Here’s a look at the art exhibits opening at Berkshires museums this spring and summer | theater arts


After a year of fantastic art exhibits that have given us much-needed respite and escape from the daily trials of the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkshires museums are putting on shows that bring our attention back to the world at large.

Shows this spring and summer cover topics ranging from the Lincoln Memorial’s centennial celebration to the fight against racism, whether it’s the impact of images on public consciousness or the impact of Jim Crow-era social equity laws in recreation and recreation.

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art plans to open three new exhibitions on March 12: “Amy Hauft: 700,000:1 | Terra + Luna + Sol”, “Lily Cox-Richard: Weep Holes” and “Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice”. at the Dead Deer nightclub”

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Detail from “Bedroom” by Marc Swanson and Jack Ferver,

Hauft aims to make visitors aware of their relationship to the curve of the earth and our distance from the moon in “700,000:1 | Terra + Luna + Sol” which takes its title from the mathematical probability that a person on Earth is hit by a meteor.

Constructed from two huge floor and ceiling spheres, viewers will be invited to ascend the lower sphere and place their head in the upper sphere, invoking the sensation of being simultaneously on the ground and in the sky. Accompanying 700,000:1 will be a new installation on the unfathomability and lure of the moon, commissioned by Mass MoCA and created in residence at the museum.

Cox-Richard’s “Weep Holes” will address ideas of stewardship, beauty and threat, collective action, building and tearing down.

While in residence at the Recycled Artists in Residency Program (RAIR) in Philadelphia, the sculptor became fascinated by a giant ball of tinsel she found and how the material continually transforms from its use in the trash celebrations. The works on display will range from tiny to oversized, including a 16-foot-tall Shaker broom, made from recycled materials and crafted in residency at the Mass MoCA.


Artist Marc Swanson will present “Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco” at the Mass MoCA beginning March 12. Here is a detail from “Chambre”, by Swanson and Jack Ferver.

“A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco”, inspired by dioramas in the Natural History Museum and the writings of Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole about the negative impact of industrialization and development in the Catskills region in New York, Swanson has created site-specific installations that will be featured at the Mass MoCA and in a companion exhibit at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, July 13-November 13. The installation, he said at a recent Sunday fair hosted by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, explores the parallel paths of how we as a society initially dealt with the AIDS crisis and , in the same way, we are managing the current climate crisis; ignoring and postponing these issues, while dealing with the impacts resulting from loss and grief, and the inability to control human nature.


Brendan Fernandes. “Like an IX, 2017.” Digital printing.

On view from April 9, “Choreopolitics: Brendan Fernandes & nibia pastrana santiago,” juxtaposes the work of multidisciplinary artists Brendan Fernandes and nibia pastrana santiago, who use dance to resist, heal and connect.


Amy Yoes’ “Hot Corners” opens May 28 at the Mass MoCA. Seen here, “Folding O1”, 2019.

Amy Yoes’ “Hot Corners,” on view May 28, will transform a 142-foot lobby in Building 6 into an immersive, multi-room complex with themed form and function. Each of the installation’s five rooms – the foyer, lounge, library, theater and drawing room – will be designed with bespoke movable furniture acting as movable sets for a variety of functions, including artistic creation , socialization, reflection, and performance.

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Visual artist EJ Hill’s first solo and largest exhibition will open in the Building 5 gallery at the Mass MoCA in October. Seen here, “joy study (pre-drop palms)”, 2019.

In October, the museum will open EJ Hill’s first solo exhibit and largest exhibit to date, “Brake Run Helix.” The exhibition will fill the gallery of Mass MoCA Building 5, with a massive sculptural installation that includes a stage for performances as well as a functioning roller coaster. Hill’s practice focuses on everyday experiences that intertwine public struggle, endurance, trauma, and joy, whether in athletics, religion, the American education system, or amusement parks.

According to a description of the exhibit, “For Hill, roller coasters are public monuments to the possibility of attaining joy – which, as he notes, is ‘an essential element of social equity.'” In the United States, amusement parks have been contested sites throughout Jim Crow-era desegregation efforts for equitable access to fun, recreation, and recreation.


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Tomm El-Saieh, “Vilaj Imajinè”, 2021. Acrylic painting on canvas. © Tomm El-Saieh; Courtesy of El-Saieh, Luhring Augustine, New York, and CENTRAL FINE, Miami Beach.

Much like last year, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is kicking off the year with several small exhibitions, wrapping up “Hue & Cry: French Printmaking and the Debate Over Colors” on March 6. The museum recently opened “Tomm El-Saieh: Imaginary City”, in its public spaces. The exhibition of the contemporary artist’s work, on view until January 1, 2023, features large compositions that resemble large urban plans, with lines flowing in and out of one another causing larger forms to emerge when viewed from different lines of sight.

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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), The Hand of God, modeled 1895, carved c. 1907. Marble, signed: A. Rodin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1908

“As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War,” March 5 to May 29, examines the key role visual media has played in documenting military conflict. Covering four centuries of European and American art, 1520-1920, this exhibition shows how prints, drawings and photographs have given a human face to the sometimes abstract idea of ​​conflict. Showcasing a diverse selection of Clark’s backgrounds, the images on display depict both pro and anti-Napoleonic imagery, including Goya’s “Los Desastres de la Guerra”; Civil War photographs and woodcuts; and multiple perspectives on the First World War. It also features images of black Americans in military service, whose contribution has often been under-represented.

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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), The Walking Man (L’Homme qui marche), model 1878-1900, cast probably 1903. Bronze, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mrs. John W. Simpson.

Kicking off the summer season, “Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern,” from June 18 to September 18, examines the artist’s influence and legacy in America from 1893 to the present day. The exhibition will include approximately 50 sculptures and 25 drawings, showcasing both the artist’s familiar masterpieces and lesser-known works of the highest quality.

“The exhibition will emphasize Rodin’s expertise in materials and mediums, with prominent examples of plaster, terracotta, bronze, marble, graphite and watercolour,” according to a press release. The Clark.

Two additional summer shows will open on July 16, “Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meandering” and “José Posada: Symbols, Skeletons, and Satire.”

“Meander,” on view through October 16, combines new works by artists Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu, in parallel galleries, under the rubric of meander, both as noun and verb, motif and method.


José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) “Calavera Catrina” ca. 1890-1913 Relief print Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

“Symbols, Skeletons, and Satire,” on view through October 10, will feature illustrated broadsheets and popular imagery by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) covering an astonishing range: journalistic reporting, devotional imagery , folkloric, even surreal subjects. cartoons. Drawn from the extensive Posada Collection at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and curated by Anne Leonard, Curator of Clark’s Manton Prints, Drawings and Photographs, this exhibition will showcase Mexico’s vibrant visual culture in years before his Revolution of 1910.


After a winter of illustrations and stories by beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett (“Near and Far” is on view until March 6), the Norman Rockwell Museum is turning its attention to the work by Anne Bascove, the master printmaker, illustrator and collagist better known by the mononym Bascove.

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Bascove, “Steve Biko’s Triumph”, 1995. Illustration for “Steve Biko’s Triumph” by Karen Stabiner, Premiere magazine, November 1987. Ink, watercolor and colored pencil on paper. Collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum. © Bascove. All rights reserved.

“Inspired by the written word throughout her life,” the museum said in a statement, “she was a preeminent book cover designer who engaged readers with the writings of many renowned authors, including Alice Walker, Robertson Davies, Jerome Charyn, TC Boyle and JM Coetzee.” From March 12 to June 5, “Bascove: The Time We Spend with Words,” will feature original illustrations from the museum’s permanent Bascove art collection for some of the most important literary works of our time.

Created in collaboration with Chesterwood to honor the Lincoln Memorial’s centennial in May, “The Lincoln Memorial Illustrated”, this exhibition will highlight the work of illustrators and artists who have incorporated the Lincoln Memorial into their art as part symbolic. The exhibition will contain approximately 50 historical and contemporary works of art by renowned illustrators and draftsmen, as well as archival photographs, sculptural elements, artifacts and ephemera.

Charles Clarence Dawson (1889–1981), ‘O Sing a New Song’, 1933. Illustration for the world’s fair A Century of Progress, Chicago.

On display beginning June 11, “Imprinted: Illustrating Race,” the museum’s summer/fall exhibit will examine the role of published images in shaping attitudes toward race and culture.

More than 100 works of art and artifacts of widely distributed illustrated images will be exhibited. According to a statement, the exhibition will explore “the stereotypical representations of race that have been imprinted on us through the mass publication of images. It culminates in the creative achievements of contemporary artists and publishers who have changed the cultural narrative through the creation positive and inclusive content images emphasizing empowerment and fairness for all.”

“Imprinted: Illustrating Race” will be on view until October 30.

On view for fall and winter at the museum, “Norman Rockwell Drawings, 1914 to 1976,” on view September 2 through January 7, 2023, and “Forever Six: Hilary Knight’s Eloise and Other Stories,” in theaters November 11. March 12 to 12, 2023.


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