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Events 10/02/2021

10/02/2021 (Saturday)

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective

After nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team of some sixty-five artists and art students, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective is fully installed. The historic exhibition opens to the public at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), in North Adams, Massachusetts, on November 16, 2008, and will remain on view for twenty-five years. Conceived by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, in collaboration with the artist before his death in April 2007, the project has been undertaken by the Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. The 27,000-square-foot structure, known as Building #7, has been fully restored for the exhibition by Bruner/Cott & Associates architects, which has closely integrated the building into the museum’s main circulation plan through a series of elevated walkways, a dramatic new vertical lightwell, and new stairways.

The works in the exhibition are on loan from numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Yale University Art Gallery, to which LeWitt designated the gift of a major representation of his wall drawings, as well as his wall-drawing archive.

Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, states, “Watching this grand installation of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings progress over the past six months has been nothing short of thrilling. In addition to providing an enduring exhibition of great beauty, this retrospective will enable visitors to behold for the first time the full trajectory of a major aspect of Sol’s artistic career. Until today, the only way to view multiple LeWitt wall drawings has been to travel far and wide, pursuing them individually in situ or in temporary museum exhibitions. Now, visitors will be able to return to MASS MoCA again and again to experience this visual feast of Sol’s wall drawings in a single location, doing so at their leisure over the next twenty-five years.”

LeWitt—who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution—is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings. His experiments with the latter commenced in 1968 and were considered radical, in part because this new form of drawing was purposely temporal and often executed not just by LeWitt but also by other artists and students whom he invited to assist him in the installation of his artworks.

Each wall drawing begins as a set of instructions or simple diagram to be followed in executing the work. As the exhibition makes clear, these straightforward instructions yield an astonishing—and stunningly beautiful—variety of work that is at once simple and highly complex, rigorous and sensual. The drawings in the exhibition range from layers of straight lines meticulously drawn in black graphite pencil lead, to rows of delicately rendered wavy lines in colored pencil; from bold black-and-white geometric forms, to bright planes in acrylic paint arranged like the panels of a folding screen; from sensuous drawings created by dozens of layers of transparent washes, to a tangle of vibratory orange lines on a green wall, and much more. Forms may appear to be flat, to recede in space, or to project into the viewer’s space, while others meld to the structure of the wall itself.

MASS MoCA Director Joseph C. Thompson comments, “With this exhibition, Sol LeWitt has left an amazing gift for us all. Great art draws upon previous artists, but also contradicts and contravenes. And the most essential art argues for new ways of seeing, even as it is almost immediately absorbed into the work that surrounds and supersedes it. As I believe will be evident in this landmark exhibition, LeWitt’s wall drawings rise to those highest of standards. We look forward to having this amazing collection of works on long-term view as a sort of proton at the center of our museum around which our program of changing exhibitions and performances will orbit with even more energy.”

Project History

The impetus for Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective was a 2004 conversation between Reynolds and LeWitt. This evolved and resulted in a commitment by the artist to give a substantial number of his wall drawings and his entire wall-drawing archive to the Yale University Art Gallery, which already owned an extensive array of LeWitt’s art in multiple mediums. Realizing that the Gallery did not have enough space to install and maintain a large number of the artist’s wall drawings at any one time, Reynolds suggested to LeWitt that MASS MoCA, with its historic mill complex, growing audience, and history of realizing ambitious new works of art, might be able to accommodate an extended retrospective of the works.

Reynolds and LeWitt then met with Thompson, who introduced the artist to Building #7. The structure, situated at the center of MASS MoCA’s multi-building complex and featuring large banks of windows that open onto two flanking courtyards, appealed to LeWitt as an ideal site for a multi-floor installation of his work. In addition to the new interior walls, which he designed in consultation with Bruner/Cott & Associates, his specifications for the space included a plan that would leave nearly all of the existing exterior masonry walls and large windows intact, providing direct side lighting and offering beautiful views to surrounding courtyards and the Berkshire Hills beyond. Bruner/Cott integrated the galleries with MASS MoCA’s existing plan by re-activating existing elevated connector-bridges and adding new ones, and by creating a new three-story lightwell. The design thus links the building to MASS MoCA’s signature Building #5 and provides vertical circulation and handicapped access.

Retrospective Installation and Education Opportunities

“Detailed,” “painstaking,” and “strangely liberating” are terms that have been used to describe the experience of creating Sol LeWitt’s monumental wall drawings. The drawings at MASS MoCA were executed over a six-month period by a team comprising twenty-two of the senior and experienced assistants who worked with the artist over many years; thirty-three student interns from Yale University, Williams College, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and fourteen other colleges and universities; and thirteen local artists and recent graduates and post-graduates from many of the nation’s leading studio-art programs. MASS MoCA’s North Adams location, just five miles from Williams College, offers a unique educational opportunity for Williams’s undergraduates and those enrolled in its graduate art-history program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute to participate in this special exhibition. Like Yale, Williams is among the primary training grounds for professionals in the field of art history, and the LeWitt collaboration, to be accompanied by a variety of educational programs, will offer students many opportunities to study the work of this important artist.

In conjunction with the project, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is creating a series of programs and shorter-term companion “teaching exhibitions” in a space at the entrance of Building #7 and at the WCMA. The first of these, The ABCDs of Sol LeWitt, opens at WCMA on November 14, 2008. It includes important works from LeWitt’s private collection that help elucidate the underlying grammar of the artist’s work and ideas.

WCMA Director Lisa Corrin says, “Our goal is to have Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective serve as an extension of the Williams campus—a classroom of sorts for our students and those from other colleges and universities. LeWitt’s art offers challenging teaching opportunities for faculty from across academic disciplines. The WCMA staff will help professors craft curricula related to the exhibition. All three of the museums partnering in the retrospective play a major role in the training and support of many of the artworld’s future leaders, and this adventurous collaboration will offer a new generation of students unprecedented firsthand exposure to the work of a major artist of our time.”

Exhibition Publication

On the occasion of Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, MASS MoCA and Yale University Press are producing Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, a hardcover book with 100 new essays. Contributors are drawn from a wide array of expertise and fields of specialization. Authors include critics and scholars Lynne Cooke, Chrissie Iles, Lucy Lippard, Saul Ostrow, Ingrid Sischy, and Robert Storr, and visual and performing artists John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Lucinda Childs, Chuck Close, Steve Reich, Matthew Ritchie, and Dorothea Rockburne, among many others. The publication, which includes 150 color plates, may be ordered through Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store.

Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonné

In 2010, the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale University Press will co-publish Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonné. The basic design for this three-volume scholarly resource, a project of the Gallery, was created by the artist during his lifetime. The book will contain descriptive texts, diagrams, installation photographs, and more for all of the 1,261 wall drawings that LeWitt realized from 1968 to 2007. A DVD illustrating both the proper uses of materials and drawing techniques to be employed in realizing LeWitt’s basic “families” of wall drawings will also be included, providing a helpful guide to their proper future installation, as well as to the drawings’ long-term care and conservation.

Conserving the Legacy of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings

To additionally preserve the artistic legacy of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings in perpetuity, the Yale University Art Gallery has endowed a position for a drawing conservator through the generosity of Yale alumnus Theodore P. Shen, b.a. 1966, and his wife, Mary Jo Shen. In time, this conservator will oversee the LeWitt wall-drawing archive and other works on paper at Yale and will train new assistants to install the artist’s wall-drawing collection at Yale as well as those owned by individuals and public institutions worldwide.

James Turrell- Into The Light

In James Turrell’s hands, light is more than simply a source of illumination: it is a discrete, physical object. His sculptures and architectural interventions elevate our experience and perception of light and space. Squares of sky seem to float, suspended, in ceilings or walls; architecture disintegrates; and brilliant geometric shapes levitate in midair. Turrell began using light as a sculptural medium in 1966, painting the windows of his studio in Santa Monica to seal off the natural light and experimenting with projections. His practice has been shaped by the ongoing manipulation of architecture, framing and altering the way viewers engage with the environment. A pioneer in the Southern California Light and Space movement, MASS MoCA will present a multi-decade retrospective of Turrell’s work in Building 6 — with galleries designed and constructed specially to best accentuate his installations. This exhibition will feature a major work from each decade of the artist’s career.

Gamaliel Rodrigues: La Travesia / Le Voyage

Gamaliel Rodríguez’s large-scale works on paper imagine landscapes inspired by the two-fold character of his native Puerto Rico, which the artist recently described as a mix of “beauty and chaos.” Merging industrial and natural environments, Rodríguez depicts abandoned structures surrounded by verdant greenery — which he often renders as an aerial view. Devoid of a human presence, the overgrown buildings have a dystopic yet familiar feel, prompting mis-recognitions by viewers reminded of locations in their own hometowns. Though the artist’s subjects are fictitious, they are inspired by the accumulation of manufacturing projects in Puerto Rico established and ultimately abandoned by US companies lured by tax breaks and cheap labor in the mid-20th century.

Rodríguez is currently working on a new 60-foot work on paper for MASS MoCA’s Hunter Hallway. Inspired by his experience of North Adams and its post-industrial landscape during his time in the museum’s studio residency program, Rodríguez’s drawing conflates the repurposed architecture of MASS MoCA’s large, former-factory complex with architecture of Puerto Rico and other locations from around the globe.

Using felt, acrylic, colored pencil, and ballpoint pen, Rodríguez skillfully renders his hyper-realistic landscapes in rich blues and purples that are simultaneously seductive and unsettling. Mari Rodríguez Binnie, art historian and art professor at Williams College, connected the blue ballpoint pen so prevalent in the artist’s work to its role as the quintessential bureaucractic tool. It is indeed an overwhelmed bureaucracy (and mountains of certificates and forms) often blamed for blocking local entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico, which is overly dependent on outside investment. The pen became ubiquitous in the same period during and after WWII that witnessed “Operation Bootstrap,” the government’s efforts to diversify its sugar-based economy and bring modern industry to the island.

Greenfield Farmers' Market

Time: (8:00am - 12:30pm)

Saturdays (Rain or Shine)

46th Season

Since 1975, the Greenfield Farmers' Market has provided an open-air community marketplace for fresh, high-quality local agricultural products and crafts in Franklin County. Surrounded by some of the nation's most fertile farmland, the Greenfield farmers' Market has grown into one of the largest, most diverse farmers' markets in the Pioneer Valley. all of the products at the market are grown or produced by the farmers and craftspeople selling them.

Locally grown vegetables and fruits, Pasture-raised meats and eggs, Farmstead cheeses, Maple syrup and honey, Cut flowers and seasonal bedding plants, Artisan bread and baked goods, Handmade crafts, Live music and Cooking demos. For a complete list of vendors and a calendar of events please visit the website or their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/greenfieldMAfarmersmarke

A Note on Covid-19 Safety Measures

Keeping market vendors, staff, and customers safe is our first priority at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market. The 2021 market will be operating using the most recent covid-19 guidance for Farmers Market outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Health’s latest order. The order was published September 17, 2020. Find the latest order here: www.mass.gov/guides/covid-19-resources-for-agriculture#-farmers’-markets -

 

Ashfield Farmers' Market

Time: (9:00am - 1:00pm)

Whether your visiting from the city or suburbs or a local resident, a farmers' market is not too far from you. From now until late fall, you can find local growers set up with their canopies and colorful displays of just-harvested fruits and vegetables in town squares, parks. At many farmers' markets you will also find an array of other farm products, including baked goods, jams and jellies, maple products, honey, farmstead cheeses, flowers, turkey products and eggs and some with other crafters. The festive atmosphere and fresh food will certainly please all your sense

Who's at the market: Atherton Farm(Buckland), Bear Meadow Apiary, Bear Swamp Orchards, Bug Hill Berry & Flower Farm, Sangha Fram/Tava Cheese, Sidehill Farm, Springwater Farm & Steady Lane Farm (Ashfield) Manda Organic Farm (Plainfield) Changes weekly

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North Adams Farmers' Market

Time: (9:00am - 1:00pm)

The city of North Adams Farmers Market happens for 20 weeks from early June through late October. The market is dedicated to providing the community with fresh, locally produced foods and supporting area farms and food producers. The market is a producer-only market offering a variety of fruits, vegetables and more for those looking for delicious and healthy eating alternatives. Patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers, meat, skincare and artisan crafts. The market proudly accepts SNAP

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It's Time for Dinner

Fridays October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

Saturday October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th

9:30am – 4:00 pm

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It's Time for Dinner

Visit with our open-hearth cooks as they prepare dishes inspired by the faux food exhibits at the Williams House and the Sheldon House. The cooks will use period recipes to prepare dishes like pork and beans, forced cabbage, or carrot pudding.

Bernardston Farmers' Market

Time: (10:00am - 1:00pm)

The Bernardston Farmers' Market is returning to their historic home at the United Church parking lot, Bernardston, Mass again this year To bring the best of local produce, products and meats to the Bernardston and surrounding communities every week.They will have more farm fresh local vegetables than ever this year plus there will be plants, jams, jellies, baked goods, cheese, honey, maple syrup, eggs, the Kiwanis's very popular frozen chicken pies, great local crafts and much more. Come and see for yourself, every Saturday morning May 29th – October 2nd   10am - 1pm

 

Broom-Making Demonstrations at the History Workshop

Broom-Making Demonstrations at the History Workshop

Saturday, August 7th, 14th, 21st  & 28th,  2021

Saturday, September 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

Saturday, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 22nd & 30th

10:00 AM  4:00 PM

Brooms were so important to the economy of 19th century Deerfield that at one time there were eight broom-making shops along the Street! Join us in the History Workshop to watch a broom being made by hand, learn about growing and processing broomcorn, and see broom making tools and equipment. Learn the story of Caleb Salisbury, an African-American man who lived in Deerfield and made brooms, and learn about the role of broom-making and craft industry in the 19th century.

 

Experience The Permanent Collection - Weekly Gallery Talk @ The Clark

Saturdays starting at 11:15 am (September 2021 through June 2022)

Clark educators lead guided talks in the galleries. Enjoy a close look at some visitor favorites as you discover the history of the museum and get to know the Clark’s collection today.
This program is free with gallery admission. Registration is not required. Meet in the Museum Pavilion, near the entrance to the permanent collection galleries.

 

Experience The Permanent Collection - Weekly Gallery Talk @ The Clark

Saturdays starting at 11:15 am (September 2021 through June 2022)

Clark educators lead guided talks in the galleries. Enjoy a close look at some visitor favorites as you discover the history of the museum and get to know the Clark’s collection today.
This program is free with gallery admission. Registration is not required. Meet in the Museum Pavilion, near the entrance to the permanent collection galleries.

 

Fall Weekend Fun @Yankee Candle Village MA

Saturday September 4th – Sunday October 31st

Fall Weekend Fun @Yankee Candle Village MA

Fall Weekend Fun Every Saturday & Sunday in September & October. 12-4pm.

Horse-drawn hayrides (weather depending

FREE, Yard Games –corn hole!,

Photo Ops –

Fun with Miniature Worlds at the History Workshop

October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Fun with Miniature Worlds at the History Workshop

Join us for an adventure into the wonderful world of miniatures and tiny houses.

We are delighted to display a masterpiece dollhouse replica of the c.1750s Dwight House, complete with miniature furnishings in each room. Other miniature houses will be available for play and exploration, including a woodland fairy house. Learn about our enduring fascination with miniatures and stop at our Make and Take table before you leave!

 

Scenic Summit Tours – Mt. Greylock State Reservation

Scenic Summit Tours – Saturdays 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Short, Park Interpreter-guided talks along easy walking paths that explore the history, culture, and unique ecology of the highest point in Massachusetts. Various topics may include boreal wildlife. Bascom Lodge, the War Memorial Tower, the Appalachian Trail and many other compelling features that make the Summit a special place to visit. Tour route is wheelchair accessible.

Estimated tour duration 20-30 minutes.

Meet at the bronze contour map at the summit. (parking fee may apply).

This program is open to the public and FREE for all ages.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information call 413-499-4262 or Visit the on Facebook@DCRMountGreylock

Scenic Summit Tours – Mt. Greylock State Reservation

Scenic Summit Tours – Saturdays 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Short, Park Interpreter-guided talks along easy walking paths that explore the history, culture, and unique ecology of the highest point in Massachusetts. Various topics may include boreal wildlife. Bascom Lodge, the War Memorial Tower, the Appalachian Trail and many other compelling features that make the Summit a special place to visit. Tour route is wheelchair accessible.

Estimated tour duration 20-30 minutes.

Meet at the bronze contour map at the summit. (parking fee may apply).

This program is open to the public and FREE for all ages.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information call 413-499-4262 or Visit the on Facebook@DCRMountGreylock