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November 2021

Artist Talk: Diego Romero

November 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Diego Romero
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , museum@wm.edu
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Andrews Hall, Room 101, 605 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Diego Romero
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , museum@wm.edu
Free with registration
Andrews Hall, Room 101

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Diego Romero is a Cochiti Pueblo potter and printmaker based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Romero’s artistic mission is to transcend his Native American heritage by combining traditional materials, techniques, and forms of ancient Mimbres, Anasazi, and Greek pottery with comic book inspired imagery, to talk about contemporary issues. His lively and thought-provoking work has reached across the United States and Europe and resides in collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Muscarelle plans to acquire a work by Romero to commemorate his visit.

Muscarelle Explorations: The Voice of the Artist is made possible by our partner, The Williamsburg Landing.

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December 2021

Muscarelle Museum of Art Building Expansion Presentation

December 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Speaker: David Brashear, Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art & Bill Butler, Design Principal-in-Charge, Pelli Clarke Pelli
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , museum@wm.edu
Free with registration
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery, Muscarelle Museum, 603 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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December 7 @ 6:00 pm
Speaker: David Brashear, Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art & Bill Butler, Design Principal-in-Charge, Pelli Clarke Pelli
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , museum@wm.edu
Free with registration
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery

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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is embarking on a $35 million renovation and expansion. Join Muscarelle Director David Brashear & Design Principal William Butler for an overview of the project and a preview of the architectural plans for the Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts.

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Members’ Lecture- Ravenna: The Twilight of the Roman Empire

December 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , museum@wm.edu
Free to Muscarelle Members with registration
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December 11 @ 2:00 pm
Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , museum@wm.edu
Free to Muscarelle Members with registration
Virtual

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For a brief, dazzling moment, Ravenna was an unlikely refuge for a world falling apart. The city’s history, enshrined in superb Byzantine mosaics, reflects the twilight of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Middle Ages. As the capital of the Western Roman Empire in its last days, then of the occidental provinces of the Byzantine Empire, it offered a refuge of luxury and splendor, a return to antique civilization rising above the relentless seas of barbarism.

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February 2022

Chasing Degas: My Four Decades Collecting the Artist and His Circle

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Robert Flynn Johnson
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Robert Flynn Johnson, a collector and former curator, will discuss his passion for Degas and his approach to collecting the works featured in Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. Johnson notes that it is “the ability to be curious that is the crucial element in the makeup of a true collector —the ability to ask questions, to learn, and to get answers regarding works of art that catch your eye and move your emotions.”

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March 2022

Degas Before Degas: A Printmaker’s Intriguing Early Paintings

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Margaret MacNamidhe, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Bright pastel hatched in like slanting rain; the crook of an elbow, the side of a face swiped in by a rag applied to paper—techniques from the worlds of drawing and printmaking gave Degas the scenes of keyhole realism taken as most characteristic of his work. But Degas once stood foursquare before an easel, trying for a more traditional fullness of view and composition. In his early days he applied an oil painting brush to primed canvas or paper, but not always confidently, and not always conclusively. In fact, it is as though Degas stepped forever away from some of his earlier paintings, leaving figures eternally suspended or only partly rendered. In this lecture, Margaret MacNamidhe takes a look at this doubting version of Degas through a return to works from the beginning of this artist’s storied career.

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April 2022

The Colors of Architecture in 19th Century France

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Barry Bergdoll, Ph.D., Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

Barry Bergdoll, Ph.D., Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

This talk will look at the debates over polychromy in architecture from the 1830s to the 1890s that brought architects and painters often into conversation. It will move from the critique of the whiteness of Neoclassicism in the 1830s, and the movement to restore the color of medieval interiors in the works of Viollet-le-Duc and his followers and circle (Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame) to the critique of the monochrome city after the fall of the Second Empire, when Degas and the Impressionists were most active. It will look at the search for permanent color through both new and ancient materials from mosaic to volcanic encaustic panels, looking at such monuments as Garnier’s Opera and the richly colored facades of the great department stores.

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May 2022

Degas’ Dust

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Michelle Foa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Tulane University

Michelle Foa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Tulane University

Described by a close friend as “an artisan passionate about all the means of his art,” Degas’ body of work reflects a sustained fascination with material and technical experimentation. Michelle Foa’s lecture will shed new light on the artist’s persistent engagement with an unusual array of media and processes over the course of his career, particularly his innovative use of pastel. Careful examination of his pictures and of friends’ accounts of his studio and working processes demonstrates his remarkable use of media to depict his subjects in entirely new ways and to expand the limits of pictorial representation. Degas’ “restless searches for new procedures,” as one critic put it, and his constant testing of the behaviors and capacities of his media and tools, reveal an artist for whom the life of matter and the matter of art were central to the meaning of his pictures.

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Speaking French: The Influence of The École Des Beaux-arts on 19th Century American Architecture

May 18 @ 6:00 pm
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David Brashear, Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art

In 1846, Richard Morris Hunt became the first American student to be admitted to the architecture section of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Two decades later, Charles McKim also enrolled at the École. Their collective impact on American architecture included both true Beaux-Arts styling, directly imported from France, and an evolved rationality that had its basis in French design but reflected a more rational, American approach.

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Muscarelle Reads

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: David Brashear, Museum Director, and Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History at William & Mary

Virtual Event:

Picasso Looks at Degas
(Published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, 2010)

Please join us for a virtual book club co-hosted by David Brashear, Museum Director, and Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History at William & Mary. Our featured book presents Pablo Picasso’s direct responses to Edgar Degas’ works, as well as more conceptual and challenging affinities between their individual bodies of work. Illustrated essays explore the artists’ parallel interests in modern urban life, ballet dancers, activities such as bathing and combing the hair, photography, and the challenges of sculpture. The book also provides the first extended analysis of Picasso’s engagement with Degas’ art in his final years, when he acquired several of the French artist’s brothel monotypes and reworked some of them in his own prints.

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