On Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. admission to the Bennington Museum is free for all visitors. Gallery Talk with Jamie Franklin, Grandma Moses: Her Life and Work, welcoming reception for Pat Musick celebrating her exhibition Where Did You Come From Anyway?: Works by Pat Musick, exploration of your creative side with the Vermont Arts Exchange Bus on location 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, plus great discounts in the Museum Store.
In conjunction with his current exhibition CAMBIUM (Into the Woods): Works by Bill Botzow, artist and sculptor Bill Botzow and Bennington Museum’s curator Jamie Franklin present Working Out, a conversation about Botzow’s outdoor sculptural installations, his traveling drawing projects, and his way of working. Audience participation in the conversation is encouraged.
On view in the John T. Harrison Jr. Orientation Hall of the Bennington Museum is Ground, A Reprise of Photographs from the FSA by Bill McDowell. The Photography Division of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documented rural communities throughout America during the Great Depression. Directed by Roy Stryker, the division created thousands of powerful photographs including some of the most iconic images of the era. However, many of the negatives were “killed” by Stryker, often without any apparent reason.
On view in the Works on Paper Gallery at Bennington Museum from September 15 through December 30, is Where Did You Come From Anyway? an exhibition of works by Pat Musick, American artist who lives in Manchester Center, Vermont. Included in this exhibition are both large- and small-scale sculpture, as well as two-dimensional art using natural media such as wood, stone, paper, and beeswax. Musick’s art is concerned with the fragile nature of the environment and the human/nature relationship responsible for its survival.
In his music and his writing, Woody Guthrie chronicled the devastation of the 1930s dust storms and the Great Depression, championing the dispossessed as well as economic and social injustice. Many of his songs such as “This Land is Your Land” have become American classics, and he has influenced subsequent songwriters, among them Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. This presentation by Greenberg explores Guthrie’s always-rambling life and legacy through readings from his prolific prose writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of Guthrie’s own art and photographs documenting his complex life and times.