Williams College Museum of Art

Meleko Mokgosi — Lex and Love at WCMA

Cheetahs raise their hackles against an abstract background like blown sand. Two boys play with a sleek black dog in a spare, shaded room, in a bar of bright sun from the doorway. A well-dressed man in khaki leans back in a director’s chair in a room rich with thick carpet, masks and sculptures, while…

Northern Berkshire art overlaps

In 1999, the summer Mass MoCA opened, Robert Rauschenberg came several times to see his work installed in the football-field-sized gallery in building 5. The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece gathered images from athletes and animals to umbrellas and planets. In collage or silkscreened onto fabrics, aluminum and copper, they formed a massive record…

Afro-Cuban rhythm at WCMA

The beat danced. One rhythm played with another, high over low, rolling, swinging, pattering and leaping. Four Afro-Cuban musicians with international stature came together on a fall afternoon at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown. They played smooth, spare wooden sculptures — held them, sat on them and ran their hands over them like…

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 —…

1980s Artists revealed at WCMA

A woman sits at a kitchen table in strong profile, while the man beside her holds his newspaper like a barrier. Then she stands and puts her arms around him from behind, and he reaches to press her arm against him. In Carrie Mae Weems “Triptych,” three black and white photographs, she and her family…

Whistler at WCMA and the Clark

Whistler’s Mother has come to visit. Rembrandt-like, her face shines clear against a dark and grey background, said Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. Whistler painted her in 1871 and kept her portrait for 20 years before he sold it to the French…