The Berkshire Museum schedule, coinciding with the Berkshires fall foliage season, features an exhibition by Henry Klimowicz called Paper and Light. Opening Sept. 3, 2010 in the Berkshire Museum’s new Wider Window Gallery, the site-specific installation is made entirely of disused cardboard, and will extend vertically across the gallery’s two-story window, embracing the interplay between natural light and the artwork. More about: Berkshire Museum schedule and info..
“Deriving value in artwork from the materials used has troubled me. Value can come from both the cost of the material or the materials intellectual relationship to art making. I love that with cardboard the audience has to give to the work value without either of these intellectual or societal crutches,” Klimowicz says. “We live in a world enveloped in thoughts of value. My use of cardboard, a valueless material, releases me from the heart of this cultural confine.”
The Berkshire Museum’s Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation will display historical items from its own collection and from the Crane Museum of Papermaking, presenting a practical history of the work of Crane & Co. through the years during the Klimowicz exhibition. The small exhibit will contain items like linen samples used in making Crane’s signature bank note paper, linen samples, early bank notes, a dandy roll and short videos showing the production process.
The Crane family has been important to the industrial and cultural life of Berkshire County, from the pioneering work at Crane & Co., located in Dalton, Mass to the creation of Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass, which Zenas Crane, grandson of the founder of the original paper mill, founded in 1903 as a museum of Art and Natural History.
These exhibitions are part of Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area’s Housatonic Paper Trail, which celebrates the history and impact of the paper industry in the Upper Housatonic River region.