ArtBerkshires 20/21 Modern Style and Studio Craft
Exhibits and Events Connecting Contemporary Art and Design
August 5 - October 17, 2010
The first in a series of exhibits and programs organized by ArtBerkshires linking Mid-Century Modernism to Contemporary Art and Design through programs held at galleries, museums and cultural venues from August through October in the Berkshires.
ArtBerkshires is collaborative series of events and exhibits connecting contemporary art and design in the Berkshires initiated by Leslie Ferrin, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield and Sienna Patti, Sienna Gallery, Lenox.
ArtBerkshires kicks off this weekend with a pilot program, 20/21 Modern Style and Studio Craft, focused on modernism in art and design in the Berkshires from the mid-20th century to the present. This initial project is a collaboration between galleries and museums, consisting of a series of exhibits and events taking place August through October. The project's launch weekend, August 5 through 8, includes tours, talks and receptions in Lenox, Stockbridge, and Pittsfield. Among the talks are conversations with curators Jane Adlin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Sarah Archer, director of Greenwhich House Pottery, NYC and guest curator of 20/21 Modern Style and Studio Craft at The Barn Gallery at Stonover Farm; Mark McDonald, a leading expert in modernism and dealer of mid-century objects based in Hudson, NY; author and artist Mark Shapiro of Worthington, MA; and ceramicist Ani Kasten, Takoma Park, MD. The weekend's itinerary includes private tours of Berkshire Museum and Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio that highlight historic connections of modernism in the Berkshires.
"With ArtBerkshires, we are pleased to present a combination of venues and programs that focus attention on contemporary visual arts in the Berkshires," says Leslie Ferrin, founder and co-owner of Ferrin Gallery. "We have fantastic museums, public collections, and a lively community of working artists in this area. We chose 20/21 Modern Style and Studio Craft as our first joint project to bring awareness to the continuity of modernist design from the 1950s to the present, and to demonstrate how it is reflected in artwork being produced and collected today. The artwork by the artists presented as part of this project is connected in some way to the fifties; sometimes that line is direct, as in period objects by artists whose lives spanned that time period, Tom Patti, Karen Karnes and Wendell Castle. In other cases, contemporary artists such as Mark Shapiro and Ani Kasten are working in modern style by drawing inspiration from that time period. It's our expectation that this project will make it easier to understand the connections and explore the role of the Berkshires in the modernist movement and how that connects to the artists working within the realm of studio craft."
OPENING WEEKEND: AUGUST 5-8
Ferrin Gallery Events
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