Free Admission to Bennington Museum: Get Warm and Fuzzy with Ed Koren’s ‘Droll Things’
On Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to the Bennington Museum is free for all visitors. Among the activities planned is a visit by the Vermont Arts Exchange Art Bus from noon to 4, where the public will be invited to get creative with arts and crafts activities.
At 3 p.m., join the Museum in welcoming Vermont artist Ed Koren as he opens his show, ‘Thinking About Extinction and Other Droll Things: Recent Prints and Drawings by Edward Koren,’ on view through September 9. Best known for his iconic cartoons of furry humans published in The New Yorker magazine, Koren is featuring his most recent etchings and lithographs for this show, along with a largely unknown body of prints – some fresh off the press and not seen before this special exhibit. Included in the selection of works are those featuring curious skeletal creatures in a landscape of ruined Gothic and Classical architecture, inspired by the artist’s reading of ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,’ by Berkshire County resident Elizabeth Kolbert, which posits that the Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction
While you’re there, take a look at ‘Enthusiasms: Personal Paintings by Jessica Park’ in the Regional Artists Gallery, on view through May 28. Park is an internationally-acclaimed artist on the autism spectrum, and this exhibition focuses on a lesser-known aspect of her work, that created during the first decade of her career and more recent paintings created over the last decade at the artist’s own initiative for herself or as gifts for family and friends.
Closing on June 13 is ‘Bennington Collects.’ From comic books, matchbox cars and video games to antique and vintage outboard motors, microphones, model ocean liners and Titanic memorabilia, people are constantly gathering objects and classifying them with their own personal system. ‘Bennington Collects’ brings together an eclectic selection of over a dozen collections that have been compiled by residents of the greater Bennington area.
You can also explore the Museum’s permanent installations. The Grandma Moses Gallery now features paintings that have never before been on view to the public. Other exhibits include Gilded Age Vermont, the Battle of Bennington Gallery, Bennington Modernism, and one of the newest, Early Vermont, which showcases over 85 major pieces and smaller items from the Museum’s extensive historical collection of over 30,000 objects. Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street/Route 9 in Bennington. For further details, visit benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571.