Aprile J. Gallant is Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Smith College Museum of Art. She has organized exhibitions on topics ranging from artist’s books (“Too Much Bliss: Twenty Years of Granary Books,” 2006) to contemporary photography (“Photographing Undomesticated Interiors,” 2003). She studied at Colgate University and Oberlin College, and was previously Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Portland Museum of Art (Maine). [January 2014]

Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor’s latest prints, his second collaboration with Jennifer Melby, extend the subject and technical investigations of his recent paintings. The images present anthropomorphic shapes that mimic the character of sculpted portrait busts Read More

Munio Makuuchi: On Boy’s Day I “I.D.” with Rocky Mountain Salmon…/…So where’s the Salmon?

Fig. 1. Munio Makuuchi, On Boy’s Day I ‘I.D.’ with Rocky Mountain Salmon.../...So where’s the Salmon? (1985), drypoint printed in black on Arches paper, image 60.96 cm x 90.17 cm; sheet 74.93 cm x 105.41 cm. First state proof, edition unknown. Printed by Andrew Balkin, ACB Editions, Madison, WI. Smith College Museum of Art. Purchased with the Elizabeth Halsey Dock, class of 1933, Fund.

One of the many benefits of working in an academic environment is the opportunity to discover artists through colleagues in different disciplines. I was introduced to the graphic work of Seattle-born artist/poet Munio Makuuchi (born Howard Munio Takahashi, 1934–2000) by Floyd Cheung, a professor of English at Smith College, who had unearthed examples of Makuuchi’s poetry in 2006 while doing archival research for another project. Read More

The Art of Copying: Copycat at The Clark Art Institute

Fig. 1. William Baillie, The Three Trees (c. 1800), after Rembrandt, etching, engraving and mezzotint on paper, image 20.8 x 28 cm, sheet 32 x 39.1 cm. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Gift of James A. Bergquist in memory of Charles C. Cunningham.

"Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art,” at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, provided a fresh look at an oft-studied subject: the copying and dissemination of works of art through the production of multiples. The compact and handsome show included 43 prints and photographs, ranging in date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Co-curated by Curatorial Research Associate Alexis Goodin and James Pilgrim, a student in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, the exhibition was gleaned from over 1200 possible works in the Clark’s outstanding permanent holdings. Read More