Events

  • 18
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    2019

    MEET THE ARTIST BROWN BAG LUNCH

    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!  
    01
    Feb
    2019

    ART FILM FRIDAY

    Join us for our first Art Film Friday of the Spring semester on February 1, 5:30 PM, at Tucker Theater (Tucker 127A)! We are proud to present the film !Women Art Revolution in cooperation with the W&M Global Film Festival as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia.   For more than forty years, filmmaker and visual artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected interviews with her contemporaries and shaped them into an intimate portrayal of their fight to break down barriers facing women both in the art world and society at large. !Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, the film details the tenacity and courage of pioneering artists such as Judy Chicago, Guerrilla Girls, Joyce Kozloff, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro and Nancy Spero among others. Emerging artists and an original score from Carrie Brownstein enhance !Women Art Revolution; a film that aptly touches on gender politics of the art world while striving to increase cultural awareness of the impact women artists make in our society. The screening will include a short introduction by the student organizers. (Film run-time 83 mins).    
    11
    Mar
    2019

    MUSCARELLE READS

    Join us for our inaugural Book Club Muscarelle Reads on Monday, March 11 at 6:00 pm at the Muscarelle on the Move location at 440A West Duke of Gloucester Street (above Williams Sonoma in Merchant’s Square). 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.  
  • 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

ART FILM FRIDAY

December 14, 2018
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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.

MEET THE ARTIST BROWN BAG LUNCH

December 7, 2018
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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.

 

ART FILM FRIDAY

November 2, 2018
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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.

 

 

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.