BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, November 19-26, 2014

Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923), Tableau Vert, 1952. Oil on wood, 29 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (74.3 x 99.7 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of the artist, 2009.51  © Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923), Tableau Vert, 1952. Oil on wood, 29 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (74.3 x 99.7 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of the artist, 2009.51 © Ellsworth Kelly

CLARK ART EXHIBIT CONSIDERS MONET’S INFLUENCE on ELLSWORTH KELLY

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Monet | Kelly, the first exhibition to consider the influence of Impressionist painter Claude Monet on the works of leading contemporary American artist Ellsworth Kelly, opens at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, November 23. The works in the exhibition were selected by Kelly and include two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings by the artist, together with nine paintings by Monet from his Belle-Île series and of his garden in Giverny. The exhibition examines how both Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have shaped Kelly’s approach to his work. Monet | Kelly will be on view through February 15, 2015.

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Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

SINGER-SONGWRITER JOSH RITTER BRINGS SOLO TOUR to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter brings his “Trying Out Some New Songs and Such” solo tour, an intimate, acoustic set emphasizing a new body of songs yet to be recorded, to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, November 22, at 8pm. The Moscow, Idaho-native has a literary disposition and an affinity for the old-guard likes of Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul Simon that led the New York Times to place him “among the cream of the young singer-songwriter crop.”

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Teresita Fernandez work TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ OPENS WINDOW into CREATIVE PROCESS at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Artist Teresita Fernández – who is renowned for her ability to transform materials and their settings into an enveloping perceptual experience – will discuss her artistic process, touching on past work as well as her current MASS MoCA exhibition, As Above So Below, in Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Thursday, November 20, at 6pm.

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Chuck Prophet at Helsinki Hudson (photo Seth Rogovoy)

Chuck Prophet at Helsinki Hudson (photo Seth Rogovoy)

ROCK SINGER-SONGWRITER CHUCK PROPHET BRINGS MASTERWORKS to HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Chuck Prophet, one of contemporary rock’s greatest songwriters, brings his group, the Mission Express, back to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, November 22, at 9pm. Chuck Prophet writes and sings wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon.

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Ralph Lemon | Scaffold Room

Ralph Lemon | Scaffold Room

5-DAY EXHIBIT TRANSFORMS BARD’S FISHER CENTER INTO MASSIVE ART GALLERY

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The House Is Open, a temporary exhibition of performance and installation, will take over the Fisher Center at Bard College from Thursday, November 20, through Sunday, November 23. This unique event, featuring six major American artists working at the intersection of the visual and performing arts, poses the question: What might happen if a performing arts center temporarily reimagined itself as an art museum?

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Dave Davies hKINKS COFOUNDER DAVE DAVIES to PLAY COLONIAL

(Pittsfield, Mass.) – Guitarist Dave Davies, who with his brother, Ray Davies, cofounded the incredibly influential English rock group the Kinks, will perform at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday, November 26, at 7:30pm. While Ray Davies was the group’s primary singer and songwriter, Dave Davies’s contributions, particularly to the group’s sound, as well as the tension – creative and otherwise — between the two brothers, helped define the Kinks’s place in the rock pantheon.

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Anne Morgan Spalter, Chandelier (detail), 2014. (Photo and video courtesy CYNTHIA-REEVES)

Anne Morgan Spalter, Chandelier (detail), 2014. (Photo and video courtesy CYNTHIA-REEVES)

PHOTO-BASED ART and CERAMIC INSTALLATION at IAP GALLERY

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Modern Renaissance, Anne Spalter’s recent photo-based art installations, and artKamp: indigo mass, a collaborative contemporary ceramic installation, open at Independent Art Projects on Saturday, November 22. There will be an opening reception and artists’ talks from 5 to 7pm.

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Julia Kent (photo Veronica Vracy Mariani)

Julia Kent (photo Veronica Vracy Mariani)

GUITARIST ALEXANDER TURNQUIST HEADLINES MINI-FEST of AMBIENT SOUNDS at HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson-based composer-guitarist Alexander Turnquist will be joined by Brooklyn piano trio Sontag Shogun and experimental composer/cellist Julia Kent for a triple-bill of contemporary ambient music at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, November 23, at 8pm. The mini-festival promises an evening of peaceful, calm, quiet listening and shimmering beauty.

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