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DOCENT TOUR

September 15, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 15, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Take a tour of our current exhibition The Adjacent Possible with one of our knowledgeable docents! Docents will be available to give tours or answer questions about the exhibition from 1 until 3 PM.

DOCENT TOUR

September 14, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 14, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Take a tour of our current exhibition The Adjacent Possible with one of our knowledgeable docents! Docents will be available to give tours or answer questions about the exhibition from 1 until 3 PM.

MUSEUM MEMBERS’ HOURS & DOCENT TOUR

September 12, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art | September 12, 2019 | 5 – 7 PM

Enjoy Members’ Hours for The Adjacent Possible today! These exclusive hours are open to Museum Members’ and the W&M Community. Our knowledgeable Museum Docents will be on hand to give tours and answer questions.

MEET THE ARTIST

September 11, 2019
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Muscarelle @ Merchants Square | September 11, 2019 | 1 – 3 PM

Stop by Muscarelle @ Merchants Square (440A W Duke of Gloucester St above Williams-Sonoma) to engage with artist Steve Prince. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the process of artistic creation and make your own take-away memento!

POSTPONED: GALLERY TALK

September 6, 2019
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Due to the projected weather conditions associated with Hurricane Dorian, we are postponing this event until further notice. Check back soon for updates!

Join exhibition curator Elizabeth Mead, William & Mary Professor of Art, W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, Department of Art & Art History, for a walking tour of The Adjacent Possible in the Museum’s Sheridan and Spigel galleries.  This exhibition provides first-hand experiential interaction with contemporary abstract works and explores creative potential.

1619 / 2019

July 7, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | November 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

This exhibition marks the 400 year-anniversary of the arrival of the first documented African slaves in Colonial Virginia that, while part of the greater narrative of slavery in the Americas, helped to set into motion the ongoing repercussions of this historical event.  As a contemporary response to the 1619 commemoration in Virginia, 1619 / 2019  will feature art works from African American and Native American emergent and established artists in a variety of media expressing a complexity of experience, addressing the past and present.

Press Release is available here.

MEMBERS’ TRIP

June 27, 2019
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Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice | June 27, 2019 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM | National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Robusti (known as “Tintoretto”), one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance. The National Gallery of Art, in cooperation with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Gallerie dell’Accademia, has assembled some of the Venetian master’s greatest paintings for the first retrospective of the artist’s works in North America. Featuring nearly 50 paintings, many of which have never left Venice where Tintoretto lived and worked for 75 years, the exhibition presents works spanning the artist’s entire career, from expansive religious and mythological scenes to august portraits of Venetian aristocracy that inspired later artists such as Rubens and Rembrandt.

 

We hope you will join us for the Muscarelle Members’ Trip celebrating Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice. A per person charge of $95.00 includes transportation to the National Gallery of Art, driver’s gratuity, on board refreshments, a DVD presentation (Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice) en route to Washington, D.C., as well as an exclusive tour by a specialist in Venetian art.

 

All reservations are for Museum Members and W&M Faculty Only and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be a cap of 30 spots, so please reserve your space early and encourage your friends to become Members and join you!

 

Contact us at museum@wm.edu for additional information.

 

 Image Citation: JACOPO TINTORETTO | The Creation of the Animals, 1550/ by 1553 | Oil on canvas | Gallerie Dell’Accademia, Venice

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: SELECTED TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE

May 23, 2019
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Presenting Art: The Importance of the Vessel | May 23, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Integrated Science Center, Room 1221 | David Brashear, Interim Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art

Art Museums loom large on the cultural landscape, and when new ones are built, they are important opportunities to present the current state of architectural and design thinking.  In this lecture, we will explore recently constructed museums in America, including smaller museums on college campuses and larger institutions that serve as flagship centers of civic engagement in urban settings.  We will also check in on the current status of our own quest for a new museum at William & Mary.

 

Member sign up begins May 2. Non-member sign up begins May 9.

 

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.

 

Non-Members: $5

 

Space is limited, so reserve your spot or purchase tickets here.

 

MUSCARELLE ON THE MOVE: ARTIST UNDER GLASS

May 17, 2019
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May 13 – 17 , 2019 | Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Stryker Center | Steve Prince, Director of Engagement & Distinguished Artist in Residence, Muscarelle Museum of Art

As part of the exhibition Sankofa: Looking Back, Moving Forward (on view at the Stryker Center May 1 – June 12, 2019) Steve Prince will be in residence at the Stryker Center, ready to engage with visitors while he completes his latest drawing from the series, from May 13 – 17.

 

Free and open to the public. 

 

WATERCOLOR MONOPRINT WORKSHOP

May 17, 2019
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May 17, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery | Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Muscarelle Museum of Art | SOLD OUT!

Join the Muscarelle’s Distinguished Artist in Residence Steve Prince in this intense hands-on workshop, where participants will be exposed to the limitless process of creating watercolor monoprints! Participants will create expressive watercolor templates on Yupo paper, cut and arrange the dried color materials on a acrylic substrate, and utilize water saturated archival paper to reconstitute the watercolors to create unique, multi-colored prints that are abstract or representational. All materials will be provided, all skill levels are welcome; just bring your imagination!

 

Member sign up begins April 26 | Non-Member sign up begins May 3 | Workshop fee: Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, and Students $10 | Non-Members $25 | Please note that space is limited to 25 participants.

 

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN SOLD OUT!  Check our events page for future programs.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR WINE & RUN FOR THE ROSES ON DERBY DAY

May 4, 2019
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present the ninth Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Auction on Derby Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 2 – 7 PM.  Laugh, libate and lift your paddle for a great cause!  Proceeds benefit the Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation a 501(c)3 organization.  Purchase your ticket here!

 

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: ART REPATRIATION

April 30, 2019
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Museums and Nazi-era Looted Art: An Ongoing Journey to Resolution | April 30, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre | Karen Daly, Registrar for Exhibitions & Coordinator of Provenance Research, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Issues of looted art and restitution, particularly of art misappropriated during the Nazi era, continue to be prevalent topics in art news coverage and remain important concerns for museums worldwide. Karen Daly will provide an overview of the issues, discussing the response of the American museum community, considering how recovery and restitution efforts have evolved to the present day, including an overview of VMFA’s experiences in resolving art restitution claims.

 

This series of programs is presented in cooperation with the following: William & Mary Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society; Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to serving cultural heritage clients; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.

 

Reserve your spot here.

 

Non-Members: $5.

 

Purchase tickets here

 

RE-SCHEDULED: SCREENING OF “THE RAPE OF EUROPA”

April 24, 2019
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April 24, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Tucker Hall, Tucker Theater

Re-scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM, please join us for a screening of The Rape of Europa in conjunction with our Muscarelle Explorations: Art Repatriation series! The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II. In a journey through seven countries, the film takes viewers into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. Now, more than sixty years later, the legacy of this tragic history continues to play out as families of looted collectors recover major works of art, conservators repair battle damage, and nations fight over the fate of ill-gotten
spoils of war.

 

This series of programs is presented in cooperation with the following: William & Mary Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society; Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to serving cultural heritage clients; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Run time: 117 minutes; a brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screening.

 

Free and open to the public.

 

 

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: ART REPATRIATION

April 15, 2019
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Screening of The Liberators | April 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM | Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre

Join us for a special screening of The Liberators after the lecture by Thomas R. Kline and Jennifer Morris. A true detective story, The Liberators follows a dogged German art detective through the New York art world and military archives to the unlikeliest of destinations: a small town on the Texas prairie. The film raises intriguing questions as to the motivations of the art thief and the whereabouts of the items that, to this day, remain waiting to be discovered.

 

This series of programs is presented in cooperation with the following: William & Mary Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society; Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to serving cultural heritage clients; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

Run time: 61 minutes.

 

Free and open to the public.

 

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: ART REPATRIATION

April 15, 2019
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Museum Ethics & Governance Issues: Basics and Beyond | April 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre | Thomas R. Kline, Partner, Cultural Heritage Partners & President, Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation | Jennifer Morris, Associate, Cultural Heritage Partners

Thomas R. Kline and Jennifer Morris advise clients on art, museum, and cultural heritage matters. Their experience in the areas of Nazi seizures, wartime looting, forced sales, and thefts has allowed them to resolve a wide variety of disputes on behalf of families, museums, auction houses, and foreign governments. Kline and Morris will discuss museum ethics and governance issues that affect both private and public collections. Through a series of case studies, they will address museums’ responsibilities in acquiring and selling artworks; complying with local, state, and federal laws, as well as intentional conventions; and resolving ownership disputes.

 

This series of programs is presented in cooperation with the following: William & Mary Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society; Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to serving cultural heritage clients; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.

 

Reserve your spot here.

 

Non-Members: $5. Purchase tickets here

 

 

ART FILM FRIDAY: WOMAN IN GOLD

April 12, 2019
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April 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM | Tucker Hall, Tucker Theater

Join us for a special Art Film Friday in conjunction with our Muscarelle Explorations: Art Repatriation lecture series! Woman in Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s voyage to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (also known as The Woman in Gold).

 

This series of programs is presented in cooperation with the following: William & Mary Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society; Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to serving cultural heritage clients; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

Run time: 109 minutes; a brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screening.

 

Free and open to the public. 

 

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: ART REPATRIATION

April 8, 2019
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Culture Interrupted: The Pursuit of Looted Art & Antiquities | April 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM | William & Mary Law School, Room 120 | L. Eden Burgess, Partner, Cultural Heritage Partners | Olga Symeonoglou, Associate, Cultural Heritage Partners

The Third Reich left a long legacy of looted art to be restituted, as did other wars and conflicts. In her talk, L. Eden Burgess will discuss how claimants have used the courts to try to right those wrongs.

This series of programs is presented in cooperation with the following: William & Mary Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society; Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to serving cultural heritage clients; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN SOLD OUT!  Check our events page for future programs.

 

 

ART FILM FRIDAY: MY ARCHITECT

March 29, 2019
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March 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM | Tucker Hall, Tucker Theater

Please join us for the award-winning film My Architect: A Son’s Journey!  This remarkable documentary examines Louis Kahn’s bold, modern buildings in loving detail.  Kahn was one of the most important architects of the twentieth century. His dramatic death in 1974 – alone and unidentified in the men’s room of New York’s Penn train station – revealed a triple life: in addition to this wife and daughter, Kahn left behind two illegitimate children, by different women with whom he had long-term relationships. As the architect’s only son, director Nathaniel Kahn sought out old acquaintances and relatives of his father making My Architect a startlingly emotional human-interest story. Kahn explores his father’s life with a spirit of generosity and a wonderful sense of objectivity, taking him around America and to Israel, India and finally Bangladesh, to create a profound portrait of a man, an artist, his buildings and his secret lives.

 

A brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screening (Run time: 110 minutes).

 

Free and open to the public.

 

WATERCOLOR MONOPRINT WORKSHOP

March 22, 2019
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March 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery | Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Muscarelle Museum of Art

Join the Muscarelle’s Distinguished Artist in Residence Steve Prince in this intense hands-on workshop, where participants will be exposed to the limitless process of creating watercolor monoprints! Participants will create expressive watercolor templates on Yupo paper, cut and arrange the dried color materials on a acrylic substrate, and utilize water saturated archival paper to reconstitute the watercolors to create unique, multi-colored prints that are abstract or representational. All materials will be provided, all skill levels are welcome; just bring your imagination!

 

Workshop fee:

 

Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, and Students $10

 

Non-Members $25

 

Purchase tickets here!

 

Please note that space is limited to 25 participants.

 

MEET THE ARTIST BROWN BAG LUNCH

March 22, 2019
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March 22, 2019 at 11:30 AM – 1: 30 PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery | Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Muscarelle Museum of Art

Please join Steve Prince at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch. Come by the Museum with your lunch any time between 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM to learn about the methods and thought processes involved in creating works of art from the artist himself. Each Brown Bag Lunch features something new, so be sure to stop by.  This week features music from William & Mary’s Ebony Expressions Gospel Choir!

 

 

 

Treats courtesy of Kilwins Williamsburg!

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: SELECTED TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE

March 12, 2019
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Problems with the Prescription: The Reality of Regional Modern Architecture in America in the 1920s and 1930s March 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM, Tucker Hall, Tucker Theater | David Brashear, Interim Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art

With the International Style exhibition of 1932, the Museum of Modern Art plunged into the discourse regarding modern architecture.  In this lecture, we will reflect on the efforts of MoMA to “educate” American designers about international architectural trends, while simultaneously missing the rich flavors of modernism that were thriving regionally in the United States.

 

Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.  Non-Members: $5  Reserve your spot or purchase tickets here.

 

MUSCARELLE READS

March 11, 2019
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March 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery

Join us for our inaugural Book Club! Over the course of this series we will be reading books that are related to works of art and artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection. In honor of 100 Years of Women at William & Mary, this semester we have selected Lee Krasner: A Biography by Gail Levin. Lee Krasner trained with Hans Hofmann at his New York studio, where she was exposed to the modernist innovations of pre-war Paris, including Picasso’s Cubism and Matisse’s use of color and outline. Though her works are marked by these influences and incorporate other characteristic motifs— shallow space, reductive color, rhythmic gesture, geometric abstraction, and bio-morphic motifs— Krasner also frequently experimented with new styles. Krasner married Jackson Pollock in 1945 and continued her exploration in abstraction. In Gail Levin’s biography, she challenges previous portrayals of Krasner as living in the shadow of her husband, and shows that she was an independent and resourceful woman of uncompromising talent and prodigious energy.

 

Please RSVP at //forms.wm.edu/41870.

 

 

 

 

 

Treats courtesy of Kilwins Williamsburg!

 

VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE: BUILDING ON THE LEGACY

February 11, 2019
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VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE is proud to present Building on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection comprised of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by renowned artists.

Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first African American students in residence at William & MaryBuilding on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection was part of a yearlong program of special events during the 2017-2018 academic year, which spoke to themes of parity and desegregation. The original exhibition, held at the Muscarelle Museum of Art (September 2, 2017 – January 14, 2018), featured works that encompassed a variety of media, styles, and eras, exemplifying the plurality of vision among these accomplished artists. Re-created and expanded for VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE as part of AMERICAN EVOLUTION™, the 2019 commemoration in the Commonwealth, Building on the Legacy embraces a panoply of approaches, ranging from the 19th-century realism of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the contemporary conceptualism of Martin Puryear.

MEET THE ARTIST BROWN BAG LUNCH

February 8, 2019
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Please join Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Friday, February 8 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for a very special Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch. Stop by the Museum with your lunch any time between 12 and 2:00 PM to learn about the methods and thought processes involved in creating works of art through the artist himself. This installment of the series will feature a hands-on watercolor monotype workshop, a potter’s demonstration and a live musical performance!

 

DAY 4 OF W&M GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL

February 3, 2019
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is a proud sponsor of the twelfth annual William & Mary Global Film Festival! For over a decade, the Festival has brought the William & Mary and Williamsburg communities together for an annual celebration of film and live performances. This year, the Festival will take place Thursday, January 31 through Sunday, February 3 with four days of films, special guests, workshops, and receptions. Check out the full lineup of films and special events at filmfestival.wm.edu!

 

DAY 3 OF W&M GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL

February 2, 2019
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is a proud sponsor of the twelfth annual William & Mary Global Film Festival! For over a decade, the Festival has brought the William & Mary and Williamsburg communities together for an annual celebration of film and live performances. This year, the Festival will take place Thursday, January 31 through Sunday, February 3 with four days of films, special guests, workshops, and receptions. Check out the full lineup of films and special events at filmfestival.wm.edu!

THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING: AN ART WORLD ODYSSEY

February 2, 2019
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is so pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring the W&M Global Film Festival’s screening of The Price of Everything: An Art World Odyssey in cooperation with the 1693 Scholars and the William & Mary Department of Art and Art History! This film gives unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, and dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a mirror up to our values and our times – where everything can be bought and sold.

 

Join us at the Kimball Theatre (428 W Duke of Gloucester Street) for the screening on Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 PM (film run-time 98 mins). Tickets are available here.  This event will be hosted by Richard Lowry, Professor of English and Film and Media Studies and the Director of the film, Nathanial Kahn. There will be a Q&A after the film, so be sure to stay for that!