Museums

Take a walk in Edith Wharton’s garden

The French lilac are blooming in wide arcs in the gardens at The Mount, at the end of the lime walk. Standing in the circle of bushes, I watched two swallowtail butterflies touch down for a drink. In the woods yellow iris still show in marshy places, and around the grounds artwork has come in…

Building 6 resounds on opening day

On Sunday, on opening day, I walked through sunlit halls and wide open gallery spaces in Mass MoCA’s new Building 6, taking a look at the new exhibits, from Robert Rauschenberg to Louise Bourgeois. In Gunnar Schonbeck’s No Experience Necessesary a whole family was coordinating to bang four clangers at once. In Thumbs Up for the Mothership,…

Paradise City Arts Festival

Wooden boxes as smooth as leather-bound books, glass melted and pulled into vines, embroidered landscapes as fine as paintings — Memorial Day weekend brings the Paradise City Arts Festival to Northampton. In the photo at the top, Cake n’ Chit-Chat, Dwight Baird walks the backstreets of Havana, Cuba. This is one in a series of paintings with old…

BTW in mud time — A Mass MoCA mosaic

In the room with the holograms, we stopped to watch the woman on the screen intently folding a creamy mat of spun silk, and then a weaver at a loom. The film accompanies a microscope bearing a slide — a glass plate, liquid silk and a poem from the point of view of a silkworm. We were wandering through the spring exhibits at Mass MoCA, where the Wonder exhibit is quietly in its last days, and new shows are opening. Nick Cave’s ‘Until’ enveloped us in sober, awe-struck quiet. And the timeline of the universe filled us with delight. Especially me. Because a couple of seconds past the Big Bang, I heard my name and turned to find Amanda Korman, my friend, my fellow Eph, my first intern and colleague at the Eagle, magically transported up the East Coast to spend a week as an artist in residence at the museum. Some days the universe expands like that.