Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winning Winter

Happy New Year friends.

The amazing Destination Williamstown, has assembled some stellar upcoming activities to check out in the area:

I/O Festival | January 8 – January 10, 2015 | ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance

The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O Fest ’15, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes four concerts with several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, and special guests, Talea Ensemble. All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required.

Telling Stories | January 9, 2015 7:00 PM| Williams College

Storytelling presentation by Joe and Jesse Bruchac, Abenaki storytellers, poets, and writers. Joe Bruchac holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Union Institute of Ohio.

Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments | January 11, 2015 3:00 PM | The Clark

In this documentary, Ellsworth Kelly revisits the Paris of his early twenties, revealing influences which became leitmotifs that he would return to, refine, and re-work for decades to come. David Breslin, associate director of the Research and Academic Program and associate curator of contemporary projects, will introduce this hour-long film.

MASS MoCA Free Day 2015 | Saturday, January 31, 11am-7pm | MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

On a day when our galleries teem with visitors and activities, take a peek behind the scenes in every aspect of the museum. MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson elaborates on the history of our campus. Art fabricators break down the process of taking a project from concept to completion, and you can watch our tech crew build a concert light show. Enjoy elevator music (played live), art-making, and all the usual Free Day fun.

Monday, November 17, 2014

MASS Expansion

We’re so excited to hear about MASS MoCA’s expansion! Featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, MASS MoCA announced an expansion that is expected to be complete by 2017.

“When the roughly $55 million project is completed in 2017, Mass MoCA will be the largest contemporary art museum in the country, with more than 250,000 square feet of gallery space.” – The Washington Post

Plus we got a sweet mention.

“[Laurie Anderson] who is known for “O Superman,” her 1981 hit song, as well as decades of experimental art…is based in New York, has been a frequent collaborator at Mass MoCA. Northwestern Massachusetts is affordable, allowing her to bring a crew; the local bed and breakfast, Porches Inn, lets her stay with her border terrier, Little Will.

Congrats, MASS MoCA. We heart you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MASS Music

MASS MoCA is hosting the wonderful Josh Ritter this month. Saturday, November 22nd at 8pm.

It’s getting chillier up here in the Berkshires. Make sure to come by and warm your feet by the Porches fire.

Friday, October 3, 2014

What’s Up at MASS MoCA?

There’s always so much going on at MASS MoCA! From live musical performances to amazing art exhibits to artist talk backs about their beautiful works of art, MASS MoCA is definitely an attraction for all. If you’re staying with us or in the area, click here to view all of MASS MoCA’s incredible events! Please let us know if we can be of any assistance!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

See the Amazing Magna Carta Exhibit @ The Clark!

Experience history like never before! See one of the four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta along with several other fundamental documents of our nation’s history with the exhibit Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution. On September 6th, this exhibition opens and brings together six important documents significant to American history and spanning more than eight centuries: Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See more at: http://www.clarkart.edu/Exhibition/Magna-Carta.aspx#sthash.iTIpUovy.dpuf (Photo credit: Magna Carta, Lincoln Cathedral Exemplar, 1215, Iron gall ink on parchment. Lincoln Cathedral, England [Image © Lincolnshire County Council])

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hike @ The Clark!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend and a way to get outside and stay active? How about hiking the 140 acres of expansive lawns and walking trails at The Clark? If you’re looking for a beautiful view of Williamstown and the mountains of Vermont, you can find it while walking the historic Stone Hill and along the entire property. Benches and picnic tables are available throughout the trails, making it a perfect location for a lovely lunch. For more info, visit: http://www.clarkart.edu/About/Architecture/Landscape

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Instagram Art Adventure!

Are you following us on Instagram yet? If not, you should! For the month of August, we’re posting awesome snapshots of art from all around the Inn and area. Want to get in on the art action? Tag us in your photos and we might re-post it! Check it all out here: http://instagram.com/porchesinnmassmoca

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Art Meets Science at MASS MoCA!

Who says beauty is only skin deep? The work of two internationally acclaimed British artists, Nick Veasey and Marilene Oliver, brings us back to our foundation and examines the human form from the inside out. Through the use of x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, the new exhibit, “It’s Only Human,” depicts the intricate and complex network that makes up the human body, a notion that viewers might rarely think about. Veasey and Oliver use this medical imaging technology to showcase what exactly is happening underneath our skin to reflect a deeper meaning of what exactly it means to be human. Their artwork reminds viewers that beauty is much more than what meets the eye and that we are more alike than we typically think. This exhibit is on view now until May 25, 2015. For more info on MASS MoCA, visit http://www.massmoca.org/

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Clark Reopens!

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute reopened on July 4, 2014 after a much-anticipated museum expansion by a Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Tadao Ando. Ando designed a new wing for the Clark, which features additional stunning gallery spaces as well as an underground café, all illuminated by natural light from above. The building adds 11,000 square feet of new galleries and is composed of glass walls overseeing a three-tiered reflecting pool with striking views of the property’s rural surroundings. For more information about The Clark, please visit http://www.clarkart.edu/

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Art Around Town: Winslow Homer @ The Clark

Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History

June 9, 2013 – September 8, 2013

Robert Sterling Clark declared Winslow Homer (1836–1910) to be among the greatest artists of the nineteenth century. Acting on this belief, Clark bought more than two hundred of Homer’s works and eventually owned more works by Homer than by any other artist. The breadth and ambition of Clark’s collection, more important than the large number of works it contains, make it the finest gathering of Homer’s art assembled by any individual since the artist’s death.