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Issue 24 — Monday, September 23, 2019





Your window on art, ideas, and happenings at the
Williams College Museum of Art

Welcome back!
We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Lawrence Hall now that the summer renovation project is complete. Come experience All at Once, an interactive digital exhibit that explores the museum collection in new ways.
A closer look
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., an award-winning exhibition co-curated by Williams College Professor C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz of the Palm Springs Art Museum, opened September 6 with a lively celebration. The exhibition remains on view through December 9.
A shift in perspective
SHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European Art is a fresh take on familiar works, including this 1909 Rockwell Kent painting depicting autumn in the Berkshires. 
Open classroom
The largest Object Lab in WCMA's history is now open through December 15. This semester-long exhibition of permanent collection objects serves as a second classroom for 10 Williams College courses as well as a unique, multi-themed display that all visitors can enjoy.  
More than meets the eye
Sense and Suggestion is a multi-sensory exhibition featuring Siobhán Hapaska's "Mule" (1997, above) and other intriguingly evocative pieces of contemporary art from the WCMA collection.
'Scentsory' journey
Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) showcases Katie Paterson's candle, which burns down over 12 hours, creating a journey through space via its scent. Each layer contains a unique fragrance corresponding to a planet or place in the universe. A series of activations begins Thursday, September 26.
Opening Friday, September 27
The invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), an exhibition by artist Michael Rakowitz, transforms the museum's 1935 Gallery into part of King Ashurnasirpal II’s 9th century BCE palace. On view through March 19, 2020. 
Upcoming events
WCMA's season celebration is Thursday, October 3, at 5 p.m. and Kenturah Davis gives the annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art on Saturday, October 5, at 3 p.m.
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Images: A visitor tests the new iPad augmented-reality feature in the All at Once exhibition. Photo by Nina Pelaez | View of the Axis Mundo celebration. Photo by Bradley Wakoff | Rockwell Kent, Berkshire Hills, 1909. Oil on canvas, 38 ½ x 44 ½ in. Museum purchase, Gift of purchase funds provided by Paul Neely, Class of 1968, and Karl E. Weston Memorial Fund, M.2018.7. | A Williams College student in the Art History 104 course sketches an African sculpture in Object Lab. Photo by Elizabeth Gallerani | Siobhán Hapaska (born 1963, Belfast, Northern Ireland), Mule, 1997. Fiberglass, acrylic lacquer, upholstery, electronic and audio components, synthetic fur. Gift of Patricia and Frank Kolodny. Installation view, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles | Katie Paterson, Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole), 2015. Photo © Cui Junjun. Exhibition view OCAT, Shanghai, 2016. Courtesy the artist, British Council, and James Cohan, New York | Michael Rakowitz (American, born 1973), The invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), 2018. Seven reliefs and six missing reliefs (details view), Middle Eastern packaging and newspapers, glue, cardboard on wooden structures. Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery | Kenturah Davis. Courtesy of the artist 
 

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