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/
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
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, October 10, 2012
Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Ask The Loser’s Lounge, NYC’s favorite all-star tribute ensemble! You’ll remember them at MASS MoCA when they per- formed the music of Jesus Christ Superstar and acted as house band for the musical theatre revelation People Are Wrong! They’re back to get their collective Kermit on with a salute to the Muppet musical oeuvre —which between the show, the many films, and the albums is even bigger than you think. Bring your kids or just your own sense of childlike wonder and delight, you’ll love this show even without kids in tow — it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…
Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=764
Monday, April 2, 2012
Congrats to MASS MoCA for being named to Complex Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Coolest Museums!
“Cool” is, of course, subjective. However, there are certain museums that either have undeniably awesome collections or offer unparalleled experiences. These are the places that made this list. Included are awesome centers of contemporary art, quirky holdings of anthropological items, and one of New England’s overlooked house museums.
To read the article click here.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Art in a museum, gallery, school, even outdoor art we’ve seen before. Something we hadn’t seen before – an art gallery that is not only located outside, but is located on the exterior of the building! Ralph Brill opened Brill Gallery II this summer on the outside of the Cariddi Mill on in North Adams and we got a chance to see it. In a recent article from BerkshireOnStage.com, writer Charles Giuliano talks about Brill’s exterior gallery along with his many art projects in the area:
“In addition to the Brill Gallery in the Eclipse Mill you are using large images attached to some of the windows of the Cariddi Mill between North Adams and Williamstown. You are calling it Brill Gallery Two and it is intended to create an awareness of your gallery in the Eclipse Mill. You have mentioned drive by visibility during the season in the hundreds of thousands”
Have you seen the Brill Gallery II while you are making your way to Porches? What’s your favorite piece of outdoor art?
Brill Gallery II
Cariddi Mill Exterior
Route 2, between North Adams and Williamstown
On view 24 hours
- May / Sept “Changing Displays”
Visual art and light shows on exterior of Cariddi Mill.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
June 23 – July 25
NAACO Gallery presents a series of new, layered, acrylic collages evolving from a spontaneous and unconscious convergence of several earlier experimental directions the artist had taken. This series is based on the artist’s intrigue with how we humans “read” various symbol systems, and how we use our imaginations to add and/or subtract in order to make sense of what we see.
An artist’s reception will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, 6-9 pm, held in conjunction with the DownStreet Art grand opening celebration.
NAACO Gallery (North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery), 33 Main Street (corner of Main and Marshall Streets) in downtown North Adams. Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri, 11-6; Sat 10-6; Sun 10-4
More about artist Debi Pendell:
Monday, June 20, 2011
Batman, Spiderman, He-Man (She-Ra?), action figures are part of most boys childhood adventures. Check out Jarvis Rockwell’s MAYA IV and how he re imagines these childhood toys (opening reception during DownStreet Art):
“Inspired by the Hindu temples that he saw on a trip to Madras/Chennai in India, artist Jarvis Rockwell created an enormous 11′ tall stepped pyramid at MASS MoCA and lined it with thousands of action figures. The work, installed in MASS MoCA’s Fitzpatrick Family Gallery on the third floor of Building 4, was a dizzying display of every kind of toy from limited edition Star Wars figurines to exotic Japanese monsters to vintage Howdy Doody and Batman dolls.”
Read more about Rockwell’s original incarnation of MAYA at MASS MoCA
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Fourth Annual DownStreet Art initiative – organized by MCLA’s the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC)– will feature more than 100 exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from around the world.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Bringing your family to Porches? Check out all that the Berkshires have to offer for families of all ages. Check out our blog for sample itineraries (indoors and outdoors) to inspire your trip!
Enjoy Art More Often: Museums and More in the Berkshires!
Day 1: Start your day off with a healthful breakfast at Porches and then make your way across the street to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA (open from 10 – 4) Check out the exhibit that’s running this summer!
“Color Forms II: The Basic Utensils features works by artists Soyeon Cho and Lisa Hoke whose hallmark is making beautiful, complex and colorful installations out of inexpensive everyday materials, primarily plastic food utensils, boxes, paper cups and plates, and cardboard containers.”
After exploring the galleries, have lunch at MASS MoCA’s in house café Lickety Split, and enjoy their selection of sandwiches, soups and quiches, and don’t forget about their ice cream!
A post lunch-rest may be needed, but if you’re eager to keep your afternoon going, head south to Pittsfield to the Berkshire Museum. Their latest exhibit will be a delight future scientists and kids of all ages!
“Geckos: Tails to Toepads provides an up-close chance to view 14 different species of geckos in lush, naturalistic habitats that let you visit a gecko’s realm. A host of interactive stations offer the full gecko experience: get a first-hand look at gecko night vision, hear the many different voices of geckos, and try to spot as many camouflaged geckos as you can.”
If your group still as some energy to spend, why not an evening of bowling! Mount Greylock Bowl is less than 10 minutes away and a family of four can bowl for less than $20 (under 30 with shoe rental).
Head back to Porches for an evening in, order some pizza from one of our local eateries and check out a movie from our Blu-Ray/DVD library. What a day!
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!