Parties & Openings
February 22 - Pittsfield
BIFF Academy Awards
February 19 - Pittsfield
10x10 Real Art Party
February 14 - Pittsfield
Fantastic February Frolic
The M.C. Escher Opening at Berkshire Museum
Cultural correspondent Bess J. M. Hochstein reports from Pittsfield: With its latest exhibition, Berkshire Museum has struck a popular vein. A large, enthusiastic, multigenerational crowd (including Ken & Laurie Green of Museum Facsimiles, left) turned out on Saturday, January 22, for the opening of M.C. Escher: Seeing the Unseen. It turns out the mind-bending graphic artist (1898-1972) has nearly universal appeal; his melding of real-world science and mathematics with the fantastically impossible engages viewers of all ages. During the opening day festivities, parents were able to share with their kids a first-hand experience with Escher’s visual trickster genius. The de rigueur accessory of the evening (apart from a warm winter jacket) was one of the large magnifying glasses dispersed throughout the galleries that gave visitors a closer look at how Escher worked his magic. The exhibition remains on view through May 22.
Berkshire Museum executive director Stuart Chase with Arlene Schiff, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and her husband, Gary Schiff of T.D. Wealth Management; Mary Nash, Dr. Nina Molin and laywer Diane DeGiacomo, who are planning a dance party benefit on March 5 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Keith Babuszczak, assistant superintendant of the Pittsfield public schools, with his husband, Berkshire Museum’s Natural Science Coordinator Scott LaGreca; BCC student Anna Mann with Dennis Bogaevski.
Rachel Beckwith, art librarian at Hampshire College, with Marianna Poutasse, an independent museum consultant; Hancock Shaker Village educator Danielle Steinmann and set designer Marsha Ginsberg, who created the environment for Habit an upcoming production at MASS MoCA.
Yoga and dance teacher Antoinette Simms with Makiyla, Kiva & Seth Levy .