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P R E S S R E L E A S E FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2011
 

Summary: P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2011
The Williams College Museum of Art Presents
A Collection of Histories
April 7, 2011 ­June 12, 2012
Photos available upon request.
Press Contact: Suzanne Silitch, Associate Director of Communications for the Arts;
(413) 597-3178; suzanne.silitch@williams.edu
Williamstown, Mass. ­ The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is pleased to present
A Collection of Histories, one of the eight exhibitions in the museum's reinstallation
project, Reflections on a Museum, which looks at "the museum" as its subject. A Collection
of Histories uses the museum's two Assyrian reliefs, which have been in the collection since
1851, as case studies for how works of art accumulate collections of histories over time. By
unpacking the layered meaning of these reliefs, one can examine the significance of
context, interpretation, and confront an essential question: Who owns the past?
To encourage a dialogue around the issues of history, the exhibition incorporates and HD
flythrough animation of the palace of Ashurnarsipal II and an innovative virtual reality
station with an intelligent tour guide. According to Donald Sanders from Learning Sites,
which manufactured the technology, this is the "first of its kind in the country, and perhaps
wider area." Learning Sites worked in collaboration with Liz Gallerani and museum staff to

  

Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College

 

Collections: Physics