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December 2021

Music in the Galleries: Appalachian Music Ensemble

December 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
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 6 @ 7:00 pm
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , museum@wm.edu
Free with registration
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery

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Join us for a performance by The William & Mary Appalachian Music Ensemble sponsored by the Friends of the Muscarelle Museum of Art against the backdrop of the Shared Ideologies exhibition. The ensemble players utilize a multitude of stringed instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, to explore the rich heritage of traditional Southern Appalachian tunes and songs.

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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

Copying With Confidence

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10.00 – $25.00

Artists through the ages have copied works of the masters to improve their own techniques, methods and compositions. Participants in this class will select a work of art that inspires and interests them from our special exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist. All levels will improve their drawing through close observation and individualized instruction using provided sketchbooks and graphite pencils.

Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty and Students: $10
Non-Members: $25

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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
Free

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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Period Portraits

March 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Connect to the past through guided instruction on the techniques and challenges of costumed figure drawing. Participants will be inspired by works by Degas and his contemporaries in the galleries and move to close observation of live models in period dress seated in the gallery. Open to all levels, this workshop will focus on graphite portrait drawing with materials included.

Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty and Students: $10
Non-Members: $25

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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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Dancing with Degas

April 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a graphite drawing class in celebration of Degas and the art of dance. Participants will learn to capture dynamic moves of live dancers in the gallery through basic drawing instruction. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist looking to improve your drawing skills, this workshop caters to all levels and all materials will be provided.

Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty and Students: $10
Non-Members: $25

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