At the museums

“Wolf Kahn: Density & Transparency.”  Recent paintings by one of the most highly regarded living American artists. June 23-Oct 8 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Above: “Orange Behind the Trees,” 2017. Oil on canvas; 36 x 52 inches.

“Wolf Kahn: Density & Transparency.” Recent paintings by one of the most highly regarded living American artists. June 23-Oct 8 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Above: “Orange Behind the Trees,” 2017. Oil on canvas; 36 x 52 inches.

Bennington Center for the Arts

44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington

10a to 5p, Tue-Sun (Closed Mon), 802 442-7158

Thru Dec 23: Small Works Show. Every year our Small Works Show greets our visitors with beautiful work in a broad variety of subjects but a size limitation of 14 inches. June 3-July 9: Black & White. There is nowhere to hide in black and white work. Whether in charcoal, ink, oil, or even wire, technique and subject matter take center stage. June 10-July 22: Wildscapes. We are excited to again exhibit a show that portrays the passion for our natural world. Whether these paintings, drawings, or sculptures focus on wildlife or depict the beauty, chaos, or serenity of the wild places on Earth, we expect the show that David Rankin curates to be outstanding and thought-provoking. July 15-Sept 4: American Artists Abroad. This show is composed of fine art created by American artists inspired by travels abroad. July 29-Sept 17: Laumeister Fine Art Competition. Our annual competition this year is juried by Calvin Liang, a highly respected member of Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club. Ongoing: Permanent collection of wildlife and Native American artwork.

Bennington Museum

75 Main St, Route 9, Bennington

10a to 5p (Closed Wed), 802 477-1571

Thru June 18: Gatherum of Quiddities: Paintings by Pat Adams. With abstract paintings characterized by seductive colors and richly encrusted surfaces, Pat seeks to bring from her “gatherum of quiddities”—that stew of unnamed qualities—a visual situation that bestirs contemplation. Thru Dec 30: Buy Local: Photographs from the Weichert-Isselhardt Collection. Bennington was changing rapidly at the turn of the 19th century and local photographers captured the people and landscape using negatives on thin plates of glass. The Bennington Museum has acquired nearly 2,000 glass plate negatives from this era that were held in the Weichert-Isselhardt Collection and is pleased to have a selection of them dealing with local commerce and manufacturing on view. July 1-Nov 5: Grandma Moses: American Modern. A long overdue exhibition reexamining the beloved American artist Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses and reestablishing her to her rightful place within the canon of mid-century American Modern Art. Sept 2-Oct 9: 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt on display. Upcoming: Vermont Life Gallery, Breaking Down Barriers. Ongoing: Regional Artists Exhibits. Every 12 weeks throughout the year, different regional artists have their work displayed in the museum’s Regional Artists Gallery. On view for 11 weeks, the exhibits are selected by a jury twice a year and include a mix of paintings, sculpture, photographs, wood works, and more.

Wolf Kahn's “Yellow Stripe (Large Version),” 2011. Oil on canvas; 40 x 50 inches.

Wolf Kahn’s “Yellow Stripe (Large Version),” 2011. Oil on canvas; 40 x 50 inches.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

10 Vernon St., Brattleboro

11a to 5p (Closed Tues), 802 257-0124

Thru Oct 8: Weighted Tears: Mary Admasian. Each shape in Weighted Tears is made from aluminum rods, wire, barbed wire, and powder coating. There are five teardrops in various sizes that are stabilized by spherical weights. The smallest form has a light that is kept illuminated 24 hours a day as a symbol of hope in difficult times. Thru June 18: Luminous Muqarna: Soo Sunny Park. An immersive installation inspired by Islamic architecture. Thru June 18: Glasstastic. A celebration of imagination and ingenuity featuring kids’ drawings turned into glass sculptures. Thru June 18: Appearances & Reality: Mary Welsh. Intricate collages explore the concepts of house and home as experienced in life, memory, and a world of imagination and fancy. Thru June 18: Seriously Funny: Ed Koren. Ed Koren is one of those cartoonists whose sense of humor and draftsmanship are immediately recognizable as his own. Thru June 18: Ghost Mesa: Claire Van Vliet. The power and presence of giant rock formations isolated against the sky are palpable in these magnificent lithographs. Thru June 18: Drawn Home: Paul Shore. Inspired by Audubon’s heroic project to draw all the birds of North America, Paul Shore looked at his home and drew every object in it. June 23-Aug 27: The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. June 23-Oct 8: Lost Porches: Nathalie Miebach. Hurricanes are driven by the laws of physics. As weather patterns have become more extreme, the human responses to these events have been both rational and absurd. June 23-Oct 8: Wolf Kahn: Density & Transparency. Recent paintings by one of the most highly regarded living American artists. June 23-Oct 8: Free Fall: Barbara Garber. Employing an eclectic range of materials in her wall and room installations, Garber’s process reflects an expanded conception of drawing. June 23-Oct 8: Spaceship of Dreams: William Chambers. An interactive public art project originally developed in York, Penn., William Chambers’ work facilitates the sharing of dreams by people from all walks of life. June 23-Oct 8: Boundaries, Balance, and Confinement: Mary Admasian. Exploiting the constraining property of barbed wire as a unifying metaphor, Admasian repurposes materials such as fencing, willow switches, logs, butterflies, rooster feathers, and other found objects collected from flea markets.

The Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.

10a to 5p Tuesday thru Sunday, 413 458-2303

Now open: Lauzon Glass Study Gallery. Including 250 glass objects, many from the Albert and June Lauzon Collection of Early American Blown Glass. Thru Aug 27: Picasso: Encounters. Pablo Picasso’s interest in and experimentation with large-scale printmaking throughout his career, challenging the notion of Picasso as an artist alone with his craft. Thru Sept 17: An Inner World. Featuring seven exceptional genre paintings by Dutch artists working in or near the city of Leiden in the 17th century. The exhibition brings together paintings from the Clark’s collection and The Leiden Collection, a private collection in New York. Thru Sept 4: Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design. Alma-Tadema designed the decoration of a Steinway grand piano (now in the Clark’s collection) along with a matching suite of furniture and textiles for the room. Thru Sept 24: No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts. The artist’s inventive and groundbreaking approach to the woodcut. Thru Oct 9: As in Nature: Helen Frankenhaler Paintings. This exhibition comprises a selection of large paintings by Helen Frankenthaler from the 1950s through the 1990s, focusing on nature as a longstanding inspiration. Thru Oct 9: Thomas Schutte: Crystal.

Hall Art Foundation

551 Route 106, Reading, 802 952 1056

Thru Nov 26: Hope and Hazards: A Comedy of Errors, curated by Eric Fischl. Approximately 65 artists are represented, including over 80 paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. Thru Nov 26: Outdoor Sculpture by Richard Deacon, Olafur Eliasson, and Marc Quinn. Thru Nov 26: Ready. Fire! Aim., curated by DJ Hellerman. Bringing together artworks addressing issues of violence and decay, gestural abstraction and linear precision, as well as the sensible and the absurd. Thru Nov 26: Hot Dog Repair: David Shrigley. The artist is best known for a distinctive and deceptively simple drawing style and for creating works that satirize contemporary society and everyday life.


1040 MASS MoCA Way

North Adams, Mass.

413 662-211

Thru August: Nick Cave: Until; Long-Term Exhibitions: Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer. Long-Term Exhibitions beginning May 28: James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Louise Bourgeois, Gunnar Schonbeck. Live music: June 23-25: Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival of Music +Arts; July 17-30: Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival; Aug 12: My Morning Jacket; Sept 15-17: FreshGrass Festival Bluegrass and Roots Music.

The Museum of the Creative Process

On the grounds of the Wilburton Inn

257 Wilburton Dr., Manchester, 802 379-6350

Ongoing: The Museum of the Creative Process is a center of creative discovery and analytical research. Located on the estate of the Wilburton Inn, the museum brings together modern and traditional understanding of creativity. More than an art center, the museum is dedicated to understanding the psychological properties of creativity, bridging art and science to gain insight into human relations, interpersonal and inter-psychic conflict. Founded and directed by Albert Levis, M.D., the museum welcomes artists, scholars, scientists, and poets.

Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, 802 985-3346

Thru Oct 31: Upstream, with Ogden Pleissner. The paintings, prints, and ephemera featured in this exhibit transport viewers to some of the avid angler’s favorite streams, rivers, and lakes from Maine to Wyoming while also conveying Pleissner’s first-hand knowledge of and passion for the sport. Thru Oct 31: Pieced Traditions: Jean Lovell Collects. Featuring donations and loans from Lovell’s collection of historic quilts. Thru Oct 31: Featured Outdoor Sculpture: Aaron T Stephan. His sculptures investigate how recognizable symbols and materials shape our impressions of everyday objects. Using both a critical eye and a wry sense of humor, Stephan comments on the complex webs of information and relationships carried by the material world around us. Thru Oct 31: Carpet Diem: Molly Nye Tobey Designs for the Mid Century Home. This exhibit investigates sources and inspirations that Tobey gathered from the world around her in order to create beautiful, functional artworks with a modern flair for American homes during the mid-20th century. June 3-Aug 27: Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art. Sept 1-Oct 31: Grand Re-Opening of Dorset House. Sept 23-Feb 18, 2018: Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert. Sept 30-Jan 21, 2018: Hooked on Patty Yoder.

Kente vases by Brattleboro glass artist Josh Bernbaum, on exhibit at Southern Vermont Arts Center.

Kente vases by Brattleboro glass artist Josh Bernbaum, on exhibit at Southern Vermont Arts Center.

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Yester House Gallery

West Road, Manchester

10a to 5p Tues-Sat, 12 to 5p Sun, 802 362-2522, 362-1405

Thru July 2: Vermont Glass Guild. Exhibiting artists are Mary Angus, Richard Arentzen, Lucy Bergamini, Josh Bernbaum, Robert Burch, Dominique Caissie, Karen Deets, Matthew Donaldson, Robert DuGrenier, Max Lefko Everett, Alissa Faber, Zak Grace, Jim Jackson, Nicholas Kekic, Monique Lajeunesse, David Leppla, Melanie Leppla, Eric Nelson, Matt Seasholtz, Chris Sherwin, Josh Simpson, Randi Solin, Hank Swartz, Michael Trimpol, and Jen Violette. July 8-Aug 27: I Choose Film–Photography. Sept 2-Oct 15: VT Artists Then and Now. Ongoing: The Museum’s permanent collection is housed in the Wilson Museum, and includes an exhibit of nearly 800 pieces of 19th and 20th century works, including the world’s largest collection of works by Luigi Lucioni.

Townshend glass artist Robert duGrenier is among the 25 artists whose work is featured in the  Glass Guild exhibit in the Wilson Museum & Galleries at Southern Vermont Arts Center thru Jul 2.

Townshend glass artist Robert duGrenier is among the 25 artists whose work is featured in the Glass Guild exhibit in the Wilson Museum & Galleries at Southern Vermont Arts Center thru Jul 2.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Dr. #2

Williamstown, Mass.

413 597-2429

Thru Aug 20: Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography. Thru Sept 17: Lex and Love: Meleko Mokgosi. Thru Aug 20: Accession Number. Ongoing: The Anxiety of Influence: European and American Art, 1689-1913. Ongoing: People’s Library. Always on view: Edward Hopper, Maurice and Charles Prendergast, Assyrian Reliefs, Louise Bourgeois, and William Morris Hunt.

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