WCMA will host Lit Café

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People will have a chance to make their own responses to writing at Williams College Museum of Art's Lit Café Thursday night, over a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

Guests can make "spine poetry" from the titles of stacked books, alter books in craft projects and imagine the future in their own paper fortune-tellers.

Speak Free will perform spoken work poetry, and songwriters from the Dod Coffee House student group will sing ther own work.

The performances and activities will explore "Painting Between the Lines," a traveling show new to WCMA, and "Picture: Literature," a companion exhibit curated from the museum's collection.

Combining themes of literature and art in "Picture: Literature" allowed the musuem "to look at the collection for connections, and to think about the collection in a new way," said WCMA's public relations coordinator, Kim Hugo.

Illustrations to Richard Wright's "Uncle Tom's Children" stand beside work inspired by Ralph Ellison and Zorah Neale Hurston, and contemporary takes on historical work -- including Tom Rollins and K.O.S. interpreting Harriet Jacobs' "Diary of a Slave Girl."

"You're not diviing into categories -- Greek, Roman, prints, drawings," Hugo said. "You see connections across mediums and time periods."


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