Sean Riley Exhibition
Allium will feature the selected works from Berkshire-based artist Sean Riley. Riley will be showing a new body of work at Allium that includes paintings on panel as well as dyed-paper collages. These colorful works evoke certain qualities of fabric and use patterns that fold in upon themselves in origami-like fashions that give rise to a tension between flat and three-dimensional space. May 21 – December 31, 2013.
Jarvis Rockwell: Wall Drawing
A work in progress, this drawing will be created over the course of the exhibition. Jarvis Rockwell, son of Norman Rockwell has been an artist for over sixty years. His work has included, pen and ink drawings on illustration board, installations of colored nylon threads woven cobweb-like in woods as well as in man-made structures, found objects collages, and installations using contemporary toys. Come and witness the creation of this new wall drawing. September 4 – November 8, 2013.
Daisy Rockwell: The Topless Jihadi and Other Curious Birds
New works by Daisy Rockwell will be on view. “In an era when the ‘war on women’ has been heating up both in the United States and elsewhere around the globe, women are more involved than ever in public life.” states the artist. This exhibit explores the role of women in public life today – examining all manner of curious birds. September 21 – December 30, 2013.
17th Annual Festival of Trees
The museum is pleased to present a wonderful exhibit of Uniquely Designed and Decorated Holiday Trees created by artists, businesses, and non-profit entities throughout the area. Some are in beautifully created vignettes, but whether standing independently or in a vignette, they are all based on this year’s theme “Hidden Gems.” Taking rarely seen objects from the museum’s collection, each tree or vignette’s decoration is inspired on that selected object. Over 25 trees will be on exhibit for the entire family to enjoy. Bring your family and friends for this uniquely wonderful display. On view November 29 – December 30, 2013.
Annual Student Art Show
Celebrating the art created by students in public and private schools in Bennington and surrounding communities, this annual exhibit brings artwork of the region’s elementary, middle and high school students to the museum in a display ranging from whimsical projects by the young students to more advanced work of older students. February 14 – March 30, 2014.
Photographs by John Hubbard
Over 20 photographs taken by John Hubbard of people he encountered in the Bennington area during the 1970s, while he was a sports reporter and photographer at the Bennington Banner, have been selected to go into this wonderful black and white exhibit. These silver gelatin prints will be on view in the Limric Gallery. February 14 – March 30, 2014.
29th Annual Festival of Trees: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Travel through time at the Berkshire Museum during Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow and celebrate the Museum’s 110th anniversary! Dazzling decorated trees will take visitors to the nostalgia of years past, the excitement of today’s fast-paced lifestyle, and the endless possibilities for the future. Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm. November 23 – January 2, 2014.
An exhibition of works by two area-based painters, Janet Rickus and Colin Brant, curated by artist and critic, Carol Diehl. Rickus is known for her meticulous still life paintings of fruits and vegetables, while Brant’s subject is lush landscape that often includes vignettes of people at play. November 8 – January2, 2014.
A show of paintings by Warner Friedman and assemblages by Michael Zelehoski, curated by Van Shields, Berkshire Museum’s executive director. Zelehoski reconstructs three-dimensional found wooden objects, like crates and pallets, into two-dimensional picture planes, with fascinating results. Friedman’s paintings feature spare landscapes framed by unexpected architectural details. November 8 – January 2, 2014.
Barbara McClintock & Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep
Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep, which appeared in 2010 to rave reviews, transformed a marvelous selection of children’s poetry into a collection of original songs. In 2012 a picture book of the same title was published with richly imagined watercolors by Barbara McClintock, selections of which can be viewed in this exhibition. November 26 – May, 2014.
Russian American Dmitri Freund’s paintings are vibrant with power and light. Seeing his work touches the soul because he paints from the soul. With strong poetic line and fluid color that sings right off the canvas, he paints the experience of the inner spiritual journey with ever present light emerging victorious against all odds. Come and see – drink in the light, rhythm and color of this unusual artist. November 1 – January 2, 2014.
Group Exhibition with Stanley Bielen & Janet Rickus
The Harrison Gallery presents a group exhibition of paintings still life artist Stanley Bielen & Janet Rickus. November 2 – 30, 2013.
Solo exhibition: Tracy Helgeson
Paintings inspired by the old barns and farm fields around her home near Cooperstown, NY. December 7 – 31, 2013.
In a major new collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, the keystone of which is a large and long-term exhibition of sculpture and paintings by Anselm Kiefer, MASS MoCA opens a 10,000 square-foot building at MASS MoCA specially re-purposed by the Hall Art Foundation and devoted to the art of Anselm Kiefer.
Guillaume Leblon: Under My Shoe
The first solo exhibition of Paris-based sculptor Guillaume Leblon’s work in a U.S. museum will feature a selection of works made over the last decade, in addition to two major new projects created for MASS MoCA. Leblon’s practice is characterized both by its diversity and the artist’s canny manipulation of space. While he creates powerful, discrete objects, he often choreographs his works into a larger spatial narrative within his exhibition venues. Through April 7, 2014.
Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape
For the past decade, Jason Middlebrook has been exploring the complex relationship between man and nature in his sculptures, installations, paintings, and large-scale drawings. Middlebrook’s interest in the state of the environment has been articulated in work that addresses the effects of human intervention in a range of landscapes, from the taming of the suburban yard to the building of the Alaskan Pipeline. Through April 7, 2014.
Joseph Montgomery: Five Sets Five Reps
A selection of new and existing works from three closely-related bodies of work by New York-based painter Joseph Montgomery on view in our Brown Gallery. This will be the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. Through April 7, 2014.
Wendell Minor’s America
A journey through the art of Wendell Minor, a premier historical picture book illustrator. Original artworks and artifacts for cherished books illustrated by Minor, including “Reaching for the Moon” and ‘Look to the Stars’ by Buzz Aldrin, ‘Sitting Bull Remembers’ by Ann Turner, and “Abraham Lincoln Comes Home” by Robert Burleigh, among many others, will be on display. November 9 – May 26, 2014
Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays
During the holiday season, Norman Rockwell’s anxiously awaited illustrations brought good cheer to millions of Americans who encountered his images on the covers and pages of their favorite magazines, and on holiday cards that brought the spirit of the holidays home. His memorable, enduring images, which reflected the best in us, are on view in this special holiday installation of original artworks and objects. Original drawings for Hallmark cards, paintings inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol, a point-of-purchase Coca-Cola Santa, and costumes and props featured in Rockwell’s artwork will be on view. November 9 – January 26, 2014.
Dancing Princesses: The Picture Art of Ruth Sanderson
A renowned fantasy artist and illustrator of children’s literature, Ruth Sanderson has created imagery for more than seventy-five picture books, many of which bring classic tales to life, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Papa Gatto, Cinderella, The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Snow Princess, and The Enchanted Wood, an original story. This special holiday installation will explore the process and inspirations for her beloved edition, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, complete with original paintings and studies, photographic references, and the opulent costumes that Sanderson designed personally for inclusion in her images. November 23 – February 23, 2014.
Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman
Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning artist who has received illustration’s highest honors from the Society of Illustrators, The New York Art Directors Club, and the Society of Publications Designers. His beautifully conceived and rendered pen and ink drawings have appeared in many publications including the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and he has been commissioned to create numerous artworks for The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force. An exceptional educator, he has inspired generations of illustrators at Syracuse University, and at the Hartford School of Art, University of Hartford, among others. Baseball, rodeos, classic cars, Native American culture, and other themes that inspire the artist’s passionate, life-long interest will be reflected in the works on view. March 15, 2014 – June 15, 2014
Edward Hopper: Art for Commerce
Edward Hopper, American Illustrator presents a unique and comprehensive study of the little-known twenty year illustration career of the realist master. Attitudes toward art and the crosscurrents of contemporary commercial society during the early to mid twentieth century will be explored in this exhibition, which seeks to provide an integrated understanding of Hopper’s published and personal art. June 7, 2014 – October 26, 2014.
Harvey Dunn and His Students
An exceptional and prolific illustrator of America’s Golden Age, Harvey Dunn (1884-1952) was a prodigy of legendary artist Howard Pyle who became an admired teacher in his own right. This first major exhibition of Dunn’s art, organized in conjunction with the South Dakota Museum of Art, South Dakota State University, will feature his stunning painterly illustrations for the prominent periodicals of his day, including Scribner’s, Harper’s, Collier’s Weekly, Century, Outing, and The Saturday Evening Post. It will also feature powerful works created for the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, in which he recorded the unforgettable realities of war, as well as the artist’s prairie paintings, inspired by his life-long love of South Dakota’s landscape and history. Original artworks by Dunn’s prodigious students, including Dean Cornwell, Harold von Schmidt, Saul Tepper, John Clymer, Lyman Anderson, James E. Allen, among others, will also be featured. November 9, 2014 – March 16, 2015
Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure
Known today for his meticulously researched historical paintings, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator who has worked on a broad spectrum of assignments for more than fifty years—from paperback book jackets and men’s adventure magazine illustrations to movie posters, model kit boxes, and advertisements for prominent corporations. His dramatic, beautifully-crafted images, conceived in every possible genre throughout his outstanding career, will be the focus of this exhibition, which draws from the artist’s vast and highly-regarded body of work. His romance, war, and sporting illustrations for True, Argosy, The Saturday Evening Post, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, American Weekly, Men’s Story among others, and his contemporary historical paintings that capture the heroes and battles of the American Civil War, will be on view. November 9, 2014 – March 8, 2015
Tim O’Brien: In Real Time
An inventive and gifted illustrator whose realist masterworks for changing times have inspired wide acclaim, Tim O’Brien has created unforgettable works for the covers and pages of our most influential contemporary publications, including TIME, Der Spiegel, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Business Week, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Playboy, The New York Times, and New York Magazine. His striking conceptual portrayals of contemporary figures from the worlds of politics, business, sports, and entertainment have featured Barak Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, Sonya Sotomayor, Fidel Castro, Mahatma Gandhi, Osama bin Laden, Steve Jobs, Mohammed Ali, Michael Jackson, Mel Gibson, and Howard Stern, among many others, and he is frequently called upon to bring historical visionaries like Thomas Alva Edison and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to life for today’s audiences. A designer of United States Postage Stamps and illustrator of book jackets for many publishers including Avon, Dial, Harper Collins, Penguin, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Times Books, TOR, and Viking, the artist has garnered the highest professional awards for his work, and is represented in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. March 14, 2015 – June 14, 2015
Warhol, Disney, and Rockwell
This hallmark exhibition brings together the art of three iconic American image makers in an exhibition collaboratively organized by three noted single artist museums—Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California. The artistic and cultural impact of groundbreaking pop artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987), visionary animator Walt Disney (1901-1966), and legendary illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), contemporaries who opened new ways of seeing during the mid-twentieth century, will be explored. Original artworks and artifacts reflecting their unrivaled bodies of work, their inspirations, and their influence on generations of Americans will be featured. A fully-illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. June 6, 2015 – October 25, 2015
Founded and run by the Thunderbolt Ski Runners, the Thunderbolt Ski Museum collects, preserves, and displays ski gear, clothing, awards, pictures, and ephemera related to the Thunderbolt Ski Trail. Mon-Thurs 8:30-3:30pm; Fri 8:30-6pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm. Open year round.
“Les Petites Dames De Mode”
An extraordinary exhibit the likes of which the Berkshires has never seen, featuring 59 stunningly beautiful miniature “fashion models” that portray the history of women’s fashion from 1855 to 1914. John R. Burbidge, retired Senior Designer of the famed Priscilla of Boston, began the painstaking work of creating his 29-inch tall “ladies” almost 40 years ago, and each is a masterwork. The outfits, exquisite in every detail, are all completely original designs by Burbidge. Mr. Burbidge is author of the book, “Les Petites Dames de Mode – An Adventure in Design” published by Reverie, which is available for purchase at the Ventfort Hall Museum Shop. On view for an indefinite period.