Monthly Archives: February 2016

Shaker museums turn together

In the New York State Museum’s warehouse-sized storage space in Rotterdam, N.Y., the museum keeps Shaker artifacts among its collections, and a double cheese press can rest near a crushed ambulance from 9/11. Lesley Herzberg, curator at Hancock Shaker Village, walked through that vast room with colleagues from local Shaker museums, making discoveries. The team…

Zanele Muholi photographs intimacy

South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s work, including the image of a young man from her ‘Buelahs’ series above, now appear in ‘African Art against the State,’ a new group show at the Williams College Museum of Art. In February 2014, Muholi came to WCMA to talk about a solo show of her work there, and I had…

African art at WCMA

A limber woman holds out an arm wrapped in vines. Her skirt is the broad, sand-colored trunk of a baobab tree. Around her, brush is burning to bare ground. Photographer Fabrice Monteiro created this scene with costume designer Jah Gal. “The baobab is the symbol of Senegal,” Monteiro said. “It has a mystical connotation —…