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603 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA


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Tuesday - Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
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Exhibitions On Now


September 10, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Cheek, Graves & Burns Galleries

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.

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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


September 1, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan & Spigel Galleries

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 on themes that recenter master narratives of history and amplify both pan-Indian and tribally specific experiences while pondering a path to a shared future. A number of works from the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s Native American collection are being shown for the first time in this exhibition.

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Next Events

Red Power, Indigenous Voices and New Directions in Native American Art

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery, Muscarelle Museum, 603 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Curator of Native American Art
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 ,
Free with registration
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery


Join us for a trip to the late 1960s and the 1970s, a time when the best-selling book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee took the nation by storm, Andy Warhol and Pop Art redefined the art market, Bob Dylan's music topped the charts, and the American Indian Movement was born. This period and movement shaped many of the artists featured in our current exhibition Shared Ideologies. Exhibition curator Danielle Moretti-Langholtz will provide context and explain how they impacted Native American art in this engaging lecture.

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04 November

Artist Talk: Cara Romero

Sadler Center, Auditorium, 200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, 23185
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November 16 @ 6:00 pm
Speaker: Cara Romero
Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 ,
Free with registration
Sadler Center, Auditorium, 200 Stadium Dr. Williamsburg

The Muscarelle is thrilled to welcome Chemehuevi artist Cara Romero to campus. Romero will dive into her artistic process and recent projects. Romero is a technically brilliant photographer and marries that skill with her ability to convey an indigenous perspective on issues of Native representation and identity. Romero says "I am deeply committed to making work that addresses Native American social issues and changes the way people perceive us in contemporary society. My style offers viewers sometimes serious and sometimes playful social commentary on pressing social issues." Romero's works are widely sought by museums and the Muscarelle is lucky to have three of her photographs, TV Indians, Oil Boom, and Water Memory. All three are on view in Shared Ideologies.

Muscarelle Explorations: The Voice of the Artist is made possible by our partner, The Williamsburg Landing.

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16 November

Muscarelle News

December 11, 2021

Members’ Lecture- Ravenna: The Twilight of the Roman Empire

December 11 @ 2:00 pm Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian Contact: Phone: 757.221.2700 , Free to Muscarelle Members with registration Virtual


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.
December 7, 2021

Muscarelle Museum of Art Building Expansion Presentation

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 , Free with registration Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery


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.
December 7, 2021

Music in the Galleries: Appalachian Music Ensemble

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


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.