WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Ancient Mediterranean gallery. The geomet- ric pattern can be viewed up close or from the floors above, as if one were peering down from a courtyard balcony. Serendipitously, the medieval gallery fea- turing the stained glass work Warrior with Castle happened to have one of the museum's few windows. Although created in the 19th century, the scene recalls the Middle Ages. A turreted Wellesley dorm visible through a transparent part of the glass fits right in. * * * Of note, small white labels appear next to 120 pieces on view. They signify that the work was either made or donated by an immigrant. After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose a ban travel from designated Muslim-majority nations, the Association of Art Museum Directors joined the chorus of denunciation. "The arts are the manifestation of cooperation of people around the world," Whitner says. "I thought, how can we show that in our museum? How do you celebrate cultural pluralism and not cultural purity?" Whitner proposed temporarily shrouding or removing the 120 objects. With Fischman's backing, the "Art-Less" initiative was staged over Presidents' Day weekend and garnered worldwide media attention. Among the paintings pulled from the walls was a portrait by Swedish immigrant Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller. Its subject: George Washington. For more on the museum, visit www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum. 85 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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