Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Williams College Museum of Art just finished a two-year project of reinstalling their collection, resulting in eight exhibitions that explore the idea of “museum” as subject. Take a look at this link to see what they’ve cooked up! Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art expresses the power of boundaries–making, breaking, crossing, drawing, and erasing them–and the cultural, sociological, and geographical boundaries that are drawn and redrawn through the various historical phases of our political state of the Union. The breadth of the collection is impressive and the exhibitions thoughtful and thought-provoking. Don’t miss!
Monday, January 24, 2011
There’s nothing like a little Bollywood funk to warm your bones on a brisk January day! Check out this dance party at MASS MoCA this coming Saturday: Bhangra Funk Dance Party with Red Baraat. Melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk, Red Baraat is one of the most explosive and joyful live bands you will ever experience. Comprised of dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), drumset, percussion, sousaphone, and 5 horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals and Bollywood classics with an unstoppable energy that whips audiences into an ecstatic frenzy everywhere they play. We still have rooms available this weekend!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I popped into the Clark the other day to take a look at The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer. I’ve always been a fan of art that incorporates mythology and/or stories from the Bible that are supposed to inspire (or is it scare?) us into doing the right thing. Dürer’s work has all that plus an incredible mastery of the printmaking medium. Dürer’s world was populated by monsters, witches, hybrid animals, and marauding soldiers – and his work shares spiritual and social preoccupations with our own time. In addition to often fantastic images, the artist experimented with another form – ornamental knots, and the examples here are dazzlingly. The Clark gives the visitor a magnifying glass to use while looking at these insanely intricate works, so you won’t miss a thing. Make plans to come see this exhibition!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It’s official! The dates for the 2011 Solid Sound Festival are June 24-26 at MASS MoCA! We wish we could tell you otherwise, but we are already sold out. Should there be any cancellations, we will make an announcement in an email blast as the dates get closer, but we’re not betting on it. There is currently some availability at our “sister” property, The Red Lion Inn. Check out this link at our local visitors’ bureau for lodging opportunities. Click here for the link to our local campground and click here for a map of nearby state campgrounds.
Thanks to Jeff Tweedy and the gang for bringing this amazing festival back to the Berkshires!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Our friends in downtown North Adams got together to offer a shopping extravaganza, full of festive events to keep you entertained as you scour the city for everyone on your holiday list! Shop handmade jewelry, fine art, artisan chocolate, unique toys, historic gifts, books, locally made pottery and more… There are a number of restaurants where you can fuel up along the way – click here for a list. HARDWARE at MASS MoCA now features the wares of over Berkshires artisans, a great place to take home truly local gifts for the whole family. Check out Develop North Adams’ website for all the details!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Two outdoor installations opening on October 23rd will knock your socks off! New exhibitions by Federico Diaz and Michael Oatman will challenge your sense of space and proportion in a dizzying fashion… Diaz created a 50×20 foot sculpture,Geometric Death Frequency-141, from 420,000 black spheres precisely milled and assembled by robotic machines, filling MASS MoCA’s entrance courtyard with a fragmented wave seemingly caught between movement and stasis. Oatman’s The Shining is a 1970s-era ‘satellite’ that has crash-landed at MASS MoCA in the form of a repurposed Airstream trailer – with large parachutes and active solar panels – inspired by an earlier era of pulp aeronauts like Buck Rogers, Tom Swift and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, as well as the works of Giotto, Jules Verne, NASA, and Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée. You’ll be allowed to climb a staircase and enter into the craft… and that’s where the fun begins! I won’t give it away – go see for yourself!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Hey, all you Wilco fans (and anyone interested in contemporary alt music! Due to a few last-minute cancellations, we have some availability for Sunday night. Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival will be an amazing, one-of-a-kind event – and Sunday’s line-up looks great – including a performance by Jeff Tweedy. Call us NOW to reserve at 413.664.0400 – these rooms will sell out.
Friday, July 30, 2010
One of our local art heros, sculptor and Eric Rudd, founder and operator of the Historic Beaver Mill, revitalized a vintage trolley, got some sponsors (Porches is THE major sponsor!), and is now offering Art Tours of North Adams. The first tour, which leaves the MASS MoCA parking lot at 1 p.m., is a 75-minute drive through the city’s historic neighborhoods guided by local historian Paul W. Marino. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. A second two-hour-long “art hot spots” tour, led by artist guides, leaves the museum at 3 p.m., with a pick-up right here at the Porches Inn. The tour includes revolving stops at artists lofts, galleries at the Eclipse, Windsor and Beaver mills and DownStreet Art galleries and installations. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children under 12. Save some time for a trolley tour on your next visit!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Art has taken over North Adams again! Make sure you set aside enough time to explore the entire Down Street Art spread – it encompasses much of North Adams’ downtown area, from the storefronts to the mills. At Gallery 51, EVERYTHING IS OK, the first solo-exhibition for local artist, Sean Riley features painting, collage, sculpture and fabric works – most engrossing is a quilt of Riley’s deceased father’s work clothes, Carhartts and all. Click here for a map. One of my favorite places to shop for affordable art has a new show going on in conjunction with Down Street Art… The North Adams Artist Coop Gallery kicks off the new season with a juried show presented by members of NAACO featuring fine art and craft that is meant to “soar.” Some artists have interpreted the theme by creating three-dimensional creatures while others stuck with a two-dimensional medium to represent something airborne. This is a great place to find an affordable work of art for your own collection or even for a wedding gift – tis the season for weddings, after all!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Down Street Art opened to much fanfare last night in North Adams… about a thousand people made their way around the galleries and storefront installations. I walked over from Porches today to check out some of the art on view. MCLA’s Gallery 51 has an amazing show by Sean Riley, who recently renewed his interest in American quilt-making to honor his deceased father’s life by making a quilt (illustrated above) from his father’s clothing – walking up to the quilt, the viewer is enveloped by a collage of fabrics from Riley’s father’s work clothes, Carharts and all. It’s powerful. MCLA’s Cultural Resource Center teamed up with Art for Change in NYC for a show entitled Haiti: Beyond Mountains There Are Mountains. Rather than focus on the devastation and suffering of Haiti and its people following the recent earthquake, this show explores the political, economic and social landscapes of Haiti post-earthquake. This is the first of several exhibitions and events exploring the compelling art, music and culture of a country that has been shaking things up culturally and politically for over two centuries. A portion of all sales will be donated directly to the relief efforts in Haiti.
I asked MCLA’s Jonathan Secor if he sees a theme running through the shows and he commented that it’s all about community. Down Street Art brings together a variety of media, styles and cultures, but they all have some kind of commentary on their communities and the artists’ places in it. Here’s a link to a map showing how easy it is to walk Down Street Art – more on this summer-long event soon!