Berkshire Museum presents Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection, a major new exhibition of some of the most significant and fascinating objects from the Museum’s holdings of more than 40,000 artworks, specimens, and artifacts. Objectify is proudly sponsored by Crane & Co. and TD Bank. The exhibition is part of the year-long celebration of the Museum’s 110th anniversary.
In the creation of the new exhibition, overlapping ideas of history, exploration, and community were used to design a show that inspires, educates, and engages the viewers. Two artists from the community, designer Peter Garlington and artist Leo Nash, are the guest curators; their ideas have resulted in an innovative exhibition that highlights the Museum’s extensive collections in unexpected and surprising ways.
Taking advantage of the use of several galleries, visitors will transition from experiencing the visual density of the collection as if it were still in storage, to the visual lightness of the collection as viewed in a contemporary setting. Moving through the four galleries will allow the visitor to explore the process of creating an exhibition, from object selection to theme and narrative development to the final installation of a curated show. The underlying theme of a “long view” will be explored, from the historical context of the hopes and goals of the Museum’s founder, Zenas Crane, through the different periods of the Museum’s history, asking, “What will the next 100 years look like?”