There’s limited viewing for this extraordinary version of the ancient art of the Laterna Magica. Take in one of the four performances of “TRUCK” by Bridgman | Packer Dance. That’s because it takes place inside a truck, every half hour from 7pm on Thursday (September 24). It’s all part of North Adams’ DownStreet Art, which winds up another successful summer with this treat, along with closing exhibitions in various pop-up galleries. New work at Adams Community Bank and Mountain One Bank, music under the Mohawk Marquee and a few special surprises.
The magic lantern (or Laterna Magica) is an early type of image projector employing pictures on sheets of glass. It was developed in the 17th century and commonly used for educational and entertainment purposes. There is a Czech company by that name that combines live performance with film, which continues to be little known in high-tech America, but its innovations are nonetheless spellbinding.