Building the Brafferton Exhibition Catalogue

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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to announce that the exhibition catalogue for Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America’s Indian School is available for purchase here at the Museum now as well as the Williamsburg Barnes & Noble!

Building the Brafferton was the first exhibition to examine the history of the Indian School within the wider networks of trade, politics of church and state, and Great Britain’s colonial enterprise in North America. Objects and documents from William & Mary’s collections as well as major loans from the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, Colonial Williamsburg, and Gilcrease Museum, among others, reconstructed the history of the Brafferton and its alumni. To honor the legacy of the Brafferton and its students, the Museum commissioned several contemporary Native American artworks from members of descendant tribes.

The Muscarelle also sponsored special programming related to the exhibition, including a scholarly lecture series, student research symposium, and the student event, the Brafferton Stomp Dance. All of these greatly enhanced the topic. In the exhibition and catalogue, the curators Danielle Moretti-Langholtz and Buck Woodard seek to reconnect William & Mary, which founded and funded the Brafferton Indian School, to Native communities and the Indian students. By highlighting the life histories of select Brafferton students, we hope that the Brafferton Indian School is seen as a living legacy for both indigenous people and the university.

The illustrated catalogue features new original research from Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Buck Woodard, Ashley Atkins Spivey, Edward Chappell, Audrey Horning, Susan Kern, Mark Kostro, Alexandra Martin, Stephanie Pratt, Dylan Ruediger, Sydney Stewart, and Michaela Wright as well as a Foreword from former Director of the Muscarelle Aaron H. De Groft and a Preface by former William & Mary President W. Taylor Reveley.

1619 / 2019

October 28, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | November 6, 2019 – January 26, 2020

This exhibition marks the 400th 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  features 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.

Participating artists include Sonya Clark, Nell Painter, Katrina Andry, Sedrick Huckaby, Preston Jackson, Delita Martin, Jerushia Graham, Letitia Huckaby, Richard Ward, Elmer Yazzie, Steve Prince, Dayon Royster, Kimberly Dummons, Bear Allison and Donald Wilson. Works from the Museum’s permanent collection augment the exhibition including Charlie Pratt, Rose Powhatan, Bunky Echo-Hawk, Willie Cole, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers and Charles White.  Recently acquired works from Cara Romero and Danny Simmons along with original poems by Hermine Pinson, William & Mary Professor of English & Africana Studies, offer additional opportunities for reflection on the powerful subject matter of this exhibition.

Due to continued community support, the Muscarelle is pleased to announce that we are extending the exhibition through January 26, 2020.

Purchase Awards and Exhibition Extension Press Release is available here.

Exhibition Press Release is available here.


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.

Announcing the Inaugural Exhibition for VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE

September 6, 2018
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present the virtual exhibition “Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection” in recognition of the 100 Years of Women celebration at William & Mary. This panoramic virtual tour allows the user to view works from the Muscarelle collection alongside curatorial research expressly chosen to honor the contribution women have made in the arts. Women with Vision online launches the Museum’s digital initiatives project called VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE. For optimal viewing, we suggest using Google Chrome, Safari, or Opera web browsers.

Press Release Available Here

Miriam Schapiro | American, 1923 – 2015 | In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee, 1993 | Color lithograph | © Miriam Schapiro | Museum Purchase | 2000.022