MoCA: Titus Kaphar- “Language of the Forgotten” thru March 31, 2019

The artist Titus Kaphar looks keenly into history – whose stories get told, and which ones get left out. Through cutting, bending, sculpting, and remixing historic paintings and sculptures, Kaphar often shifts the focus of the narratives to create new works that exist between fiction and quotation. He alters the narrative, placing forgotten figures in plain line of sight.

In Language of the Forgotten, he starts Thomas Jefferson, an immediately recognizable figure, shown  with the figures etched on glass who stand in for the hundreds of thousands of untold narratives about usurped liberty — most famously in this case, Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman on Jefferson’s plantation believed to be the mother of his children.

This sculpture relates to additional works by Kaphar that will be on view in the group exhibition Suffering from Realness, opening March 2019. For Language of the Forgotten, Kaphar commissioned poet Reginald Dwayne Betts to write a new poem:

“A woman disappears behind the face
of a man. Negro child, girl child, Black child,
what is the language for forgotten? …”

nbCC to Offer Community Outreach Volunteer Training

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) is seeking community-minded individuals to take part in a free Community Outreach and Civic Engagement training program.

The training will take place over a 6-month period and meet every Thursday from 5:30pm to 8pm beginning February 14, 2019. As part of the training, participants will learn about the many health and human service providers and community organizations in the northern Berkshire region. In many instances they will become the critical link between services and residents.

In addition, participants will engage in workshops and training on topics such as different styles of leadership, effective communication and marketing, professional writing, community organizing through assessment and mapping, conflict management, and other related topics.

 If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more about the training, you may visit the nbCC website for an application and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet. Application submissions are now being accepted through January 18, 2019. For more information, call Glenda at 413-663-7588 or email gmcarter@nbccoalition.org.

“Plant Shadows” Exhibit at B’Shire Botanical Garden’s Galleries, opens on Dec 14 (thru 3/1)

Joan Dix Blair show “Plant Shadows, Cyanotypes, 2017-2018” opening reception takes place Dec. 14, 4-6pm at Center House Leonardt Galleries at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge.

for more info: berkshirebotanical