Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge
The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health
An exhibition chronicling the founding of the Austen Riggs Center and its place in the history of mental health treatment and research. Free and open to the public and staffed by trained docents. On view June 11 – October 27, 2019.
Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
1863 Jane Stickle Quilt
The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum from August 31 through October 14. Brought to the museum over 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. Quilters from around the country, and world, plan trips to the region during that time to see the 1863 quilt. The Jane Stickle Quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books, and is the topic of Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt, by Brenda Papadakis. The Jane Stickle Quilt can be viewed with regular museum admission. On view August 31 – October 14.
Village Enlightenment: Print Culture in Rural Vermont, 1810-1860
Featured in this exhibition are engravings, maps, and books published and/or illustrated by the “Greenbush Group,” a small circle of artisans, entrepreneurs, and printmaker/publishers from Windsor County, Vermont. On View June 1- September 15, 2019.
Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont
The 1960s were a decade filled with turmoil and revolutionary change in America, and Vermont was no different. The exhibition explores these ideas, and the relationship, sometimes tense and sometimes quite friendly, between traditional Vermonters and the progressive new arrivals, through photographs, archival documents, works of art, posters, fashion, hand-made craft objects, and more. On view June 29 – November 3, 2019.
Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism
During the 1960s, Bennington College served as a rural epicenter for a group of artists who were pushing the possibilities of abstraction in pared-down, color-based works that have come to be known collectively as Color Field. This exhibition will look at this critical moment when artists connected to Bennington led the way in American art and will expand our understanding of the variety of formal, material, and conceptual approaches that artists took to Color Field painting and related color-based sculpture. On view June 29 – December 30, 2019.
BerkshireNow: John Clarke
Local artist John Clarke’s drawings and mixed media works are a graceful dance, with each stroke of the pencil or pastel, and each movement of the camera in sync with the moment’s music. BerkshireNow: John Clarke features three separate and unique series of work by the artist: colorful drawings created exclusively to the song Für Alina by Arvo Pärt, beautiful and mysterious mixed media landscapes, and long-exposure photographs that blur the line between photo and pastel. On view August 2 – October 27, 2019.
Contemporary Sculpture by Artists Rich & Laura Brown
One Impulse from a Vernal Wood consists of a number of large-scale sculpture installations integrated into carefully selected sites within the boundaries of the woodlands at Chesterwood. On view June 28 – October 27, 2019
Woodland Light: Photographs of Chesterwood by Margaret Moulton
For 12 months Margaret Moulton explored the woods at Chesterwood as an Artist-in-Residence. The photographs for Woodland Light were made with a medium format camera, on black and white negative film, printed in Moulton’s own darkroom. On view through October 27, 2019.
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Ida O’Keefee – Escaping Georgia’s Shadow
Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow assesses Ida’s work and life, including her training, technique, and travels—as well as the sisters’ sibling rivalry, prompted by Georgia’s interest in being the only painter in the family. A fully illustrated catalogue, the first dedicated to the artist, accompanies the exhibition. On view July 4 – October 14, 2019
Art’s Biggest Stage – Collecting the Venice Biennale, 2008-2019
Art’s Biggest Stage introduces the Venice Biennale by showcasing the Clark’s growing archive and exploring the questions of nationhood, identity, and spectacle central to the Biennale experience. Featuring artists from six continents, the exhibition brings together clothing, pop-up books, a cowbell, perfume, a necklace, wallpaper, tote bags, and much more. On view July 4 – October 14, 2019.
Travels on Paper
This exhibition takes visitors on a world tour featuring prints, drawings, and photographs by Camille Corot, Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, John La Farge, Robert Macpherson, Thomas Moran, Félix Teynard, and many others. On view November 16 – February 9. 2020.
The exhibition will trace this process over a series of moments in European art when arabesque was in the ascendant—from German Romanticism to the Pre-Raphaelites, Nabi artists, and Art Nouveau. It will feature a select array of works from a wide range of media, including paintings, prints, drawings, book illustrations, posters, furniture, and textiles. On view December 14 – March 22, 2020.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sis
This exhibition showcases more than 90 original illustrations from 26 picture books, ranging from Sís’s exquisitely detailed paintings of historical narratives to the bold graphics of his early readers. A selection of painted objects and public art projects showcase other facets of his award-winning career. On view June 8 – October 27, 2019.
William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble has held a special place in readers hearts for 50 years. Contemporary illustrators often cite the book as their greatest childhood influence. The Carle is fortunate to have in its permanent collection Steig’s preliminary sketches, story boards, and dummy books related to the seminal publication, thanks to the generosity of Jeanne Steig. On view May 4 – December 1, 2019.
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Borrowed Light: Barbara Ernst Prey
Artist Barbara Ernst Prey has an affinity for light — specifically, capturing the fleeting luminosity within built and natural environments. Borrowed Light presents a new body of watercolors depicting scenes from the Village. On view May 17 – November 11, 2019.
Litchenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield
The Road to October
Take me out to the ballgame! The Road to October features baseball players with roots in Berkshire County that have experienced the Major League Baseball’s post season. There are 38 MLB players who were born or settled in Berkshire County. This exhibit is presented by Baseball in the Berkshires and will feature many of the artifacts in the organization’s collection. Wed-Fri, 11AM – 4PM. On view through November 22, 2019.
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Trenton Doyle Hancock Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass
Inspired by MASS MoCA’s programming in visual and performing arts, Hancock will work with the museum to activate the space, collaborating with musicians, singers, dancers, and preachers to bring his complex story to life. On view June 1 – January 3, 2020.
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.
Rafa Esparza – Staring at the Sun
This exhibition will include a series of new paintings on the surface of adobe, which will include portraiture, landscape, and abstraction. Adobe will cover the pristine white walls of one of MASS MoCA’s few “white cube” gallery spaces, serving as a threshold into an earthly dwelling. Entering the gallery, visitors will be immersed in dirt. Notes Esparza, “I want to overwhelm you with earth.” On view through December, 2109.
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Woodstock to the Moon: 1969 Illustrated
From man’s first steps on the moon to a gathering of 400,000 concertgoers on a farm in Upstate New York, 1969—the year of the Museum’s founding—witnessed momentous cultural transition. Culled from the Museum’s collection and private and public collections around the country, this exhibition illuminates how Rockwell and other illustrators portrayed their times and reflected popular culture during the final year of a tumultuous decade. On view June 8 – October 27, 2019.
Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses
This exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at the autobiographical elements in Rockwell’s work, examining his carefully constructed fictional scenes for the covers and pages of American publications. On view June 8 – October 27, 2019.
Inspired: Norman Rockwell and Erik Erikson
Discover how artist Norman Rockwell and psychotherapist Erik Erikson, both giants in their fields, fueled and influenced aspects of each other’s work. On view June 8 – October 27, 2019.
For the People: Memories of the Old Corner House
From its humble beginnings in the historic Old Corner House in downtown Stockbridge in 1969, the Norman Rockwell Museum has grown into a vital center which informs the public of Norman Rockwell’s life and career while showcasing the history of American illustration through its ever-growing collection of work by Rockwell and other artists. The original sign from the Old Corner House which promised “Norman Rockwell Paintings” inside will be displayed amongst photographs of the original Museum staff and Rockwell family members, and video diaries of visitors, models, and staff present during that seminal year. On view June 11 – October 27, 2019.
Finding Home: Three Immigration Stories
The immigration experience will be explored in three compelling portrayals inspired by personal experience, bringing to life the realities of traveling to, and adapting to, a new world thousands of miles away from home. On view November 10 – May 25, 2020.
Turn Park, West Stockbridge
Laine Nouri & Jaanika Peerna FLOW / FLUX / FOLD
Exhibition featuring Liane Nouri & Jaanika Peerna’s “FLOW / FLUX / FOLD” featuring 3D drawings and paintings. On view May 25 – October 31, 2019.
Kathleen Jacobs ECHOS
The natural landscape that surrounds us is the result of epic battles between the elements. Our ancient ancestors recognized these forces at play and in mythopoeic language captured the essence in story and symbol. In almost every culture the origin story involves forces of nature. Water in particular. Kathleen’s paintings have a quality of presence that recognizes the unifying flow that connects the trees, roots in the earth, wind, rain, clouds, sky and human experience. On view June 11 – October 31, 2019.