dissemination throughout Italy. Join Renaissance art historian, Elaine Ruffolo who will attempt to virtually capture Piero’s extraordinary career along his journey through Tuscany, Umbria and Urbino.

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