December 10, 2020

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: Microscopes & Death Threats

Join us for a special lecture with Thiago Piwowarczyk, Founder and Owner of New York Art Forensics, a firm dedicated to full-service art consulting for the purposes of authentication, attribution and conservation. This lecture will focus on how art authentication investigations can be scientifically challenging, but sometimes, the challenge lies elsewhere. From historical research to exposing scams, join us as we examine some past cases tackled by New York Art Forensics. Members, W&M Students, Faculty and Staff: Free Non-Members: $10
December 3, 2020


Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo Join David Brashear, Museum Director, and Carrie Cooper, Dean of University Libraries, William & Mary, for a lively virtual discussion on Provenance. While it reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace, this is most certainly not fiction. Join our discussion about this meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery. Free with registration.
November 12, 2020

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: Art and Craft Film Discussion

Join us for a virtual discussion and Q&A with Art and Craft documentary film directors and producers Jennifer Grausman and Sam Cullman moderated by art fraud specialist Colette Loll. This engaging documentary film follows the unique story of art forger Mark Landis and provides a window into how and why he created fraudulent works of art meant to deceive museums across the country. After screening the film, please submit your questions for the panel to no later than 12 PM on November 12 to be part of the discussion. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions live […]
October 29, 2020

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes

Join Colette Loll, the Founder and Director of Art Fraud Insights, as she details the stories behind the headlines and describes the scoundrels that perpetrated the frauds that were featured in her groundbreaking exhibition Treasures on Trial. She will describe fake-busting techniques used to determine authenticity, and while focused on art and antiques, will also discuss objects from other collector categories such as fine wine, sports memorabilia, and most recently, her project with ancient texts. Members, W&M Students, Faculty and Staff: Free Non-Members: $10
October 22, 2020

NEW FORMS: The Chicago Tribune Tower Architectural Competition of 1922

When they launched the design competition for their new headquarters in 1922, the publishers of the Chicago Tribune were seeking to build “the world’s most beautiful office building.”  Prizes totaling $100,000 were offered to entrants, and 263 designers from 23 countries submitted entries.  The competition was a watershed moment in the evolution of skyscraper architecture, and the diversity of the entries underscored the broad palette available to architects as they struggled with appropriate forms for tall buildings.  In this lecture, David Brashear will examine the importance of the competition and some of the noteworthy submissions.
March 28, 2020


Join Eliot Dudik, Lecturer in Photography, Department of Art & Art History at William & Mary, for an introduction to the large format camera, and its abilities in producing a portrait. After capturing an image, film will be processed, and the group will gather in the darkroom to see a finished print emerge from the operation. Members, W&M Students, Faculty and Staff: $125 | Non-Members: $150 | Please note that space is limited to 15 participants, and advance registration is required.
March 20, 2020

POSTPONED: ART FILM FRIDAY – Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman celebrates the life and career of one of the world’s greatest architectural photographers. Shulman’s images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. The photographer, who passed away in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. Run time: 84 minutes; a brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screening.
February 10, 2020


A noted photographer and writer, Erika Fabian has published 23 books and nearly 200 photo-illustrated articles.  Her career includes many years of on-assignment travel and work for National Geographic Magazine. In this session, Fabian will explain the concept that professional photos are not taken but created. She will talk about “picture thinking,” the artistic and technical aspects of National Geographic-type of photography, and how this concept can be adapted in virtually any travel photo situation. Members, W&M Students, Faculty and Staff: Free | Non-Members: $10
December 3, 2019


After the closure of the Bauhaus by the Nazis in 1933 for its curriculum based on “degenerate” art, many of its artistic luminaries began to feel stymied by the pressures of an all-controlling government. As the suppression broadened, a number of Bauhaus leaders emigrated to the United States, bringing with them a breadth of modernist design principles. In this lecture, David Brashear will investigate the impact of Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Josef and Anni Albers, and László Moholy-Nagy as they made their presence known in America. Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff. Non-Members: $5 […]