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/
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Here are a few reasons to play hooky this month! Huckleberry Delsignore: New Concepts in Crochet at The Berkshire Museum through June 21st – inspired by geometry, geodesic domes, rocks, zomes, platonic solids and Lou Reed, this artist creates small spaces to sit inside and ponder. The Harrison Gallery has a show of American Realist paintings running the entire month of June – above, we’re sharing an example of the work – this one by Hale Johnson. If you’d rather grab a beer and watch a ball game, the North Adams SteepleCats is a collegiate summer baseball team that brings the best college baseball players from across the country to play summer baseball right here in North Adams - here’s the schedule of games for your consideration…
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Before the summer crowds get here (and, don’t get us wrong, we love our summer crowds!), c’mon up to Porches for an art-filled getaway. MASS MoCA has three temporary exhibitions on view that are amazing. Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly has been up since last fall. She’s known for large-scale canvases and raucous installations that employ a vibrant palette and exuberant gestures merging painting, sculpture, and architecture. Grosse opens up a new path for painting while rearranging conventions, hierarchy, and our very habits of seeing. Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material systematically collected from the neighborhoods where he lives and works or is personally connected to. By revealing the complex emotional registers inherent within everyday found objects, Ward’s work examines issues of race, poverty, and consumer culture and the inherent meaning and gravity we place upon objects from the discarded to the treasured. Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum is his new installation encompassing the entire second floor of Building 4. Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture shows the work of nine artists in the show mine the Internet – drawing on YouTube videos, pictures from Flickr or Tumblr, website logos, social networking sites, and webchat programs – examines the connections between memes (a form or concept that spreads via the Web) and memory in online culture.
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!
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, 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!