Join artist Pat Musick on December 20 when Bennington Museum hosts a closing reception for her retrospective exhibit Where Did You Come From, Anyway? On display are works that demonstrate the progression as Musick’s art develops from two dimensions to her signature wall sculptures. The reception is from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, is free and open to the public.
In two seasons, VC3 has built a rich and eclectic repertoire spanning five centuries which includes original, historical compositions, arrangements and transcriptions, and new works written especially for the group to perform. They have been warmly received in venues throughout the greater New York City area, including the Arion Chamber Music, Hudson View Gardens, and Salon 74 series in Manhattan, the Friends of the Warner Library series in Tarrytown, and Bruce Adolphe’s Garden City Chamber Music series on Long Island.
It is that time of year. Bennington Museum’s Festival is soon here and this year it celebrates the creativity of a wide range of work created by thirty-eight regional artists responding to the theme, Peace, Love, Harmony: 1960s Vermont. In 2019, the Museum will be looking back 50 years to the end of the 1960s with a cluster of exhibitions, celebrations, and events. This year’s Festival gets it started by looking at the lasting impact of the art and spirit of the 60s on today’s artists, and serves as a prelude to next summer’s major exhibition Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont. This lends itself to wonderful interpretations such as collage art, paintings, woodwork, textiles, sculpture, and more.Surprises will delight visitors in the galleries, as well as those who join us at the Gala on December 7 and on Family Day on December 1. The exhibition is open November 23 through December 28. The original artwork created by the regional artists is available to own through a closed-bid auction taking place November 23 through December 28, 4 pm. Stop in early and often at no charge to bid on that special gift while supporting the museum’s largest annual fundraiser.
Join Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian at the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation in Montpelier on Sunday, October 7 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM (followed with Q&A) as he presents Art & Architecture of the New Deal in Vermont. His illustrated talk takes place in the Ada Paresky Education Center of Bennington Museum and explores New Deal art and building programs of the 1930s, with an emphasis on projects undertaken in Vermont. A graduate of Colby College, Colman earned his MS in Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont. This presentation is free and includes admission to the Museum’s summer exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont.
On Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. William Hosley, historian, writer, photographer, and more, presents Adventures on the Prowl for Early Vermont Furniture. In this program, Hosley shares discoveries he attained from 40 years of sleuthing around small museums, private estates and estate auctions in search of Vermont-made furniture treasures. Beginning in the 1970s, curator and author Bill Hosley, conducted the first statewide survey of Vermont furniture and has been turning over stones in search ever since. $7 for members and $10 for not-yet-members includes Hosley’s talk and admission to the Early Vermont Gallery at Bennington Museum.
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.