Join us on Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. for a FREE concert at Bennington Museum’s Paresky Wing. Escape the hectic pace often found this time of year as you sit back and enjoy A Musical Interlude performed by the Taconic Chamber Players featuring Joana Genova on violin, Deanna Baasch on violin, Ariel Rudiakov on the viola, and Nathaniel Parke on the cello. This varied program includes music by Vivaldi and Bach as well as Duke Ellington, and many others. The free concert is part of the Music at the Museum series that is sponsored by Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Admission to the museum galleries is not included.
Each year the Bennington Museum’s Festival draws its inspiration from one of the objects in the Museum’s outstanding collection, and this year is no exception. For 2017, the annual festival of the season celebrates the creativity of a wide range of regional artists as they respond to Nichols Goddard’s Musical Tall Case Clock, ca. 1810, one of the centerpieces of the Museum’s newest exhibition, Early Vermont. This remarkable piece lends itself to wonderful interpretations such as collage art, paintings, woodwork, textiles, sculpture, and more. The exhibition is open November 24 through December 29. The original artwork created by the regional artists is available to own through a closed-bid auction taking place November 24 through December 28, 4pm. Stop in early and often at no charge to bid on that special gift while supporting the museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Gala on December 1 and on Family Day on December 9.
Bennington Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the Early Vermont Gallery. A permanent installation with rotating textiles, this gallery presents life in Vermont from the time when the earliest European settlers arrived in 1761 with only the bare necessities to the early 1800s when Vermont craftsmen achieved a level of sophistication rivaling Boston and New York. (1760s to early-1800s) Explored through stories and vignettes, this gallery showcases over 85 major pieces and smaller items from the Museum’s extensive historical collection of over 30,000 objects.
When Laura Gilpin passed away in 1979 most of her negatives, photographs, and letters went to the permanent archive at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Three portfolios of photographs however were kept by her family. The Bennington Museum is fortunate to have this opportunity to share with the public a selection from these portfolios which include photographs by Gilpin herself as well as photographs given to Gilpin over her long career by friends and mentors, including Clarence H. White and Gertrude Käsebier. This exhibition of remarkable photographs will be on view in the Works on Paper Gallery of Bennington Museum from October 7 to December 30. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on October 7, join curator Jamie Franklin and Bennington College faculty member Jonathan Kline for an opening reception of this exhibition. This event is free and open to the public.
In celebration of Grandma Moses: American Modern and the 1863 Stickle Quilt both on view at the Bennington Museum, the volunteers at the George Aiken Wildflower Trail are hosting a Grandma Moses Picnic and Quilting Bee for children and their families on Saturday, September 30, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Rain Date is October 1) As part of the festivities, the group is also hosting the “Best Apple Pie in Bennington” contest, with the pies first being judged and then served as part of the picnic, along with free cider and apples provided by the trail volunteers.