Arts Briefs for Sept. 16
Smallwood named Clark deputy director
Larry Smallwood, a veteran arts executive, will join the Clark Art Institute's staff as deputy director on Oct. 29. Smallwood succeeds Tony King, who is retiring from the Clark after a 20-year tenure.
Smallwood is the deputy director and chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. He played a central leadership role in the organization's recent $40 million expansion and has been a vital part of Mass MoCA's growth. In his current role, Smallwood manages multiple internal departments and budgets, and oversees Mass MoCA's commercial real estate operations.
Smallwood worked at Mass MoCA from 1998 to 2006 and returned to the organization in 2013. He first joined the Mass MoCA staff a year prior to its opening, working to create the framework and infrastructure for its performance venues and to provide production and technical support for its performing arts programming. His responsibilities expanded in 2003 when he joined the production and technical team's visual arts program, working with artists, curators, and fabricators to mount a wide range of exhibitions.
From 2006 to 2013, Smallwood lived and worked in Chicago, where he served as a producer and designer for a number of art and cultural venues including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. He also worked as a producer of events and art installations for corporate clients including Equity Group Investments, Harley-Davidson, and BBC America.
The Clark is at 225 South St., Williamstown. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.
Free admission at Bennington Museum
Admission to the Bennington Museum is free for all visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Among the activities planned is a visit by the Vermont Arts Exchange Art Bus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 1 p.m., join curator Jamie Franklin as he presents "Grandma Moses: Her Life and Work." At 3 p.m., Manchester artist Pat Musick will be in the Works on Paper Gallery, where her exhibition, "Where Did You Come From Anyway?: Works by Pat Musick," is on view through Dec. 30. The reception is free and open to the public.
Exhibitions at the museum include "Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont," on view through Nov. 4. Also on view is furniture from Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabins, archival documentation of New Deal projects, such as letters, as well as transcriptions of audio recordings of Vermonters created by the Federal Writers Project. The exhibition examines three thematic topics:" Preserving the Past," "Inventing the Present" and "Building the Future."
Permanent exhibitions include Grandma Moses, now featuring paintings never before on view, "Gilded Age Vermont," Battle of Bennington Gallery, "Bennington Modernism" and one of the newest galleries, "Early Vermont."
The museum is at 75 Main St., (Route 9), Bennington, Vt. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October. It is wheelchair-accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. For more information, visit www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571.
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