MASS MoCA: Annie Lennox: "Now I Let You Go"
Jun
14
to Jan 14

MASS MoCA: Annie Lennox: "Now I Let You Go"

We interact with an infinity of objects from birth to the grave.

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Over time our ‘belongings’ become more steeped and resonant with memory and nostalgia.
In many ways, personal objects express aspects of who we are — our identity: our values: our statements and choices.

The passages of time through which we exist become defined by the objects with which we interact.

The artefacts contained within the earthen mound — partially buried — partially excavated — have all played a part in my life.

I have had a special connection to each item presented — a connection that has been hard to relinquish.

In time, we will all disappear from this earth.

This is our destiny.

What will we leave behind? Who will remember us — and for how long?

The mound is a glorious metaphor for the ultimate conclusion of all material manifestations.

We cling — consciously or unconsciously to ‘things’ that are endowed with emotional significance — keeping memories alive, while the uncomfortable awareness of the inevitable moment of departure is held at bay.

“Annie’s ferocious talent as a songwriter, her dynamic stage presence, and her passionate call to social activism make her work cut an exceptionally wide swathe across global culture. We know and admire Annie Lennox’s work in the public sphere, and there will be sections of this show in which that iconic persona reverberates — sometimes metaphorically, sometimes sonically, sometimes stylistically, and sometimes with just a trace of irony. But juxtaposed against her public face, as we examine this excavation of remarkably personal objects, we will come to better understand some of the underlying and more private forces that motivate her work in song, and her passionately argued campaigns for justice, global health, and social equity across gender and race,” notes MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson.

The exhibition — part material diary, part art installation, and utterly human — is accompanied by a printed “field guide” in which Lennox annotates many of the objects on display, identifying the objects and adding recollections, personal stories, and provenance.

 

About Annie Lennox
Celebrated as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time, Dr. Lennox was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for her work towards the eradication of AIDS and poverty in Africa. She is a Royal Academician, a respected social activist and philanthropist, and is the first female Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University of her native Scotland.

Annie is also founder of The Circle – a not-for-profit organisation that works to support and empower some of the most marginalised women and girls around the globe.

Her work in the visual arts has included an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The House of Annie Lennox, which travelled to Manchester, Aberdeen, and The National Portrait Gallery of Edinburgh.

Named as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Annie Lennox’s musical career now spans over four decades. Her collaboration with partner Dave Stewart formed ‘Eurythmics’ in the early ’80s.

Lennox has also enjoyed a widely celebrated solo career – selling over 83 million albums worldwide, her song writing and performances have garnered numerous musical accolades, including: 8 BRIT Awards (including Lifetime Achievement), 4 Ivor Novello Awards, 3 MTV Awards, 4 Grammy Awards with 10 Grammy nominations, 26 ASCAP Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. She is the first woman to receive a British Academy of Songwriters Fellowship.

In 1986 Lennox became an associate of The Royal Academy of Music, which was then followed by a Fellowship in 1997 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2017. She has been recognized with doctorates and fellowships from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Edinburgh College of Art, the Open University of Scotland, Essex University, Williams College, USA, and Berklee College of Music, USA.

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MASS MoCA: Anselm Kiefer
Jun
14
to Jan 14

MASS MoCA: Anselm Kiefer

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The long-term exhibition—realized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation—includes Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels)(2002), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead; The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Revolution) (1992), comprised of more than twenty lead beds with photographs and wall text; Velimir Chlebnikov (2004), a steel pavilion containing 30 paintings dealing with nautical warfare and inspired by the quixotic theories of the Russian mathematical experimentalist Velimir Chlebnikov; and a new, large-format photograph on lead created by the artist for the installation at MASS MoCA.

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MASS MoCA: FreshGrass Festival 2019
Sep
20
to Sep 22

MASS MoCA: FreshGrass Festival 2019

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An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field, produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to our spacious (and grassy!) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past your bedtime with wild and woolly late-night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. Concerts held rain or shine. The lineup is jam-packed with guitar gods and banjo gurus, traditionalists, and trailblazers — artists you already know and love interspersed with FreshGrass discoveries. Taken together, it’s an expansive group of performers who both draw on the past and look to the future. We like to think of it as “great music uprooted.”

The FreshGrass Award celebrates new talent, with cash prizes to the contest winners. Finalists in the band, banjo, fiddle, and the No Depression singer-songwriter categories perform for a panel of industry professionals on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with winners announced on Sunday afternoon. Open to all festival-goers, the contest showcases the future of bluegrass and roots music when the bands play original and traditional tunes. With prizes totaling $25,000, grand prize winners receive a performance spot at next year’s festival, recording sessions at Compass Records, and handcrafted instruments from festival sponsors. Submissions are now open.

FreshGround is a tent-camping field within easy walking distance (.7 miles; 12 minutes) of the festival, convenient to downtown merchants, bars, and restaurants. A shuttle bus runs continuously to the festival from the campsite.

Camp Aggie for RV and tent camping is located 4 miles down the road from the festival. Shuttle buses run to the festival every 20-30 minutes.

Stay tuned to freshgrass.com for the latest news—the music never stops at FreshGrass!

Follow FreshGrass on Facebook for updates and more.


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Berkshire Botanical Garden: Cocktails in Great Gardens
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Berkshire Botanical Garden: Cocktails in Great Gardens

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August 09, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 

Livingston House Garden, Hudson, NY (address and directions provided upon registration).

Located on four acres overlooking the magnificent Churchtown Dairy, the garden at Livingston House has been a labor of love for the owner for over a decade. After caring for the beautiful, natural garden left by the previous owner, Peter Bevacqua was engaged in 2012 to imagine and design a new vision for what the garden could become based on a love of classic English gardens such as Great Dixter and Hidcote Manor (albeit on a much smaller scale!). The garden was laid out as a pattern of different rooms for the visitor to discover, each dedicated to a different concept connected with pebbled paths lined with hydrangeas and navigated with a large wall of red tumbled brick. The generous raised bed vegetable garden borders the small orchard of plums, apples, pears and peach and leads to an Italianate terrace planted with a wonderful weeping ginkgo, roses, lilacs, clethra and buddleia. Here you can enjoy a view of the tree lined tennis court with its magnolias and arborvitaes and extensive field of wildflowers. A path along the lawns and the space around the pool takes you to a different place entirely. High grasses, cool limestone, potted citrus and crisp green lawn evoke a deliberately contemporary space. From here you can disappear through a gate cut through towering viburnums to the tree filled field where the owner’s dogs run along paths and roll in the natural vegetation. 


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**Tanglewood [TLI]: Festival of Contemporary Music
Aug
8
to Aug 12

**Tanglewood [TLI]: Festival of Contemporary Music

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What are the key tools used by composers today? How has musical style evolved? What can today’s music tell us about our own time and place? Five-day package includes FCM concert pass.

Explore these intriguing questions and more during FCM Weekend, presented in conjunction with Tanglewood’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music. Through a diverse range of exciting programs—including multimedia presentations, sessions with guest composers from around the world and Tanglewood Music Center composition fellows, and the world premieres of new silent film scores—you’ll expand your repertoire, boost your understanding of today’s music, and connect with composers, performers, and kindred audience members.

Includes welcome breakfast and Saturday lunch. READ MORE

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Artist Biographies: A Conversation with Harold Holzer
Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Biographies: A Conversation with Harold Holzer

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August 8th: Artist Biographies: A Conversation with Harold Holzer, author of Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French and Dr. Thayer Tolles, Marcia F. Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Edith Wharton’s The Mount, 11 a.m. Lenox, Mass. Tickets on sale in June at www.edithwharton.org

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Tanglewood: Pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kayakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform an all-Beethoven program
Aug
6
8:00 PM20:00

Tanglewood: Pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kayakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform an all-Beethoven program

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform an all-Beethoven program

Tanglewood

Seiji Ozawa Hall Lenox MA

Emanuel Ax, piano 
Leonidas Kavakos, violin 
Yo-Yo Ma, cello 
ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM 
Selected trios for piano, violin, and cello

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Tanglewood: Bach Cello Suites Class led by Yo-Yo Ma
Jul
31
1:30 PM13:30

Tanglewood: Bach Cello Suites Class led by Yo-Yo Ma

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Tanglewood Learning Institute
TLI OpenStudio
Bach Cello Suites Class led by Yo-Yo Ma

Tanglewood

Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

Led by world-renowned musicians, TLI OpenStudio master classes give you the rare opportunity to witness our exceptionally talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows fine-tune their interpretive skills while exploring nuances of the classical repertoire.

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MASS MoCA: The Pretenders
Jul
26
12:00 PM12:00

MASS MoCA: The Pretenders

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In the band’s only North American appearance during Summer 2019, The Pretenders will play at MASS MoCA on July 26, with proceeds from this benefit concert supporting the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new work by emerging and established musicians.

In association with the concert, join bandleader Chrissie Hynde on Saturday, July 27, at 2pm for a discussion and Q+A about her book and exhibition of original paintings.

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Tanglewood: Renee Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

Tanglewood: Renee Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet

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Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet
Walker, Wernick, Barber, and Previn

Tanglewood

Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

The Emerson String Quartet and 2019 Koussevitzky Artist Renée Fleming perform the BSO-commissioned world premiere of André Previn and Tom Stoppard’s Penelope, for soprano, string quartet, and piano, as part of the BSO’s celebration of Sir André’ Previn; the program will also include works by Walker, Barber, and Richard Wernick.

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**Tanglewood: Meet the Makers, Tom Stoppard
Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

**Tanglewood: Meet the Makers, Tom Stoppard

Tanglewood Learning Institute
Meet the Makers
Tom Stoppard, playwright

Tanglewood

Linde Center Studio E - Lenox, MA View Map

The BSO co-commissioned an “opera of sorts” from composer Sir André Previn and librettist Tom Stoppard about marriage and the endurance of love through the story of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, one of Previn’s final works. Join Tom Stoppard, one of the world’s leading creators of new work for a Meet the Makers session that explores the creative process and the genesis of Penelope.

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**Tanglewood: Vocal Class by Renee Fleming
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

**Tanglewood: Vocal Class by Renee Fleming

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Tanglewood Learning Institute
TLI OpenStudio
Vocal Class led by Renée Fleming

Tanglewood

Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

Led by world-renowned musicians, TLI OpenStudio master classes give you the rare opportunity to witness our exceptionally talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows fine-tune their interpretive skills while exploring nuances of the classical repertoire.

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Tanglewood: Renee Fleming Sings World Premiere
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Tanglewood: Renee Fleming Sings World Premiere

PHOTO COURTESY DECCA/ ANDREW ECCLES

PHOTO COURTESY DECCA/ ANDREW ECCLES

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Elgar and Puts featuring Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry

Tanglewood
Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox MA

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano*
Rod Gilfry, baritone
Wendall Harrington, video artist
ELGAR Enigma Variations
Kevin PUTS The Brightness of Light
(world premiere; BSO co-commission)

The letters of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and curator Alfred Stieglitz, are full of poetry, humor, passion, pain, and longing. Written over the many months and years they lived apart, these letters chronicle their initial flirtations in 1915—when Georgia was a young, aspiring artist—to Alfred’s death in 1946. Written especially for Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry, and accompanied by projections by Wendall Harrington, The Brightness of Light is the story of a great artist who ultimately turns from a painful marriage to embrace her work and the desert landscape she loves.

*2019 Koussevitzky Artist

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Berkshire Botanical Garden: Cocktails in Great Gardens
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Berkshire Botanical Garden: Cocktails in Great Gardens

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Where: 

Rockland Farm, Canaan, NY (address and directions provided upon registration).

Rockland Farm comprises a variety of areas that flow one from another over about ten acres of our property. A 450-foot-long rock ledge runs parallel to the front drive and is topped by a dry garden in silver, gray and blue, with a thyme walk along one edge. Raised areas on the west side of the house feature exotic and tropical plants, many in containers. Behind the house is a sequence of garden rooms: a lavender garden contained within a raised hornbeam hedge; a perennial garden in pastels surrounding our pool; a water garden, fronted by a white garden and with a shade garden and rhododendron walk behind; a hot sundial and rock garden; and a fenced vegetable and cutting garden. From here, a hydrangea allée leads to a lawn with sweeps of perennials on one side and a mixed garden containing a faux-bois set on the other—or to steps up to a small, wooded knoll, where paths offer intermittent views of the garden and the hills beyond and connect a folly, a water feature and a stumpery. Where the garden meets open land, a Tim Prentice kinetic piece snakes its way through the trees, and a massive carved bench in a pine grove overlooks a three-acre lake in the middle-distance. Rockland Farm has been featured in magazines and in the books Great Gardens of the BerkshiresPrivate Edens, and Private Gardens of The Hudson Valley. READ MORE

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Sienna Patti Gallery: Mielle Harvey, One Clover and a Bee
Jul
5
to Jul 22

Sienna Patti Gallery: Mielle Harvey, One Clover and a Bee

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“Sienna Patti has a project and exhibition based program focusing on the work of contemporary studio artists. The artists bridge the worlds of art, craft, and contemporary design with innovative use of materials and mediums. Artwork made with a nod to craftsmanship in a serious way by artists that are using it as an intellectual and structural vehicle for their ideas. Working with young artists and showing the work alongside established figures that address similar ideas allow the gallery to have versatile and malleable walls – crossing though the restrictions of both the marketplace and history.” READ MORE 

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Twelfth Night
Jul
2
to Aug 4

Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Allyn Burrows

July 02 – August 04, 2019
Tina Packer Playhouse

"What relish is in this? How runs the stream?
Or am I mad, or else this is a dream!"

Gasping on the shores of Illyria after a shipwreck which cast her brother into the raging sea, Viola finds solace disguised as a boy in the service of Duke Orsino, for whom she falls hard. Orsino is smitten with the idea of love in the person of Lady Olivia, who has recently lost her own brother and couldn't be more underwhelmed by his affections. Olivia's uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and his crew find great delight overturning the household with their raucous antics and song while driving the penultimate of stuffed shirts, Malvolio, nuts. A rich, affecting, and deeply funny story of longing, love, and laughter which paints Shakespeare at his peak.

Generously sponsored by Dr. Donald and Phoebe Giddon.

TALKS

Free Pre-Show Talk on July 9 at 6:15 pm.
This new pre-show talk provices insight into the plot and charactefrs of the play to enhance your experience.

Director's Panel on Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 am
Join Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and cast members for a discussion of the creative journey of bringing Twelfth Night to the stage.
Adults $10 | Students Free

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Painter + Sculptor: An Inspired Conversation
Jun
15
to Jun 28

Painter + Sculptor: An Inspired Conversation

Bernd Haussmann (l), Peter Bradley Cohen (r)

Bernd Haussmann (l), Peter Bradley Cohen (r)

Painter Bernd Haussmann and Sculptor Peter Bradley Cohen
53 Church Street, Lenox | June 15 - 28, 2019 | open 11 - 5 daily

At its best, art is a feast for the eye as well as food for thought. Bernd Haussmann and Peter Bradley Cohen, painter and sculptor, offer both. Different media, same quest! In this exhibition each artist is dealing with illusions of size and space.

The sculptures by Cohen, seen by themselves, do not betray their size. They appear monumental, as if building blocks for Stonehenge. It is the title "Tiny Fetish" that gives away the scale. At the same time the word "Fetish" hints at the world of magic, of the spirit, the age-old desire for protection. It is meant to be an object to keep one company, to be coveted, cherished and to be carried around with oneself. 
 
So could the paintings by Bernd Haussmann be small or large. Words scribbled into the surface deliver messages evoking the intimacy of book pages, but combined with weighty geometric shapes and bold brushstrokes the paintings defy scale. Do the words and phrases carry important or protective meaning as a response to Cohen's implied meaning of fetish?  That is left for the viewer to decide.

Both artists use a limited palette. Haussmann uses rich shades of grey, reminiscent of grisaille, a technique traditionally employed to give the illusion of 3-dimensionality. A nod to the sculptor, his partner in this conversation?  Cohen chooses gold to emphasize the precious, jewel-like quality of his objects.

This back and forth conversation could be expanded upon endlessly. It is a challenge to extract personal meaning which, in the end, is what art is all about. READ MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

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