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April 2020

POSTPONED: OBJECTS IN ACTION- Dynamism and Multisensory Experience in Contemporary West African Masquerade

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Homann, Assistant Professor of Art History at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Based on over a decade of research in Southwestern Burkina Faso, West Africa, this talk will offer an overview of contemporary masquerade arts and practices, addressing the question, “What is masquerade?” While we might be accustomed to viewing and understanding African masks as wood headpieces displayed on walls in museums and private collections, Dr. Lisa Homann demonstrates that masks are more than objects of contemplation. Rather, mask headpieces are just one element of masquerade, which is a dynamic and multisensory experience. Her presentation will include photographs, videos, and eyewitness accounts of recent mask performances. Dr. Lisa Homann is Assistant Professor…

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September 2020

NATIVE PLACES: Drawing as a Way to See

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Frank Harmon, FAIA, Professor of Practice in Architecture, North Carolina State University College of Design
Virtual, VA United States

As an architecture student in London in the 1960s, Frank Harmon used sketching to discover, study, and understand the nuances of structures and nature. "If I take a photograph of something, it remains in my mind forever." In this session, Harmon will describe his own personal journey, discuss the importance of studied examination and attention as a way to better appreciate the world around us, and preview his book, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See. Books will be available for sale and will be signed by the author.

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October 2020

RECENT RESEARCH ON HISTORIC CAMPUS: Water, Water Everywhere c. 1710

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Susan Kern, Executive Director of the Historic Campus
Virtual, VA United States + Google Map

Join Susan Kern, Executive Director of Historic Campus, as she discusses a surprising discovery found at the Wren Building in summer 2019. Managing water was a challenge in the 18th century too. In the summer of 2019, paving repair inadvertently exposed a vaulted brick drain in the Wren Courtyard, which prompted a flurry of unexpected archaeology and preservation planning to document and protect this massive early 18th century engineering project just under our feet.

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October 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, VA United States

In this workshop participants will learn the secrets to creating images with dynamic depth and dimension utilizing linear perspective with Director of Engagement Steve Prince. Students will explore one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective and learn how to draw simple to complex structures. The instructor will issue a supply list for all participants to purchase and follow along in the virtual classroom. This class is open to teens and adults. Members, W&M Faculty, Staff, and Students: $10 Non-Members: $25 Only 25 spots, so be sure to grab your ticket now!

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

October 16 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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