Programming

Upcoming Events at the Club

Registration is required for all events–whether or not a charge is involved.  Club members register for themselves and their guests by using our online system, by emailing us, or by calling our office at 212-697-5300.  Of course, we welcome any questions about any of the events that we’ve created.

Metropolitan Stories

Tuesday, October 15
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. program
$10 for Club members, $20 for non-members

Hidden behind the Met Museum’s Picassos and Vermeers, the Temple of Dendur, and the American Wing, exists another world: the hallways and offices, conservation studios, storerooms, and cafeteria that are home to the museum’s devoted and peculiar staff of 2,200 people–along with a few ghosts.

An insider’s look into this private side of the Met, Christine Coulson’s Metropolitan Stories unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting with magic, humor, and energetic detail, and an ode to lives lived for art, ultimately building a powerful collage of human experience and the world of the imagination.

Enjoy an evening of art and stories as related by Christine Coulson (MA, Williams ’93), who began her career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern.  She returned in 1994, and over the next 25 years rose through the ranks of the Museum, ultimately working as Chief Advisor to the Director.

Coulson will be joined in conversation by Liz McGowan (BA Princeton ’79; MA ‘81 & PhD, ’83, NYU), Chair of Williams College’s Art History Department.  Their discussion, like Coulson’s novel, will offer an insider’s look into a world that is typically hidden from the public.  Join us for an extraordinary opportunity to life the institutional veil and glean insights into the inner workings of the art world, and the unsung heroes that make it all possible.

Baptized by Beefcake:

The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana

Saturday, October 19, 10:30 a.m.
Poster House Museum, 119 W 23rd St.
FREE to attend, includes donuts, bagels, coffee/tea

Before the advent of digital printing, self-taught Ghanaian artists merged art, cinema, and practical necessity in the creation of hand-painted movie posters.  These posters, uniquely painted on repurposed flour sack cloth and ultimately replaced by digital reproduction, may have never been known to the larger public were it not for the efforts of Ernie Wolfe III, Williams ’72, a dealer in African art and Los Angeles gallery owner.  They represent the noble attempt by the best and brightest Ghanaian sign painters of a generation to resist the inevitable onslaught of technology and globalization that would eventually put them out of business by the year 2000.  “Crowd Pullers”, as they were affectionately known in Ghana, introduced the Ghanaian public to World Cinema, and thereby, to the world at large.

Guests will enjoy a guided tour of the gallery by Ernie himself, whose decades of fieldwork and scholarship resulted in this exhibition of approximately 60 posters.  It opens October 17 and ends on January 5, 2020.

The Olympic Experience

Monday, November 11
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. program
Free for Club members, $10 for guests

Ever wonder what it is like to be an Olympic athlete, to train, compete, maybe even win at the highest level? With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics fast approaching, the spotlight is once again beginning to shine on the world’s top athletes. We have invited a panel of experienced guests to shed light on the Olympic experience, including the challenges faced while training for the games (often while working a day job). Though we will be adding a few more speakers and a moderator, so far we are privileged to welcome:

Dr. Kris Karlson, Williams ’85, World champion sculler, finished 4th in the Women’s Quad rowing event at the 1992 Barcelona Games, served as the team doctor at the 2008 Beijing Games for the US rowing and triathlon teams

Carol Brown, Princeton ’75, 4x Medalist at Worlds, Bronze in 1976 Montreal Games in the Women’s 8+ rowing event

Jason Read, Temple ’00, Gold at the 2004 Athens Games in the Men’s 8+ rowing event, 2x Gold medalist at the World Rowing Cup

Check out our Events Calendar for these and many other interesting Club events.