(THE BERKSHIRES, Mass.) – ArtBerkshires presents the second of two curated weekends of arts-related events in the region from Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21, 2011. Organized by ArtBerkshires cofounders Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti, the weekend will feature a variety of programs, exhibitions, and exclusive events at venues linking contemporary art, sculpture and photography on view throughout the Berkshires under the theme “Decadence & Decay” throughout North and South Berkshire at venues including the Norman Rockwell Museum, MASS MoCA and The Clark.
The historic settings and permanent collections based in the region provide a context in which to explore decay as subject matter in and of itself and as a theme for new work. Four days of tours and conversations include “Robots at Rockwell” at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, contemporary photography at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Nari Ward at MASS MoCA in North Adams, and El Anatsui at the Stone Hill Center at The Clark in Williamstown.
Other events include an opulent cocktail gathering and photo booth at Sienna Gallery, in Lenox, in conjunction with COSTUME COSTUME, the current exhibit featuring work inspired by extravagant costume jewelry, and Dish + Dine at Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, a curator-led discussion of contemporary photography with dinner presented on tableware by Mary Anne Davis, catered by chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn.
Behind-the-scenes tours of the Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition at Chesterwood and the current exhibitions at the Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Stockbridge are also included in the program, as well as an artist booksigning by Douglass Truth at Ferrin Gallery and a reading by artist and writer Carol Diehl at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.
Tours and events include perspectives from local and international artists, curators, museum directors, and other professionals in the art world. Events may be attended individually, or an all-inclusive package may be purchased through ArtBerkshires, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting artist in residency programs in the Berkshires. Some events and tours will require advance reservations or tickets, some are free. Click here for details about reservations and ticketing, and purchasing an all-inclusive pass.
ArtBerkshires was established in 2010 by gallery directors Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti. The ArtBerkshires weekend series brings artists, curators, presenters, and audiences together in new contexts, with the ultimate goal of connecting contemporary visual arts, artists, and collectors in the Berkshires.