Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
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.
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
Art of the Hills is a celebration of the rich, creative culture of our region, highlighting the current works of both emerging and established artists. The exhibition will feature 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 June 6 – October 9, 2020.
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
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. Ground/work highlights the balance between fragility and resilience that both nature and the passage of time reveal, while offering fresh experiences with every visit. On view through October, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Claude & Francois-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 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 8, 2021 – October 31, 2021.
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.
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.
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
Liza Donnelly: Comic Relief
This exhibition explores the organic evolution of Donnelly’s desire to express herself and to engage with the world through drawing, tracing her transformation from a painfully shy child growing up in Washington, D.C. to her emergence as a New Yorker artist and activist. The artist’s humorous, buoyant drawings provide much- needed comic relief in uncertain times, and we are honored to celebrate her exceptional and memorable accomplishments. On view through September, 2020.
Rose O’Neill: Artist & Suffragette
Rose O’Neill: Artist & Suffragette is a special permanent collection installation in support of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s mission to present the art of illustration and showcase the power of visual images to shape and reflect society. This exhibition is especially poignant at this moment since 2020 marks the one-hundredth anniversary since women were formally given the right to vote, a cause to which Rose O’Neill (1874-1944) was strongly devoted. Rose O’Neill worked tirelessly to promote the right of women to vote by taking part in protests and speaking to groups, and by creating protest signs, magazine illustrations, and postcards featuring her famous Kewpies. On view through September, 2020.
Burton Silverman: In Search of the Constitution
In American history, no document has sparked as much reverence, discussion, and controversy as the Constitution of the United States. But how does it affect our everyday lives, and how do ordinary citizens, legal scholars, and Supreme Court justices interpret it? Burton Silverman’s drawings were designed to help viewers visualize the founding fathers as they debated, drafted, and signed this historic document at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention of 1787. On view through September, 2020.
Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi
In 1964, after The Problem We All Live With ran in Look magazine, Norman Rockwell received many letters criticizing his choice of subject, but irate opinions did not stop him from pursuing his course. In the 1965 painting Murder in Mississippi, he illustrated the Philadelphia, Mississippi, slaying of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney. The anatomy of this particular work illuminates Rockwell’s process. Veering from his habit of working on five or six projects at a time, Rockwell ignored other commissions. The result was an intensive five-week session in which he produced charcoal preliminaries, an oil color study, and the large final painting. On view through September, 2020.
Norman Rockwell and the Twentieth-Century Woman
This exhibition takes a lively look at Rockwell’s approach to painting women and girls. According to Rockwell, “…I paint the kind of girls your mother would want you to marry,” but in fact, many of his female protagonist were strong and saavy. In his early career, he hired professional female models to pose for him, painting with a narrative realism that made his characters relatable to magazine’s target audience, women. Later, his neighbors, friends, and family members became the subjects of his work, and his images sprang to life with genuine smiles. animated expressions. and more naturalistic rendering. We hope that you’ll enjoy exploring Rockwell’s approach to painting women and girls, and the shifts in his approach that reflected his personal and artistic growth through the years. On view through September, 2020.
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.