Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
Our Voices, Our Streets: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski
The American street has always been the ultimate public venue for political and cultural expression. The images by Kevin Bubriski, an internationally renowned documentary photographer who lives in southern Vermont, are from his new photo book (to be released in April), which covers a decade of American street protest that began on January 20, 2001 with the inauguration of George W. Bush and ended with Occupy Wall Street in October of 2011. The photographs seen here chronicle events in Bennington that took place between 2001 and 2004. On view through December, 31, 2020.
Gritty Streets to Green Mountains: Paintings by Scot Borofsky
This exhibition illustrates the development of Borofsky’s work over the last 40 years, ranging from early spray paintings created in the streets of New York City, looking like modern day ancient ruins, to his more recent paintings created in his Brattleboro studio, which incorporate an evolving language of complexly layered symbols and the gestural language of paint. On view through December 31, 2020.
Artists,musicians, and co-curators of the exhibition Angus McCullough, Jake Nussbaum, and Adam Tinkle bring new life to old instruments. On view through December 31, 2020.
Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP
Read and listen to a collection of stories from African-Americans in the Berkshires through compelling, contemporary accounts as recorded by leaders from the local NAACP Berkshire branch. On view October 2 – January 10, 2021.
Art of the Hills: Narrative
The second installment of Art of the Hills, a juried exhibition highlighting the work of local artist. The exhibition features 78 works by 64 artists including paintings by Robert Markey and Julia Dixon, photography by Sally Eagle and Bruce Panock, drawings by Jen Delgado and Keith White, sculpture by Ralph Frisina and Natalie Tyler, plus mixed media, textiles, prints, and more. On view October 10 – January 10, 2021.
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
PIA CAMIL: VELO REVELO
This yearlong exhibition in public spaces around the Clark features a new, site specific installation by Pia Camil, as well as two of the artist’s large-scale sculptures in fabric. On view through January 3, 2021.
A reverence for nature and a desire to further enliven the surrounding trails, pastures, and woods inspired Ground/work—the Clark Art Institute’s first outdoor exhibition. Building on a history of collaboration with contemporary artists, the Clark commissioned Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang to create new works of art in active dialogue with this specific environment. On view through October 2021.
Lines From Life
Nineteenth-century French figure drawings embody a conceptual tension between academic methods of drawing the human form and freer approaches that challenged those conventions.This exhibition traces transformations in figure drawing during a period in which these developing interests in Realism and contemporary life diverged from the idealism championed by public institutions.
Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway
The Clark presents the first North American exhibition of the paintings and prints of Norwegian painter Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928), who deftly wove tradition and innovation into his artistic production. Astrup is considered one of Norway’s most important artists, yet he is largely unknown outside of his homeland. Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway features more than eighty-five works celebrating this brilliant painter, printmaker, and horticulturalist. On view June 19, 2021 – September 19, 2021.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
NEXT, the Berkshire Art Association’s Biennial Show, featuring 37 works of 30 artists from New England and NY. To view virtually or by appointment, call 413.499.9348. On view October 2 – November 20, 2020.
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Ledelle Moe, When
Moe’s most ambitious new sculpture for MASS MoCA, an 18-foot-tall kneeling female figure is born from the artist’s interest in the persistence of monumental form throughout human history — the impulse to keep the past alive in the present. The specific posture of the towering sculpture — the centerpiece of the exhibition — is reminiscent of iconic images seen in cultures around the globe. On view through January 3, 2021.
Blane De St. Croix – How to Move a Landscape
How to Move a Landscape is artist Blane De St. Croix’s largest and most ambitious exhibition to date, exploring the geopolitical landscape and environmental issues. On view through September, 2021.
Richard Nielsen: This is not a Gag
Los Angeles-based artist Richard Nielsen reveals the fiercest and finest parts of human nature in This is Not a Gag, his series of portraits of people in their face masks, on view beginning November 7. The subjects’ faces may be covered, but variations in masks and individual expressions speak volumes about our lives today. Among the subjects are artists, writers, and friends of Nielsen and MASS MoCA; and if you look closely you might just recognize some of those fiery eyes️. On view beginning November 7.
The spectacular forty-foot-tall work — the largest temporary installation Puryear has created — is built of wood, Puryear’s signature material, and chain-link fence. Through abstract means, the artist has crafted an ongoing dialogue with history, art history, identity, and politics. Here, “bling,” a slang term for flashy jewelry and accessories, is rooted in the urban youth, hip-hop, and rap culture of the 1990s.
On view Spring, 2020 – 2025.
Louise Bourgeois described her artistic practice as an attempt to work through whatever tumult plagued her — psychologically, personally, artistically — to find perfect harmony. The Robert W. Wilson Building, MASS MoCA, in partnership with the Louise Bourgeois Trust, presents a group of the artist’s marble sculptures, some of which have never been seen previously in the United States. The works fluctuate between the whimsical and the grotesque, the threatening and the nurturing, highlighting Bourgeois’ investigations of the polarities of the emotions that were her subjects. On view through December, 2020.
Them and Us/ellos Y Nosotros
Artist ERRE, who lives and works between Tijuana and San Diego, has made the border a central part of his work for over two decades, examining its oft-forgotten history and shifting, as well as its current social, economic, and political implications. The primary checkpoint between Tijuana and San Diego, the San Ysidro Port of Entry, is the one of the most heavily trafficked land border in the world, where over 30 million people pass each year. The endless flow of goods and people is evidence of the intricate and interdependent relationship of the two cities and of the United States and Mexico more broadly. On view through Summer, 2021.
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
The power of images to shape cultural narratives is revealed in this dynamic and evolving exhibition, which invites viewers to trace the origins and legacy of the Four Freedoms from the trials of the Great Depression and World War II to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and the call for freedom today across racial, gender, ethnic, and religious lines. Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom inspires conversation about our most pressing social concerns through the lens of art and history, and invites us to consider how we can become allies in the creation of a more humane world. On view through January 17, 2021.
The Unity Project
The Unity Project is an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators that is dedicated to an inclusive America in which all voices are heard. Inspired by the rich and continuing tradition of American illustration, this project inspires us to consider the integral role that published imagery plays in creating cultural narratives which connect us to our times.
Pops Peterson: Rockwell Revisited
In 2015, Berkshire-based artist and writer Pops Peterson debuted Reinventing Rockwell, a series of artworks reimagining mid-century illustrations by Norman Rockwell in a manner reflective of today’s times. Celebrating America’s rich diversity and embracing Rockwell’s sense of humanity, Peterson has created images that envision social change and express his desire for a positive, inclusive, and just world. On view October 17 – January 17, 2021.
Smith College Museum of Art
Amanda Williams: An Imposing Number of Times
“How do you bring closure to something that lingers? How do you memorialize an injustice that is ongoing?” These are two of the questions that artist Amanda Williams asks with An Imposing Number of Times (2020–22), a multipart, site-specific artwork that explores how campus traditions create and transmit forms of belonging. On view November 2020 – Spring 2022.