Friday, January 29, 2010
A juried exhibition of photography at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts focuses on Pittsfield, from its gritty industrial side all the way through a variety of neighborhoods and setting to some of the soaring architectural beauty that graces the downtown area. The show highlights the work of local artists while offering new perspectives to film industry location scouts seeking exciting settings for scenes in upcoming movie projects. The challenge is that the stereotypical image of Berkshire County among many filmmakers is its old mansions, rolling hills, bucolic farmland and pastoral forests. Both Pittsfield and North Adams offer interesting urban settings for filmmakers and artists of all types – I imagine that Charles Sheeler would have inspired by our Berkshire cities! The photos are posted on the Web here, but consider a stop at the Lichtenstein Center on your next trip to Porches and see another facet of our rich Berkshire landscape. ["No Admittance" by Scott Edward Cole]
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
From now through May, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is offering free admission! Be sure to catch Steps Off the Beaten Path and Crow and Raven: Baskin, Hughes, Manet, Poe before they end in early January! On December 12 from 10 am to 12 pm, there will be a special Start with Art program at the Clark. This session, entitled “Light and Dark,” allows parents to explore the collection with their preschoolers. Family-friendly gallery guides and age-appropriate painting talks will also be offered. From 11 am to 12 pm, there will be various art projects the children can participate in. This event is free and no registration is needed. Art-appropriate clothing is recommended – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The holidays will be here before we know it. If you’re looking for a unique gift made in New England, check out these two options… Berkshire Grown has organized a Holiday Marketplace featuring products from local farms including jams and pickles – why not give the gift of the harvest preserved for enjoyment during winter months? The event takes place in Williamstown at the Williams College Field House on Latham Street from 10 am – 2 pm on November 21st. Meanwhile, our friends at MASS MoCA are organizing MASS MoCA Marketplace: A Collection of Contemporary Crafts for November 21-22 - the marketplace will be open 11 – 5 both days – there will be about 40 vendors and lots of variety for great gift ideas!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Although I’m well beyond my school years, I still enjoy a Back-to-School feeling every September – changing my closet over to warmer garb, waking up to crisp and invigorating autumn air, watching kids parade to the bus stop each morning… but most of all, I enjoy the anticipation of digging into something new – whether it’s a new book, band or knitting pattern, it doesn’t matter. Living near several fine academic institutions, if I feel like actually getting into a lecture hall without committing to an entire semester, I can… Williams College, for example, has a number of lectures and events, many free, for those wishing to add a little academia to their lives. Curious about Race in Castro’s Cuba? Want to hear about the future of art history? The events range from lectures to master dance classes to performances and so much more – follow this link for info.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This weekend, Porches will be welcoming the families of Williams College students for graduation weekend. We’re fortunate to be in a college town – between Williams and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, these fine institutions offer all kinds of programs for the community, many for free. The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is one of the finest college art museums in the US, focusing on American art, modern and contemporary art, and the art of non-Western civilizations.
Anyone interested in fashion will want to see the two exhibitions of Edward Steichen’s photography opening June 6th at the WCMA, where 300 rarely-seen prints are now on view. One exhibition includes images from Steichen’s work during the 20s and 30s for Vogue and Vanity Fair (think Chanel, Schiaparelli, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper!) and the other explores the technical and artistic issues of the artist’s career. This is a chance to see the work of an American modernist who influenced generations of artists and photographers—Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Bruce Weber are among his stylistic successors. Steichen’s work helped shift the public perception of American women from soft, romantic creatures to direct and engaging commanders of their femininity and power.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Attendees at MASS MoCA’s Tenth Anniversary Ball were treated to a first look at George Cochrane: Long Time Gone, one of three new exhibitions to open last month at the museum. Brooklyn-based painter George Cochrane is creating a graphic novel with his six-year-old daughter Fiamma and shares the first two chapters of that work with MASS MoCA audiences this summer. Fiamma’s nightmare ignites Cochrane’s interpretation of the 24 hour period that he is presenting in the novel… and the resulting illustrations are at once sweet and whimsical while beingintense and, at times, moody. Not to be missed! For more info, go to www.massmoca.org.
Detail from George Cochrane’s “Long Time Gone” at MASS MoCA