During a wonderful break over the 4th of JULY weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a colleague and his wife in the Berkshires for a concert at Tanglewood and visits to the Edith Wharton Estate (The Mount) and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoca), a tremendous venue for sculpture in North Adams. Along the way I also visited one of my favorite public installations at Williams College just outside the art museum in a courtyard space created especially it.
“Eyes,” a permanent sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, was commissioned for the 75th anniversary of Williams College Museum of Art in 2001. The piece consists of four pairs of disembodied eyes, and one eight-eye cluster set into wave-like undulations in the front lawn. There is also another pair sitting demurely behind the installation in the Wachenheim Family Courtyard.
The backsides of two of the eyes double as seats, and the irises of all of them sculptures are lit by eerie blue lights at night. Bourgeois, who passed away on May at the age of 98, was known for her uneasy, often sexual pieces, with the body being a recurring theme.