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Contemporary American Marine Art: 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists

September 9, 2016
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September 10 through December 2, 2016

Hosted every three years by museums across the U.S., the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) holds a juried competition for the best in contemporary marine art.  ASMA is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history, and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, academics, enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art.  The Muscarelle Museum of Art kicks off the national tour in conjunction with the First National Marine Art Conference in Williamsburg (September 8-11).

Unique to the Muscarelle display, the Museum will partner with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at the College of William & Mary Law School for a series of lectures featuring marine topics ranging from sea level rise, to the Clean Power Plan and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  Through the First Tuesday Lecture Series, free and open to the public, the Museum will serve as a neutral space for open dialogue about complex coastal resource management issues among a backdrop of more than 120 works of art from the nation’s leading marine artists.

James Monroe and His Built Environment at Highland | Sara Bon-Harper | Midway Wednesday Lecture Series | Selected Topics in Architecture

May 11, 2016
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May 11, 2016  |  6 PM

Narratives of James Monroe as a modest planter have been furthered by the appearance of his unassuming home, Highland, in Albemarle County, Virginia currently owned by the College of William & Mary. Recent architectural and archaeological research reveals new truths about the house, planned and built with the aid of Monroe’s friend and mentor, Thomas Jefferson. This understanding of the property sheds new light on James Monroe and his social and political aspirations. In this lecture, Sara Bon-Harper will explore the property through new research, and discuss emerging narratives about the fifth U.S. President.

 

Wine & Run Presented by MCV Foundation & VCU Health

May 7, 2016
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2-7 PM

Join us for the 7th Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Auction presented by MCV Foundation & VCU Health. The event will be held on the lawn of the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia, 603 Jamestown Road on the campus of The College of William & Mary. Tickets are selling fast! Purchase your tickets here.

Don’t miss the premier social event in Williamsburg. This year’s weekend honors Charles & Ali Banks and Terroir Life. Fine and rare wine and extraordinary travel excursions all at auction exclusively through this event! Featuring a wine reception with fabulous fare from regional chefs, hat contest, Derby race raffle, wine raffle and giant screen telecast of the Kentucky Derby. Proceeds benefit the Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation a 501(c)3 organization. For additional information about this event, click HEREThe catalog is also now available online.

The American Museums of I.M. Pei: Radical Geometry | David Brashear | Midway Wednesday Lecture Series | Selected Topics in Architecture

April 13, 2016
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6 PM

Starting with a commission in Syracuse in 1961, I.M. Pei embarked upon a sub-career of museum design. With his strong sense of geometric forms, and his attachment to the plasticity of concrete,Pei’s Everson Museum was a sculptural tour de force.  His next commission came for an addition to the Des Moines Art Center, and both of the facilities opened in quick succession in 1968 to great acclaim.  His performance on these projects earned him a commission from Cornell University for their new art museum.   Ultimately, this sequence of three museums served as the resume that earned him the commission for the expansion of the National Gallery in Washington – and the resulting East Wing.  In this session, we will explore the importance of geometry and form in Pei’s work, and the variety of materials he used to complete these world-renowned projects.

Modern Architecture in the Embassy Sectors: Brasília’s International Building Project | David Brashear | Midway Wednesday Lecture Series | Selected Topics in Architecture

March 9, 2016
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6 PM

The move of Brazil’s capital from Rio de Janeiro to the new city of Brasília in the 1960s was envisioned as a physical representation of the passage to the economic and political future of a rising nation.  The new city was intended to be overtly modern, and Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic buildings defined it from the outset.  But his work did not stand alone – the construction of embassies in Brasília allowed for a nearly unprecedented gathering of international talent, and all were tasked to create facilities that both represented their own countries and paid respect to their Brazilian hosts.  In this session, we will explore the embassy compounds in Brasília that collectively mark the architectural modernism of the 1960s and 1970s.

Hiroshige’s Tokaido: The Ordinary and the Extraordinary on the Road in Early Nineteenth-Century Japan | Marcia Yonemoto | First Tuesday Lecture Series Presented by MCV Foundation & VCU Health

March 1, 2016
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6 PM

Taking advantage of the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s exhibition of five different versions of Ando Hiroshige’s renowned print series “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido,” this talk will focus on the artist’s representation of everyday life in the extraordinarily vibrant space that was the Tokaido in the early nineteenth century. The talk will discuss individual prints depicting stops on the famous highway, with particular attention to visual culture, the changing practice of travel, and concepts of space and place in early nineteenth-century Japan.