Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
Gritty Streets to Green Mountains: Paintings by Scot Borofsky
Featuring a selection of work that 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 February 1 – May 10, 2020.
Artist/musicians Angus McCullough and Adam Tinkle bring new life to old instruments. Each musical instrument in the Bennington Museum collection has its own unique story, but have remained silent for decades. McCullough and Tinkle work with the museum’s curatorial staff to meet the instruments where they are, using their current state to generate new sounds. The exhibit will explore the histories and traditional sounds of the instruments as well as providing opportunities to hear them brought back to life in new compositions. On view February 1 – May 25, 2020
Love, Marriage and Divorce
The highs and lows of love and heartache, from Victorian wedding gowns to scandalous tales of sexual harassment. On view March 28 – June 10, 2020.
Robert Frost: A Present in Vermont
Robert Frost moved to Shaftsbury, Vermont in 1920, intending to establish an apple orchard. During the 20 years he lived there, he interacted with such local cultural figures as Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Rockwell Kent and wrote some of his best-known poems, including the iconic, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” This exhibit will examine Frost’s life and work in the context of the landscape and culture of Bennington County from 1920 – 1940. On view June 27 – November 3, 2020.
She Shapes History
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of American women winning the right to vote with She Shapes History! This original exhibition shines a light on exceptional women, their work, and how their accomplishments have changed United States history over the past two centuries. On view through May 25, 2020.
The Art of Warne Bros. Cartoons
Animation fans off all ages will enjoy this special exhibition featuring production artwork including drawings, paintings, and transparent celluloids (a.k.a. “cels”) used to create some of Warner Studios’ classic cartoon shorts from their 1930 debut through the early 1960s. Alongside more than 160 art objects used to make Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies shorts you’ll find natural science specimens and historical objects from the Museum’s collection to provide real-world context to your favorite schticks, including rabbits, ducks, and coyotes, plus cast iron frying pans, dynamite, six shooters, and unique helmets. On view January 25 – May 10, 2020.
Art of the Hills: Narrative
A juried exhibition highlighting the work of local artists. On view June 6 – September 13, 2020.
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed
It has been more than forty years since an American art museum has shown the work of sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, and the Clark’s exhibition this summer provides a fresh perspective on these innovative artists. Their imaginative and powerful sculptures have long delighted international audiences and collectors. During their remarkable careers, the married artists worked and exhibited together, often under the joint name “Les Lalanne,” although they seldom collaborated on objects. On view May 9–November 1, 2020
Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway
The Clark presents the first North American exhibition focused on the 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 13 – September 13, 2020
The Clark’s first outdoor exhibition Ground/work consists of site-responsive installations by six contemporary artists presented in locations across the pastoral setting of its 140-acre campus. International artists Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang were invited to conceive of a response to the Clark’s landscape and to be in active dialogue with the natural environment and setting. On view June 27, 2020 – Spring, 2021.
Lin May Saeed: Arrival of Animals
The Clark presents the first museum solo exhibition of artist Lin May Saeed. Throughout her career, Saeed (b. 1973, Würzburg, Germany; lives and works in Berlin) has focused on the lives of animals and the human-animal relationship. She is a sculptor of free-standing figures and reliefs who favors “poor” materials such as polystyrene to create works that are both exquisitely delicate and, given their chemical composition, likely to outlast human civilization. She also creates sculptures in distinctive formats such as back-lit paper silhouettes and welded steel gate-like forms. Her visual references range from Greco-Roman sculpture and German Expressionism to the graphic language of natural history tableaux. On view June 27 – October 12, 2020.
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Suffering from Realness
Suffering from Realness explores the politics of representation — and the ways in which artists use the body to grasp at and re-center the “aura of realness” in an age of uncertainty. On view June 1 – February 22, 2020.
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.
We Already Have What We Need
Cauleen Smith describes her work as a reflection on “the everyday possibilities of the imagination.” Trained as a filmmaker, the multidisciplinary artist creates visual and phenomenological experiences that ruminate on social, cultural, intellectual, artistic, and political liberation. Her stunning works draw on poetry, Afrofuturism, science fiction, and tactics of experimental film to conjure alternative narratives and what the artist has called “a cornucopia of future histories”. On view through April 5, 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
Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys
What defines home? The circuitous pathways to finding a place of one’s own are explored in our upcoming exhibition, Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys, which features compelling visual memoirs inspired by personal journeys through time and place. Master illustrators bring the immigration experience to life in images and words that give voice to the complex emotional realities of traveling to America, and of adapting to a new world thousands of miles away from where their stories began. On view November 10 – May 25, 2020.
Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration
Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an impossible reality—a universe where dragons breathe fire, angels and demons engage in combat, and magicians craft spells. On view June 13, 2020 – September 7, 2020.