Events

  • Muscarelle on the move!

    Please check back for details of upcoming lectures and events.  The galleries will close temporarily as we develop The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts and enter the next phase and future of the Muscarelle Museum of Art.  In the interim, Muscarelle Museum of Art programming will continue at select satellite locations.  Please check Muscarelle.org for updates and annex information.

    To learn more about this project, click here.

    You can learn more about the Muscarelle Museum of Art goals and priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.

    Press Release available here.

  • Past Events

Announcing the Inaugural Exhibition for VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE

September 6, 2018
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present the virtual exhibition “Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection” in recognition of the 100 Years of Women celebration at William & Mary. This panoramic virtual tour allows the user to view works from the Muscarelle collection alongside curatorial research expressly chosen to honor the contribution women have made in the arts. Women with Vision online launches the Museum’s digital initiatives project called VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE. For optimal viewing, we suggest using Google Chrome, Safari, or Opera web browsers.

Press Release Available Here

 

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

May 8, 2018
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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.

Bluegrass, Beer, and Barbeque in the ‘Burg

May 6, 2018
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Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 1 PM – 5 PM
The Muscarelle Museum of Art invites you to the annual Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque in the ‘Burg.  The event will feature traditional southern BBQ from five states, live music, and beer as far as the eye can see. Bluegrass, Beer and Barbeque is open to the entire Williamsburg community, so don’t miss out! This event is a celebration of the 80th birthday of the Chamber and Tourism Alliance. For more information and tickets, click here.

Wine & Run for the Roses Auction on Derby Day

May 5, 2018
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Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 2 PM – 7 PM
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present the eighth Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Auction on Derby Day Saturday! Laugh! Libate! Lift your paddle for a great cause!  For more information and tickets, click here.

The Future of the Muscarelle Museum of Art

April 19, 2018
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April 19, 2018 | Dr. Aaron De Groft | Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM

Museum Director Aaron De Groft will discuss the future of the Muscarelle Museum of Art as part of the Martha Wren Briggs Visual Arts complex at William & Mary to enrich the experiences of the students and visitors and bring innovative programming to the community. In May 2017, the internationally renowned architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli was announced as the designers.  By increasing the overall footprint of the Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to see more of the permanent collection as well as internationally important exhibitions and visiting masterpieces.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

April 10, 2018
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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.

Women With Vision

March 15, 2018
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March 15, 2018 | Dr. John T. Spike | Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM

Dr. John T. Spike will examine works from the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s permanent collection currently on view in the exhibition, Women With Vision. This exhibition is in conjunction with William & Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration and features over thirty works by prominent women artists comprised of a variety of media, styles, and time periods expressing their vision.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.

Selected Topics in Architecture Lecture Series

March 13, 2018
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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.

2018 William & Mary Global Film Festival Reception

February 17, 2018
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February 17 | Global Film Festival Reception| 5-7 PM

The 11th Annual William & Mary Global Film Festival will take place February 15-18, 2018 with four days of films, special guests, workshops, and receptions. The festival will feature a diverse program of films and live events showcasing the work of international filmmakers, William & Mary faculty, and emerging student talent from around the globe. The Muscarelle is a proud sponsor of this event and we will be hosting a Saturday evening reception from 5-7 PM. Tickets are available here.

For more information about the Global Film Festival’s schedule and schedule and programs click here.

In The Light of Caravaggio

February 15, 2018
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February 15, 2018 | Dr. Dennis P. Weller | Curator of Northern European Art, North Carolina Museum of Art | Third Thursday Lecture Series | 6 PM

We’re kicking off the Spring 2018 Third Thursday Lecture Series with an in depth lecture on our In the Light of Caravaggio exhibition given by Dr. Dennis P. Weller, who organized and curated the pioneering exhibition, Sinners & Saints, Darkness & Light: Caravaggio and His Dutch and Flemish Followers in 1998.

For more information, please contact Abigail Bradford at museum@wm.edu or 757-221-2731.

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 6 PM for those joining us at home.