DownStreet Art Features Bridgman | Packer Dance’s “TRUCK” [Berkshire on Stage]

September 21st, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara

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.

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Be Here Now: DownStreet Art, North Adams, 9/29/11

September 28th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Sara

XMALIA Trailer, Club Helsinki May 2011 from ryder cooley on Vimeo.

Tomorrow (Thursday, September 29) is the last DownStreet Art celebration of the year in North Adams and this FREE, last-Thursday-of-the-month arts walk promises to be a doozy, with exhibition openings, live music and performances, specials at local businesses and more:

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ArtBeat: DownStreet Art Double Shot

June 22nd, 2011, 5:18 pm by Sara
C. Ryder Cooley: XMALIA

C. Ryder Cooley: XMALIA on Thursday and Saturday at 19 Holden Street

Summer kicks off with a ka-boom tomorrow in North Adams, as the fourth annual DownStreet Art gets underway for the season.

All summer long, the empty storefronts of downtown will be converted to temporary gallery spaces with rotating exhibits and with citywide evening artswalks slated for the fourth Thursday of each month though September.

Thursday’s grand opening celebration includes North/South, an exhibition by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) at Legacy Gallery @ 28 Holden Street, based on his Antarctica residency, poster prints and street signs.

Other notable shows: Jarvis Rockwell reprises his Maya series with Maya IV, an obsessive collection of action figures, at 49 Main Street while Debi Pendell opens Unconscious Convergence, an exhibition of abstract mixed media collages @ NAACO. But seriously, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The celebration continues on Saturday as downtown North Adams stays open until 2am as an afterparty for the MASS MoCA’s Solid Sound Festival. Free performances throughout downtown including DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid in concert with renowned violinist/composer Todd Reynolds, as well as C. Ryder Cooley as part of her XMALIA installation and more.

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ArtBeat: DownStreet Art @ Various Locations, North Adams, 09/30/10

September 29th, 2010, 10:30 am by Sara
Bruce MacDonald: Crucified Stuffed Bunny @ Berkshire Artists Colony

Bruce MacDonald: Crucified Stuffed Bunny @ Berkshire Artists Colony

Downstreet Art wraps up its season of last-Thursday-of-the-month artwalks this Thursday from 6-9pm with a full-fledged party including gallery openings, bands on the street, puppet parades and specials at local businesses, all to celebrate the arts in the city of North Adams. Here’s some of the highlights:

Avalon Seafood Gallery is seeking to inspire the public’s imagination with its North Adams Makeover, a re-visioning of the city using blueprints of the existing downtown as the point of departure for a show incorporating hand-drawn plans for a revised downtown, three-dimensional models, photographs and wall text. (Through October 24)

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