Williamstown, MA, located in the Berkshire Mountains close to the Vermont border, is home to Williams College. It is also home to the Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art. Just minutes away in North Adams, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (or Mass. MOCA) occupies a campus of old industrial buildings.
This summer the Clark finished a $100 million plus renovation that has put this “fusty” art museum back in the headlines. (Google the museum to see pictures of its transformation.) Williams College welcomed its students back with an exhibit of art they can borrow for their dorm rooms. And Mass MOCA, with its huge installations, featured Teresita Fernandez, a contemporary sculptor and artist in a breathtaking exhibit called As Above So Below (at Mass MOCA until March, 2015).
We managed to visit all three museums over the Labor Day weekend. Of course, we didn’t have the stamina to see everything, but once again I was grateful for my art history courses over fifty years ago.
Summer 2014 was beautiful in New England, perhaps to compensate us for our awful winter. As always, it went too fast. But spending the last weekend in a beautiful place with good art and dear friends—it doesn’t get any better.