Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA, USA
www.wcma.org - 413.597.2429
Williams College Museum of Art Williamstown Reviews
Free and Fantastic Art!!! Dec 13, 2009
I loved this museum!!
First of all it was FREE!!!! My budget this month was tight due to the holidays therefore I couldn't visit the many art museums in Western Massachusetts like I would have wanted too..
Secondly the quality of art inside was equal to that of any major museum such as the MET or MOMA.. There were several galleries inside displaying a plethora of highly conceptual exhibits ranging from Ancient masterpieces to Postmodernism. Sculpture, Film, Photography, Paintings and Prints could all be seen and thoroughly enjoyed by anyone with even the slightest appreciation for the arts!
Two exhibits in particular were of interest to me.
The first one was titled: Masterpieces Ancient to Modern. It was a lovely collection of strong Portraits from various genres and time periods. There were artists that I recognized from magazines and history books and there were plenty others that I never heard of and had to write their names down so that I could later look them up.. This is not a permanent exhibit but from what I understand it will be on view for an extended period of time
The second exhibit could be described as a dual experience of the legendary Niagra Falls. In one gallery space a vast collection of paintings, sketches and articles of Niagra Falls by William Morris Hunt was gallantly displayed. This collection reflected the grandeur of the Falls especially during the 19th century. William Morris Hunt's paintings depicted not only the impressiveness of the Falls but also how this natural wonder captured our imaginations and left us in awe of its splendor. In the next adjourning gallery was a collection of photography by Alec Soth. Soth's Collection of images was geared toward the current reality of life around the falls, an aftermath of the . He doesn't depict the falls itself but instead aims his camera at what most artists "choose to leave out". His images are of cheesy hotels, locals denizens with bleak futures and corners unseen by millions of annual tourists.. It was a very impressive Juxtaposition of images..
If you are around this museum is a definite must see!!! The museum is Handicap accessible and staff are very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have,,
Unfortunately I was not able to take photos of the interior. Otherwise I would have loved to images of my favorite pieces from their collection!!!
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