Past Exhibits

The Museums at W&L advance learning through direct engagement with the collections and facilitate an interdisciplinary appreciation of art, history, and culture.

Past Exhibits

“My Art Speaks for Both My Peoples”

On View: September 16 – December 4, 2021
Location: Watson Galleries

This exhibition features nine important prints by Elizabeth Catlett. Collectively, they highlight three overarching themes in the artist’s oeuvre: identity, collaboration, and activism.

Auspicious Animals: Chinese Export Porcelain Figures

On View: September 16 – December 4, 2021
Location: Watson Galleries

In the 1700s and 1800s, decorative figures of animals were some of the most elaborate, exclusive, and expensive pieces of porcelain exported from China to Europe.

Chaos in Color: Paintings by Almigdad Aldikhaiiry

On View: May – December 2021
Location: Leyburn Library

In Chaos in Color, Aldikhaiiry presents his latest COVID series and paints with his signature bright color palette to illustrate the pandemic with an unexpected vibrancy and uses ironically playful COVID-19 motifs to reveal the multifaceted nature of pandemic life and the effects of COVID-19 on the environment and society.

Inscapes: Paintings by Evelyn Dawson

This temporary exhibition presents paintings by artist Evelyn Dawson (1909-1990), who called her works “Inscapes.” Each painting will immerse visitors in a vibrant spectrum of color, illuminating Dawson’s exploration of internal and natural worlds.

Breaking the Chains: Ceramics and the Abolition Movement

The exhibit “Breaking the Chains: Ceramics and the Abolition Movement,” sponsored by the Reeves Collection, features several pieces of anti-slavery ceramics used to support the cause of abolition throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.