Bits & Bytes: Fred Seibert at Norman Rockwell Museum; ‘Revolution: New Art for a New World;’ ‘inDIVISIBLE;’ James Hansen at Williams; ‘The Flora and Fauna’

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'Barrier (Keep Out / Stay In)' by Sarah Kusa is featured in the art exhibit 'inDIVISIBLE,' opening at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams on Thursday, March 9 (see item below).

Fred Seibert to speak at Norman Rockwell Museum

Fred Seibert.

Fred Seibert.

Stockbridge — In conjunction with its current exhibition “Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning,” the Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with former Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert on Saturday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. Seibert will discuss his leadership at Hanna-Barbera and MTV Networks, rebranding Nickelodeon and creating cartoons for a new generation during a question-and-answer session with Norman Rockwell Museum curator Jesse Kowalski. A live streaming of the event is planned to take place via NRM’s Facebook page.

An award-winning television and film producer, Seibert served as the last president of Hanna-Barbera from 1992 to 1996. While there, he reinvigorated the company’s creative reputation with the establishment of the animation incubator “What a Cartoon!” and launched a series of animated hits including “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Cow and Chicken,” “Johnny Bravo,” “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and “The Powerpuff Girls.” He is the founder of Frederator Networks, the chief creative officer of WOW! Unlimited Media and a serial media entrepreneur. He was the first creative director of MTV and the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. He founded Next New Networks, is on the board of directors of Sawhorse Media, and was the first investor in Tumblr.

The event is free for members or included with regular museum admission. For more information, contact NRM at (413) 298-4100 or info@nrm.org.

–E.E.

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‘Revolution: New Art for a New World to screen at Triplex Cinema

Revolution POSTERGreat Barrington — To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Russian Revolution, the Triplex Cinema will screen “Revolution: New Art for a New World,” a new documentary from filmmaker Margy Kinmonth, on Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m.

“Revolution” combines detailed cinematography that examines individual works of art, interviews with leading experts on Russian art and history, and the perspectives of the direct descendants of trailblazing Russian artists of the era such as Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich. The film takes viewers into and draws on the collections of major Russian institutions and features a wealth of contributions from contemporary artists and curators as well as personal testimony from the descendants of the artists themselves.

Kinmonth is a BAFTA Award-winning film and television director whose many credits include the BAFTA-nominated “Hermitage Revealed,” “Royal Paintbox” with the Prince of Wales, and the BBC series “Naked Hollywood,” which was named Best Documentary Series by the BAFTA.

Kinmonth also produced the film with Emmy Award-winning producer Maureen Murray, whose credits include “War Art” with Eddie Redmayne, “Hermitage Revealed,” “Royal Paintbox,” and the films “Looking for Lowry,” “Mariinsky Theatre” and Kinmonth’s “Nutcracker Story.”

–E.E.

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‘inDIVISIBLE’ art exhibit showcases politics

Barry Goldstein, 'American Voter 1,' archival color inkjet print on paper, 2016

Barry Goldstein, ‘American Voter 1,’ archival color inkjet print on paper, 2016

North Adams — The Eclipse Mill Gallery will open its spring exhibition, “inDIVISIBLE,” with an opening reception on Thursday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will be on view through Saturday, May 13.

“The works in “inDIVISIBLE” come from artists who approach contemporary America with skepticism, wry humor and apprehension,” said juror and curator Alexandra Foradas. “They grapple with the visual and verbal languages through which we communicate and examine the roles of individual and collective identities, and the ways that they intersect and occasionally clash, in shaping the nation.”

The exhibition is a reflection of artists’ thoughts on current political and social dynamics across the country. “inDIVISIBLE” features works in all media by local and national artists including Mariella Bisson, J Carpenter, Jenna DeLuca, DETEXT, Yael Eban, Barry Goldstein, Sarah Kusa, Thomas Lail, Dina Noto, John Richey, Emilie Selden, Sarah Sutro and Ian Trask.

For more information, contact (413) 664-4353 or gallery@eclipsemill.com.

–E.E.

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Climate scientist James Hansen at Williams College

James Hansen. Photo: Arnold Adler

James Hansen. Photo: Arnold Adler

Williamstown — James Hansen, who directs Columbia University’s program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, will speak at Williams College on Wednesday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

Hansen, a former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has more recently focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-caused climate change. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was named one of the 100 most influential people on Earth by TIME magazine in 2006. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal and Roger Revelle Medal research medals, the Sophie Prize, and the Blue Planet Prize.

For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map or call the Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277.

–E.E.

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WAM Theatre to stage ‘The Flora and Fauna’

Alyson Mead.

Alyson Mead.

West Stockbridge — WAM Theatre will begin its 2017 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series on Sunday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. at No. Six Depot Roastery & Cafe with “The Flora and Fauna” by Alyson Mead, winner of the Arizona-based the Bridge Initiative’s Women in Theatre New Work Contest. The play, inspired by the infamous letter read out-loud during the Stanford rape case, chronicles the celebrations and challenges of a female friendship that spans almost 30 years.

Mead has studied at Yale University, the Slade School of Fine Art in London and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as with iO West, Upright Citizens Brigade and Tectonic Theater Project. Her award-winning plays have been staged off-Off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the country and in London. She is published by Original Works Publishing and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s playwriting unit and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative.

Tickets are $20. A portion of the box office proceeds will benefit the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact WAM Theatre at (413) 274-8122 or development@wamtheatre.org.

–E.E.


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