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January 11, 2022
LEONARD BASKIN | American, 1922 - 2000 | Leonard Baskin at 51, 1973 | Woodcut in black and green on Japanese rice paper | © artist or artist's estate | Gift of Christian Vinyard | 2012.137

THE HUMAN FRAME: Prints by Leonard Baskin

This exhibition demonstrates Leonard Baskin’s use of the body as a vehicle for reflection, highlighting themes of mortality and morality in the natural world. Part of a required practicum course for Art History majors, The Curatorial Project (ARTH 331), was directed by Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History. Students selected, researched, documented, and wrote didactic texts for The Human Frame from the Muscarelle’s growing collection of works by the important mid-20th century American artist Leonard Baskin. The exhibition allowed student curators the rare opportunity to work closely with museum professionals and conduct hands-on research for the collection.  Read more about […]
December 3, 2021
EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUSTE CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph

EDGAR DEGAS: The Private Impressionist

Works by Degas in this exhibition consisted of drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, one sculpture, and a letter, all from a single private collection. The collection endeavored to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas the man, as well as to present his genius as an artist. The subject matter of these works by Degas is often quite personal. In addition to three rare self-portraits, the collection includes depictions of close family members, his loyal housekeeper Sabine Neyt, and multiple portraits of artists Édouard Manet and Mary Cassatt. Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist highlighted the artist’s interests and individual methods […]
January 11, 2022
SISTER GERTRUDE MORGAN | American, 1900 – 1980 | And I Saw Another Angel | Paint and ink on card | © Artist’s Estate | Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment | 2020.011

SPARK OF IMAGINATION: The Spectrum of Creativity

Spark of Imagination celebrated the ingenuity of American self-trained artists and their individual impulses to create. Along with special loans, the exhibition featured new acquisitions on view for the first time including works by Clementine Hunter, Helen LaFrance, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Grandma Moses. Each of the artists represented showcase their own style and unique visual vocabulary that demonstrate an engaging spectrum of creativity.   Image Caption: SISTER GERTRUDE MORGAN | American, 1900 – 1980 | And I Saw Another Angel | Paint and ink on card | © Artist’s Estate | Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors […]
August 2, 2021
CARA ROMERO | American (Chemehuevi), born 1977 | Water Memory, 2015 | Archival pigment print on Legacy Platine paper | © Cara Romero | Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment | 2020.045


Shared Ideologies, an exhibition of selected works by Native American artists from the 1970s to the present will offer visitors an opportunity to engage in a sociopolitical dialogue about the space between history and memory. Paintings and works on paper by artists such as the late T.C. Cannon (Kiowa, 1946 – 1978), Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo, born 1957), Cara Romero (Chemeheuvi, born 1977), Tom Poolaw (Kiowa/Delaware, born 1959), Julie Buffalohead (Ponca, born 1972) and several others, transcend the two-dimensional artwork by their elders that came to define Native American art. Shared Ideologies invites non-Native viewers into a dialogue with indigenous artists […]
August 3, 2021


The new World Trade Center is a space of remembering and healing, as well as a tribute to life and art. This place serves as a memorial designed to honor people and commemorate heroes and connects the past and the future to the present through architecture. The buildings and spaces designed by Daniel Libeskind, Michael Arad, David Childs, and Santiago Calatrava function as channels to find new purpose and peace after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Forever Marked By The Day pays homage to those architects, artists, designers, and photographers who made creativity triumph over destruction.  
January 6, 2021
FAITH RINGGOLD | American, born 1930 | The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles, 1996 | Color lithograph, 94/100 | Faith Ringgold © 1996 | Museum Purchase | 2000.023


This exhibition—The Art of Well-Being—did not attempt to define either art or well-being. Rather it presented a range of works from the collection of the Muscarelle Museum of Art selected to explore those ideas. The exhibition had five sections—individual; kin; community; natural world; and art-making. Individually and in groups, the paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and other media shown expressed the needs, pleasures, desires, and aspirations of individuals, communities, and the wider world. At the same time the works chosen evoked the web of connections among these perspectives, whether providing a space for quiet contemplation or a call to action; freedom […]
January 6, 2021

And still, movement

The expression of motion within the still life of black and white photography embodies the curious nature of forms that are simultaneously static and dynamic. Through a conversation between art and science, this installation of recent acquisitions in photography considers the motion of life as a process in natural and built environments and seeks to explore simplistic and entropic experiences. Developed by a team of undergraduate students nominated by faculty for their combined interest in art and science, these images represent their intersectional interest and serve as a visual representation between the interplay of art and science. Curated by Macy […]
October 8, 2020

Looking out, at, in, and back again

Looking is a very complex process—nearly as complex as seeing. It requires that we let go of what we know, so we can open ourselves to what we see. Or, as American artist Robert Irwin said, “Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.” Works of art are never merely mimetic representations, but rather entities in their own right. A visual language gives art its power regardless of whether or not we can name the thing we are looking at. Works of art always involve aspects of abstraction. To this extent, the notion of representation is false. What […]
January 28, 2020

SCALES OF CHAOS: The Dance of Art & Contemporary Science

Curated by the nine William & Mary students in Professor Xin Conan-Wu’s class The Curatorial Project, Scales of Chaos: The Dance of Art & Contemporary Science presented fresh ways of reading art, and of artworks that embody a sensible intuition of complex phenomena. Scales of Chaos: The Dance of Art & Contemporary Science was originally scheduled to open on April 17 in our first floor Sheridan gallery. Professor Conan-Wu and the students in The Curatorial Project quickly adapted after the university’s suspension of in-person instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They accomplished all curatorial tasks, recorded videos discussing the featured works […]