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April At The Williams College Museum of Art

12:00AM / Monday, March 12, 2007

See it all at the Williams College Museum of Art
Williamstown - April is National Poetry Month. April brings us poetry, jazz, events for family, and Andy Warhol. Don’t miss out on these exciting events at the Williams College Museum of Art.

All of the events are free and open to the public. Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street (Route 2) in Williamstown, Mass.

Gallery Talk: Warhola Becomes Warhol–Andy Warhol: Early Work

C. Ondine Chavoya, Assistant Professor of Art
Wednesday, April 11
12:10 p.m.

Lecture: When Good Objects Go Bad: A Look at Recent Events in the Lives of Malian Antiquities

Kristina Van Dyke (Williams Class of 1999), Associate Curator for Collections. The Menil Collection
Thursday, April 12
7 p.m.

Thousands of terra cotta sculptures from the 12th-15th centuries offer insight into the lives of peoples who participated in the trans-Saharan trading empires of West Africa. Given the fact that these works potentially push back our understanding of art history in the region by centuries, surprisingly few art historians have taken up the challenge of this corpus. Because the majority of these sculptures were obtained through the art market as opposed to archaeological excavation, the perception of the terra cottas as tainted goods has effectively diminished their art historical potential. This talk challenges us to examine our assumptions about these objects and the political and ethical issues that come into play when collecting and studying African art.

WordPlay at Papyri Books: The Moon is Broken
Saturday, April 14
7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to read poems created in response to the exhibition The Moon Is Broken: Photography from Poetry, Poetry from Photography at Papyri Books, 45 Eagle Street, North Adams 413-662-2099.

Organized by Inkberry.

Family Day Series: Degrees in Arts and Letters

Explore the connections between art and letters—beginning with the alphabet and ending with stories. Each family day has a different theme and offers fun activities and surprises designed for ages 2-12.

Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20
10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17 Alphabet Art

Wednesday, April 18 Poems of Light

Thursday, April 19 Tell the Tail

Friday, April 20 The Look of the Book

Williamstown Jazz Festival

Merge Concert: Poetry, Music, Photography
Sunday, April 22
2 p.m.

Explore the rhythmic connections among images, words, and music in this special concert at the Williams College Museum of Art. Merge, a poetry and music ensemble, will respond to the images and poems in The Moon Is Broken: Photography from Poetry, Poetry from Photography, an exhibition currently on view at the museum. Cassandra Cleghorn (Williams College English and American Studies Senior Lecturer), whose poetry appears in the exhibition, will perform her poetry with music by Merge co-founder Erik Lawrence (Williams Jazz Saxophone Instructor), bassist Rene Hart, and drummer Ziv Ravitz.

Sponsored in part by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Williams College Office of the President, Mass Cultural Council, The High Meadow Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, MASS MoCA, and St. John's Episcopal Church. www.williamstownjazz.com

Gallery Talk: Reading the Secrets of the Scroll: Wang Qingsong’s China Mansion

Wednesday, April 25
12:10 p.m.

Yao Wu, Williams College Graduate Student, Class of 2007, reveals the embedded art historical references that compose this panoramic photograph by contemporary Chinese artist Wang Qingsong and discusses the work's present-day implications in a global context.

Poetry Reading: Phases of the Moon

Sunday, April 29
2 p.m.
Reception to follow.

Contributing poet-curators for The Moon Is Broken: Photography from Poetry, Poetry from Photography read original poetry in the gallery: Trudy Ames, April Bernard, Rachel Barenblat, Cassandra Cleghorn, D. L. Crockett-Smith, Peter Filkins, Lawrence Raab, Mary Ruefle, Barbara Tran, and John Yau. Organized in collaboration with Inkberry.


The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Admission is FREE. For more information, contact the museum at 413-597-2429.
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