Visit ArtCountry!

We don’t think there’s anywhere else quite like our corner of the world. Four incredible museums and an amazing theatre festival. Great hiking, biking, and river kayaking. Maple syrup. Exciting music, theater, and dance. Artisanal foods and craft beers. The Appalachian Trail. Farm stands and farm-to-table restaurants. Mountains, pastures, and endless beauty. Fresh air.

ArtCountry is nestled in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts and at the foot of the Green Mountains in southern Vermont, less than three hours from New York and Boston. We have art and music all year round, but summer is especially lush. 

COMBINATION TICKETS

5-way ArtCountry Summer Pass

Includes discounted one-day adult admission to the Clark, MASS MoCA, and Bennington Museum; a 20% discount toward a regularly priced Main Stage ticket at Williamstown Theatre Festival (based on availability); and a 20% discount in the Williams College Museum of Art store (admission to WCMA is free). $50. Valid June 1–May 31, 2020 (WTF tickets valid through August 18, 2019).

4-way ticket

Discounted one-day adult admission to the Clark, MASS MoCA, and Bennington Museum, and a savings of 20% at the Williams College Museum of Art store (admission to WCMA is free). $40. Valid through May 31, 2020.

3-way ticket

Discounted one-day adult admission to both the Clark and MASS MoCA, and a savings of 20% at the Williams College Museum of Art store (admission to WCMA is free). $34. Valid through May 31, 2020.

WHAT TO SEE

MASS MoCA

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
413 662 2111

Hours:
10 am–6 pm, open every day, June 15–October 14
11 am–5 pm, open Wednesdays–Mondays, beginning October 15

Exhibitions:
Annie Lennox: ‘Now I Let You Go…’

Trenton Doyle Hancock: Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass
Suffering From Realness
Cauleen Smith: We Already Have What We Need
Kidspace: Still I Rise
Joe Manning: Looking at North Adams

Always on view:
James Turrell: Into the Light, Laurie Anderson, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer, Louise Bourgeois, Gunnar Schonbeck: No Experience Required.

Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
413 458 2303

Hours:
10 am–5 pm. Open daily in July and August, closed Mondays September through June.

Exhibitions:
November 16, 2019–February 9, 2020: Travels on Paper
December 14, 2019–March 22, 2020: Arabesque

Always on view: French Impressionists, Old Master and Renaissance Paintings, American, British, and European Art, Works on Paper, American Decorative Arts.

Special Events:
February 6:
 Nikolai Astrup Preview at Scandinavia House, New York City
February 23: Performing Artists in Residence Concert

Williams College Museum of Art

Williams College Museum of Art
Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA
413-597-2429

Open 10 am–5 pm
Open until 8 pm Thursdays
Closed Wednesdays

Exhibitions:

Through April 19, 2020: The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud). WCMA’s 1935 Gallery is transformed into the precise architectural layout of Room Z of King Ashurnasirpal II’s 9th century BCE palace, appearing as it stood since its 1854 excavation by British archaeologists until its destruction by ISIS in 2015. Working with a team of assistants, artist Michael Rakowitz reconstructed in 1:1 scale seven of the 13 monumental limestone reliefs that once lined the palace walls using contemporary Middle Eastern newspapers and packaging from northern Iraqi foods. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud) engages with the college’s complicated history of collecting, including a Williams alumnus’ acquisition of the two Assyrian reliefs now in the museum’s collection, posing urgent questions about where and to whom objects of cultural heritage belong.

Ongoing: All At Once. Studio TheGreenEyl, a design and research practice based in Berlin and New York, transforms the museum’s digitized collection into an immersive spatial experience on view in WCMA’s new multipurpose space. The interactive installation clusters objects by visual similarity, juxtaposing items that may be otherwise conceptually or historically distant. Using augmented reality (AR), viewers walk themselves through the collection in an installation that seeks to redefine the experience of visiting a museum building for the digital age. All At Once is an independent research project by Studio TheGreenEyl. This prototype installation uses the open access data and images that WCMA has developed as part of our ongoing work exploring new ways to digitize, share, and search the museum’s collection.

Bennington Museum

75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201-2885
802 447 1571

Hours:
10 am–5 pm. Open daily June through October, closed July 4. Open Thursday through Tuesday from November through May. Closed January. See website for additional information.

Exhibitions: 

Through May 10: Gritty Streets to Green Mountains: Paintings by Scot Borofsky
Scot Borofsky has navigated an artistic journey divided between the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, where he grew up and has lived and worked much of his adult life, and the gritty streets of New York City, where he had a vibrant career as a street artist from the early 1980s into the mid-1990s. This exhibition illustrates the development of Borofsky’s work over the last 40 years, ranging from early spray paintings created in the streets of New York City, looking like modern day ancient ruins, to his more recent paintings created in his Brattleboro studio, which incorporate an evolving language of complexly layered symbols and the gestural language of paint.

Through May 25: (re)Sounding
Artists, musicians, and co-curators Angus McCullough, Jake Nussbaum, and Adam Tinkle bring new life to old instruments. Each musical instrument in the Bennington Museum collection has its own unique story but have remained silent for decades. McCullough, Nussbaum, and Tinkle work with the museum’s curatorial staff to meet the instruments where they are, using their current state to generate new sounds. The exhibition explores the histories and traditional sounds of the instruments and provides opportunities to hear them brought back to life in new compositions.

Through March 10: Annual Student Art Show
Each year Bennington Museum hosts the annual Student Art Show bringing artwork of the region’s elementary, middle and high school students to the Museum in a display ranging from whimsical projects by the young students to more advanced work of older students. Visitors can explore the artistic development of children as they address a given topic or by age grouping. Ceramic work, paper sculptures, and more complement collage, pastels, and pen and ink drawings.

March 28 through June 10: Love, Marriage, and Divorce
The highs and lows of love and heartache, from Victorian wedding gowns to scandalous tales of sexual harassment. This exhibition explores the highs and lows of love and heartache, from gorgeous Victorian wedding gowns, to scandalous tales of sexual harassment. Despite changing social customs, we may find that human nature has changed very little over the years, although the nature of marriage continues to shift.

June 27 through November 3: Robert Frost, “At Present in Vermont”
Frost’s life and work as a poet and farmer in Bennington County, 1920–1940. Robert Frost moved to Shaftsbury, Vermont in 1920, intending to establish an apple orchard. During the 20 years he lived there, he interacted with such local cultural figures as Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Rockwell Kent and wrote some of his best-known poems, including the iconic, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” This exhibition will examine Frost’s life and work in the context of the landscape and culture of Bennington County from 1920–1940.

Always on view:
Grandma Moses; Bennington Modernism featuring Paul Feeley, Jules Olitski, Pat Adams and others; Vermont life and history explored in Gilded Age Vermont, Early Vermont, Battle of Bennington Galleries. Fine, Folk, and Decorative Art.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Summer Only)
1000 Main Street | Williamstown, MA
413 458 3253

Current Box Office Hotline Hours (Phone Only):
Now–June 2: 10 am–5 pm Monday–Friday

Summer Box Office Hours:
June 3–28: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
June 30–August 23: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, 11 am–7 pm
Closed Mondays

2020 Season runs June 30–August 23
Season Ticket Bundles on sale now; visit wtfestival.org

WHERE TO STAY

Your options are plentiful from B&Bs to luxury resorts and everything in between, but our preferred lodging partners are:

The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

231 River St, North Adams, MA 01247
413 664 0400

Tourists

915 State Rd, North Adams, MA 01247

  

 Williams Inn

1090 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

WHAT’S HAPPENING

There’s always lots to do and plenty of other places to visit while you’re in Art Country.  Check out these websites for comprehensive events listings, restaurant guides, and details on all that’s here.
Destination Williamstown
1Berkshire
Bennington Area
Mohawk Trail