Posts Tagged ‘Berkshire Museum’

ArtBeat: Daniel Brody’s Films & More @ the BerkshireNow Gallery [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Daniel Brody’s abstract works explode and blossom with biomorphic shapes.

Daniel Brody’s abstract works explode and blossom with biomorphic shapes.

The BerkshireNow Gallery at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield features the work of award-winning filmmaker and artist Daniel Brody through Sunday, August 21.

The centerpiece of Brody’s exhibition is the nine-minute looping video, “Game On/Game Over.” The video piece is a playful but thought-provoking mash-up of animation and live action: A hooded figure walks in the winter woods, a cartoon character pops out of a hole and dances to the sounds of opera and creaking trees, a room floats over snowy fields and sinks into black waters. The video is both comical and foreboding. The meaning is left up to the viewer. Complementing the video is a collection of recent abstract drawings and paintings which share a similar playful and nervous energy.

“Game On/Game Over” won the juror’s award at the 2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region held at the University Art Museum at UAlbany. His films have won awards at the Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival, the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Super 8, the Belgium Film Festival, the Spacebound Film Festival, the National Young Filmmakers Festival and the WNET NYC Young Filmmakers festival.

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ArtBeat: Paintings by Joe Goodwin @ Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield will present one of the best known Berkshire-based artists from the LGBTQ community, Joe Goodwin, in a solo show titled Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings in the Museum’s Ellen Crane Memorial Room from Saturday (April 2) through Sunday, June 19. An opening reception will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10; $5 children; FREE members. Please RSVP to 413.443.7171 ext. 313.

Goodwin’s abstract paintings appear ethereal, enigmatic and reflective, in atmospheric images that reference natural phenomena. Goodwin works in acrylic paint that he mixes from dry pigments and polymer emulsions, applied in an innovative layered process that involves additives such as marble dust and silica. The meticulous layering of paint and texture produces a distinctive sense of depth in the paintings.

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Experience the Amazing World of Butterflies All Summer at Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
The Black Swallowtale butterfly (photo: Howard Hoople)

The Black Swallowtale butterfly (photo: Howard Hoople)

Butterflies don’t have to make any noise to attract our attention.

Silent, etherial and delicate, butterflies are the stars of the summer stage, able to captivate us without saying a word, and hold our attention for as long as they are in our midst. Many an actor wishes they had the ability to conjure up the same magic. Of course we too are sometimes like them, as Carl Sagan reminded us, “We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”

These self-propelled flowers only live a mere week or two, and as George Carlin famously said, “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”

They are also the inspiration for artists, many of whom have contributed their works to this summer long show at the Berkshire Museum.

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Carl Sprague Talks Film-Making at Berkshire Museum on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film.

Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film

Pittsfield, MA: Art director Carl Sprague, concept illustrator for the acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be the special guest at Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema on Thursday (April 10) at 7pm, for a special screening of The Royal Tenenbaums with a slide talk to follow. Sprague will show his original concept drawings for all three Wes Anderson films on which he worked (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and the recently released The Grand Budapest Hotel) as well as several of his other projects, including his role as set designer for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

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“Move”: The Power of Dance on Screen at Berkshire Museum’s Little Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 21st, 2014

When it comes to dance, words are inadequate, but film can capture the ephemeral nature of this art. One documentary that does this stunningly is Move, to be screened on Saturday (February 22) at 2:30pm in the Little Theatre of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

The special screening is presented in partnership with Jacob’s Pillow Dance and as part of African American History Month.

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FILM: Pittsfield Hosts Premiere of “The Secret Village” a New Thriller Filmed in the Berkshires [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Jonathan Bennett stars in The Secret Village.

Jonathan Bennett stars in The Secret Village.

Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will host the world premiere of a suspenseful new thriller, “The Secret Village,” directed by Swamy Kandan and shot on location in Berkshire County. The film opens on Friday, October 25, with a 7 p.m. screening, followed by a talk-back with the director. It will also be shown Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 26 through 28, at 7 p.m. and on Monday, October 28 at 2 p.m.

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Earth Day with George Butler and “The Lord God Bird” at the Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 20th, 2012

"Elusive Ivory" - Ivory-billed Woodpecker by artist Larry Chandler

"Elusive Ivory" - Ivory-billed Woodpecker by artist Larry Chandler


George Butler’s documentary, The Lord God Bird, is as rarely seen as the ivory-billed woodpecker, supposedly extinct, yet there are those who claim to have discovered it deep in the swamps of Arkansas. It is a fascinating tale and makes Butler’s documentary as rare as the bird itself since the film has never been released to theaters.

The documentary enables us to follow the die-hard believers and skeptics as they investigate the report of this rare species surviving mankind’s depredations. The film screenings are scheduled for Sunday, April 22, at 2 and 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director, George Butler, after each screening. To be shown on Earth Day, the film is part of the programming planned to complement the Museum’s current exhibition Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds. Tickets are $8, $6 for Museum members. Tickets are available in advance by calling 413.443.7171, ext 10, or by visiting the Museum’s service desk.

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Berkshire Museum debuts PechaKucha Night in Pittsfield – 20 slides x 20 seconds each [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It’s the community participation event that is sweeping the world, and for the first time in Western Massachusetts, the Berkshire Museum will present a PechaKucha Night on March 8, 2012 at 7 pm. It is the sort of welcome creative event that keeps the city of Pittsfield’s midwinter activities bubbling with new things to do, new places to go. By now, who hasn’t heard about and made plans to attend this month’s exciting 10×10 on North (link) Winter Festival beginning Thursday, February 16 and running until the 26th. For that there are ten days of ten different events.

Pecha Kucha, on the other hand, is (to start) a one night event that features a series of presentations, each consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, totaling a talking time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. The goal is to bring prominent and up-and-coming creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun.

Because of the 20 slides for 20 seconds each format, some are calling the Museum’s PechaKucha night 20×20 on South, because of their location. Can 30×30 on East be squeezed in before Spring arrives?

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