The Davis Center was pleased to invite 20 Williams students on a cultural excursion to New York City, March 17, 2018-March 19, 2018. This year’s theme, “Examining Power, Privilege, and Identity Through Art”, aimed to engage participants in dialogue on the ways societal infrastructures frame people’s existence. We observed themes in several forms, including fine art, modern art, and dance, and contextualized these works against the backdrop of current events.
Students met with Gordon Davis ’63–son of W. Allison Davis ’24–and Founding Chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Students joined Mr. Davis on a tour of Lincoln Center and were invited for dinner and a show at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. They also met with other New York City-based alumni. Students also visited the Jack Shainman Galleries, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art; and attended the Ailey II exhibition at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Students were accompanied by Elayne Elliott, Sustainability Coordinator of the Zilkha Center; Tatiana McInnis, Associate Director of the Davis Center; Lama Nassif, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Arabic Studies; Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Director of the Davis Center; G.L. Wallace, Director of Accessible Education; and Horace Ballard, Assistant Curator, Williams College Museum of Art.