Monthly Archives: December 2015

1980s Artists revealed at WCMA

A woman sits at a kitchen table in strong profile, while the man beside her holds his newspaper like a barrier. Then she stands and puts her arms around him from behind, and he reaches to press her arm against him. In Carrie Mae Weems “Triptych,” three black and white photographs, she and her family…

Clark Art Institute’s ‘Eye for Excellence’

Daphnis and Chloe lean casually together as he speaks into her ear. Around the corner a bat-winged Spaniard rides a wildcat in the night, and beyond a traveler in Egypt stands like a fragment of shadow outside the step pyramid at Sakkarah. Six degrees from the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown can reach around the…

Holiday events this weekend

Great Barrington’s Holiday Stroll, Shire City Sanctuary’s Holiday Shindy, latkes at Hanukkah parties, theater, music … this weekend is full to brimming. For a monthong schedule, see the BTW Holiday Guide 2015. Thanks to Rabbi Rachel Barenblat for the photo above.   Friday, Dec. 11 Happy Hanukkah!   Art Bennington Museum — “Festival Reimagined” today through Dec.…

Artsts explore ghosts of times past

Artists have responded to a century-old “Memory Tower” and created new work for the Bennington Museum’s “Festival Re-Imagined,” a new take on their 20th annual holiday show. All the images here are courtesy of the Bennington Museum, including Lodiza LePore’s “Blue” above.

Holiday memories at Bennington Museum

Memory strengthens, this time of year. The present holiday lies over many past years of lighted candles in Menorahs, or snow falling, or a record of Handel’s Messiah playing as generations of family ornaments come out of boxes to decorate the tree. At the Bennington museum, memory has taken tangible forms. For the 20th anniversary…

Holiday Wreathes at Chatham Berry Farm

They have made wreathes with herbs, dried flowers, corn tassels, wheat, broom corn leaves, juniper, boxwood … some traditional decorations and some wild ones. Chatham Berry Farm store in Chatham, N.Y., has opened its annual holiday market with natural ornaments and Douglas, balsam and Frasier fir trees from New York and Vermont, and beeswax candles from…