NORTH ADAMS — The Jarvis Rockwell Gallery (formerly Maya) will feature a new expansion upon the “Jarvis Rockwell Retro spective.”
And, in conjunction with the DownStreet Art kick off, the Jarvis Rockwell Gallery will open a second gallery space — to feature a new wall installation of nostalgic toys — from Darth Vader to Howdy Doody.
The new gallery space will include a look into Rockwell’s personal art collection and will feature Indonesian folk art, which illustrates native folklore. Compelled by their “ugliness” and “intrigue,” Rockwell said “their interests spark my interests.”
Serving as an introspective retrospective, this year DownStreet Art worked with Rockwell and local collectors throughout Berkshire County to expand upon the five-year exhibition to offer a unique glimpse into the inner workings of the artist’s mind.
The centerpiece of the main gallery space, MAYA IV, a constantly evolving toy pyramid, is meant as a reflection into ourselves and the story of our lives through memories spurred by our favorite action figures and childhood toys, according to Rockwell. He has been collecting these objects since 1978.
“What started out as a vehicle to show Jarvis’ wonderful pyramid of toys has turned into a complete installation of all things Jarvis,” Jonathan Secor, director of special programs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, said in the news release announcing the retrospective.
The Jarvis Rockwell retrospective will be on view through Oct. 26.
The Jarvis Rockwell Gallery, at 49 Main St., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 413-664-8718 or www.DownStreet Art.org.