1040 MASS MoCA Way | Wednesday through Monday, 11am-5pm; closed Tuesday
“MASS MoCA seeks to catalyze and support the creation of new art, expose our visitors to bold visual and performing art in all stages of production, and re-invigorate the life of a region in socioeconomic need.” MASS MoCA exhibits works by many of the most important artists of today–both well known, and emerging–with a focus on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums.
Admission: Adults $20, Seniors / Veterans $18, Students with ID $12, Kids (6–16) $8, EBT / WIC Cardholders $2, Kids 5 and younger free, Museum members free
Admission to Kidspace, our child-centered gallery, is always free. For additional information, call 413-662-2111 or visit www.massmoca.org.
Kidspace @ MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way | Wednesday through Monday, 11am-5pm; closed Tuesday
Kidspace is a child-centered gallery and studio space within MASS MoCA. Hands-on, educational activities allow children to connect with the space’s current exhibition through their own creative work.
Currently on View: Cavernous: The Inner Life of Courage
In Cavernous: The Inner Life of Courage, Colorado-based artist Wes Sam-Bruce uses the Hoosac Tunnel as a metaphor for brave endeavors. Kidspace explores what it takes to be courageous and persevere in the face of mountain-sized obstacles. Gallery visitors are invited to play in a tunnel-like structure built specifically for the museum.
1315 MASS MoCA Way | Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm
FERRIN CONTEMPORARY exhibits contemporary art by mid-career and established ceramicists. In addition to being a gallery, it serves as a project incubator space.
Based in North Adams on the MASS MoCA campus, Ferrin Contemporary offers selected works for sale by represented artists, masterworks from private collections, and curated exhibitions.
Image: Sergei Isupov, “Directions” 2016, stoneware, slip, glaze, 96 x 40 x 20″.
Currently on view: DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov | Work on view April 28-July 22, 2018
FERRIN CONTEMPORARY focus this month is work by artist Sergei Isupov.
Ferrin Contemporary presents DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov, the first exhibition in a series in which the gallery will shine focus on artists whose recent work captures a transitional moment in their creative process. The DIRECTIONS series shows results from technical experimentation and explores the development of new installation concepts.
First to be presented is work by Sergei Isupov, whose sculpture titled Directions, inspired the series. A larger-than-life, authoritarian figure, the sculpture points towards a group of the artist’s smaller porcelain works which explore a range of ideas leading in new directions. Isupov, an established sculptor based in Cummington, MA, and Tallinn, Estonia, is world known for his surrealistic, figure-ground personal narratives which simultaneously integrate painted imagery and dimensional surfaces.
Image: Sergei Isupov, “Sailor and Beauty,” “Partners,” “Old Story,” “Do Not Press,” “Swiftness,” “Aperitif,” “Take Breath,” and “Who Will Win” 2018, porcelain, slip, varied sizes ≈ 8 x 3.5 x 2″.
1315 MASS MoCA Way | Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm
CYNTHIA-REEVES at 1315 MASS MoCA represents an international roster of established artists who share a process-apparent sensibility in their work. The newly renovated gallery has long embraced work that provokes a discourse around the convergence of art and science.
Currently on view: New work by Willard Boepple | Work on view May 19 – June 23, 2018
Image: Willard Boepple, 1.12.16.P, 2016 monoprint, 22 ¼ x 24 ½ inches; Untitled (Red Tuxedo), 2016 bass for steel, 52 x 40 x 42 inches
In this exhibition, his monoprints are accompanied by larger scale floor-based sculptures and by a series of 3D printed small sculptures, a new area of exploration. To make his sculptures, he rarely works from drawings or maquettes, but draws the sculptures after they are made, as if to figure out what he has done. It was this drawing practice that led to the inquiry into 3D printing.
MCLA Gallery 51
51 Main Street | Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 12-4pm
MCLA Gallery 51 primarily exhibits work by emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. It is a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. Student work is featured annually.
Image: Gerald Sheffield, pride, (Acrylic and Flashe on panel) 24×36 inches, image courtesy of the artist and Gallery 6/67
GERALD SHEFFIELD, pride | On View: May 24 – June 22, 2018
Sheffield draws propositional interventions between ancient and contemporary history as a tool to provoke skepticism of the hierarchal forms, shapes, and language embedded in western hegemony. Each mark made is preceded by a rhetorical gesture sourced from his personal experience serving in the US Army and being deployed to Baghdad, Iraq.
The politics of recognition stands at the intersection of race and empire. It requires the subordinate to acknowledge, learn, and demonstrate their assimilation to the standards of the more powerful, in order to gain certain ‘privileges’ and ‘inalienable rights’ granted to those in charge. I draw propositional interventions between ancient and contemporary history as a tool to provoke skepticism of the hierarchal forms, shapes, and language embedded in western hegemony. Each mark made is preceded by a rhetorical gesture sourced from my personal experience serving in the US Army and being deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. I collage text, drawing, print, and include official army documents to represent the institutional language used to move human bodies in support of military operations – the prologue to training for war. Other mediums of language take the form of drawing and construction sourced from used and discarded materials in order to occupy visual and physical space to represent tensions between empirical influence and interpretation.
I am interested in standards of rhetoric disguised as rational and objective. I reserve skepticism toward the inherited assumptions of the terms ethical and neutral. From my experience within the military – both globally and within the United States – these terms inherit a history in violence of erasure, exclusion, and invisibility through dehumanization. Through the process of constructing paintings and installations, I am trying to engage with the audience a mechanism for identifying a specific residue of western hegemony – language and perception. Skepticism plays an important role in the work through the use of obfuscation of text, figurative representation, and the structural integrity of form. It provides the viewer the opportunity to determine blind spots – to resist or refuse the urge to validate forms of perceptions through naming. Ultimately, I am interested in the potential collapse of ‘standard’ interpretations of representational forms, as well as the geopolitical consequences of America’s military interventions and occupations abroad.
10 Ashland Street| Open Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays, 12-5pm
Outside is a storefront gallery in downtown North Adams, MA showcasing emerging ideas in art and design.
Image: Anne Roecklein, Seaweedscape with sand grains, 2016. Screenprint and collage on paper, 15 1/2 x 26 in.
Scapes | On View: May 18 – July 7, 2018
A solo exhibition of collage and print work by North Adams based artist Anne Roecklein.
44 Eagle Street | Saturdays, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Gravity Gallery is a think tank space that is committed to enhancing the cultural environment by hosting visually stimulating exhibitions.
Image: John Rasimus, woodcuts, mdf-cliché
Push the Limit | On View: May 17 – June 10, 2018
Artist: John Rasimus
The artist John Rasimus’ practice ranges from large scale installations, small drawings, woodcuts printed on large canvases, and animated films. He frequently exhibits his entire process from drawings to paintings and sculptures made of MDF board. This pressed particle board is a central material in John’s studio practice. He utilizes it to print main figures in his canvas pieces as well as in his more traditional prints.
A recent innovation for John is his folded print work. He chooses three dimensional objects, deconstructs them into two dimensions, turns them into MDF woodblocks, prints them on a thick paper, and then folds them into their original three dimensional forms. He adds his signature style to these objects such as backwards texts, cowboys heads, and his mixture of obsessions with Western culture and dry Swedish wit. Among this work are beer cans, guitar amplifiers, matchboxes, and shipping pallets. John then takes this plethora of orgami like objects and builds sculptural installations. This breakthrough is of particular importance because it allows John to print an entire show, ship it to it’s destination, and then assemble it on site. He maximizes his exhibition square footage and minimizes his shipping foot print.
John has been invited to many universities and colleges across Europe and The United States to conduct workshops and lectures about his art.
Berkshire Art Museum
159 E Main St. | Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
The Berkshire Art Museum’s mission is to showcase engaging contemporary art through rotating exhibitions as well as to preserve and examine five decades of artwork by Eric Rudd in the museum’s permanent collection. Rescuing two historic former churches, the Berkshire Art Museum exemplifies the adaptive reuse of architectural space for cultural purposes. By establishing and maintaining this unique art destination, the Berkshire Art Museum aims to contribute to the cultural economy of North Adams.
Image: Melanie Mowinski’s ’50 Card Project’; Mowinski is a faculty-artist at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)
The current exhibition includes works from faculty-artists from New England colleges, featuring 30 artists representing 20 colleges; and The Next Generation: Jeanne Jalandoni, Edwardian Era fashion, featuring the collection of Greg Lafave.
Martha Flood Design Studio & Fabric Gallery
38 Eagle Street | Open Wednesday through Friday, 12-6:30pm; Saturday, 12-6pm
Working space and gallery by local artist Martha Flood, who designs and produces The Woodlands Collection, custom manufactured fabrics inspired by natural textures and patterns we encounter in the New England landscape. The nontraditional images are examples of cutting edge pattern design and advanced digital fabric printing technologies. Flood was the Editor’s Choice Winner of the 2013 Yankee Magazine Best of New England award.
The Artist Book Foundation
1327 MASS MoCA Way | Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturdays by appointment
The Artist Book Foundation is dedicated to documenting and celebrating the lives and work of artists through the richest visual presentations and most informed narratives. Preserving and sharing this artistic heritage enriches our communities and provides inspiration for current and future generations.
Image: book cover for “Tom Blackwell: The Complete Paintings, 1970–2014“
The Artist Book Foundation publishes, shares, and preserves artist books offering the richest visual presentations and most informed narratives of artists’ lives and work.
Committed to artists, the nonprofit 501-(c)(3) foundation believes that artist books, like the artwork that inspires them, serve as a vital source of knowledge and cultural insight for current and future generations.
The Artist Book Foundation is also home to an exhibition space as part of their offices on the MassMoCA campus. Currently featured in the Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery is an exhibition of paintings by the renowned Photorealist Tom Blackwell, including his latest, “Rhinebeck Red, East Market Street,” which is on view for the first time, complementing the publication “Tom Blackwell: The Complete Works, 1970-2014”.
Eclipse Mill Gallery
243 Union St. Studio 102 | Open Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm, or by appointment
The Eclipse Mill live/work community is home to artists and artisans working independently as well as collaboratively in a wide range of media. Though the Eclipse Mill Gallery often exhibits work by residents, it also features guest artists from near and far.
Image: Rick Harlow, ‘Progeny of Khaos,’ 2016, 67” x 96”
The Landscape of Energy: Paintings by Rick Harlow | On view May 1 – June 2, 2018
A Boston-born artist, Rick received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1973 and his MFA from University of Cincinnati in 1979. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and has been reviewed by publications such as The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Herald and Art New England. He has also appeared in Cultural Survival Quarterly and Earthwatch for his projects with indigenous communities. His paintings are frequently on display at Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He has been an invited speaker at many colleges and organizations in the United States and abroad.
River Hill Pottery
243 Union St. Studio 104 | Thursday through Sunday, 12-6pm or by appointment
“At River Hill Pottery we have combined our creativity and experience to bring to you some of the most beautiful baskets in clay. Each piece is handmade with care and craftsmanship for you to enjoy. It is our desire for you to have a piece of pottery that will give you a lifetime of joy. The uncommon basket for an extraordinary life.”
Visitor Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park
115 State Street, Building 4 | (413) 663-6312 | Open daily, 9:30am-4:30pm (call to verify)
A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The tunnel was dug 4.75 miles through Hoosac Mountain, linking Massachusetts to Albany, NY. 200 men lost their lives building the tunnel, which is still being used today. An audio-visual presentation takes visitors back in time, where the sounds of dripping water, pickaxes against stone, explosions, and debates re-create the hardships and heroism of the tunnel’s construction.
North Adams Museum of History and Science
State Park, 115 State Street, Building 5A | Open Thursday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm
The North Adams Museum of History and Science is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting North Adams’ colorful past. Exhibitions primarily focus on local history. The museum also features opportunities to engage with science, such as an interactive model of the solar system. Admission is free.
Local History, Anasazi Indian Artifacts, Architecture, Ballooning, Business and Industry, Coury’s Drive-In, Discovery Room, Downtown THEN and NOW, Early Farm Life, Everyday Life, Fire and Police, the Gift Shop, Grandma’s Attic, Immigration, Jumpers, Medical, Military, Moderne Studio, Natural Science Center, Parade of Personalities, Politics, Railroad History and Layout, Religion, Temporary Exhibit Gallery, and School Days.
49 Eagle Street | Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, and Thursday evenings by appointment; call to verify
The INSTALLATION SPACE is a gallery featuring interesting immersive, interactive, interpretive, and informative art exhibitions on historic Eagle Street in North Adams, Massachusetts.
‘Glitche’, An immersive installation by Sam Okerstrom-Lang (SAMO) | On view June 1-July 15, 2018
”Glitche” is an immersive installation inspired by the idea of a glitch, error, or unexpected malfunction in a system. It may be a positive new discovery or a disastrous ending. This interaction is delicate, mysterious, and exciting, and is the force that drives the linear journey of “Glitche”. Using volumetric sculpture, video projection, and sound, Samo invites the viewer to submerge their senses into this experience.
“Glitche” has been installed on two previous occasions, each providing a unique site specific human interaction. The first iteration of the piece at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design was experienced as a private viewing, giving each individual the opportunity to deeply connect with the piece and themselves. The second iteration was implemented on a much larger scale for Illuminus: Nuit Blanche Boston allowing thousands of festival visitors to experience the piece en mass over the course of one evening. The INSTALLATION SPACE presentation of “Glitche” provides an opportunity to experience the artwork in a uniquely quirky and intimate setting.
Originally from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Samo is a Boston based, new media digital artist and designer. Technology serves as the tool he uses to question the boundaries of digital communication and the function of the pixel. His work creates connections between technology, the physical body, and human perception by immersing the viewer in experiences that obscure the line between nirvana and dystopia.
Ashland Street Project Space
50 Ashland Street | Monday and Thursday 6pm-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Ashland Street Project Space is a semi-private office for soft-boiled, which is a small, independent publisher, as well as a studio for visual artist and creative placemaker Ashley Strazzinski. It also serves as a community flex-space, a place where people can come together, hang out, have conversations, and get inspired.
Poetry Open Stage: Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (more info soon)
North Adams Farmers Market: Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (more info soon)
Jazer Giles // Ben Taylor: Saturday, June 9, at 8:00 p.m.
ART TALK / CRIT NIGHT: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
North Adams Farmers Market: Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (more info soon, expect a scavenger hunt or something exciting of that sort)
Sunday Sundae, North Adams Museum of History and Science Field Trip: Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (more info soon)
Pleasure and Consent w/Yana Tallon-Hicks: Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. (more info soon!)
North Adams Farmers Market: Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (more info soon)
ART TALK / CRIT NIGHT: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Sundae, Field Trip location to be determined!: Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (more info soon)
North Adams Farmers Market: Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (more info soon)
ART TALK / CRIT NIGHT: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.