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Exhibitions On Now

Looking out, at, in, and back again

October 16, 2020 - June 6, 2021
Sheridan Gallery, Muscarelle Museum of Art

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 we actually see are merely marks of ink on paper, paint on a support, or the silver in paper.

Using selected works from the Museum’s permanent collection and Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center, Looking out, at, in, and back again views the ways in which representation uses abstraction and abstraction uses representation. The exhibition serves as a laboratory for the class Neuroaesthetics: The Artist and the Mind taught by W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows Jennifer Stevens of the Department of Psychological Sciences & the Neuroscience Program and Elizabeth Mead of the Department of Art & Art History.

This exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Mead with student contributions by Sunny Ahn, Feyza Ciger, Gwyn Evans, Ashley Green, Carter Helmandollar, Jemela Kanu, Harper Kolenbrander, Maggie McGinley, Sarah Morgan, Leah Moyer, Jillian Ragno, Zoe Rogers, Lindsay Stolting, Francisca Swisher-Gomez, and Margot Szamosszegi.



Image caption: JULIA MARGARET CAMERON | English, 1815 - 1879 | A Study of The Cenci, 1870 | Albumen print | Gift of Joseph C. French, Jr. | 2017.120
CHILDE HASSAM | American, 1859 – 1935 | The Bathers, 1903 | Oil on board | Public Domain | On Loan from The Owens Foundation | TL20.1

AMERICAN VISION: A Tribute to Carroll Owens, Jr.

February 8, 2020 - April 4, 2021
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Spigel Gallery

American Vision: A Tribute to Carroll Owens, Jr. was originally scheduled to run from February 8 through April 7, 2020. In light of current conditions the Museum has extended the exhibition through January 10, 2021.

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is a fortunate beneficiary of The Owens Foundation here at William & Mary. The Foundation was created and facilitated by Carroll Owens, Jr., W&M ‘62 and his wife, Patrisia B. Owens, W&M ’62. The Owens Foundation generously provides support to departments on the campus as well as awarding the Monroe scholarship to one undergraduate student per class.

One of the ways that The Owens Foundation has contributed to the Museum and our mission is through several key loans to the collection. In honor of Carroll Owens, Jr. and his service to the Muscarelle and William & Mary, the Museum will be displaying a selection of works from this collection including paintings by Thomas Cole, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam, and Edward Potthast among others.

SCALES OF CHAOS: The Dance of Art & Contemporary Science

September 23, 2020 - April 11, 2021
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Cheek, Graves & Burns Galleries

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 presents 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 and why they were chosen, created an interactive 3-D virtual exhibition, and produced an exhibition catalogue. After the completion of their class the Museum staff and Professor Conan-Wu stayed in close contact hoping to eventually share the exhibition that the students worked so hard on. The Museum is pleased to announce that we mounted a modified version of Scales of Chaos in our second floor galleries.

Additionally, an online exhibition documenting the collaborative process and behind-the-scenes work as well as the student created digital elements of the exhibition will be available on VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE as an online companion. Adriano Marinazzo, Curator of Digital Initiatives at the Muscarelle, says that this project is a key example of how “the Museum’s digital platform can serve and elevate the merging of liberal arts and digital humanities.”

A number of institutions and individuals at William & Mary made this project possible, including staff at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Department of Art & Art History, Special Collections Research Center of the Swem Library, and University Communications Web & Design.

Next Events

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | History for the Future: Campus Memorials

Virtual, VA United States
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Universities have been addressing their histories of racial injustices in a variety of ways. William & Mary and the University of Virginia have designed memorials to enslaved workers, and the one at the University of Virginia has been constructed. William & Mary’s Jody Allen and the University of Virginia’s Louis Nelson '90 will explore the process and meaning of these projects in a panel moderated by Sara Bon-Harper.

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02 February

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | Memorial to the Enslaved Discussion

Virtual, VA United States
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Free – $10

Learn more about William & Mary’s upcoming Memorial to the Enslaved through a discussion by the project’s key stakeholders. The final design, Hearth, by William Sendor, W&M ’11 was unveiled in 2020 and construction is slated to begin in 2021. Panelists include Jody Allen, Director of The Lemon Project; Chon Glover, Chief Diversity Officer; Susan Kern, Executive Director of Historic Campus; Ed Pease, architect and adjunct professor; Burt Pinnock, Principal, Chairman, Baskervill; and William Sendor, W&M ’11, designer. Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, Students: Free Non-Members: $10

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11 February

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June 10, 2021

MUSCARELLE READS | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright


Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright by Paul Hendrickson

Our next installment of Muscarelle Reads will be Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Fury of Frank Lloyd Wright by Paul Hendrickson. Paul Hendrickson reveals another side of Frank Lloyd Wright in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life. In showing us Wright’s facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man.

Join David Brashear and Edwin Pease for a lively discussion on Plagued by Fire. Brashear and Pease are both Frank Lloyd Wright specialists and will lead the conversation on Hendrickson’s defining biography of Wright.

May 25, 2021

SELECTED TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE | The Architecture of Transportation in Washington D.C.

Looking toward a growing National Capital, regional and Federal leaders came together in the second half of the 20th century to make major improvements in the local, national and international transportation systems serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Engaging accomplished designers and visionaries like Eero Saarinen for the creation of Dulles Airport, Harry Weese for the design of the Metro System, and César Pelli for a complete makeover of Reagan National Airport, the region was catapulted ahead of other American cities with an efficient and interconnected transportation system that used a wide and compelling modern vocabulary. This presentation will focus on the planning regime and the key design moves that made the network what it is today.

May 1, 2021


Laugh! Libate! Lift your paddle for a great cause!

The Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled… so, since they are moving, we are too!

Based on Governor Northam’s most recent announcement of Phase 3 guidelines for the State of Virginia, large gatherings are capped at 250 attendees for the foreseeable future.  With this rule in place, combined with social distancing and mask guidelines, we are postponing our 10th Anniversary Wine & Run for the Roses auction to Saturday, May 1, 2021, at The Williamsburg Lodge. All sponsorships, tables and tickets will be transferred over to next year.  The safety and well being of our guests is of utmost importance to us, so we hope you will look forward to our anniversary celebration next Spring.

If you had room reservations at The Williamsburg Lodge under our room block,  your reservations have been cancelled. We will share a new link and contact information for May reservations.

We will host an online auction for some exciting lifestyle lots that include smaller social gatherings, dinners and travel, beginning Sunday, September 13 at Noon until Sunday, September 20 at 10 pm. More details soon.

Visit mmawineauction.com for more information and to purchase tickets!

Tickets: $200 | Auction Tickets will be $250 after April 1, 2021. 

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