Arts Previews

  • “Nena, Trinidad de Cuba,” 2017 photomosaic by Mark Guglielmo. Submitted image

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Art and history at Deerfield Academy

An exhibition of photomosaic murals of Cuba by Northampton artist Mark Guglielmo has opened at Deerfield Academy and runs through March 1. Guglielmo constructs his 5 x 15 feet murals by taping together hundreds of individual 4 x 6 inch photographs; no computer applications such as Photoshop are used.

"Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective" includes interviews, field recordings and a soundtrack of Cuban music and is based on several visits the artist made to Cuba between 2015 and 2017. It’s the fifth showing of his traveling exhibit; the new display includes a number of murals not seen before.

The exhibit is at the von Auersperg Gallery in the Hess Center for the Arts, which will host a discussion with Guglielmo Feb. 16, with moderation by Wilson Valentín-Escobar, associate professor of American studies and sociology at Hampshire College. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. by appointment; contact Lydia Hemphill at lhemphill@deerfield.edu. The exhibit is free.

Historic Deerfield, meantime, will present a free lecture series, “Native Voices: Recovering American Histories,” on Sunday afternoons through March beginning Jan. 27 at Garonzik Auditorium at Deerfield Academy. The Jan. 27 lecture, "The Indian World of George Washington," is by Colin Calloway of Dartmouth College.

The presentations are devoted to “re-centering indigenous peoples' experience and perspectives within broader American narratives and histories,” according to press notes.


Northampton Arts Council awards grants

The  Northampton  Arts Council has awarded 30 grants totaling $13,700 in support of art projects and programming in the Valley from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The grants are awarded in several categories: dance; literature; media arts, multidisciplinary arts, and visual arts; music; and theater.

The Arts Council received 80 requests for $80,802 of funding. “The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects,” the organization said in a statement.

Awards ranged from $250 to $1,500. The largest number of grants, 11, were given to visual artists and organizations, and seven were awarded to musicians and organizations.

Northamptonplaywright honored

Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL), which will host its third annual Radius Playwrights Festival on Feb. 1-2, has selected a play by Marty Bongfeldt of Northampton for inclusion with five other short plays.

Bongfeldt’s “The Always” features Sydney and Andrew, two estranged lovers with differing expectations, who reunite after 20 years with unexpected results. It’s the first play BPL has produced by Bongfeldt. Works are selected through a blind submission process and are given fully staged readings at the festival.

The festival takes place Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Saint James Place in Great Barrington. For additional information, visit berkshireplaywrightslab.org.