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The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance is the site of several installations of Carrie Mae Weems’ campaign “Resist COVID / Take 6!” such as this “red box” banner thanking frontline workers. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.)

Carrie Mae Weems’ artist-led public health campaign reminds students to “Resist COVID / Take 6!”

Hannah Bae March 3, 2021
Since September, photographer Carrie Mae Weems has been working with staff from the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance to bring her Resist COVID / Take 6! public health campaign to Williamstown. Weems developed the campaign with her colleague Pierre Loving, a performing arts and film curator based in New York.
Building life, farm, and family: Lee Isaac Chung’s ‘Minari’

Building life, farm, and family: Lee Isaac Chung’s ‘Minari’

Arjun Pothuri March 3, 2021
I didn’t watch Minari in theaters; my ticket was for an A24 virtual cinema screening. But there was nevertheless something special, something intimate about this viewing experience.
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Box Office Hours: ‘The World to Come’ with Jim Shepard

Lily Goldberg March 3, 2021
I did not intend on seeing what I presumed to be the latest iteration of the “white lesbian period piece,” a romantic drama called The World to Come about two neighbors who fall for one another in 1800s upstate New York. But while sleepily skimming a review of the film on an online arts blog, a line caught my eye: Professor of English Jim Shepard, who had taught a couple of my friends over the years at the College, had written the film’s screenplay.
Kamen and Hann’s source of inspiration was Joan Mitchell’s Sunflowers VI. (Yuchan Kim/The Williams Record)

Cures for Strange Times: WCMA hosts virtual workshops to offer peace

Yuchan Kim February 24, 2021
To help members of the College community overcome the fatigue of perpetual social distancing, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) partnered with local wellness professionals to hold a month-long series of weekly virtual workshops called “Cures for Strange Times.”
Good Question A Cappella kicked off its virtual concert with a full-group rendition of “Fireflies” by Owl City, one of several songs that the group worked on in the fall. (Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record)

Arts and performance groups host events to liven up quarantine

Cameron Pugh February 17, 2021
As students returned to campus and began their in-room quarantines during this past week, registered student organizations like Williams Photography Club, Good Question A Cappella, and Ritmo Latino filled the extra downtime with art. They led events as part of the College’s Quarantine’s Cozy Comforts series, which offered quarantine-friendly programming organized by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Faculty recs: Love poems in honor of an isolated Valentine’s Day

Faculty recs: Love poems in honor of an isolated Valentine’s Day

Destiny Crisp February 17, 2021
For many students, Valentine’s Day was spent in quarantine. Thinking of all those students socially distanced or quarantined from loved ones, the Record reached out to professors who study poetry asking for recommendations for love poems. The Record received five responses and compiled them into a small list of recommendations.
(Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record)

Albums from winter break: Jazmine Sullivan, Playboi Carti, Weezer

Benjamin Xu February 17, 2021
The College’s long winter break has been an opportunity to spend time with our families, work on ourselves, and consume a lot of media. Here are three new albums that were released as we stayed at home over break.
“Minari” has been nominated for numerous film awards, including at SAG, Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of Harry Yoon.

Harry Yoon ’93, film editor, weaves together the American story in ‘Minari’

Jeongyoon Han February 10, 2021
Harry Yoon ’93, the film editor for “Minari,” wants people to watch the movie with their families. Having known about the central plot — a Korean American family that, on a gamble, buys farmland, and tries to make it in 1980s Arkansas — I plopped my mom, dad, and sister in front of our TV.
Songs, movies, and more that made quarantine go quicker

Songs, movies, and more that made quarantine go quicker

Shizah Kashif, Tali Natter, and Cameron Pugh February 10, 2021
With our unusually long winter break and upcoming in-room quarantine, the Record compiled art recommendations from students at the College via Instagram. For those students studying remotely this semester or taking time off, we hope that these recommendations help you stay connected to the College community, no matter where you are. From cartoons to crafts and everything in between, we hope you enjoy!
Student musicians and a cappella groups record and release albums

Student musicians and a cappella groups record and release albums

Tali Natter December 9, 2020
Four recently released albums recorded and edited by students at the College.

	Joe Thompson, Director of MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts

	 

	Photo: Megan Haley

Joe Thompson ’81, Director of MASS MoCA, on the past three decades

Kaira Mediratta December 9, 2020
Joseph Thompson ’81, or Joe as most people call him, is most well known for having run MASS MoCA for the past 33 years, ever since helping to found the institution in 1987.
Jacob’s Pillow theatre, site of college dance collaborations, destroyed in fire

Jacob’s Pillow theatre, site of college dance collaborations, destroyed in fire

Tali Natter December 9, 2020

Kusika, the College’s African Dance group, performing at the 2014 Inside/Outside series at Jacob’s Pillow. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Kraus/Jacob’s Pillow Dance.) On Nov. 17, the Doris Duke Theatre...

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