The Museum is closed while the staff is hard at work changing out the galleries in preparation for our upcoming exhibition The Adjacent Possible (Opens August 27).
Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | August 27 – September 27, 2019
This exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Mead, Professor of Art and W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, seeks to analyze how humans cogitate and process our experience when viewing works of art. The title of the exhibition is a term borrowed from the scientist Stuart Kauffman who defines “the adjacent possible” as the limits of creative potential and how those boundaries grow and enlarge the more one explores them. The Adjacent Possible ponders an area of science called neuro-aesthetics and offers first-hand experiential interaction with contemporary abstract works from a distinguished group of living artists comprised of Michelle Benoit, Phil Chang, Stefan Chinov, Jaynie Crimmins, Sara Dochow, Diane Englander, Pamela Farrell, Karen Fitzgerald, Helen O’Leary, Lorraine Tady, Jo Volley, and Susan York.
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | October 4 – October 27, 2019
Faculty Show 14 highlights the diverse talents of the William & Mary studio instructors in a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. A long-standing collaboration between the Museum and the Department of Art & Art History, participating artists include David Campbell, Suzanne Demeo, Michael Draeger, Eliot Dudik, Michael Gaynes, Mike Jabbur, Brian Kreydatus, John Lee, Jayson Lowery, Elizabeth Mead, Edwin Pease, Kristin Peyton, and Nicole McCormick Santiago.
Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | November 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020
As a contemporary response to the 1619 commemoration in Virginia, 1619 / 2019 will feature art works from African American and Native American emergent and established artists in a variety of media. This exhibition marks the four-hundred-year anniversary of the arrival of the first documented African slaves in Colonial Virginia that, while part of the greater narrative of slavery in the Americas, helped to set into motion the ongoing repercussions of this historical event.
Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | April 5 – June 6, 2019
This spring, William & Mary students curated this exhibition as part of a required practicum course for Art History majors called The Curatorial Project (ARTH 331). The exhibition explores ceremony as a vital cultural impulse expressed by communities and individuals around the world through an incredible diversity of artistic forms and objects, some grand and some quotidian, some celebratory and others somber. Drawing upon collections at the Muscarelle, Special Collections Resource Center at William & Mary Libraries, and elsewhere around William & Mary, along with sociological ideas about the effervescent liveliness of communal artifacts Objects of Ceremony presents a rich and complex portrait of ritual events that shape and define daily life.
Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff.
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Image citations (left to right):
AMALIA MESA-BAINS | American, b. 1943 | Plants of Mourning, Remembrance of Things Past (detail), 1997 | Digital print on Arches Aquarelle | © Amalia Mesa-Bains | Purchase, the Michael Darren Kelm Memorial Fund and the Kelm-Malis Family | 2000.020
WAYNE MORTON THIEBAUD | American, 1920 – 2011 | Eight Lipsticks, 1988 | Color drypoint and etching | © 2019 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY | Purchase, Jean Outland Chrysler Fund | 1988.084
CAROLYN AUTRY | American, 1940 – 2011 | Relationship of Things ─ Belief XXXV (detail), 1981 | Line etching and aquatint | © Estate of the artist | Gift of Peter Elloian in Memory of his wife Carolyn Autry | 2018.051
TORII KOTONDO | Japanese, 1900 – 1976 | Tomomori (detail), c. 1950 | Woodblock print | Gift of David Libertson | 2016.255
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present the ninth Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Auction on Derby Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 2 – 7 PM. Laugh, libate and lift your paddle for a great cause! Proceeds benefit the Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation a 501(c)3 organization. Purchase your ticket here!
March 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM | Tucker Hall, Tucker Theater
Please join us for the award-winning film My Architect: A Son’s Journey! This remarkable documentary examines Louis Kahn’s bold, modern buildings in loving detail. Kahn was one of the most important architects of the twentieth century. His dramatic death in 1974 – alone and unidentified in the men’s room of New York’s Penn train station – revealed a triple life: in addition to this wife and daughter, Kahn left behind two illegitimate children, by different women with whom he had long-term relationships. As the architect’s only son, director Nathaniel Kahn sought out old acquaintances and relatives of his father making My Architect a startlingly emotional human-interest story. Kahn explores his father’s life with a spirit of generosity and a wonderful sense of objectivity, taking him around America and to Israel, India and finally Bangladesh, to create a profound portrait of a man, an artist, his buildings and his secret lives.
A brief introduction by the Student Organizers will precede the screening (Run time: 110 minutes).
Free and open to the public.
March 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery
Join us for our inaugural Book Club! Over the course of this series we will be reading books that are related to works of art and artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection. In honor of 100 Years of Women at William & Mary, this semester we have selected Lee Krasner: A Biography by Gail Levin. Lee Krasner trained with Hans Hofmann at his New York studio, where she was exposed to the modernist innovations of pre-war Paris, including Picasso’s Cubism and Matisse’s use of color and outline. Though her works are marked by these influences and incorporate other characteristic motifs— shallow space, reductive color, rhythmic gesture, geometric abstraction, and bio-morphic motifs— Krasner also frequently experimented with new styles. Krasner married Jackson Pollock in 1945 and continued her exploration in abstraction. In Gail Levin’s biography, she challenges previous portrayals of Krasner as living in the shadow of her husband, and shows that she was an independent and resourceful woman of uncompromising talent and prodigious energy.
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Treats courtesy of Kilwins Williamsburg!
Please join Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Friday, January 18 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for a Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch. Stop by the Museum with your lunch any time between 12 and 2:00 pm to learn about the methods and thought processes involved in creating works of art dealing with provocative subject matter through the artist himself. Each Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch promises something new including an art installation, demonstration and a give-away!
The Muscarelle presents our third installment of Art Film Friday, a free community event, on December 14, 5:30 pm, at Washington Hall Room 201. Please join us for the celebrated documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. Appreciated by Andy Warhol, the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that made him famous. Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this cinematic biography, but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.
The screening will include a short introduction by the student organizers. (Film run-time 1hr, 33min). Washington Hall is located at 241 Jamestown Road on the campus of William & Mary.
Please join Steve Prince, Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Friday, December 7 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art for a Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch. Stop by the Museum any time between 12 and 2:00 pm to learn about the methods and thought processes involved in creating works of art dealing with provocative subject matter through the artist himself.
The Muscarelle presents our second installment of Art Film Friday, a free community event, on November 2nd, 5:30 pm, at Tucker Theater (Tucker 127A). Trace the rise of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang from childhood in Mao’s China to global art world superstar, and join his quest to realize his lifelong obsession: Sky Ladder. Told through the artist’s own words and those of family, friends and observers, the film examines why Cai engineers artworks that loom as far as the eye can see. The screening will include a short introduction by the student organizers. (Film run-time 1hr, 16min). Tucker Theater is located at 350 James Blair Drive on the campus of William & Mary. Please call 757.221.2703 for more information.
EXHIBITION HOURS (July 1 – July 15)
Friday – Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Thursday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed on most national holidays
Free to Members, W&M Students, Faculty, and Staff, and Children under 12
Free parking in front of the Museum with a permit obtained at the front desk.
Muscarelle Museum of Art
Williamsburg, VA 23185
From 1-64 East:
Take exit 242A (Route 199 West) for five miles to Jamestown Road (Route 31 North). Take a right on Jamestown Road. Proceed for one and a quarter miles. The Museum is on the left next to Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.
From 1-64 West:
Take exit 234 (Route 199 East toward Lightfoot). Follow for several miles to the second stop light, which is the intersection of Route 199 and Jamestown Road. Take a left onto Jamestown Road. Proceed for one and a quarter miles. The Museum is located on the left next to Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.
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May 8 | Edwin Pease | Broadacre City and Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Utopia | 6 PM
One of the fundamental questions considered by many of the greatest twentieth-century architects was how a modern, technology-infused society should arrange itself for living. As part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, Edwin Pease will discuss how many architects developed their own ideas for urbanism; with some even defining their own brand of utopia. Wright had a deep disdain for cities, and a very strong belief in the rural fabric of America, not unlike that of Thomas Jefferson. He longed for American democracy to play itself out on our country’s vast landscape, seeking a way for life and land to be intertwined. Wright’s utopia was described physically in his Broadacre City project, which included a model of a four square mile section of America. He spoke extensively on his project, which incorporated many of his most important architectural paradigms and legacies that became the cornerstones of American residential development.
April 10 | David Brashear | The Mid-Career Resurgence of Frank Lloyd Wright | 6 PM
In this session, part of our Selected Topics in Architecture, David Brashear will discuss Wright’s hardships during the depths of the Depression; a time when the renowned architect was nearly written off as being irrelevant. But his re-emergence as a powerful architectural force was announced to the world with his remarkable creation at Bear Run for Edgar Kaufmann – Fallingwater. Hailed around the world as an incredible breakthrough, Fallingwater relaunched Wright’s career at the age of 69. He would go on to do some of the most important work of his career following the Kaufmann house, including the Herbert Jacob House, the Herbert Johnson House, the Johnson Wax Building, the Price Tower, and the Guggenheim Museum, among many, many other works. Wright’s last decades constituted the most productive period of his life, and he worked until his death in 1959 at the age of 92.
March 13 | Edwin Pease | Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship | 6 PM
As part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, Edwin Pease will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s strong belief in architectural training through apprenticeship. After time in Chicago, Wright returned to Wisconsin and set up a type of architectural “commune,” where students came to study not only architecture but other arts, including music. The “students,” or fellows, also participated in an immersive lifestyle that included building out the premises of Taliesin and helping to provide for the necessities of day-to-day living. After a sequence of tragedies fell upon Taliesin in Wisconsin, Wright permanently moved the enterprise to Taliesin West on the outskirts of Phoenix. In many ways, Wright’s perspective on architectural education mirrored that of educational paradigms that came before him, like the atelier system of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
February 7 | David Brashear | Frank Lloyd Wright and the Quest for an American Architecture | 6 PM
Frank Lloyd Wright departed Wisconsin and headed to Chicago at age 18, eager to immerse himself in the architectural fabric of the emerging and rapidly changing city. In this session, part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, David Brashear will trace Wright’s early career, from his start with Lyman Silsbee and his subsequent employment at Adler and Sullivan, where he worked closely with and was influenced deeply by his “Lieber Meister” Louis Sullivan. Both Wright and Sullivan believed that America should have an architecture of its own, and were strongly opposed to the importation of classical architectural themes from Europe. When Wright broke with Sullivan and set out on his own, he immediately focused on the development of new architectural motifs that he believed reflected the spirit of American democracy.
Free Admission on Final Day of Building on the Legacy Exhibition!
Please note that the Museum galleries will be closed for a ticketed event on Saturday, January 13. However, as we re-open for the final day of the Building on the Legacy exhibition, we are delighted to offer FREE ADMISSION on Sunday, January 14, from 12 – 4 PM. #WMArts #wm50Legacy #BuildingontheLegacy
February 10 – May 13, 2018
We are proud to present Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World in the Herman Graphic Arts Room as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia. In 2017, the Museum acquired the Guerrilla Girls Portfolio Compleat, a portfolio that contains over 125 posters and projects created by the Guerrilla Girls from 1985 through 2016. Since 1985 and even more stridently today, the Guerrilla Girls have been concerned with broader discrimination; particularly social oppression related to race, class, and gender. In this exhibition you will see how the Guerrilla Girls use a combination of humor, advertising styled graphics and statistics to openly protest the imbalance of men and women artists in galleries and museums worldwide.
Please join us for our Third Thursday Lecture Series!
21 September 2017 | Fred Eversley and his Contemporaries: Light, Space & Energy in Postwar Art | Dr. John T. Spike
19 October 2017 | African American Art at the Muscarelle: Building on the Legacy | Dr. John T. Spike
16 November 2017 | Commemoration and Remembering | Dr. Michael L. Blakey
September 2 – December 10, 2017
Fred Eversley, 50 Years an Artist: Light & Space & Energy features a survey of the artist’s work representing an extraordinary fifty-year career. Eversley, trained as an engineer, began making his polyester resin sculptures with an aim to “create kinetic art without using kinetic elements such as mechanical movement or artificial light changes.” Eversley’s strong interest in energy has led to further creations that utilize wind current to create dynamic acrylic cast forms. This retrospective exhibition featuring the works of Fred Eversley, an important African American sculptor and innovator, will coincide with the College’s fiftieth anniversary of the first residential African American students. Interestingly, as the artist has pointed out to us, the dates of desegregation at the College of William & Mary in September 1967 is the exact month and year that he embarked on his exceptional career as an artist.
Image citation: Fred Eversley | American, b. 1941 | Blue Para, 2004 | Cast polyester resin | 20 x 20 x 6 inches | Muscarelle Museum of Art | Photo: Maria Larsson
September 2, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Building on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection is comprised of more than thirty paintings, drawings, works on paper and sculptures by some of this country’s most renowned artists. This academic year of 2017-2018, the College of William & Mary commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the first African American students in residence: Lynn Briley, Janet Brown and Karen Ely. In honor of this milestone, the Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to showcase works from the permanent collection that encompasses a variety of media, styles and time periods, exemplifying the plurality of vision among these accomplished artists. The selection embraces a panoply of approaches, ranging from the nineteenth-century realism of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the contemporary conceptualism of Martin Puryear. The subjects include portraiture by realist and folk artists, black-and-white abstractions and colorful landscapes, including recent acquisitions.
To learn more about 50th commemoration events, click here.
Left: JEANNE MOUTOUSSAMY-ASHE | American, b. 1951 | Maya Angelou, 1993 | Silver print with hand coloring | Muscarelle Museum of Art | Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment | © Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe | 2015.027
Right: JOHN WILSON | American, 1922 – 2015 | Martin Luther King, Jr., 2002 | Etching on chine collé | Muscarelle Museum of Art | Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment | © Estate of the artist | 2015.011
The Bones of the Earth: Scholars’ Rocks and the Natural World in Chinese Culture, Selections from the Robert Turvene Collection
April 21 – August 13, 2017
In Chinese philosophy and ancient legend, Scholars’ rocks were viewed as “the bones of the earth”. Since the Song dynasty (960–1279), these natural sculptures have been regarded as artifacts of the sacred relationship between man and nature and described in folklore as otherworldly. Collectors of these stones use them for contemplation and inspiration. The selections on view at the Muscarelle Museum of Art are part of larger group and promised gift from the Collection of Robert Turvene (W&M ’53) and are comprised of every revered type including Lingbi, Ying, Taihu, Mohu, Nine Dragon, Kun, Meng and Three Gorges.
Curated by Lowry Palmer (W&M ’17) and Elizabeth Dowker (W&M ’20).
Press release is available here.
February 11 – August 13, 2017
The Art and Science of Connoisseurship explores the creative narrative behind six paintings attributed to Agnolo Bronzino, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Peter Paul Rubens, Peter Lely, and Paul Cézanne. This exhibition presents a series of visual examinations and scientific analyses that address the questions of who, what, where, when, and why surrounding these recently-acquired paintings. From observations of stylistic progression and considerations of an artist’s chronology, to the identification of retouched surfaces and studies of paint samples, each of the Muscarelle’s new works presents distinctive issues in connoisseurship.
May 6 – August 13, 2017
This exhibition represents a celebration and first public showing of an outstanding collection of Chinese art recently donated to the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The generous gift comprised of twenty-one superb works, covers an arc of almost two thousand years of the world’s greatest tradition of pottery-making, dating from circa 475-221 BC in clay and 400-201 BC in bronze spanning through 1279-1368 AD. In the course of this journey, the exhibition and the visitor will encounter enchanting examples from two golden ages of Chinese art, the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and culminating in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 906 AD).
Curated by Dr. John T. Spike with assistance from Phoebe Warren (W&M ’17) and Abigail Bradford (W&M ’17).
Favorable review published in the Wall Street Journal highlighting the first-ever international loan exhibition of Botticelli’s works in the U.S. (curated and organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art).