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:
December 14: Opening Lecture for Arabesque
December 15: Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party & The Nutcracker in HD
January 5: First Sundays Free: New Horizons

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 Dec. 9, 2019: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. This exhibition is the first of its kind to excavate histories of experimental art practice, collaboration, and exchange by a group of more than 50 Los Angeles-based queer Chicanx artists between the late 1960s and early 1990s. It presents painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, music, fashion, and photography in the context of significant artistic and cultural movements, including mail art; the rise of Chicanx, LGBTQ, and feminist print media; the formation of alternative spaces; fashion culture; punk music and performance; and artistic responses to the AIDS crisis.

Axis Mundo is organized by C. Ondine Chavoya, professor of art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, and David Evans Frantz, associate curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum, as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty to encourage ambitious research and exhibitions at Southern California cultural institutions. The exhibition is organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and organized as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI). Lead support for Axis Mundo is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Through Jan. 31, 2020: SHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European Art. WCMA’s collection of American and European art offers students and the Berkshire community access to key works of art. And yet, collections like ours that have been shaped by the Western canon undeniably present an incomplete history of artistic achievement that often obscures the contributions of women, queer folk, persons of color, artistic collectives, and makers we cannot identify. With this legacy in mind, this exhibition probes the question: How do we engage and critique historic collections of art in ways that respond to the questions and values of today? Presenting work from three centuries of artists who have borrowed from other cultures or found inspiration from community in places other than where they were born, this installation highlights WCMA’s shift toward multiple material and intercultural interpretations of works in our collection.

Through Jan. 19. 2020: Object Lab. Each semester, faculty across disciplines collaborate with museum staff to select works of art that relate to key course concepts. We display the artworks selected by participating professors in our hybrid gallery-classroom, offering access to students and the public throughout the semester. Students return to Object Lab as they develop a tour, create weekly journal entries about form and original context, and write ekphrastic poetry in response to specific works. Courses this semester include Biology 311, History 203, Religion 108 and Russian 219.

Through Dec. 15, 2019: Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole). A white candle that burns down over 12 hours creates a journey through space via its scent. The layers of the candle, created by artist Katie Paterson, each contain a unique fragrance corresponding to a planet or place in the universe. Over the course of a series of two-hour activations in WCMA’s Reading Room, visitors will journey across the cosmos, traversing the invisible landscapes of the moon, the sun, Mars, Jupiter, and into a vacuum. Candle is accompanied by Paterson’s book a place that exists only in moonlight—printed with cosmic dust—that contains a series of artworks existing in the imagination.

Through Dec. 22, 2019: Sonance for the Precession. This is a site-specific sound installation created by artist, musician and composer Neil Leonard for the Berkshire quad on the Williams College campus. The electroacoustic composition, played for 30 minutes each day for half an hour before sunset, explores ancient ideas connecting the precession, or movement, of the equinox with the harmonic series. The composition provides a context to reflect on how Hindu and Greek theories of astronomy and acoustics developed through intercultural exchange as far back as prehistoric times. The installation highlights the historic Hopkins Observatory, situated adjacent to the Williams College Museum of Art, and questions how astronomy can inform contemporary artistic practice.

Through Jan. 26, 2020: Sense and Suggestion. Art museums are usually hushed spaces where touch is rarely allowed and sight is privileged. But some artworks refuse to play by these rules. Through actual sound, movement, and heat—and the suggestion of these—this exhibition of contemporary works of art from WCMA’s collection leads us on a multi-sensory journey, asking us to take a leap of imagination and bring our bodies into a different relationship to the space and objects around us.

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 to 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:  
On view February 1, 2019: Vermont Folk Sculpture: Recent Acquisition
June 29–December 30, 2019: Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism

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
1000 Main Street | Williamstown, MA
413 458 3253

Box Office Hours:
June 1–23: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
June 25–August 18: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, 11 am–7 pm
Closed Mondays

2019 Season runs June 25–August 18
Performance times vary; 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