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