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Berkshire Museum shows and stories: ArtWeek
September 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2021
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 26, 2021
The newly renovated Berkshire Museum welcomes visitors to the new shows — Land of the Thunder Dragon photography of Bhutan, Muh-he-con-ne-ok as the Mohican people tell their story, and more new exhibits that have opened in the last few weeks in the reshaped galleries on the second floor.
Land of the Thunder Dragon
internationally-acclaimed Berkshire artists Sally Eagle and Dan Mead come to Bhutan to see and stay with friends and build relationships between 1999 and 2011. Their photographs combined with stories and observations, bring viewers not just to Bhutan, but to Mead and Eagle’s Bhutan – one filled with the warmth of close friendships and the generosity of strangers, exhilarating views and challenging terrain, and moments that have become clear memories.
Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still
“We once called this land home and while forced removal may have physically moved us, our hearts remain. Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still showcases the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Communities past, present, and future.”
Heather Breugl, former cultural affairs director for the Stockbridge Munsee community of the Mohican naiton and now director of education at the Forge Project, curates as the Stockbridge Munsee thell their own story. Following the symbolic pathway of water throughout the exhibition, visitors will develop new insights into the history and culture of this Berkshire County Indigenous community through objects from the Berkshire Museum collection and those of partner institutions, contemporary oral histories and historical profiles of members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, timelines, and more.
As they travel through the galleries, visitors will trace the journey of the people who live on this landfor centuries and still return, from their lands that stretched from what Europeans have called the Hudson River Valley to these hills, now the Berkshires, and through their forced removal from these lands by white colonizers, to their current home in Wisconsin. Along the way, visitors will explore historical and current-day topics, discover actions they can take to be better allies to Indigenous people worldwide, and unlearn harmful misconceptions and stereotypes.
Objects and Their Stories
A new Berkshire Museum experience finds new perspectives on the museum’s unique collection of fine art, historical artifacts, and scientific specimens to tell a series of stories about human history, exploring the ways in which humankind has shaped and been shaped by the world around it. Art Week visitors can enjoy favorite marble statues including “Veiled Rebecca” and “The Lost Pleiad”, stunning painted landscapes and impeccable portraits, American craftsmanship, unusual antiques, items from the ancient world, and much more.
All of these art exhibits are on display through the month, and you can find all of the ArtWeek Berkshires events we have listed, here in the BTW events calendar.