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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imagine starting a new job and immediately being assigned a giant puzzle to solve, one containing 13,000 pieces of all shapes, sizes, and dimensions — from a silver tea set used by Wellesley students in the 1880s to an eight-ton mosaic from the Roman Empire. Your puzzle would have to showcase such works as a painstakingly restored 17 th -century Willem van de Velde the Elder scene of a busy Dutch harbor, a fog-shrouded Waterloo Bridge by Claude Monet, and a plywood Brillo box by Andy Warhol. And everything would have to fit into three floors — the upper two surrounding a large rectangular light well. Such was the challenge faced by Claire Whitner when she arrived at Wellesley College in January 2014. She joined a small team of curators conducting a top-to-bottom overhaul of the Davis Art Museum initi- ated by its director, Lisa Fischman. Today, a year after the reinstallation's completion, the museum ex- hibits twice as many objects — a total of 650 — as it did before. They are arranged among 19 galleries, separated by free-standing dividers. Sweeping perspectives of the collection unfold as visitors climb the stairway that borders the central light well. "I love the feel of the Davis today; the energy is totally transformed," Fischman wrote in an email. "[T]here are literally surprises around every corner." S T E V E M A A S writer P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F D AV I S M U S E U M AT W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E R E D I S C O V E R I N G THE DAVIS MUSEUM AT S T E V E B R I G G S P H O T O G R A P H Y 78 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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