I approached curating the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s 2014 Open Call NNE (North Northeast) with an open mind and no expectations of assembling an exhibition based on any specific themes, other than one: quality…
For much of history, only those of high social rank and affluence could afford to commission artists to create their portraits. But artists themselves have been creating self-portraits regularly since… read more
Portraits, Expanded is a multi-gallery exhibit featuring work by artists who extend the traditional concept of portraiture to include language, voice, time, history, community, and culture.
Organized in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Patrick Leahy’s service in the U.S. Senate, this exhibit reveals the photographer’s unique perspective on global events and players, from ordinary citizens to presidents.
Through imagery ranging from urban street scenes to national parks and highway tourist attractions, the artists in this exhibit explore the ways in which the road has transformed our relationship to the American landscape.
Enter Park’s visionary world of imagination and creativity, which has emerged from a combination of artistry and her lifelong struggle with autism.
Small works by five artists — Laura Christensen, Adrienne Ginter, Elizabeth Sheppell, Altoon Sultan, and Jen Violette — who delve into the question of scale and whether or not size matters in the world of art.
Bordwin’s stunning silver gelatin prints transport us to the tops of Art Deco buildings and inside their closed lobbies, allowing us to experience the iconography and craftsmanship of these early-twentieth-century masterpieces.
Six decades of vintage automobile ads make clear that a car’s appeal is often less about power, speed, style, and comfort, than it is about freedom, the open road, and the places you’ll go.
Road Trip: America Through the Windshield sets the stage for BMAC’s newest participatory exhibit: Your Space/USA. Here, visitors of all ages are encouraged to learn about the 50 states and… read more
Billowing clouds of what appears to be stiffened fabric envelop everyday objects (televisions, tricycles, swings) or float across walls. Painted in bold, geometric patterns inspired by world textiles and by the great muralists of Mexico and the WPA, these hybrid objects scramble the categories of art and life, past and present, painting and sculpture.
Since the 1980s, John Gibson has used balls as his signature motif. Lushly painted designs, ranging from dots and stripes to patterns inspired by scientific and ethnographic symbols, cover each ball. Although inanimate, the balls assume individual and group characteristics, lending each a quirky personality.
This video installation by Walter Ungerer is a record of one year as seen from Mount Battie, Maine. Every day for a year, 13 digital video clips were recorded from a single location on a rock on a hill overlooking the ocean. Read more…
It’s spring and BMAC is bursting into bloom! Filling four of the museum’s six galleries, Flora explores our physical and metaphorical relationship with flowers. Read more…
Giddings consistently gives the entire surface of a painting edge-to-edge interest. His newest creations, depicting clotted, mud-caked roads and woods, are physically and psychologically nuanced, requiring careful observation to unlock their riches. Read more…
An audio-visual installation by Jennifer Stock, Water Studies, Brattleboro projects abstracted visions revealed via reflections in the town’s water, complemented by processed ambient field recordings. Read more…
Inspired by Jerry’s Map, this hands-on exhibit illustrates how artists have used chance operations, such as the rolling of dice, to create artwork in a wide range of media.
Imaginary creatures drawn by kids in grades K-6, transformed into glass sculptures by professional artists.
A suite of 16 prints by Vermont artist Sabra Field revealing reflectafors in the world around us — from the microscopic to cosmic scale.
Predating Minecraft and SimCity by decades, Jerry Gretzinger’s richly detailed, ever-expanding map of an imaginary world began as a doodle in 1963.
A multimedia installation by Pat Musick, based on words space travelers use to describe their impressions of Earth from outer space.
Organized by Burlington, Vermont-based Curtains Without Borders, this exhibit consists of photographs of Vermont’s historic stage scenery and a 100-year-old painted backdrop from southern Vermont.
The basics of color theory are presented with participatory visuals, with media to facilitate discovery, through hands-on activities, and in books about color for all ages.
Explore the visual language of form, color, and line in the work of 48 of America’s leading nonobjective artists.
Steam trains, foggy nights, and the golden glow of monumental Beaux-Arts interiors are the settings of this evocative and mysterious new work inspired by film noir.
Enter Red Grooms’s world and experience the joy of the circus and hurly-burly of the Big Apple.
Terry Slade creates a site-specific sculpture of found metal referencing the museum building’s history as the Union Railroad Station.
Liu Bolin’s photographs of his clothed body, painted so as to disappear into various surroundings, inspired this exhibit about camouflage in nature. Liu chooses camouflage as a metaphor for individuals… read more
Click here for a slideshow of selected images from this exhibit. As China undergoes widespread, thorough transformations to become a highly developed twenty-first century nation, it is confronted with the… read more
Click here for a slideshow of selected images from this exhibit. Click here to read a great review by Artscope Magazine. Hot pot is a communal dish of broth, meat,… read more
Click here for a slideshow of selected images from this exhibit. Read Art New England’s review of this exhibit. As BMAC’s chief curator I travel throughout New England, make regular trips… read more
Your Space is a newly designed interactive area that focuses on a particular medium or artistic concept and offers hands-on materials for visitors of all ages to make and exhibit… read more
“Luminous” is a word often employed in describing Stephen Hannock’s landscape paintings, which appear to glow from within, as though the light were gathering in real time as the viewer contemplates the scene. Hannock has a way of seeing and painting…
When I first knew Ric, he was young and full of ambition to create. He studied architecture at Columbia University and then art at Keene State College. His 1978 lithograph Buffalo Sofa is a fine example of how well he had mastered the contemporary application of line, form, …
Vermont Collects is an occasional series of exhibits showcasing the diverse aesthetic and cultural sensibilities within our community. For George and Laura Heller, collecting is largely a family affair. The Hellers are multi-generational alumni…
Stacked wood — lining porches, tucked into sheds, sheltered by eaves, or snaking along the edges of forested parcels — is a familiar sight, almost iconic in the long history… read more
The word ‘sylvan’ — relating to or characteristic of the woods or forest; made, shaped, or formed of woods or trees — describes the congruence of the apparently divergent work… read more
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old… read more
The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the… read more