Williams College Museum of Art

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987

February 4, 2012 – July 29, 2012

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is the first retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco. Asco began as a tight-knit core group of artists from East Los Angeles composed of Harry Gamboa, Jr., Gronk, Willie F. Herrón III, and Patssi Valdez. Taking their name from the forceful Spanish word for disgust and nausea, Asco used performance, public art, and multimedia to respond to social and political turbulence in Los Angeles and beyond. Asco remained active until the mid-1980s, contracting and expanding to include Diane Gamboa, Sean Carrillo, Humberto Sandoval, Teresa Covarrubias, and Teddy Sandoval, among others.

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Art Re: Art

April 7, 2011 – Ongoing

Art Re: Art features works from the museum’s collection which take art as their subject. The works on view include examples ranging from subtle visual references to overt appropriations of iconic artwork. This exhibition includes artists such as, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Charles Prendergast. Art Re: Art offers viewers an opportunity to re-consider the difference between re-interpretation and re-production in art and the ways that meaning shifts as a theme is re-presented in different media, such as when a painting is translated into a print.

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