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April 2022

Masquerade at the Muscarelle

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The William & Mary Asian Centennial Committee cordially invites you to a gala fundraiser for the Asian Pacific Middle Eastern Project Fund. Enjoy an evening of dance and cultural performances and a private viewing of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist. In person tickets includes a champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres reception as well as a raffle ticket for grand prize drawing of a limited edition original artwork by Roberto Jamora.

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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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Vintner Dinner: Thursday, May 5, 2022

May 5 @ 6:00 pm
Regency Room at the Williamsburg Inn, 136 Francis St E
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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Multi-course menu by Chef Travis Brust paired with wines in the Regency Room at the Williamsburg Inn. This evening is sure to sell out quickly.

6:00 PM Reception I 6:45 PM Dinner
136 E. Francis Street

Tickets $250 inclusive

Special thanks to Joe Montgomery and The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors for sponsoring this special evening.

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Wine & Run for the Roses: Saturday, May 7, 2022

May 7 @ 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Williamsburg Lodge, 310 South England Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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A Virginia Wine Reception with fabulous fare, hat contest, race raffle and live telecast of the 148th Kentucky Derby.

Dress code is Derby Attire
Valet parking is available

At The Williamsburg Lodge, Virginia Room
310 South England Street
2:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Tickets $250
$150 for Young W&M alums ‘12 – ’21

Purchase your tickets by April 1 and receive a raffle ticket for a special prize.

Thank you to our presenting Sponsors MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

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

May 18 @ 6:00 pm

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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September 2022

On Now through September 5: Chalk Art Competition!

September 5
VA 23185 United States

Join us for the second annual Chalk Art Competition!

Register now and upload your piece before September 5, 2022.

The competition is open to all ages, individuals, and groups with prizes for the winners. We are thrilled to announce that the judge will be the former NBA star and prolific art collector Darrell Walker.

Grab your chalk for a chance to win!

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September 19 | 4:00 – 7:30 PM: Block Printing the Baskin Way | with Steve Prince (12 students)

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this exciting workshop students will study the works of Leonard Baskin as part of
The Human Frame Exhibition on display and create an original block print inspired by
Baskin’s artistic style! All materials will be provided. $10 - $25

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New Faculty Open House

September 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Muscarelle Museum of Art next week for our New Faculty Open House. You'll have an opportunity to view our student-curated exhibition, The Human Frame: Prints by Leonard Baskin, before it closes on September 25. Enjoy some light refreshments, learn about our upcoming renovation and expansion, and preview this fall's programming.

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