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Saturday, February 16, 2013

See Art More Often: Electric Paris @ The Clark

Electric Paris @ The Clark

February 16, 2013 – April 7, 2013

Long before the widespread use of electricity, Paris had been known as “The City of Light” — the name arose in the eighteenth century, when Enlightenment philosophers made Paris a center of ideas and metaphorical illumination. By the late nineteenth century, the term had come to be associated with “real” light in the artificially illuminated streets and boulevards of the French capital, and its showy spaces of public entertainment and leisure.

For more on Electric Paris:  http://www.clarkart.edu/museum/exhibitions-future-detail.cfm?EID=3465

Image credit: Alexandre Lunois, The Department Store (Le Bon Marché), 1902. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1990.14

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Backstories: The Other Side of Art @ The Clark

Now through April 21 @ The Clark

Works of art can lead a double life. Often, one side is revealed to the public while the other—the back—remains hidden from view. In Backstories: The Other Side of Art, these hidden sides come to light as a selection of works tell their little-known “backstories,” revealing how they were made, how they have been cared for by collectors, the many changes they have survived, or the period during which they were created. The exhibition spans five centuries and includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, silver, and porcelain.

More about Backstories: The Other Side of Art

http://clarkart.edu/exhibitions/backstories/content/exhibition.cfm

image credit:

Alfred Stieglitz
The Terminal, 1893
Gift of Penelope Tyson Adams in memory of my husband, John Barclay Adams
© 2012 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kidspace @ the Clark: Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!

Kidspace @ the Clark: Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!

Now through September 8

A single image can spark curiosity that leads in many directions. Inspired by Peter Paul Rubens’s enormous painting Lion and Tiger Hunting (in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France), visitors will explore many questions: Who will be victorious? Could this animal hunt really have happened—and did it? What events or personalities caused Rubens to paint this picture? What problems did Rubens encounter when painting such a big picture so very long ago? This exhibition will include a number of hands-on activities.

More about Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!

http://clarkart.edu/exhibitions/kidspace/content/exhibition.cfm

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Other Dream Team documentary comes to MASS MoCA 1/29

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:30 pm, @MASS MoCA

Club B-10
$9 adults / $5 students
After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and a victory over the USA) at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Lithuanian basketball stars Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for their oppressor’s sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism and willing the newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics. An inspiring underdog story of the highest order,The Other Dream Team (by Marius A. Markevicius, 2012) documents the Lithuanians’ brutal experience behind the Iron Curtain and their triumphant emergence as liberators. Q&A with producer Jon Weinbach to follow.
For more on The Other Dream Team and to purchase tickets: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=785

Friday, January 4, 2013

One last month to see Invisible Cities at MASS MoCA

One month left to see the Invisible Cities exhibit at MASS MoCA (now until February 4th!)

Titled after Italo Calvino’s beloved book – which imagines Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of numerous cities of a fading empire to Kublai Khan – the exhibition features the work of ten diverse artists who re-imagine urban landscapes both familiar and fantastical. Like Marco Polo’s poetic imagery, which leaves the reader wondering if the cities he describes are real or perhaps all different versions of his own Venetian home, the works in the show explore how our perceptions of place are shaped by personal influences as diverse as memory, desire, and loss, as well as by cultural forces such as history and the media.

To read more about Invisible Cities click here: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=669

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Exhibit at MASS MoCA-Xu Bing: Phoenix

Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China.

Phoenix is the centerpiece of an exhibition of related art by Xu Bing, widely considered to be among the most important Chinese artists working today.

To read more about Xu Bing-Phoenix click here: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=771

Thursday, November 15, 2012

See Art More Often-Tim Crouch: My Arm at MASS MoCA (12/1)

Tim Crouch: My Arm

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 8:00 pm
Club B-10
$12 advance/$16 day of the show/$10 student

Presented by Sundance Institute Theatre Lab
In conjunction with Sundance Institute’s vaunted Theatre Lab Program (at MASS MoCA for a two-week residency), we present a reading of My Arm by Lab Fellow Tim Crouch.My Arm is the story of an empty gesture. It’s the confession of a man who has lived for thirty years by the courage of his lack of conviction, all the while becoming a celebrated medical specimen and an icon of the New York art scene.
Click here for more: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=773

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Live Music @ MASS MoCA: Alsarah and the Nubatones 11/10

Alsarah and the Nubatones
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 8:00 pm
Club B-10
$12 advance/$16 day of the show/$10 student
Powerful Sudanese-American singer Alsarah fronts this extraordinary band bound together by a collective love for Nubian music and the genuine belief that soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. They blend a selection of Nubian ’songs of return’ from the 1970s to today with original, Western soul-inspired material and vintage Sudanese pop. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration viewed through an urban lens.
To purchase click here: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=767

Monday, October 22, 2012

Laura Marling: The Working Holiday Tour, 10/26 @ MASS MoCA

Laura Marling: The Working Holiday Tour
Friday, October 26, 2012, 8:00 pm
Hunter Center
$16 advance/$19 day of show
Just sixteen when she leapt into the public eye in 2006 as a seemingly fully formed artist, the talented English folk singer Laura Marling has mesmerized ever since with her extraordinary songwriting and equally enchanting voice. She signed to Virgin and released her 2008 full-length debut, Alas I Cannot Swim, followed with 2010’s Mercury Prize-nominated I Speak Because I Can, and last year’s A Creature I Don’t Know, a record of remarkable maturity. In this solo performance you’ll know immediately that she’s an artist with a path ahead of boundless possibility.
Click here for more: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=758

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Downtown Art: DownStreet Art celebration 10/25

From Downstreet Art, in downtown North Adams:

NORTH ADAMS, MASS-  More than 80 artists33 exhibitions3 murals1 bus stand… From June through October, DownStreet Art has brought downtown North Adams a vital, large and multifaceted community of creatives and professionals that once again have embraced and fostered its mission to bring visitors and locals alike to downtown North Adams.  It’s time to celebrate this successful season, a season that has seen the best attendance to date. On Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5-8 p.m. DownStreet Art will host new exhibition openings, special performances, happenings, and events to beat the drums and share the art and fun with visitors of all ages.

Performances will include two of upstate New York’s dynamic performers and visual artists, C. Ryder Cooley and Patrick Porter, local hero musician and MCLA alumni Mike Martin, a play by Nicholas Corbello and many of MCLA’s clubs and musical groups including the Allegrettos, Dance Company and Harlequin.  Galleries hosting exhibitions of new work include MCLA’s Gallery 51, NAACO, North Adams Transcript, and PRESS Gallery.

A prominent part in the closing DownStreet Art Thursday celebration will be performances throughout the downtown area from 5pm-8pm. Ukele player and singer songwriter Mike Martin will be performing at Gallery 107, 107 Main Street from 5:30pm-7:30pm. At the Artery Gallery there will be performances by two of upstate New York’s dynamic performers. At 6pm Patrick Porter will do a solo set of his own songs, and at 7pm C. Ryder Cooley will be performing a duet with her taxidermied sheep, Hazel.

In front of the Berkshire Bank MCLA’s a capella group the Allegrettos will be performing from 5:30-6p. At 6:30p MCLA’s musical theater club will be performing, and then at 7p there will be a fire dancer performing.

Updates on the various happenings, exhibitions and more are available through FacebookTwitter and DownStreetArt.org.

About DownStreet Art:

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA’s Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Orbit Visual Graphic Design. The program is made possible through lead sponsorship support provided by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Excelsior, Scarafoni Associates, Waterman Excavation, Berkshire Bank, Transcript, Orbit Visual, The North Adams Transcript, Porches an Inn at MASS MoCA, The Franzoni Family, Public Eat& Drink, Adams Community Bank, The Sushi House, O’Connell Oil Associates, Edward Jones Investments, Berkshire Emporium & Antiques, Hoosac Bank, Persnickety Toys, Jack’s Hot Dogs, Desperado’s, Lickety Split at MASS MoCA, Luma’s Muffin & Mug, Freight Yard Pub & Restaurant, I’ve Got Goodies, Verizon Wireless Zone, Shima’s, and The Local.