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LENOX — Finding the right person to install your new tile floor can be difficult. Finding the right person to install your new leather floor is near impossible. It was just one of the challenges faced by T. Kinney Frelinghuysen, director of … more
STOCKBRIDGE — As a steady rain fell at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, woodworker Peter Thorne had ample reason for his enthusiasm to be dampened. But as he watched his grandchildren climb into his work, a structure modeled after a medieval … more
In 1891, Henry Gurdon Marquand was proclaimed "the greatest collector in America" by Alfred Trumble, editor of The Collector magazine, "because he collects not for himself alone, but for a whole people and for all the world." Indeed, Marquand, a New … more
BECKET — For its director, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is more than a place to watch performers, world-renowned and upstart alike. "We want people to know this is a place to linger," said Pamela Tatge, who in April marked a year on … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Two prints tell a story just by being placed next to one another. The one on the right is a drypoint etching Pablo Picasso made of his first wife, the dancer Olga Khokhlova, wearing a fur and turning a knowing, dignified face to … more
NORTH ADAMS — In approaching the redesign of Mass MoCA's wedged-shaped Building 6, architects Bruner/Cott & Associates of Cambridge had to juggle pioneering ways of exhibiting art against the need to clarify visitor circulation patterns and enliven three floors of nearly identical factory loft acreage. more
LENOX — What would you do with the 76-year-old leather tiles from the living room floor of famed abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen?When the question was posed to artist Michael King by Kinney and Linda Frelinghuysen, … more
NORTH ADAMS — There were many times during the more than 10-year struggle to establish the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts that it seemed to be a losing battle. In fact, during the decade-long period of early development, there were 168 “negative” newspaper articles and editorials written about Mass MoCA before a shovel even hit the ground. Founding Director Joseph Thompson knows this because he saved every one of them. more
NORTH ADAMS — Located at the convergence point of the north and south branches of the Hoosic River, activity on the 16-acre site of Mass MoCA has long mirrored the economic development of the last 200 years. Prior to the Revolutionary War, the site was home to a grist mill and a saw mill. Under the ownership of Jeremiah Colegrove, the site included an oil mill, a clothing works and a carding house. The first cotton mill, the Windsor Print Works, was located on Marshall Street in 1813. Also calling the site home were wagon- and sleigh-makers; the headquarters for the Johnson Grays, a Civil War unit out of North Adams; and the North Adams Ironworks, which later forged armor plates for the Civil War ship, the Monitor. more
A couple weeks ago I gave a tour of Mass MoCA to Vicki, a lifetime North Adams resident hoping to further her daughter's interest in concert photography. My first question to visitors I'm not sure are familiar with the space is always, "Is this your … more
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