Curatorial Close Looks: Pamela Franks on ‘SO–IL \ WCMA: Building a New Museum’

Pamela Franks, WCMA's Class of 1956 Director, will lead a guided tour exploring themes and topics in "SO–IL \ WCMA: Building a New Museum." Come ready with all your questions!

The exhibition, organized by the architects of SO-IL, who have designed the new Williams College Museum of Art building, showcases what the new WCMA will look like when it opens in 2027.

The event will take place in the upper galleries of WCMA. Visitors can enter through the main museum door and will need to take stairs or an elevator up to the galleries. There is limited parking directly outside the museum on Lawrence Hall Drive but ample parking nearby on public streets and in public lots. Please refer to the map on our Visit page for other parking options.

Registration is appreciated here but not required.

About SO-IL

Founded in 2008 by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, SO-IL produces buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes around the world. As a collective of diverse thinkers and makers, the practice engages with the ever-changing social, economic and natural environment through active dialogue that considers context, function and opportunity.

Diverse in origin, the SO-IL team speaks a dozen languages and is informed by global narratives and perspectives. With its ambitious private and public clients, the practice has completed projects in cities from Leon, Seoul and Lisbon to its hometown of Brooklyn. Other work includes the design for the New York Frieze Art fair structure, a concept home for nomadic living in Milan that encourages an active awareness of life beyond routine, a museum on the University of California, Davis campus that cultivates an intentionally open-ended relationship between the visitor and the site, and the transformation of an industrial heritage site into a thriving cultural campus in Meisenthal, France.

SO-IL’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Benaki Museum. The firm has received numerous accolades, including the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League, the Vilcek Award, and the Curbed Groundbreakers Award.

July 13, 2024
11 AM


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