Kenturah Davis delivers Plonsker Family Lecture

PHOTO COURTESY OF WCMA.Kenturah Davis, an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven and Accra, Ghana, investigates the meaning of text and language in art. The first slide of Kenturah Davis’ lecture at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) last Saturday seemed utterly innocuous at first.

Meet Me at the Clark brings humanity to the gallery

Kathleen, a volunteer docent, leads a lively discussion on Renoir’s “Bay of Naples, Evening,” during the Meet Me at the Clark program. (Lily Goldberg/The Williams Record)

In elementary school, my mother bought me a picture book about a boy who grows frustrated after visiting a museum and hearing multiple patrons refer to a visitor called “Art.” Eventually, the boy realizes that “art” is not a fellow human, but a concept —“art” is all around him. 

Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer has her own definition: “Art is the expression or reflection of human experience, imagination and values.

‘Downton Abbey’ is a return to joyous escapism

Dame Maggie Smith (left) and Michelle Dockery (right) reprise their roles as the Dowager and Lady Mary. (Photo courtesy of Focus Features.)

I believe that the best films cause you to believe that, while watching, you belong to an immersive other world.

‘Annie Lennox’ underwhelms

Annie Lennox: ‘Now I Let You Go…’  features objects from the Grammy-winning performer’s personal life.  (Photo courtesy of MASS MoCA.)

Solo exhibitions often bear the title of their artist, and this convention, from Rafa Esparza to Cauleen Smith, holds true at MASS MoCA this season. But no exhibition bears its maker’s name quite the way Annie Lennox: ‘Now I Let You Go…’ does.