Explorations: Evening Lectures at the Becket Arts Center

All programs are free and will be held in the air-conditioned Philip Barber Gallery (upstairs gallery) at the Becket Arts Center.  Programs begin at 7:30 PM and generally end by 9:00 PM.  Home-made cookies and lemonade are available.  We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance from the local cultural councils of Becket, Chester, Hinsdale-Peru, Lee, Otis, and Washington.

Our 2019 Explorations plans will be released soon - watch here and on Facebook for the lecture & performance schedule! For now, to get an idea of the wide ranging topics we explore, our 2018 lecture information can be read below.


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Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 1
Panel Discussion: The Spark Ignites - How, When and Where?

Moderator: David Edgecomb, Photographer
Tuesday, July 10, 7:30pm

Join us as we explore the defining moment when an artist is set in motion or a piece of work defines itself as art. What predicates those moments, or are they self-defining?

Participants: 

  • Ariana Brawley, Associate Producer of Jacob’s Pillow

  • Daniel Kramer, Producing Artistic Director, Chester Theatre Company

  • Lewis Warsh, Poet, Novelist, Teacher

  • Joy Cameron, Sculptor


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Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 2
Culture: Performance of Hip Hop

Artist: JB!! aka Dirty Moses
Tuesday, July 17, 7:30pm

Where were you when Hip Hop took over?  We will  explore the “first spark” origins all the way to the present of this cultural phenomenon.


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Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 3
Culture: When Strings Sing

Artist: Elizabeth Morse, Harpist
Tuesday, July 24, 7:30pm

Immerse yourself with us as we explore the creation and sounds of the ancient and modern harp.


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Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 4
Presentation: Animagic - Hollywood in the Berkshires

Presenter: Eugene Mamut, Irina Borisova
Tuesday, July 31, 7:30pm

AniMagic – “Hollywood in the Berkshires”  (A multimedia presentation all about Animation and Special Effects)

  • Eugene Mamut, Director of Animagic

  • Irina Borisova, Animator

Come and explore how and when art transforms into motion to tell its story.  Berkshire talent made these movies possible:  Matrix, Predator, 2001 Space Odyssey, Chicken Run, Lord of the Rings.


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Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 5
Food: All About Cheese

Cheese Monger: Lisa Martin
Tuesday, August 14, 7:30pm

Join Lisa Martin, Cheese Monger (Spirited Wines, Pittsfield) as we explore the fine art of cheese making and what it is like to create art that will be consumed.


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Marty Lasker Series: Lecture 6
Ephemeral Art: Creating Impermanent Art

Artist: Dave Rothstein
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30pm

Join Dave Rothstein - Sculptor, Photographer and Printmaker - as we dive into the driving force to create art from materials that degrade quickly and vanish.  Dave's works with snow, ice, sand and food leave a lasting impression. However, they do not stick around long.