Henry Klimowicz: Paper and Light @ The Berkshire Museum
Today is the third Thursday of the Month, which means it’s the Pittsfield Third Thursday celebration, and this month it’s extra special – it’s the launch of The Housatonic Paper Trail, a celebration of the economic and cultural impact of the Upper Housatonic River region’s paper industry that historically supplied much of the nation’s paper and paper products, swelling to 65 mills in the 1860s.
Here’s some of the highlights:
Paper Airplane contest @ North Street. Tonight, North Street will be closed to traffic as Howard Fink demonstrates how to fold extraordinary paper airplanes and judges the best planes made by children and adults (you can make one there or bring your own, but make sure you adhere to the guidelines.)
Paper and Light @ The Berkshire Museum. Henry Klimowicz has transformed the Wider Window Gallery with a site-specific installation extending vertically across the gallery’s two-story window composed of disused cardboard that has been carefully re-configured and arranged to highlight the interplay between natural light and the artwork. Also at the museum is a small exhibit of historical items from its own collection and from the Crane Museum of Papermaking presenting a practical history of the work of Crane & Co. through the years. (Through January 16)
Paper Makers @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield. Bill Wright’s photographic portrait of workers from several Berkshire County paper mills including Crane & Co. in Dalton, and the Onyx Specialty Paper Mill in Lee, MA. Opening reception: Thursday, 9/16, 6-8pm. (Through October 16)
Housatonic Paper Trail Official Kick-off @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The Center will host a group show of contemporary regional artists who work on or with paper; clips from “Paper Town,” a new documentary film by Judith Monachina and Erica Spizz about the paper mills of Lee, Mass.; and an animated video by Alice, Anna and John Myers. 5-7pm.
Outta the wilds of Portland, Oregon comes the Industrial Jazz Group – a novel, adventurous big band (currently 16 pieces) showcasing the music of composer Andrew Durkin and the talents of some of the jazz world’s pluckiest, most charismatic players. Frustrated by the limitations of “Jazz, the Institution,” and bored by the mediocrity of much modern pop, the IJG has slowly pioneered the concept of “avant-garde party music”: an idiosyncratic, charming and/or disarming blend of jazz, rock, cartoon soundtracks, humor, blues, funk, costumes, doo wop, dada, and a lot of other stuff. It’s not really “industrial,” and it’s not really “jazz”: the IJG attempts to demonstrate that music can indeed be complex, sophisticated, sexy, fun, funny, critical, smart, and groovy all at once.
We finally made it to the Pittsfield Third Thursday festivities last week, and we’re kicking ourselves for waiting for so long. Craftspeople, farms stands, food vendors, art, live music, a costume contest and more, all on an easy stroll up and down North Street.
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