Art events

Talks on Women in Paris

Clark Art Institute

July 1 - August 31, 2018

Join a member of the Clark’s education team for an in-depth look at special exhibition Women Artists in Paris: 1850–1900. Learn more about the incredible female artists who worked in France during the second half of the 19th century and about the obstacles they overcame to pursue their careers in the arts. This talk is […]

Techne: Extension Exorcises

Mass MoCA

August 4 12:00 PM - May 14, 2018 5:00 PM

Vocalist Karen Adelman and experimental percussionist Corey Fogel will join Liz Glynn in a durational activation of her installation, The Archeology of Another Possible Future, inserting live music, spoken text, and performance.

‘Gerald Sheffield: PRIDE’ opens

MCLA Gallery 51

May 24, 2018 5:00 PM - May 24, 2018 7:00 PM

Gerald Sheffield: “Pride” presents a collection of collages, drawings, and prints inspired by the artist’s service in the United States Army and deployment to Baghdad, Iraq.

Kidspace Family Day

Mass MoCA

May 26, 2018 11:00 AM - May 26, 2018

Hang out with artist and play-master Wes Sam-Bruce (whose whimsical work is now on view at Kidspace) and Sara Auster  to create a fantastical outdoor sculpture beneath the upside-down trees.

Artists reception: Taryn Simon and Etel Adnan

Mass MoCA

May 26, 2018 5:30 PM - May 26, 2018

Celebrate two spring shows with the artists: Taryn Simon’s Assembled Audienced and A Cold Hole, and Arab-American artist Etel Adnan’s visual art and poetry in A yellow sun A green sun a yellow sun A red sun a blue sun.

Free on the 4s

Mass MoCA

June 4, 2018

Mass MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 4th of the month through June 2018.

Summer Opening Celebration: Paris by Night

Clark Art Institute

June 8, 2018 7:00 PM - June 8, 2018

The Clark turns into a grand Parisian boulevard with street performers, music and champagne as two summer exhibitions open: Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 and The Art of Iron.

Opening talk: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

June 10, 2018 3:00 PM - June 10, 2018

Curator Esther Bell considers the influential, often-overlooked work of women artists in Paris in the 19th century, as well as the barriers they encountered to their artistic education and expression, in celebration of the Clark’s summer exhibit.

Maker day: Oval box workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

June 9 10:00 AM - June 10, 2018 10:00 AM

A two-day workshop on making Shaker oval boxes: Learn to carve swallowtails, prepare wood for bending, bend the boxes, and fit wood onto drying forms and more. 

Spotlight on Agnés Varda: Le Bonheur

Clark Art Institute

June 12, 2018 7:00 PM - June 12, 2018

Inspired by Jean Renoir’s Picnic in the Grass and by the pastoral paintings of the French Impressionists, Le Bonheur is a wry social satire that subtly questions the ideal of the modern, happy family.

Maker day: Cathead Basket Workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

June 16, 2018 10:00 AM - June 16, 2018

A workshop on. atraditional basketL Woven in reed, this shorter version of a traditional Shaker cathead basket is 4” deep and 9” across with pointed or “cat ear” feet.

Spotlight on Agnés Varda: Cléo from 5 to 7

Clark Art Institute

June 19, 2018 7:00 PM - June 19, 2018

Varda’s second film follows young pop singer, Florence “Cléo” Victoire, through two extraordinary hours in which she drifts through 1960s Paris, awaiting the results of a recent biopsy.

Creative Ecologies: Balancing Aesthetics and Stewardship

Clark Art Institute

June 21, 2018 6:30 PM - June 21, 2018

Horticulturist and Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes joins beekeeper Dave Thayer to discuss the delicate balance between aesthetic and sustainable landscape management on the museum’s sprawling 140-acre campus.

Story slam

Clark Art Institute

June 22, 2018 7:00 PM - June 22, 2018

The Clark Art Institute and Pastor Mark Longhurst of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown present a StorySLAM in celebration of the Clark’s exhibition, Women Artists in Paris: 1850–1900.

Opening talk: The Art of Iron

Clark Art Institute

June 24, 2018 3:00 PM - June 24, 2018

Before the advent of modern building materials, iron was used for everything from architectural gates and grills to household implements. Exhibition curator Kathleen Morris discusses some of the extraordinary objects in the exhibition.

Maker Day: Blacksmithing 101

Hancock Shaker Village

June 23 10:00 AM - June 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Learn basic blacksmithing skills by making several projects using traditional blacksmith’s tools and techniques in a coal-fired forge.

Spotlight on Agnés Varda: Faces Places

Clark Art Institute

June 26, 2018 7:00 PM - June 26, 2018

Eighty-nine-year-old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed thirty-three-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this documentary/road movie.

Book Club: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

June 27, 2018 7:00 PM - June 27, 2018

In celebration of the exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark hosts a summer book club exploring three novels set in 19th-century France, each centering on remarkable women, and beginning with George Sand’s ‘Indiana.’ 

A Conversation with Jennifer Steinkamp

Clark Art Institute

June 30, 2018 11:00 AM - June 30, 2018

Senior Curator Esther Bell  welcomes Jennifer Steinkamp for a one-on-one conversation with the exhibition Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye, the video installation on view in the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.

New Work Art Show Opens

Hancock Shaker Village

July 7, 2018 5:00 PM - July 7, 2018

Artists opening reception for new work new work inspired by the village and the Shakers who lived here: Abelardo Morrell, Henry Klimowicz’ At Home in the World, and Marko Remec’s Monodic Flow.

Let Off Some S.T.E.A.M.

Hancock Shaker Village

July 14, 2018 10:00 AM - July 14, 2018

Explore the ways the Shakers used the power of S.T.E.A.M. with talk-and-walks, hands-on activities, and programs devoted to water power, solar power, textile technology, medicinal herbs and more.

Book Club: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

July 25, 2018 7:00 PM - July 25, 2018

In celebration of the exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark hosts a summer book club exploring three novels set in 19th-century France, each centering on remarkable women, and continuing with Émile Zola’s ‘L’Assommoir.’

Age of Iron

Hancock Shaker Village

August 4 - August 5, 2018

Hear the bellows blow, smell the coal smoke, and watch hot iron worked by hammer and anvil as New England blacksmiths converge on the Village. Talk with blacksmiths and see them at work.

Maker Day: Mastering iPhone Photography Workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

August 11, 2018 10:00 AM - August 11, 2018

Learn about iPhone camera modes, focus and focus lock, exposure compensation, photo composition, long exposures, high dynamic range (HDR), editing and post processing.

Anything but Simple Art Workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

August 12, 2018 1:00 PM - August 12, 2018

Explore the the exhibition and experiment with stencils, watercolor and pencil on folded paper books and heart shaped paper to make a gift drawing.

Book Club: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

August 29, 2018 7:00 PM - August 29, 2018

In celebration of the exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark hosts a summer book club exploring three novels set in 19th-century France, each centering on remarkable women, finishing with Colette’s ‘Chérie.’ 

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