Arrowhead and Berkshire Historical Society
Lifting the Veil: Customs Surrounding Mourning in the Berkshires
This exhibition examines mid-19th century rituals and objects related to death and dying in the Berkshires and beyond. Lifting the Veil looks at the historic practices surrounding death, burial, and those left behind. BCHS collections will be featured in this exhibit, including objects not regularly on view to the public. On view July 10 – October 2021
Muh-he-con-ne-ok: People of the Waters that are Never Still
This exhibition showcases the past, present and future of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community by presenting historic and contemporary objects combined with oral and written histories. Muh-he-con-ne-ok: People of the Waters that are Never Still is presented at The Berkshire Museum. On view August 1 – January 9, 2022.
In light of the Vermont legislation banning single-use plastic carryout bags, this exhibition repurposes existing plastic bags as artworks. Opening April, 2021.
Love, Marriage, and Divorce
This exhibit will explore the highs and lows of love and heartache, from gorgeous Victorian wedding gowns, to scandalous tales of sexual harassment. Despite changing social customs, we may find that human nature has changed very little over the years, although the nature of marriage continues to shift. On view April 2 – December 31, 2021.
Robert Frost, “At Present in Vermont”
This exhibit will examine Frost’s life and work in the context of the landscape and culture of Bennington County from 1920 – 1938. Opening April 2, 2021.
Askwa n’daoldibna iodali: We Are Still Here
Abenakis have lived in N’Dakinna (our homeland) since Gluskape fired his arrow into the ash tree and Alnobak (human beings) sprung from the ash tree. Over millennia, we developed scientific and technological innovations, art, and spiritual system that helped us survive and thrive from the ice age to the present day. On view April 2 – December 31, 2021
Neveruses are lumpish, androgynous objects comprised of recovered plastic bags and colored fibers such as wool yarn, silk thread, and patterned cloth. The centerpieces of this exhibition are two recent large-scale works, in which Blackwell explores new directions for their Neveruses. On view April 2 – September 6, 2021.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Renowned collector and friend of the Garden Beth Rudin deWoody has curated a marvelous collection of sculptures by notable and emerging artists, each offering a unique expression of our Taking Flight theme. On view June 11 – October 31, 2021.
Objects and Their Stories
Visitors to the exhibition will embark on a fascinating journey across time and around the globe as unique objects come together in unexpected ways, revealing the people, ideas, and innovations that have influenced our world. Visitors to Objects and Their Stories will discover distinct aspects of human history as a rotating mix of items and ideas continually expose new connections between fine art, natural science specimens, and historical artifacts. On view August 6 – January 9, 2022.
Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still
Following the symbolic pathway of water throughout the exhibition, visitors will develop new insights into the history and culture of this Berkshire County Indigenous community through objects from the Berkshire Museum collection and those of partner institutions, contemporary oral histories and historical profiles of members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, timelines, and more. On view August 6 – January 9, 2022.
The Land of the Thunder Dragon: Bhutan Through the Lens of Mead Eagle Photography
A colorful exhibition inviting visitors to join artists Sally Eagle and Dan Mead for raucous, village-wide festivals and quiet, intimate moments with their friends; to explore the stunning, mountainous landscapes and distinctive architecture of Bhutan; and to step behind the camera and view the world from their perspective. On view August 6 – January 9, 2022.
Bernay Fine Art
Lines and Colors
The gallery’s exhibition will promote contemporary artists in mediums of painting, drawing and photography. Works by five gallery artists will be featured in the show. They are: Hideyo Okamura, Dana Piazza, David Ricci, Karin Schaefer, and Lynda Schlosberg. On view July 16 – August 15, 2021.
The gallery’s new exhibition will promote the most talented still life painters and photographers in the region. Works by 5 artists will be featured in the show. They are: Stephanie Blumenthal, Ann Getsinger, Scott Prior, David Ricci and Janet Rickus. On view August 20 – September 19, 2021.
Works On Paper
The gallery’s exhibition will promote contemporary artists from the United States and Europe in mediums of painting and drawing. Works by many of the gallery artists will be included in the show. They are: Phil Knoll, Hideyo Okamura, Sandy Litchfield, Sue Muskat, Joe Neill, Dana Piazza, Karin Schaefer, and Barbara Takenaga. On view September 24 – October 24, 2021.
Tipping the Balance: Contemporary Sculpture
Tipping the Balance: Contemporary Sculpture by John Van Alstine is an exhibit of the artist’s large outdoor sculpture. His abstract sculptures forged out of steel and stone are a complex synergy between natural forces and man-made materials. On view July 10 – October 25, 2021.
Clark Art Institute
Erin Shirreff: Remainders
This yearlong exhibition in public spaces around the Clark examines Erin Shirreff’s practice—between analog and digital media, two and three dimensions, and still and moving images—and its fascination with the mythmaking behind art history. On view January 16 – January 2, 2022.
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.
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed
The Clark is the sole venue for this exhibition, which also marks the first museum presentation of the artists’ work since the 2019 death of Claude Lalanne. Nature Transformed features an equal number of objects by each artist from across their long careers, revealing the power of their artistic imagination, their impressive command of technique, and their enduring visual appeal. The works include sculpture and furniture by both artists and a selection of Claude Lalanne’s wildly inventive flatware and jewelry. On view May 8 – 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.
Durer and After
Because of his prolific, versatile, and technically dazzling print oeuvre, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) has long attracted all manner of imitators, copyists, and interpreters–some with honorable motives, others with clear intent to deceive. Some reproductions of his work bear the later artist’s signature, while plenty of others preserve his famous monogram. Still other “Dürer-esque” examples capitalize on the master’s success by closely mimicking his compositions or linear style. The Clark’s extensive Dürer and after-Dürer holdings offer a unique opportunity to assess his centuries-long artistic legacy. On view July 17 – October 3, 2021.
Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio
Suzy Frelinghuysen: Painter and Opera Singer – Influences of Cubism & Music in Her Art
This exhibit explores Frelinghuysen’s dual career as an abstract painter and dramatic operatic soprano. On display are her music infused collages and opera costumes as well as the paintings which most closely reference the master Cubist collection of hers and her husband, the artist, writer and collector George L.K. Morris. On view through October, 2021.
Hancock Shaker Village
James Turrell & Nicholas Mosse: Lapsed Quaker Ware
Artist James Turrell has a masterful understanding of human perception. His work across media—from two-dimensional artworks to site-specific installations—draws intrigue from the intersection of light and space. In this exhibition in an historical setting, Lapsed Quaker Ware represents a body of work that manifests a new perspective on light through its absence. On view May 31 – October 30, 2021.
Gary Graham: Looking Back to Look Forward
A history-loving designer storyteller, Gary Graham is inspired by material culture that blend fictional characters with historical narratives. Blurring distinctions between past, present and future, his work offers a creative approach to the tactile and sensual attributes of textiles and the drama of contemporary historical interpretation. Employing historical fabrics and historic textile production methods in installations and performances, he engages with history as a present lived experience. On view May 31 – November 28, 2021
Notes About Home: 60 Years at Hancock Shaker Village
The year 2020 marked the 60th anniversary of Hancock Shaker Village as a museum. Notes About Home is a poignant look back, connecting past to present as we envision the future. The exhibit is a dynamic collage of photographs, newspaper articles, posters, blueprints, oral histories, and videos. On view through December, 2021.
Thomas Barger opens his first museum exhibition, Heaven Bound, in the Meeting House as part of a series of contemporary artists and designers influenced by the Shakers with five unique sculptures that are influenced by Shaker design and modernist utopian architecture. On view August 1 – November 28, 2021.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Everyone is a Hero: A Comic and Cartoon Art Tribute to our Local Heroes
An exciting comic and cartoon art show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, featuring original artwork and signed auction items created by popular Marvel, DC, and Simpsons comic book artists Luke McDonnell, Penim Loureiro, and Bill Morrison. On view August 6 – 28.
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.
Taryn Simon: The Pipes
Taryn Simon returns to MASS MoCA with her large-scale outdoor sculpture The Pipes. What began as an oversized concrete instrument for a cacophony of global mourning in Simon’s work An Occupation of Loss (The Armory, 2016) will be populated by the sounds, collective call and response, and movements of a living public. The 11 structures that make up the installation – which Simon designed in collaboration with Shohei Shigematsu of architecture firm OMA – are an immersive experience, offered to the public as a sacred space for reflection, impromptu performance, and stargazing. On view beginning May 29, 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. 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.
Glenn Kaino: In the Light of a Shadow
This exhibition allows us to look at the intersectionality between the history of civil rights and the racial and ecological implications of the global pandemic. On view March, 2021.
Close to You
Conceived in the wake of a global pandemic – an event inflected by loss, precarity, and distance between bodies – Close to You invites audiences to reflect upon physical, emotional, and spiritual proximity. The exhibition presents the work of six artists who share an engagement with kinship. On view April, 2021.
James Turrell: Skyspace
Thirty years in the making, James Turrell’s largest free-standing circular Skyspace at MASS MoCA. Measuring 40 feet in diameter and 40 feet high, this repurposed concrete water tank transforms into one of Turrell’s signature immersive light installations, carving out a small piece of the sky and framing it as a canvas with infinite depth. On view May 29, 2021.
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
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 imaginative reality built on universal themes—heroes defeating fire-breathing dragons, angels and demons engaging in combat, and mythological tales of love and loss. On view June 12 – October 31, 2021
Jan Brett: Stories Near and Far
With over forty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost and most widely read author/illustrators for children. This lively exhibition explores the breadth of Brett’s art and the travel experiences that have inspired her many children’s books and characters. On view November 13 – March 6, 2022.
Land of Enchantment – A Fantastical Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
This outdoor installation of fantastical sculpture is presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Art. The fanciful sculptural works on view throughout the Museum’s thirty-six acre site are inspired by each artist’s imagination and the exhibition’s themes of classical and contemporary mythology, fairy tales, and fantastical heroes and villains. On view July 10 – October 31, 2021
Smith College Museum of Art
Virtual: SCMA Then/Now – Now/Next
SCMA Then\Now\Next is neither a presentation of collection “highlights,” nor is it a chronological survey of works of art acquired over the past 100 years. Rather, it proposes a series of linked installations organized around the themes of SCMA Then\Now and SCMA Now\Next. Both sections cover historical and contemporary art, encompass a wide range of artistic media and engage with the global scope of our collection.
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
A new juried exhibition of 30 contemporary, large-scale, outdoor sculptures by regionally and internationally recognized artists. On view June 1 – October 13, 2021.
Chehalis Hegner & Doug Fitch. FITCH&HEGNER: Wildebeest
There is a way to begin with a Wildebeest, always tools from the shop and a laugh that gets you where you think are going with duct tape, silver balls and ostrich eggs, but which is different from the way you were sure of. Chehalis and I and me and Doug—us two—create actions from the camera’s womb on strong legs and find ourselves together in two handfuls of a tiny galaxy, taking up residence in a bucket of pinecones that form the lens for me, himself and her. On view August 1 – October 21, 2021.
The Longest Day by Uta Bekaia
The costumes created by Uta Bekaia for the June 19 Summer Solstice Celebration event will be on display in an exhibit titled The Longest Day. August 1 – October 31, 2021.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon
Charles Dana Gibson, the most talented and successful commercial artist between 1890 and 1920, created an ideal American woman, so lovely that she would become for all time the symbol of her own age – The Gibson Girl. Tall, elegant, independent and strong, she was competent either on a bicycle or in the ballroom. She was a national treasure, a definition of style that taught an entire generation of women how to walk, talk and dress.