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Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection

Walk up the Museum’s main staircase and begin your exploration of the second floor to the left.

Begin your journey by entering the world of the Mohicans, where a wigwam and beautiful bead-work wait to be discovered. On the other side of that exhibit, enter a world of ancient civilizations. Beautiful marble statues tower over you and a mummy waits in its coffin, dreaming of the afterlife. The last exhibit to see is Wink: Pairings from Berkshire Museum’s Collection, with matching pairs of paintings lining the walls.

Jen Wayock gets her sons to create their own picture to add to the Hudson River School collection.

Jen Wayock gets her sons to create their own picture to add to the Hudson River School collection.

You walk towards the next doorway opening and stop. Why is that painting still in its crate? You look to the right and see a mess of crates and cases pushed against the wall. However, to your left is a series of paintings from the Hudson River School. Curiosity wins and you enter this strange little gallery.

Welcome to the beginning of Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection, a new exhibition opening on April 1. This exhibit is in celebration of the Museums’ 110th anniversary, when the Museum opened its doors for the first time on April 1, 1903.

Berkshire Museum is looking for your input for what should be on display when the exhibition opens in April. So, put on your thinking caps and remember your favorite objects and artwork from our permanent collection.

Leo Nash, left, and Peter Garlington, right, pose with Berkshire Museum's Executtive Director Van Shields. Nash and Garlington are guest curators for Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection.

Guest curators Leo Nash, left, and Peter Garlington, right, pose with Berkshire Museum’s Executive Director Van Shields.

The Museum staff invites you to share your favorite objects and favorite memories while at the Museum on the chalkboard wall. Don’t be shy!

See that empty frame between the Hudson River School paintings? We want you to pose behind the frame and snap a picture with your smart phone to share with Berkshire Museum and its visitors. Try to recreate your favorite image, or create your own!

Please excuse the mess to the right, and have fun on the left side with our sneak peek of what’s to come in April!

One Response to “Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection”

  1. Dana Kerry February 15, 2013 6:11 pm
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    Found a bit of Pittsfield history. A Lincoln Day, centennial celebration medallion from Feb 12, 1909.