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603 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA
23185

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 12 - 5 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

 

* Members' Only Exhibition Hours
Thursday: 5 - 7 PM





Exhibitions On Now


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

April 15, 2022 -
Sheridan Gallery

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 the student experience here.

 

Image citation: LEONARD BASKIN (American, 1922 - 2000) |  Leonard Baskin at 51, 1973  | Woodcut in black and green on Japanese rice paper | © artist's estate | Gift of Christian Vinyard | 2012.137

EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUSTE CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph

EDGAR DEGAS: THE PRIVATE IMPRESSIONIST

February 12, 2022 - May 29, 2022
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Cheek, Graves & Burns Galleries

Works by Degas in this exhibition consist of drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, one sculpture, and a letter, all from a single private collection. The collection endeavors 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 highlights the artist’s interests and individual methods of creating through experimentation and touches upon notable themes of Degas’ oeuvre such as anatomy, horse racing, and ballet.  Although often aloof to strangers, Degas shared warmth and loyalty with his family as well as with a wide circle of friends, which included some of the greatest writers and artists of the epoch.  Works by Degas’ circle in this exhibition include Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Edweard Muybridge, among others.

Upcoming special programming, through the series Muscarelle Explorations, will focus on Degas and include lectures, a film, a book club discussion, and a concert of period music to further explore the cultural life of the artist and his peers.  In addition, a sequence of live drawing workshops in the galleries will give participants a special view of the exhibition and provide a deeper understanding of Degas’ methods and techniques.  Dates, times, and registration information is now available through the Explorations page at Muscarelle.org!

EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUSTE CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph

Exhibition organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA | www.a-r-t.com in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA

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Speaking French: The Influence of The École Des Beaux-arts on 19th Century American Architecture

May 18, 2022 6:00 pm

In 1846, Richard Morris Hunt became the first American student to be admitted to the architecture section of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Two...



Muscarelle Reads

May 25, 2022 6:00 pm

Picasso Looks at Degas
(Published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, 2010)

Please join us for a virtual book club...

Museum Expansion: The Martha Wren Briggs Center for The Visual Arts

February 12, 2022 -
Spigel Gallery

Learn more about the upcoming Martha Wren Briggs Center for The Visual Arts, the new home for the Muscarelle Museum of Art, through our new exhibition detailing the project in the Spigel Gallery. The presentation includes images, drawings, floor plans, and a model—all designed to give visitors a detailed glimpse of our future!



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Muscarelle Reads

Free

Virtual Event:

Picasso Looks at Degas
(Published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, 2010)

Please join us for a virtual book club co-hosted by David Brashear, Museum Director, and Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History at William & Mary. Our featured book presents Pablo Picasso’s direct responses to Edgar Degas’ works, as well as more conceptual and challenging affinities between their individual bodies of work. Illustrated essays explore the artists’ parallel interests in modern urban life, ballet dancers, activities such as bathing and combing the hair, photography, and the challenges of sculpture. The book also provides the first extended analysis of Picasso’s engagement with Degas’ art in his final years, when he acquired several of the French artist’s brothel monotypes and reworked some of them in his own prints.

FREE

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25 May



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May 25, 2022

Muscarelle Reads

Virtual Event: Picasso Looks at Degas (Published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, 2010) Please join us for a virtual book club co-hosted by David Brashear, Museum Director, and Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History at William & Mary. Our featured book presents Pablo Picasso’s direct responses to Edgar Degas’ works, as well as more conceptual and challenging affinities between their individual bodies of work. Illustrated essays explore the artists’ parallel interests in modern urban life, ballet dancers, activities such as bathing and combing the hair, photography, and the challenges of sculpture. The book also provides the first extended analysis of Picasso’s engagement with Degas’ art in his final years, when he acquired several of the French artist’s brothel monotypes and reworked some of them in his own prints. FREE
May 18, 2022

Speaking French: The Influence of The École Des Beaux-arts on 19th Century American Architecture

David Brashear, Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art In 1846, Richard Morris Hunt became the first American student to be admitted to the architecture section of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Two decades later, Charles McKim also enrolled at the École. Their collective impact on American architecture included both true Beaux-Arts styling, directly imported from France, and an evolved rationality that had its basis in French design but reflected a more rational, American approach. FREE
May 7, 2022

Wine & Run for the Roses: Saturday, May 7, 2022

A Virginia Wine Reception with fabulous fare, hat contest, race raffle and live telecast of the 148th Kentucky Derby.

Dress code is Derby Attire
Valet parking is available

At The Williamsburg Lodge, Virginia Room
310 South England Street
2:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Tickets $250
$150 for Young W&M alums ‘12 – ’21


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