Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Jan. 5 - 11
75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.; 802-447-1571, www.benningtonmuseum.org.
Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors and students over 18; free, children and students under age 18. Wheelchair-accessible. Group tours offered for 10 or more individuals.
On view year-round: Grandma Moses Gallery. Largest public collection of paintings by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961) in the world.
27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.
Through Jan. 20: Winter Holiday Art Show; 10 local artists exhibit their work. All pieces are for sale. Artwork includes oil paintings, paper cutting, watercolors, free-hand bronze metal powder painting, collage, and photographs.
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
413-662-2111 or massmoca.org
Galleries are open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesdays). Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round.
"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder." Twenty-three artists work in a wide range of media to explore perception, time and the cosmos to provoke viewers into their own state of wonder.
"Alex Da Corte: Free Roses," on view now. Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, in his first museum survey Alex Da Corte's neon-bright, exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from shampoo to soda to tchotchkes and household cleaning supplies.
"Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves," on view now. Crowner's exhibition at MASS MoCA — her first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum — features both existing paintings and major tile works designed and fabricated for the show.
"Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun" on view now. The works of Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Uribe, whose magical, colorful sculptural menagerie of animals — crafted out of leather bags, bullets, shoelaces and color pencils — can raise one's spirits, even though some of the imagery is fierce.
"Nick Cave: Kaleidoscopic Playground" on view now. Cave converts the Kidspace ArtBar into a veritable Kaleidoscopic Playground — a participatory art-making lab that invites visitors to explore their senses, emotions, and self.
"The Space Between": On view through December. The Space Between disperses installations by seven artists in interstitial or transitional spaces throughout the campus and beyond to investigate ways to actively inhabit this state of "just passing through."
"Sol Lewitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective," on view now. LeWitt — who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution — is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings.
"Franz West: Les Pmmes d'Adam," on view through November. A monumental outdoor sculptural ensemble on extended loan from the Hall Art Foundation that is infused with humor and a particular delight in visual and linguistic puns.
"Barbara Takenaga: Nebraska," on view now. Takenaga creates a new work for a wall in the Hunter Hallway at MASS MoCA. Known for her small, labor-intensive, exuberant abstractions composed of matrix-like swirling patterns of dots, here Takenaga translates her meticulous handcrafted easel-sized work to wallpaper.
"Ran Hwang: Untethered," on view through December. Using thousands upon thousands of buttons and pins, Korean artist Hwang installed "Untethered," a 140-foot-long sculpture featuring 14 birds, including six phoenixes.
"Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic," on view now. In Tree Logic, the art of the piece is not found in its condition at any single point in time, but in the change of the trees over time. When inverted, the six trees in this experiment still grow away from the earth and towards the sun.
"Don Gummer: Primary Separation," on view now. The sculpture consists of a massive granite boulder, 12 feet long by 6 feet tall, sawed in half.
"Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines," on view through Nov. 27. Starting with the inherent resonance of the pipes and metal drums in the Mass MoCA Boiler House, Vitiello composed a layered sound installation that can be explored throughout the building.
"Christina Kubisch: Clocktower Project," on view now. The bells and beautiful brass clockworks share the tower with solar panels, electronic sound system, and a computer with Kubisch's unique program on its flash disc.
"Until": Nick Cave's massive Building 5 exhibition, on view now. The exhibit consists of thousands of found objects, millions of beads, and crystal clouds, effectively turning the space into a dense, dazzling and provocative sculptural field.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.
Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.nrm.org
Admission: Members, free; Adults, $18; Seniors (65 and up) $17; Veterans, $16; College students with ID, $10; Children/teens 6 — 18, $6; Children 5 and under, free.
Through May 29, 2017: "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning." Look at the development of classic cartoon characters and stories created by the animation studio that dominated Saturday morning television.
On view: Norman Rockwell's 323 "Saturday Evening Post" Covers. Revisit all 323 "Saturday Evening Post" covers created by Norman Rockwell, who considered the magazine to be the "greatest show window in America."
Through Jan. 29: "Norman Rockwell's Spirit of the Holidays," celebrate the season with this festive display of Norman Rockwell's holiday-themed artwork.
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 5-6: Classical drawing techniques with illustrator/video game artist Patrick O'Donnell. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will explore technical, traditional image building techniques for drawing the human figure during this week-long workshop. Cost: $200; $175 for museum members and students; advance registration is required, 413-931-2221 or email@example.com
Friday, Jan. 6: "Meet Rockwell's Models," 3 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for America's favorite illustrator from Rockwell's own models, who will share their personal experiences. Included with museum admission.
Saturday, Jan. 7: "Painting Like Rockwell," 1:30 p.m. Join illustrator/painter Dan Howe for an exploration of Norman Rockwell's process through a live painting demonstration and discussion. Included with museum admission.
Monday through Friday, Jan. 9-13: Week-long workshop, "Painting Like the Illustrators of the Famous Artists School." 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Painter/illustrator Dan Howe will discuss and demonstrate the step-by-step Famous Artists School techniques for painting the figure as mastered by Norman Rockwell. Paint mixing, value, color strategies, and figure construction will be taught through observational painting from a live model. Cost; $200; $175 for museum members and students; advance registration is required; 413-931-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandisfield Arts Center
5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100, www.sandisfieldartscenter.org
On view: "In the Gallery: Michelle Arnot: Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing: Japanese Calligraphy.
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.
Through Jan 15: "State of Disobedience," an exhibition that brings together works in a range of media by Matthew Ronay, Barkley Hendricks, Mary Ellen Mark, Patty Chang, Glenn Ligon, and others.
Through Jan 29: "Getting A Read On: Basquiat and Black Lives Matter." Basquiat's painting Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) becomes the focal point of WCMA's Reading Room, and the centerpiece of a series of conversations about police brutality, Black identity, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Through Feb. 12: "Being the measure: David Zink Yi," his first museum exhibition in the U.S. brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video and marks his foray into collaborative live performance. Performed with four musicians, Zink Yi's original work at WCMA fuses Minimalist sculptural, Afro-Cuban spiritual music, and spoken word structures.
Through Feb 19: "Shaping Space." On view for the first time since it joined the museum's collection in 1991, "Ritual Series" by Michael Singer is the centerpiece of the exhibit. Additional works from WCMA's collection share many formal and material concerns-natural and industrial, interior and exterior, movement and stasis. Together these works in various media create an environment for the consideration of space with a focus on their physical and conceptual presence.
FAIRS, FESTIVALS AND FAMILY FUN
Corner of South Church and Center streets, Pittsfield, Mass. www.berkshirecarousel.com
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special musical, and theatrical programing every first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays: On site education art workshops 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12.50 per class.
39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.
Tuesdays: WeeMuse Littlest Learners, 10:30 a.m., play and learn every week in this fun, interactive new program for children ages 6-18 months, with stories, songs, sign language, and exercise. Caregivers share stories and information from collective parenting experiences. Included with regular museum admission.
Fridays: WeeMuse Adventures, 11 a.m., children 18 months to 3 years old explore the aquarium and other galleries, included with regular museum admission.
Saturdays: Chow Time in the Aquarium, 12:30 p.m., lend a hand in the preparation of meals for the creatures that live in the aquarium, included with regular museum admission.
Crane Museum and Center for the Paper Arts
Off West Housatonic Street, Dalton, Mass.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1-5 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
Trace the history of Crane from its Liberty Paper Mill in 1770 to becoming today's technological leader in banknote security technology.
Tours several times each afternoon. Papermaking demonstrations daily. Free.
2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or EdithWharton.org.
Edith Wharton's historic estate. Tour the house and gardens, enjoy lunch on the terrace, shop in the book store, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Admission valid for 7 days, kids free every day.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.
(413) 637-3206, GildedAge.org
A Gilded Age mansion, built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan, the sister of J.P. Morgan. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion is open to the public year round. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours: On the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays.
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