Monday, May 7, 2012

“View”ing Art Elsewhere

Art students from the Town of Webb School traveled to Williamstown, Mass. with art teacher Robert Fountain and View staffers Barb Getty and Leslie Bailey to view the artwork at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art on Thursday, May 3. We were greeted on arrival by Robert and Barbara Hadden, who provided us with a delicious lunch and an overview of what to expect at the Clark.

We then broke into two groups, each with a docent, for an hour-long guided tour, followed by some time on our own to explore and revisit our favorite pieces. The list of artists on display there involves some serious name dropping: Renoir, Degas, Monet, Picasso, Remington, Sargent, Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others.

We then headed over to the Williams College Museum of Art to see their current exhibits. The above photo was taken outside the museum where there were several intriguing sculptures of eyes by American artist Louise Bourgeois. We couldn’t resist them!

It was certainly an inspiring day. We all learned a tremendous amount about art and how museums function, as well as what kinds of jobs/careers exist in the art field.

--Leslie Bailey, View staff

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