Williams College Museum of Art | Williamstown, MA
Lex and Love: Meleko Mokgosi
March 17, 2017 – September 17, 2017
In two new chapters in his Democratic Intuition project Meleko Mokgosi (Botswana, b. 1981) Williams ’07, investigates the irresolvable contradiction that is democracy. Presented together for the first time at WCMA, Lex and Love consider the daily experiences of diverse populations who occupy southern Africa. Lex explores the role that gendering plays in specific cultural and socio-economic relations. Love applies the ideas of allegory, historicity, love, and representation to eight uniquely shaped canvases inspired by the paintings of William-Adolphe Bouguereau from the 1890s made coincidently during the height of the scramble for Africa
Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography
March 17, 2017 – August 20, 2017
In 1968 Robert Rauschenberg created his monumental print, Autobiography. It includes recurrent motifs from throughout his career, as well as x-ray imagery of his body, his astronomical chart, a childhood photograph, and a photo-document of his first performance.
With Autobiography as the point of departure, the exhibition combines archival documents and original works of art that speak to the ways in which Rauschenberg both found himself and inserted himself in the world. With unprecedented access to the Rauschenberg Foundation Archives, students in the fall Art History 319 course, led by curator Lisa Dorin and professor of art C. Ondine Chavoya researched the artist’s life, work, and the often blurry intersections between the two. Their investigations culminate here in a thematic exploration of the artist’s use of his body, performance collaborations, love of animals, and interest in technology.
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