Road Closures Scheduled in Pittsfield for Crewdson Project

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Gregory Crewdson's 'untitled,' an image of the former Harry's Supermarket on Elm Street, from 2004.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Photographer Gregory Crewdson will once again be staging a series of photoshoots at multiple locations throughout Pittsfield beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22.
The photoshoots are expected to continue through early-to-mid October with the first round of shoots filmed through Sunday, Sept. 26.
This will include some road closures.
Here's a schedule and location of the upcoming photoshoots:
Wednesday, Sept. 22, to Thursday, Sept. 23: Mill Street (under the railroad bridge). A segment of Mill Street will be closed by Hawthorne Avenue through the 130 block from approximately 5 to 7 p.m. each day.
Friday, Sept. 24: Former Jim's House of Shoes. The parking spaces and bike lane on that block of North Street, from Summer Street to Columbus Avenue, will be closed off from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The southbound lane of North Street will remain open.
Saturday, Sept. 25: Former Lach's Lounge. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fenn Street will be closed at First Street to the city parking lot (the entrance closest to Fenn). Businesses in that block are aware of the filming and will remain open and accessible.
Sunday, Sept. 26: Fourth Street Bridge. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fourth Street will be closed from Lincoln Street to Silver Lake Boulevard.
For more information, call Roberta McCulloch-Dews, the city's director of administrative services and public information officer, at 413-499-9322.
An additional schedule will be provided for the second phase of filming.
Crewdson has had a lengthy history with the local art scene in the Berkshires, including being a board member at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and his large-scale photographs have been displayed in museums throughout the world.
In 2008, he used Pittsfield as a backdrop for his "Beneath the Roses" series, of which the elements of the making of that series were included in a 2012 documentary "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” by Ben Shapiro, which chronicled Crewdson's life and working process.


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