4/7/11 - 6/9/13

The exhibition takes art itself as the subject and features works by artists such as Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954), Zhang Wang (b. Beijing, China, 1962), Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), and Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953). It considers how artists respond to icons of art history and art-making traditions and asks viewers to consider the difference between re-interpretation and reproduction in art.

In eight exhibitions the Williams College Museum of Art presents Reflections on a Museum with new combinations of nearly 400 works of art from the collection, joined by 50 major works on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery, through the collection-sharing initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Each exhibition considers the “museum” as its subject, raising questions about the function and meaning of art across time and cultures and the role of museums in shaping understandings of art. As part of Reflections on a MuseumArt Re: Art looks at how artists respond to “icons” of art history and popular culture.