Fall 2015: Jon Rubin, Forrest Nash, and Mark Parsons

Fall 2015: Jon Rubin, Forrest Nash, and Mark Parsons

Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

Left: Jon Rubin in collaboration with Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010–present. Center: Forrest Nash, founder of Contemporary Art Daily. Right: Selfie, Mark Parsons.
September 24, 2015
Fall 2015: Jon Rubin, Forrest Nash, and Mark Parsons

Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Dr.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Hours: Thursday 10am–8pm,
Friday–Tuesday 10am–5pm

T +(413)5972429


Creative practitioners infuse the Williams College Museum of Art’s program. Lectures by artist Jon Rubin and Contemporary Art Daily founder Forrest Nash will focus on their practices. Artist Mark Parsons will collaboratively execute a wall drawing during the museum’s WCMA at Night program.

The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art 
Artist Jon Rubin
Saturday, September 26, 3pm
Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that reimagine individual, group, and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird; operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers; and co-directing another that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. He is currently developing a collaborative sitcom that will be shot simultaneously in Los Angeles and Tehran. He has exhibited nationally and internationally as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners. Jon is an associate professor in the School of Art and head of Contextual Practice at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Plonsker Family Lecture Series in Contemporary Art, established in 1994 by Madeleine Plonsker, Harvey Plonsker ’61 and their son, Ted Plonsker ’86, examines current issues in contemporary art.

Envisioning curatorial practice
An ongoing series featuring innovators in the curatorial field

Forrest Nash, founder of Contemporary Art Daily
Tuesday, September 29, 7pm
Each day, the website Contemporary Art Daily introduces visitors to a different contemporary art exhibition somewhere in the world. CAD began in 2008 and has grown into a widely utilized resource with over 800,000 followers, publishing high-quality documentation of a highly select group of exhibitions. The organization’s major new project, Contemporary Art Quarterly, launched this year, features archives of individual artists’ practices with unprecedented depth. Nash’s talk will focus on choosing artists and curating in a space without walls or objects.

Envisioning Curatorial Practice is co-presented by the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and the Graduate Program in Art History.

WCMA at Night
Artist Mark Parsons
Thursday, October 8, 5–8pm
Mark Parsons turns publicly authored content into collaboratively executed wall drawings. He choreographs the process through carefully crafted public invitations, sharing and in turn reclaiming creative agency. At WCMA, Parsons offers up a selfie stick and a specific set of instructions as tools to generate new content. He converts visitors’ selfies with LeWitt’s soon-to-be-deinstalled #959 into a composite portrait, and at WCMA at Night, he invites visitors to draw it on the wall.


Williams College Museum of Art
WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. Located at the heart of the Williams College campus, the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 14,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection is a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. Situated in the rich cultural landscape of the Berkshires, WCMA is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. We are wheelchair accessible and we’re free.

For more information, contact the museum at T +(413)5972429 or visit our website.



Jon Rubin, Forrest Nash, and Mark Parsons this fall at Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

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