Students in Professor Dan Barowy's class Computer Science 334: Principles of Programming Languages look closely at the Stuart Davis drawing Study for Allée (1955).

Art Across the Disciplines

Art Across the Disciplines

Object Lab is a hybrid gallery-classroom located in the Williams College Museum of Art (WMCA). It provides opportunities for faculty across academic divisions to collaborate with museum staff to select works of art that employ, convey or investigate key academic course concepts. These works of art are installed in the gallery for the semester, offering students and faculty extended access to the art.

WCMA recently has created a video playlist on the museum’s YouTube channel that features faculty and staff discussing Object Lab and how examining these works of art enhances their fall 2022 semester courses. Below are three of the newest videos featured on the playlist. To watch more Object Lab videos on the playlist, visit the WCMA YouTube channel.

Elizabeth Gallerani, curator of Mellon academic programs, describes how professors utilize works of art in the Object Lab galleries through close-looking assignments and digital projects.

Dan Barowy, assistant professor of computer science, speaks about how students in his course Principles of Programming Languages observe works of art—including their shape, color, size, and texture—in preparation for a final project in which they design a programming language capable of generating artwork in the style of an artist in the exhibition.

Bethany Hicok, lecturer in English, explains how students in her course The Feminist Poetry Movement will be composing poetry inspired by art in Object Lab.