Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Museum has been a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2013. Established in 1903, the Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines.
The new exhibition If/Then opens this Saturday, January 24 at the Berkshire Museum. Visitors to If/Then will enter a topsy-turvy world of experience, where senses rule. They will traverse the horizontal climbing wall; dodge an obstacle course of pretend laser beams; and use dots and dashes to mark their height on a drawing wall.
Now we look to the summer exhibitions at The Clark which include Van Gogh and Nature -- an exhibition that will be on view at the Clark from June 14th through Sept. 13th. The show will include 53 works, mostly paintings, but also some of the artist’s drawings on loan from museums and private collections around the world. Richard Kendall, is Curator at Large at The Clark and we will speak with him about Van Gogh in a moment.
But first we must also mention two more exhibits - Photography and Discovery which will be on view May 17th through August 30th; and A Century of Japanese Woodblock Prints from Hiroshige to Saitō: Gifts from the Rodbell Family Collection which will be on view from July 5th to September 27th. Both are curated by Jay Clarke – the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark who joins us now along with the aforementioned Richard Kendall.
Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time - it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams.
In addition to challenging and inspiring visual art, MASS MoCA brings valuable performing arts to the region including film, theatre, dance, and music in just about any genre you can imagine. MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph join us to tell us more.
Founded in 1926 the Williams College Museum of Art is one of the oldest museums in the county and features changing exhibitions of its permanent collection as well as travelling shows. Located in the heart of the Williams campus just a few steps off Spring Street in Williamston, the museum is open year round and admission is always free.
The museum has more than 14,000 objects in its collection including the largest collection in the world of work by brothers Charles and Maurice Prendergast. Their current exhibitions include – but are not limited to - Frank Lloyd Wright: Early Work; Looking At and Looking Through: Rethinking Portraiture; and Immortal Scripts.
Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Kevin Murphy, Eugenie Prendergast Curator of American Art are here today to let us know what's on view and what's coming up at the museum this spring.
Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), Young Christian Girl, 1894. Oil on canvas, 65.3 x 46.7 cm. The Clark. Acquired in honor of Harding F. Bancroft (Institute Trustee, 1970–87; President, 1977–87), 1986.22
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute started as a rural refuge to house the Clarks’ substantial Art Collection. In 1955, the museum was opened to the public and became one of the premiere art institutions in the Berkshires.
In addition to its many remarkable collections and natural setting, the Clark is also home to extensive research and academic programs, including a significant research library. In this segment, we want to focus on the museum’s permanent collection. And it is impressive. To share just how impressive, we welcome - Richard Rand - the Clark’s Senior Curator and Curator of Paintings and Sculpture.
On November 23 of last year, The Clark Art Institute opened Monet/Kelly, the first exhibition to consider the influence of Impressionist painter Claude Monet on the works of leading contemporary American artist Ellsworth Kelly. The works in the exhibition were selected by Kelly and include two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings by the artist, together with nine paintings by Monet.
The exhibition examines how both Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have shaped Kelly’s approach to his work. Monet/Kelly will be on view through February 15, 2015.
Here to tell us more are David Breslin, Associate Director of the Research and Academic Program and Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute and artist Stephen Hannock.
On arriving at The Clark, many visitors are surprised by the depth and variety of art available at this museum in the Northern Berkshires. In addition to an impressive collection of the works of Impressionist painters, the Clark boasts work from the Renaissance up through modern times.
In addition to their collections, director Michael Conforti has made it a priority to develop the research and academic wings of the Clark’s activities. Partly as a result of his efforts, the Clark boasts one of the most accessible and extensive art libraries in Massachusetts.
Director Michael Conforti joins us today to talk about the Clark, and all that it has to offer.
Based on the most detailed survey of long-married people ever conducted, 30 Lessons For Loving shows a way to lifelong, fulfilling relationships. Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist at Cornell University, offers advice from the oldest and wisest Americans on everything from finding a partner, to deciding to commit, to growing old together.
Along the way, the book answers questions like these: How do you know if the person you love is the right one? What are the secrets for improving communication and reducing conflict? What gets you through the major stresses of marriage, such as child-rearing, work, money issues, and in-laws?