(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Balkan Beat Box brings its eclectic and infectious mix of Balkan, Middle Eastern, hip-hop, electronica, punk and other musical stylings to MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center for what is likely to become a dance concert as soon as the first number kicks off on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 8 pm. Founded by Israeli-born, now-Brooklyn-dwelling musicians Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat, and now including Tomer Yosef, Balkan Beat Box has built a reputation as a “global peacekeeping mission you can dance to,” according to SPIN. The New York Post recently warned concertgoers to “come prepared for a raucous night.”
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Masters in Cardboard, an exhibition of reference works made on cardboard replicating works from the collection at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute created – or re-created, as the case may be – by North Adams artist Andy Davis is enjoying its own showcase at Gallery 51 now through Sunday, March 24, 2013. When The Clark undertook the largest renovation project of its history, Davis, a painter and sculptor who works in The Clark’s curatorial department, reproduced their world-renowned collection in cardboard so the curators could plan new installations. Now these cardboard mock-ups are presented as art objects in their own right. An exhibition within an exhibition, “Masters in Cardboard” will take viewers on an imaginary trip through The Clark’s collection.
RYDER COOLEY HOSTS MINI-FESTIVAL of REGIONAL FEMALE TALENT at CLUB HELSINKI
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – On Friday, March 15, 2013, at 8pm at Club Helsinki Hudson, Ryder Cooley hosts an evening of diverse and divergent talents, featuring MoonRyder, her collaboration with Lady Moon; Ryder Cooley & Hazel, her collaboration with Hazel, the stuffed sheep; and Pocatello, an old-timey trio from Germantown, N.Y.
(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) — An exhibition devoted to the work of Hungarian-born artist Istvan Banyai opens at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 9, 2013, and runs through Sunday, May 5, 2013, as part of the museum’s Distinguished Illustrator Series. Banyai’s striking imagery has appeared on the covers and pages of rhe New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the New York Times, GQ and Esquire, and in work for Absolut Vodka, Nickelodeon, MTV Europe and Encyclopedia Britannica. The artist is also the creator of such acclaimed children’s picture books as “Zoom,” “Re-Zoom,” “The Other Side,” and “REM,” whose unexpected perspectives have made him one of the most original and iconoclastic illustrators today.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Electric Paris, a new exhibition exploring how artists depicted the changing appearance of interior and exterior spaces as the city transitioned from oil lamps to gas and electric lights, featuring works by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and others, opens at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, February 17, 2013, and runs through Sunday, April 21, 2013. Drawn primarily from the Clark’s collection, the exhibition includes paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs from high art and popular culture. It also includes images by Mary Cassatt, Édouard Vuillard, Maurice Prendergast, and other artists working in Paris in the late 19th century. Former Clark Fellow S. Hollis Clayson is guest curator for the exhibition.
(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