County Fare: Mass MoCA's Susan Cross nominated for 'Most Influential Curator of the Last Century' award

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The online international art market resource, artnet, last week published an article in its art world news section, "Who Are the Most Influential Curators of the Last Century? 19 Art-World Tastemakers Weigh In."

One of those so-called tastemakers, Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of the online auction house Paddle8, named curator of visual arts Susan Cross, of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, as one of his nominees for this list. The feature characterizes curators as "the rock stars of the contemporary art world — or maybe more like the superstar deejays, mixing together every aspect of the art experience."

Last year, Artsy, another online art hub, named Cross among "The Most Influential Curators of 2016." Cross was responsible for bringing in last year's neon multimedia exhibit "Free Roses," by Philadelphia-based Alex Da Corte. The Artsy article said the curator is known for the "unprecedentedly ambitious museum shows she's organized for contemporary artists that serve to launch their careers to new heights."

Cross is a Williams College Graduate Program alumna who has previously served as curator for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.



Toxic relationships explored

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is filling its theater with students this month by offering four student matinee performances of the current production, "Gaslight."

The production team in a statement describes how the show might teach some valuable lessons to young people: "With a suspenseful story centering on a seemingly devoted husband who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt as to her memory and perceptions, our production of "Gaslight" will serve as a perfect backdrop for a discussion about realistic strategies for combating psychological manipulation and bullying."

More than 2,000 students from Berkshire County and beyond are registered to attend a performance.

Additionally, local students will participate in a free symposium, "Gaslighting: Psychological Manipulation and Bullying — The Disturbing Trend in Relationships Today," this Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., in Pittsfield. Panelists include: Taconic High School seniors Nathaniel Beaupre and Laura Pfeiffer; Taconic school adjustment counselor Michelle Bienvenue; Mike Dreiblatt, president of standuptobullying.net, and Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, medical director and CEO of Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge. For more information about the symposium and performances, call 413-236-8888.


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