The Presence of Absence: Medieval Art and Artifacts

Date: August 18, 2017 - December 31, 2018


Phone: 413-597-2429
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Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2
Williamstown, MA 01267

In a post-human future, artwork will have needs and wants that are privileged over those of any potential audience. Although the societies and people that fashioned the works of art in this gallery are long gone, they’ve left a spectral presence in our present. The exhibition asks us to imagine such non-human things as weather, demons, or 14th-centruy Byzantine icons having agency equivalent to humans; or to consider what it means for a museum to dismiss the dichotomy of subject and object altogether.  The Presence of Absence is in a newly renovated gallery, one that was originally designed to evoke the Medieval era, and had been boarded up for a decade.

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