Friday, July 13, 2007

WEEKEND PICK: Family Fun Day in the Berkshires

Consider making a trek to Western Massachusetts Saturday for the Williams College Museum of Art, FREE Family Festival to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “MAKING IT NEW: THE ART AND STYLE OF SARA AND GERALD MURPHY.” The festival begisnat 1 p.m.
Discover how the Murphys inspired modern artists and writers such as Picasso and Hemingway as they traveled from America to France. Enjoy French crêpes, ice cream, and other treats; make paintings and collages in Paris; and learn to dance the Charleston on Broadway. Go on a treasure hunt in the galleries and join an exhibition tour at 3 p.m. An all-day outdoor concert by the Kwajmal Jazz Band showcases the music from the 1920s to 1940s.

About the exhibition: Making It New explores how the Murphys’ legendary style—modern in its apparent simplicity and freedom from stifling social regimentation—was a kind of manifesto, and touchstone, for the artists and writers of the Lost Generation. The exhibition shows how the Murphys' friends—F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Serge Diaghilev, and Jean Cocteau—were among those who encoded the ethos of the Murphy’s lives into progressive 20th-century art, literature, music, and taste. The exhibition features works of art by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, and Man Ray, as well as theatrical sets and costumes, the music of Cole Porter, the Murphys’ unique home movies, and reminiscences by famous authors and their friends, along with artwork seen for the first time in the United States from major European museums.

The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at 413-597-2429.

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