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October 13, 2014

Athenian Potters and Painters: Greek Vases from Virginia Collections

August 18, 2012 – October 7, 2012 The vases in this exhibition, from Virginia collections, were selected to display not only a variety of subjects and shapes, but also the principal techniques used to decorate them. Arranged in an approximate chronology, starting with prehistoric pottery and ending with high classical-era red-figure pottery, Athenian Potters and Painters was organized in connection with the international conference Athenian Potters and Painters III.  The labels and wall texts were written by the students of Professor John Oakley in the Department of Classical Studies at the College of William & Mary.
October 13, 2014

William D. Barnes Three Decades of Still Life and Landscape

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is pleased to present William D. Barnes: Three Decades of Still Life and Landscape, an exhibition of paintings and monotypes by Professor William Barnes – on view from April 14 to June 24, 2012. Barnes is retiring from the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary after thirty-seven years of dedicated teaching and mentoring students in the field of painting. The first major retrospective of this distinguished painter’s career,  the exhibition includes more than fifty paintings and fifty monotypes from a span of thirty years. In honor of the occasion, a […]
October 13, 2014

Curators At Work II: Memoranda for the Curatorial Files

Curators at Work II presents a new and enlarged version of Curators at Work: 16 Memoranda for the Curatorial Files, a small show in the spring of 2011 that received a popular response. A year ago, many visitors were delighted by the opportunity to discover that the Muscarelle owns original works of art by modern art luminaries like Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Man Ray, and Marino Marini. This year’s edition combines the fruits of the research by the students of two semesters of the Museum’s seminar, Curating, Collecting & Connoisseurship [ARTH 330-01 & ARTH 330-06]. On view in the Sheridan […]
October 13, 2014

Writ In Gold: Medieval Treasures In Honor of Dr. Barbara Watkinson

A mysterious gold Merovingian ring dating from the onset of the middle ages, ca. 400 to 600, is among the medieval treasures included in , a special loan exhibition In honor of the retirement of medievalist Professor Barbara Watkinson. The ring’s diamond shaped bezel is inset with blue and green glass and set off by a cabochon garnet on all four corners (lent by the Kathleen Durdin collection). The Merovingian kings in Gaul were suppressed by Charlemagne, but their fame as a ‘realm of the rings’ survives even today in legends and literature. Guest curated by William and Mary senior […]
October 13, 2014

Sadler Center Exhibition: 2nd Time Around: Students Engaged at ENvoy

March 2, 2012 – March 31,2012
October 13, 2014

Sadler Center Exhibition | Art & Culture: Along the US Mexican Border

On view beginning in November through March 1, 2012
October 13, 2014

Eight Endangered Species

Contemporary artist Kay Jackson portrays Eight Endangered Species using ancient techniques and creative variations on traditional frames. Since the 1990s, Kay Jackson has been quietly paying her respects to disappearing flora and fauna by making icons, one for every species. Their meticulously worked surfaces and gilt carved frames recall the sacred relics of early art. Her works evoke the irony of our readiness to lament environmental damage and our inaction to prevent. Each of the Endangered Species panels, now more than thirty five in all, requires months to produce. Their delicately incised and gilt surfaces are layered and worked with […]
October 13, 2014

FRAMES The Forgotten Art

Guest curated by renowned master framer and gilder, William B. Adair, Frames: The Forgotten Art presents a globe-trotting selection of American and European hand-carved frames covering a span of more than five hundred years. The seventeenth-century framers of the Dutch Old Masters preferred dark woods and strong geometric patterns. The grand paintings made for English country houses and Italian baroque churches required magnificent examples of the carver’s and gilder’s art. One of the masterpieces in the exhibition is a towering baroque mirror frame with sculpted figures of gamboling putti on all four sides. This work, which once adorned the entrance […]
October 13, 2014

GRAND HALLUCINATION

Imagine Ding Dong Daddy, Messy Jesse and the Gulf of Sexico gone Day-Glo, side-by-side with fluorescent lithographs printed and embossed like gleaming jewels — the result is an unforgettable Sixties’ show… or, as Jerry Garcia might say, “What a long strange trip” this will be. The Museum is warming up the chilly months with a wild ride of color, humor, and irrepressible creativity in the works of two artists newly added to the Muscarelle collection, William Walmsley (1923-2003) and Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1923-2000). Although they took different paths to artistic eminence in the Sixties, they were both trailblazers in their use […]