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April 2020


April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Ron Tarver, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Swarthmore College

Ron Tarver is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer with a broad background covering photojournalism and art photography. In this session, Tarver explains how he has reimagined the African American experience in the United States under Jim Crow through the lens of his father Richard, a photographer who captured the community of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma during the 1940s and 1950s. Tarver will share his own experience as a photographer and how he has approached his current project that borrows from his father’s productive legacy.

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April 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

As a member of the Muscarelle Museum of Art, you receive free and exclusive access to the galleries for special Members' Hours on Thursdays from 5 - 7 PM. Come and see our current exhibitions In Focus: New Acquisitions in Photography and American Vision: A Tribute to Carroll Owens, Jr.! Not a member? Join today and enjoy the benefits of membership!

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POSTPONED: OBJECTS IN ACTION- Dynamism and Multisensory Experience in Contemporary West African Masquerade

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Homann, Assistant Professor of Art History at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Based on over a decade of research in Southwestern Burkina Faso, West Africa, this talk will offer an overview of contemporary masquerade arts and practices, addressing the question, “What is masquerade?” While we might be accustomed to viewing and understanding African masks as wood headpieces displayed on walls in museums and private collections, Dr. Lisa Homann demonstrates that masks are more than objects of contemplation. Rather, mask headpieces are just one element of masquerade, which is a dynamic and multisensory experience. Her presentation will include photographs, videos, and eyewitness accounts of recent mask performances. Dr. Lisa Homann is Assistant Professor…

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April 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

During William & Mary Art History Majors' senior year, they develop, discuss, and refine an in depth research project, culminating in an oral presentation at the Art History Senior Research Symposium. This year, the Museum is thrilled to host the symposium here in the galleries.  hosted here at the Museum this year. The student's family, friends, colleagues, and the William & Mary community are invited.

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April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a free tour with our docents of our current exhibitions -- In Focus: New Acquisitions in Photography and American Vision: A Tribute to Carroll Owens, Jr.

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April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a free tour with our docents of our current exhibitions -- In Focus: New Acquisitions in Photography and American Vision: A Tribute to Carroll Owens, Jr.

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POSTPONED: NEW FORMS- The Chicago Tribune Tower Architectural Competition of 1922

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: David Brashear, Interim Director, Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary

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.

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April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Steve Prince, Director of Engagement, Muscarelle Museum of Art

Join us at the Museum for sketching and conversation in the galleries during The Curatorial Project exhibition. Draw inspiration from student curators’ selections and receive guidance from the instructor Steve Prince. This workshop integrates art history and studio art practices. Workshop fee: Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, and Students $10 | Non-Members $25 | Please note that space is limited to 20 participants.

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May 2020

NATIVE PLACES: Drawing as a Way to See

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Frank Harmon, FAIA, Professor of Practice in Architecture, North Carolina State University College of Design

As an architecture student in London in the 1960s, Frank Harmon used sketching to discover, study, and understand the nuances of structures and nature. "If I take a photograph of something, it remains in my mind forever." In this session, Harmon will describe his own personal journey, discuss the importance of studied examination and attention as a way to better appreciate the world around us, and preview his book, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See. Books will be available for sale and will be signed by the author.

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