7/5/18 - 8/23/18

Nina Pelaez, Assistant Curator of Public Programs and Interpretation

O•lo•gy /ˈäləjē/ noun. A subject of study; a branch of knowledge.

Dig into some of the quirkiest fields of study in this playful riff on the academic experience. Get brainy with faculty and local experts in the galleries. Take in artist- and maker-led performative interventions on the patio while you sip, snack, and socialize.


5 pm | Mini Courses

6 pm | Patio Programs

WCMA’s summer 2018 patio programs are supported in part by the Williams College Faculty Club.

Mini Courses

Demonology: Demons

July 5, 5 pm

Professor of Religion Jason Josephson Storm looks at the history of depictions of spirits, fallen angels, and other supernatural creatures.

Gerontology: Aging

July 12, 5 pm

Caroline Hamilton, archivist at Jacob’s Pillow, talks about the care and conservation of old works of art.

Ethology: Animal behavior

July 19, 5 pm

Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Joseph Cruz shares the science behind animal minds and actions.

Doxology: Liturgical praise

July  26, 5 pm

Pastor Mark Longhurst and artist Brad Wells craft a communal, experiential response to the museum’s exhibitions.

Bibliology: Books

August 2, 5 pm

Artist Andrew Beccone showcases Reanimation Library, a collection of outdated and discarded books.

Agathology: Goodness

August 9, 5 pm

Art historian Elizabeth McGowan and artist Amy Podmore, co-chairs of the Williams College Art Department, take on the age-old question: “what makes good art?”

Narratology: Stories

August 16, 5 pm

Ezra Feldman, Professor of English, digs into the possibilities for narrativizing museum visits and encounters with art.

Kalology: Beauty

August 23, 5 pm

Professor of Philosophy Alan White unpacks the meaning and many definitions of beauty.

Patio Programs

Ornithology: Birds

July 5, 6-8 pm

Falcons on the patio with bird songs performed by local band, House Sparrow.

Iamatology: Therapeutics

July 12, 6-8 pm

An immersive social sculpture by artist Natalie Falero explores the relationships between mental health and sanctuary.

Kinesiology: Movement

July 19, 6-8 pm

Musicians create an improvisational sound experience in response to bodies in motion.

Mixology: Cocktails

July 26, 6-8 pm

A sipping showdown with some of the best bartenders in the region.

Herbology: Plants as remedy

August 2, 6-8 pm

The Hudson-based Good Fight Herb Co. showcases herbal remedies and the potential of plants to heal.

Enology: Wine

August 9, 6-8 pm

The Troy-based 22 2nd St Wine Co. pairs wines with works of art from our collection.

Cosmology: Universe

August 16, 6-8 pm

A multimedia sound and projection experience by artists and musicians Francesca Olsen and Joe Aidonidis.

Typtology: Spirit communication

August 23, 6-8 pm

A live performance by artists Ben Ripley and Nyugen Smith explores themes of reflection, gazing, colonialism, and how arts organizations deal with conversation around evolving views of complicated histories.