What’s the Color of Love?
Kicking-off the 2014 Regional Artist’s Program at the Bennington Museum is What’s the Color of Love? works by Karl Mullen. Mullen, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, currently lives in Massachusetts where he works in his studio located in the cow stall of a nineteenth-century barn. He has developed his own distinctive approach to art making. Painting largely with his hands, he creates primitive, poetic figures that float on fields of color using walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images. Mullen begins with artist-stock Arches paper, old book pages, sheet music, photographs and other ephemera that glow with the passage of time. He has experimented with non-traditional materials such as wine, tea, salt, Indian spices, spit and ash, applied with bottles, knives and other kitchen utensils to give a drafts-manly quality. On view through May 4, 2014.
Three Vermont Impressionists
Paintings featured in Three Vermont Impressionists document the work of Clifford Adams Bayard, Arthur Gibbes Burton and George Loftus Noyes, all artists who painted the southern Vermont landscape in an impressionist vein during the early to mid-twentieth century. These paintings will be on view in the Limric and Parmalee Galleries. April 12 – June 17, 2014.
Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People
Examining the artists’ cultural, political and social milieus, as well as the subjects of their paintings and what painting meant to them personally, this exhibition reexamines the relationship between Modernism and its romantic notions of the “folk” in order to bring viewers to a more nuanced understanding of these great artists and their work. On view July 5 – November 2, 2014.
Berkshire Collects showcases Berkshire County residents’ passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object from motorcycles to beetle specimens, antique toasters, guitars, Victorian purses, wind-up toys, Pez dispensers, cartoons, and a host of other artifacts and memorabilia. More than 40 area collectors are sharing their treasures in this original exhibition. Berkshire Collects is a salute to the long and diverse tradition of collecting that built the Berkshire Museum 110 years ago. January 25 – May 11, 2014.
Join us on July 4, 2014 for the Grand Opening as the Clark unveils its new Visitor Center, renovated galleries, and expanded campus. 2014 Summer exhibitions:
Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975
On view July 4–October 13, 2014.
Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum
On view July 4–September 21, 2014.
Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith
On view July 4–October 19, 2014.
Photography and Discovery
On view July 4–September 28, 2014.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
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.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber
Bernard Waber, who died in May of 2013 at the age of ninety-one, was a born storyteller and nimble, elegant draughtsman with mischief to spare. In the more than two dozen picture books he created between 1961 and 2010, Waber reveled in life’s little surprises while quietly insisting on the importance of friendship and family. A crocodile for a house guest? A lion named Shirley Williamson? Why not! — Waber blithely declares in these droll, worldly-wise entertainments. Our exhibition features 85 original illustrations from the lion’s share of Waber’s classic picture books as well as a sampling of his work as a designer at Time Inc. and Condé Nast. On view March 19 – June 9, 2014.
Exhibition featuring new works by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Curt Hanson, John MacDonald, and George Van Hook that will showcase their individual styles and techniques used to create powerful river landscape compositions. April 5 – 30, 2014.
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.
Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty
Painter Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre — the centerpiece of his exhibition Uncertain Beauty — re-imagines James McNeill Whistler’s decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (1876-77). Fascinated with The Peacock Room both for its lyrical union of painting and architecture and for its dramatic story of patronage and artistic ego, Waterston created an installation that hints at parallels between the excesses and inequities of the Gilded Age (and the European society it mimicked) and the social and economic disparities of our own time. On view March 8 – February 1, 2015.
The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor
Works by six artists who emphasize film’s unrivaled texture and luminosity, as well as its potential for metaphor. Photochemical film is quickly drifting into obsolescence and few manufacturers and labs produce and print film. Many visual artists who create work for gallery and museum settings remain among the devoted users of 16 mm and 35 mm film formats. Opens March 29, 2014.
In Transit: Between Image and Object
Artists Dike Blair, Hugh Scott-Douglas, and collaborative duo Guyton\Walker explore parallels between the physical movement of artworks and the seemingly limitless circulation of visual information through vivid multimedia installations of shipping crates whose surface has been altered with abstract images and patterns painted, printed, and projected onto the crate surfaces. Opens March 29, 2014.
Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below
Inspired by natural phenomena and the landscape, as well as diverse historical and cultural references, New York-based artist Teresita Fernández will present an exhibition of new works entitled As Above So Below opening on May 24, 2014, at MASS MoCA. Demonstrating the artist’s remarkable ability to transform materials and the surrounding architecture into unique perceptual experiences, this exhibition is for the wandering viewer who will take in its sweeping vistas while also discovering its tiny landscapes. Opens Spring, 2014.
No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe
Photographer Martin Albert: “Cows, Clouds & Tractors,” is about pieces of the landscape that catch your eye. The landscape is all Berkshires. While the subjects in his work are “found,” they appear somewhat removed, as if dropped in. On view April 1 – May 15, 2014.
Norman Rockwell Museum
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
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 29, 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
Sohn Fine Art Gallery & Giclee Printing
3rd Annual Juried Exhibition
This year’s exhibition showcases photographic work by 21 artists and benefits Berkshire Museum. From hobbyist to professional photographers, the show features an array of work. March 28 – May 19, 2014
Thunderbolt Ski Museum
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.
Ventfort Hall Museum & Gilded Age Museum
“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.
Smith College Museum of Art
The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn
Seeing is a way of knowing; photography is a way of thinking—Anne Whiston Spirn. The Eye is a Door showcases the photographic work of world-renowned writer, scholar, and landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirn. This is the first major exhibition to explore how Spirn’s photographs encourage a deeper understanding of the natural and built environment through the development of visual literacy–the ability to read and analyze visual information. This approach to learning allows people to question and interpret what they see, which has broad implications across many fields of inquiry and design. Spirn views photography as a tool that helps hone this ability by focusing attention on significant details in the landscape in order to discover the invisible. She has been on the forefront of the movement to make this kind of visual thinking a fundamental part of people’s daily lives. 10am – 4pm. January 31 – August 31, 2014.
Williams College Museum of Art
Berlin-based artist Monika Baer approaches “the picture as a site of staging or performance.” Figurative elements such as keyholes, coins and slices of meat act as agents within the staged space of the image, while defying organization as a coherent narrative. On view March 1 – May 18, 2014.
South African visual activist Zanele Muholi’s photographs and videos are intimate portrayals of black lesbians, queers and transmen. He work celebrates members of the LGBTI communities and sheds light on the implications of being black and queer in Africa. On view February 1 – April 27, 2014.