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Sol LeWitt in the Berkshires

June 8, 2010

The fam trekked to North Adams for Memorial Day weekend and we had the best time. We met up with friends from New York (it’s just about halfway) who have two boys Tex and Theo’s age, and we we stayed Porches Inn at MASS MoCa. Porches, a lovingly restored row of  Victorian mill-workers’ homes isn’t your cheapest option, but with the walk to MASS MoCA, the pool, hot tub, sauna and conveniently located park and playground literally next door, this family feels it got its money’s worth. All the rooms are decorated with unique, quirky lamps and art, the staff were attentive and forgiving of our whirlwind of boys, and you can’t really beat breakfast on a porch swing overlooking MASS MoCA’s old factory buildings. As it was, we stayed close to home, hitting the museum one day and enjoying the pools and other amenities the next, but with older or no kids you could do some serious Berkshire exploring.

Tex tests the Jumping possiblities of the Bed

I can't believe I forgot to mention the FIRE PIT!!!

and the Pool house with a large screen TV that just happened to be showing a Star Wars Marathon so Moms and Dads could sit on the porch and chat!

So Porches was great, but my absolute favorite part of the trip was the Sol LeWitt retrospective at MASS MoCA. As a high school student, I was fortunate to participate in the execition of a few LeWitt pieces while Jock Reynolds was head of the Addison Gallery. He has since moved head the Yale University Ary Gallery and says this about the current retrospective:

Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, who in 1993 worked closely with LeWitt to produce an earlier retrospective of his wall drawings for Phillips Academy Andover’s Addison Gallery of American Art, explains, “Until now, large displays of Sol’s wall drawings have of necessity been on view for relatively brief periods of time in major museum survey exhibitions. To otherwise view multiple LeWitt wall drawings, one has had to travel far and wide and spend years pursuing them individually in situ. At MASS MoCA, a visual feast of LeWitt’s wall drawings will be on view for the next twenty-five years, attended by annual ‘teaching exhibitions’ that will help further elucidate Sol’s remarkable artistic legacy. Visitors will be able to return again and again to see and enjoy one hundred of his wall drawings in one location.”

If you get a chance, you must wander the walls yourself. Here are a few pictures to get you drooling:

A video of the process from You Tube:

See more of our MASS MoCa weekend here. I highly recommend a trip.


From → art, boys, eye candy, wonder

  1. Thanks for the nice plug. So glad you loved LeWitt and how cool that you got to do that installation at the Addison in high school. I did just want to offer a correction. While its flattering to us leave the idea out there, we’d be remiss if we didn’t ‘fess up that we don’ t own Porches Inn. It is run by the Fitzpatrick family who also own the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. They do an incredible job at Porches and MASS MoCA is proud to be associated with them but we have no part in the running of Porches.

    Come back soon. We promise LeWitt just gets better and better every time you go through!

    PS What adorable kids!

    • My pleasure Katherine. We had a fantastic time. I will change the post to reflect the proper ownership of Porches. I’m hoping to come back for the WilCo event. 🙂

  2. Sol Lewitt’s precise abstract geometric language speaks volumes in visual terms and plays a central role in the work of contemporary artists, me included. I’m glad you make time to feed the boys with Lewitt’s intense optical experience; very nutritious for budding intellectuals on the road to enlightenment.

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