Category: Massachusetts

The Digest. 07.12.10.


Pennsylvania Excavation, 1907, by George Wesley Bellows, recently acquired by the Smith College Museum of Art. Sorta related, in a dystopic-industrial way: WNYC has added audio to the slideshow and essay I did on my father’s mining images. Please give it a read/listen if you can. (Image courtesy of the Smith College Museum of Art.)

The Digest. 02.26.09.


Simon Starling at MassMOCA, on display through Oct. 31, 2009. (Photo by Hargo.)

Photos: Works from the collection at the Smith College Museum of Art.

Smith College Museum of Art
Abbé Barthélémy, Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1793-94.

Cue the elevator music: Yahoo is allegedly still trying to figure out what the hell happened to four days worth of C-Monster. (I blame Cheney.) My sorry technological state of affairs, combined with the fact that I’m currently on the road for work, means there will be no Digest today. (In fact, the Digest likely won’t come back until Monday…)

In the meantime, enjoy some pics from the Smith College Museum of Art. The modern and contemporary galleries were closed for re-hanging when I visited, so this photo essay will lean towards the old-school.

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Photos: Artist bathrooms at the Smith College Museum of Art.

Sandy Skoglund
Liquid Origins/Fluid Dreams at the Smith College Museum of Art, aka the men’s bathroom in the museum basement, by Sandy Skoglund.

Who needs the newspaper when you’ve got art? This past weekend, in addition to making a refreshing pilgrimage to the Beer Can Museum, I went to see what was happening at the Smith College Museum of Art. Unfortunately, the modern and contemporary galleries were closed for rejiggering, but I had a great time hanging out in the artist-designed bathrooms in the basement. The men’s and women’s WCs have been done up by artists Sandy Skoglund and Ellen Driscoll, respectively, and look pretty bad-ass.

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Must-See Museum: The Beer Can Museum, Northampton, Mass.

The Beer Can Museum
In Heaven There is No Beer: A shelf at the Beer Can Museum in Northampton, Mass.

With more than 4,000 vintage beer cans, dating back to 1938, the Beer Can Museum (conveniently situated inside the Ye Old Watering Hole bar) in Northampton, Mass. is a veritable gold mine of brew-can history. Old-school containers of Coors and Bud sit alongside tins of long-defunct labels such as Blitz and Blatz. The best part: there is cheap beer (of a more contemporary, drinkable nature), free pool and a garrulous bartender who’ll show you how he’s doing with his fiddle practice.

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