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Williams College Museum of Art to Begin Design Phase for New Building
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Monday, October 18, 2021
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The site of the old Williams Inn will be WCMA's new location. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art has been in the queue for a new building for years as the college has dramatically revamped its campus over the past two decades.    Now the nearly 100-year-old museum is finally getting its turn at a new facility.   The Board of Trustees vote at its last meeting to enter the design phase marks a significant step forward in relocating the museum from the 1846 Lawrence Hall. The trustees two years ago voted to site any new building at the now vacant lot where the old Williams Inn once stood.    "We have been doing really

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Clark Art: Living With Les Lalanne
10:34AM / Monday, October 18, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Oct. 23, in conjunction with the special exhibition "Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed," the Clark Art Institute welcomes Edith Dicconson, Senior Director at Kasmin Gallery and designer Brian McCarthy, to share their personal experiences of their work with the artistic duo and of their long relationship with artist Claude Lalanne.    Through private recollections, the two will explore the many ways in which collectors across the globe live with coveted works by Les Lalanne and will offer a glimpse into the world created by the pair in their home and studio in Ury, France.    Kathleen Morris,

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Mass MoCA, Clark Art Announce Vaccine Requirement
12:00PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute and MASS MoCA announced that as of Nov. 1, 2021 all visitors will be required to show proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering their facilities.     "The vaccine requirement we put in place for FreshGrass was overwhelmingly well-received, so our staff now has a playbook to work from," said Tracy Moore, Deputy Director of MASS MoCA. "We're committed to maintaining safe and healthy conditions as we approach the winter months and start to spend more time indoors."   Effective Monday, Nov. 1, all visitors to MASS MoCA over the age of 12 must show proof of a full

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Seven Berkshire County Organizations Receive SHARP Grants
12:50PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Mass Humanities has announced grants to 90 organizations across Massachusetts to support the response and recovery of the cultural sector from the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus.    "The SHARP grants are another significant step in the journey to sustain the humanities at the local level," said Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities. "As we continue to combat COVID-19, these funds will save jobs, build capacity, and allow organizations to develop new programs to serve their communities."    Berkshire County recipients include: Norman Rockwell Museum: $15,000 Clinton Church Restoration:

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Clark: Lecture On The History Of The Stockbridge-Munsee Community
10:23AM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Oct. 16, Heather Bruegl, Director of Education at Forge Project, will discuss the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.   Bruegl will provide an overview of the community's past and its present activities in a free lecture, "Not the Last of the Mohicans: A History of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community," that will be presented via Zoom and Facebook Live at 2 pm.   Prior to joining Forge Project earlier this year, Bruegl served as director of cultural affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community. Bruegl, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a first line descendent Stockbridge-Munsee, is a graduate of Madonna

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Clark Art Free Admission Oct. 3
04:36PM / Friday, October 01, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program returns on Sunday, Oct. 3, and admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day.   Advance registration is strongly recommended.   Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors.    See the Clark's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work," consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists, before it closes on Oct. 17. There will be an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations: Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva Lewitt's "Resin Towers," and Kelly Akashi's

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Clark Hosts Book Talk With Author Philip Hoare
01:40PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Oct. 3, in conjunction with special exhibition "Dürer & After," author Philip Hoare discusses and reads from his new book, "Albert and the Whale."   This free program will be presented by the Clark Art Institute via Zoom and Facebook Live at 2 pm.   Author and professor of creative writing at the University of Southampton, Philip Hoare has written several books including "Leviathan or, The Whale" (winner of the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize), "Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant," "Noël Coward: A Biography," and "England’s Lost Eden: Adventures in a

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Clark Presents Performance By Williams College Music Department
12:10PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Williams College Music Department will perform Eliza Brown's "Masque-Rondeau" under the direction of Matthew Gold as a part of the College's continuing program of new music.    This free program will be presented on the Clark's Fernandez Terrace at 3 pm. Registration is not required.    Guests should bring their own chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Visit clarkart.edu/events for more information.   According to a press release, "Masque-Rondeau" (2018) is a music-theater work for 10–26 musicians in which groups of performers gradually spread out across the performance space,

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BAAMS Appoints New Board, Expands Programming
04:00PM / Friday, September 24, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, Inc. (BAAMS) announced the addition of a new Board of Directors and eBAAMS PLUS.    Richard Boulger, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, said he is delighted with the new leadership change.   "I could not be more thrilled to have a new board that is impassioned and truly understands the value, mission, and importance of BAAMS. Having a board that brings the same level of heart and commitment as our faculty is truly inspirational," Boulger said.   The new board is Edward "Ted" Wesley, President, Michelle Daunais, Secretary, and Maria Isotti,

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Mass MoCA Appoints New Director
02:15PM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director University of California, Los Angeles Center for the Art of Performance has been appointed as the new museum director.   The Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) announced the appointment Thursday after a 10-month international search and a unanimous decision.   "We are thrilled to welcome Kristy to North Adams and MASS MoCA; Kristy brings an exceptional record of artistic vision, community engagement, and leadership to Mass MoCA," said Timur Galen, chair of the Mass MoCA Foundation Board of Trustees. "Among a deep and diverse pool of very

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