Gallery Hopping in New England

We’re back home after a month on the road and we’re pretty sure our cat, Zoe, is glad to see us. Our normal route back retraces our trip through eastern Canada but we tried something different this year. Aleda had heard about an exhibition called ‘Picasso Looks At Degas’, hosted by the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, so we headed south to Maine and spent a night in Portland. The Portland Museum of Art (www.portlandmuseum.org) was across the street from our hotel and we visited the next morning. It’s a lovely gallery and we enjoyed their current Winslow Homer show as well as ‘American Moderns’ which featured works on paper by some of my favorite watercolourists such as Hopper, Demuth and Burchfield.

We made it to Boston the next day and picked up Kate, Aleda’s daughter, at the South Station. She recently graduated with her Master’s in Graphic Design from Yale and is now living in Brooklyn, NY. Typical tourists, we walked the Common and had a beer at Cheers. The next morning we spent a few hours at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (www.mfa.org). Not enough time for it’s wonderful collection but we had to hit the road for the Berkshires.

We pulled into North Adams that afternoon and saw the MASS MoCA (www.massmoca.org), a museum of contemporary art sited in huge old textile factories. Three floors of wall drawings by Sol LeWitt were the highlight.

We overnighted just outside of Williamstown and went straight to the Clark (www.clarkart.edu) the next morning. This was our target exhibition, ‘Picasso Looks at Degas’, and we weren’t disappointed. I always worry that these exhibitions won’t have enough paintings but that wasn’t the case. Several media such as sculpture and engravings were well presented but not at the expense of oil painting.

Following that, a walk through the lovely wooded property took us to the Stone Hill Center and a fascinating show by the late Spanish sculptor, Juan Munoz.

Our final museum of the trip was the Williams College Museum of Art (www.wcma.org) and it has an excellent collection. Somewhere along our journey, I had seen a poster advertising ‘Prendergast in Italy’ at this venue. Unfortunately, that show was in 2009 and I had seen an old promotion. Still, we had a pleasant visit and bought the ‘Prendergast in Italy’ catalogue.

Back to work. My Toronto Outdoor Week begins next Monday.

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One Response to “Gallery Hopping in New England”

  1. Alison Says:

    So glad that you made it home after such a great tour of galleries … you let me be an armchair gallery visitor!

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