8/4/20 - 12/31/20

Emily Kamen (MA '20), Programs and Interpretation Intern

How have artists understood their relationships to landscapes? How do you shape your landscape, and how does your landscape shape you? This series of four short videos looks closely at works of art in the Williams College Museum of Art’s collection, including a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, a preserved flower and lock of hair from the collection of artists Charles and Maurice Prendergast, a print of a spider plant by Patrick Caulfield, and a photograph by Ana Mendieta. The videos correspond to activities that prompt explorations of the natural world around you—this might mean a local forest or national park, a blade of grass in the sidewalk crack, or plants in and around your home. 

Through the pairing, you can explore how art can help us understand nature, and nature can help us understand art. 

Looking Closely, Finding Beauty

This video looks at Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1922 painting Skunk Cabbage (Cos Cob), and asks how closely looking at both art and natural life can yield new appreciation for even the smelliest of plants.

Pressing Flowers, Preserving Memories

Looking at an unusual object in the museum’s collection—a pressed yellow flower and a lock of hair—this video considers the history of preserving memories through the clipped fragments of much-larger living beings.

Meditating with Mendieta

With an untitled photographic documentation of Ana Mendieta’s earth/body work, this video asks what it means to observe natural shapes and forms, and create lasting connections with various landscapes.

Prints, Plants, and Propagation

Focusing on Patrick Caulfield’s screenprint Spider Plant from 1973, this video explores the benefits of blurring distinctions between indoors and outdoors and encourages botanizing your home.

Museum Foraging Activity Sheets