Exhibitions

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. 

Bennington Museum

Neveruses; Beyonder
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.
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: Beyonder
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

Taking Flight
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.

Bernay Fine Art

Mixing It Up
Mixing It Up is a great way to showcase the amazing work of some of our most talented and unique artists. The show will include work by: Morgan Bulkeley, Chenta Laury, Conny Goelz Schmitt, Dee Shapiro, Amelia Toelke, Shira Toren and Michael Zelehoski. On view May 7 – June 6, 2021.

Summertime
The Summertime show is fun and energetic. The show will include work by gallery artists: Warner Friedman, Mike Glier, Scott Prior, Janet Rickus, Nadine Robbins and Sonya Sklaroff. In addition, we will be showing the beautiful landscapes of Eileen Murphy for the very first time. On view June – July 11, 2021.

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.

Still Life
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.

Chesterwood

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.

GroundWork
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.

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.

MASS MoCA

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, 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.

Big Bling
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

Pat Oliphant: Editorial Cartoons from the Nixon and Clinton Eras
Spanning more than sixty years, Oliphant’s finely-tuned drawings have cast a clear eye on global politics, culture, the economy, and scandals, and his caricatures of American presidents and other powerful leaders are world renowned. On view February 4 – May 31, 2021.

Norman Rockwell: Telling Stories
Though Norman Rockwell preferred cover work to any other type of assignment, story illustration makes up a large body of the artist’s work. Narrative texts by a wide range of authors, both famous and lesser known, were the basis for thousands of illustrations. His interest in characterization and detail was perfectly suited to story illustration, which enhanced and expanded upon the written word. On view February 4 – May 31, 2021.

Norman Rockwell: The Art of Persuasion
While taking classes at New York’s Art Students League in 1911 and 1912, Rockwell made a pact with his classmates “never to do advertising jobs,” which they considered more commercial than magazine illustration. But the artist admitted that this promise was quickly broken. Rockwell’s narrative style lent itself to advertising, and George Lorimer, editor of The Saturday Evening Post, advised him to charge double the fee that he received for a Post cover. On view February 4 – May 31, 2021.

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

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

SculptureNow
A new juried exhibition of 30 contemporary, large-scale, outdoor sculptures by regionally and internationally recognized artists.  On view June 1 – October 13, 2021.

Turn Park

Alexander Konstantinov – Wandering Stones
Bridging his local and international reach, Wandering Stones will encompass artworks related to TurnPark and its surroundings, as well as documentation of Konstantinov’s international public art and architectural projects in the United States, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Japan, Luxembourg, France, Norway, Switzerland, and other countries. On view May 15 – July 21, 2021

Arcady Kotler; Script
Arcady Kotler’s multimedia works seemed to hover in the ambiguous space between “meaning” and “form.” The viewer is quietly asked to decipher a language for which there is no key, no “Rosetta Stone,” other than the viewer’s own sense of visual logic. It is simultaneously a puzzle and a meditation on the construction of meaning. Impulsive, chaotic gestures and materiality are juxtaposed with strict compositional rules, resulting in a pulsating rhythm that draws one into the work. On view May 24 – July 25, 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.