(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) — In/Visible: Women of Two Worlds, the second exhibition created through its interactive uCurate program, is on display at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute now through March 10, 2013. An intriguing look at the worlds of women, featuring works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, John Singer Sargent, and Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, among others, the exhibit was created by clergywoman Ashley Smith of Stephentown, N.Y., as part of uCurate, an interactive program that invites users to design their own installations for a Clark gallery, using works featured in Clark Remix, an installation of some 400 works from the Clark’s permanent collection. Smith is a native of Pittsfield, Mass., and first visited the Clark on school field trips as a child. While attending Williams College, she visited the galleries frequently.
MARATHON READING of ‘ETHAN FROME’ at THE MOUNT on SATURDAY
(LENOX, Mass.) – Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, widely believed to be based on a real incident that took place in Lenox, will be the subject of a free marathon reading at The Mount – where Wharton lived when she wrote the book – on Saturday, February 23, 2013, starting at 1 pm and lasting as long as it takes to finish reading the book out loud, which is expected to be around 4:30. The reading will take place in the Drawing Room of the very house where Wharton wrote the acclaimed novel, which takes place in a very Lenox-like ficitonal town of Starkfield. The novel resembles the true-life story of a fatal accident involving four girls and one boy who crashed into a lamppost while sledding down Courthouse Hill in Lenox. Hazel Crosby was killed in the accident.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – In the tradition of electro-rock groups such as Devo and the refined performance art of Laurie Anderson, My Robot Friend – a musical and performance art project led by Howard Robot – performs at Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 8 pm. Howard Robot performs in an elaborate, personally-designed light-up suit while interacting with illuminated objects, wireless video cameras, pyrotechnics, and other odd home-made props. There is also a lightness and very human whimsical quality to Robot’s music which might appeal to fans of They Might Be Giants.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning Afropop singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo performs at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 23 at 8pm, her first appearance in this town in the more than 10 years since her 2002 appearance at the annual Berkshire Mountain Music Festival – or BerkFest – at SkiButternut. A native of the West African nation of Benin, Kidjo is noted for her eclectic style, blending traditional Beninese styles with jazz, gospel, Latin, American R&B, funk and rock styles, and for her various charitable works since becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2002. The extent of Kidjo’s musical breadth is illustrated by songs she has recorded, including George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” and the Rolling Stones’s “Gimme Shelter,” as well as artists she has worked with, including Dave Matthews, Alicia Keys, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Carlos Santana, John Legend, Herbie Hancock and Cassandra Wilson.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – An exhibition of photographs by Ansel Adams, perhaps the most popular, critically acclaimed and influential American photographer of all time, best known for his black-and-white nature photographs of the American West, is at Berkshire Museum now through June 2, 2013. The exhibition, Ansel Adams: Masterworks, features 48 works by Adams (1902 – 1984), about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work. Called “The Museum Set,” these works reveal the importance Adams placed on the drama and splendor of natural environments, from Yosemite National Park to a secluded grove of aspens; from the Sierra Nevada range to a barn in Cape Cod. Included are many of Adams’ most famous and best-loved photographs which encompass the full scope of his work