MCLA Annual Senior Art Exhibition Opens Virtually April 22

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's annual senior art exhibition, #Blindsight2021, will open virtually at MCLA Gallery 51 on April 22 featuring the work of Alex Gaspar '21, Ian Mosher '21, Tala Rousseau '21, Drew Thomas '21, and Ashanti Thomas '21.  
 
"#Blindsight2021" will be open online at https://www.mclaseniorartmajors.com/ and in the Design Lab at Gallery 51 beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021. 
 
Earlier in the day, each senior will present their work via a formal artist talk as part of the annual MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference. Follow the Senior Art Majors online @mclaART on both Instagram and Facebook for links to attend the talks virtually. All of these events are the culmination of their work at MCLA as art majors.  
 
Each artist's individual work encompasses a multitude of themes and mediums. Themes address a gamut of social issues and misconceptions, from mental illness, gender equality, race, and our impact on the environment. The artists' chosen media platforms deal with comics, digital art, painting, sculpture, and performance art to deliver their message. 
 
"My artwork is here to tell stories that would otherwise go unwritten. Through my art we hope to connect with and support those who need to hear the stories being told," said Alex Gaspar about their work and its connection to the exhibition title.  
 
According to a press release, Thomas' project encompasses "#Blindsight2021" by using fantasy elements to represent and highlight emotions that we tend to hide from the public, showing the irony of the "perfect lives" we portray to society as the real fantasy. 
 
"I'm really proud of and impressed with the devotion this year's seniors put toward their work  in spite of the regular challenges that the COVID-19 restrictions create," said MCLA Professor of Art Melanie Mowinski. "Each of these artists is addressing head-on social issues that force them to confront their own truth and humanity. And each of them has done it through a combination of effort and ease."  
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Mass MoCA to Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

A conceptual image of the restaurant.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Georgian restaurant out of New York City is planning a pop-up eatery at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.
 
The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.
 
"The operators for this pop-up restaurant are coming to us from Manhattan, where they run two restaurants with Georgian — as in, over-in-Europe Georgian — style food, and they recently, last year pre-COVID, hosted a dinner event for us so we got to know them and their delicious food," said Tracy Moore, the museum's interim director. "They would operate as many days as they could in the beginning as they staff up and ultimately gearing towards full lunch and dinner operations that comport with Mass MoCA hours."
 
Tamara Chubinidze, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, opened Chama Mama in New York City in 2019 and has had plans to expand. The restaurant is appearing before 
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