Dan’s Diary: The Calder Connection
I took my two nieces today to the Whitney Musuem to see Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926 - 1933. I was excited because my 11-year-old niece, Ella, has been with me to the Whitney many times and she feels at home there, so she could help guide my five-year-niece, Anna, who was making her first visit to a New York City museum. The Calder show is enchanting and inspiring no matter what your age, and I couldn’t imagine a finer introduction to fine art for Anna than this exhibit. (And both girls highly recommend the free Acoustaguide, by the way, which is interactive and kept them engaged.) What I didn’t expect was the parochial pride I felt in seeing toys and stabiles on loan from the Berkshire Museum’s permanent collection. If you can’t make it to the Whitney, then visit the Berkshire Museum whose collection is filled with many other gems.