What do folk artist Grandma Moses and abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler have in common? How about a 1920s Martin Wasp automobile and works by contemporary sculptor Sir Anthony Caro? They’re examples of the museum’s new direction, dubbed “creative collisions,” which juxtapose traditional with modern, bringing the two together in lively confrontation. Best Museum MakeOver-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Bennington Museum features an extensive collection of Grandma Moses paintings as well as Bennington pottery, fine and decorative arts, military artifacts, 1924 Martin-Wasp touring car, and Bennington Flag, one of the earliest stars and stripes in existence. Changing exhibits include: June 11–October 30, 2011 – Celebrate the 150th year of Grandma Moses birth as we look at her paintings and the tradition of primitive painting in America. Come and Explore!When you stop here to see the famous Grandma Moses paintings and collection of Bennington pottery, check the museum’s calendar for concerts and independent cinema in the Vermont film series. The museum has assumed a new role as the region’s performing and visual arts center as well as being a history museum of southern Vermont life. This year’s exhibitions focus first on the talented artists of nearby Arlington (Rockwell Kent and Norman Rockwell among them) and then on a gathering of rarely exhibited works from private collections (Masters of Impressionism and Beyond, through August 19), with paintings by the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro.
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