MCLA Logo 125
Gallery 51 exterior banner over entrance

Gallery 51

Dear MCLA Gallery 51 Community,

Although Gallery 51 doors are currently closed to the public, we are excited to bring you alternative programming. As we all continue to adapt, this page too will be updated. We thank you for your continuing support and look forward to your participation. Those events marked with an * involve a call for participation. 

 ALL PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, please check the site for updates.

Be well, stay well and stay strong,

Erica Wall
Director, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center


A message from the director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, Erica Wall

Erica Wall BCRC Director


MCLA Inaugural Artist’s Laboratory Artist in Residence, Genevieve Gaignard, does a 3-part workshop series 

artist workshop with Genevieve GaignardGenevieve Gaignard is our inaugural MCLA Artist's Laboratory Artist in Residence. She will be in residence from April to August. She is creating work for a final exhibition at Gallery 51 and working with students and the community via workshops, talks and other programming. This Residency is offered through the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

For more information, please contact Erica Wall, BCRC Director.


Genevieve Gaignard is a Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on photographic self-portraiture, sculpture, and installation to explore race, femininity, class, and their various intersections. The daughter of a black father and white mother, Gaignard’s youth was marked by a strong sense of invisibility. Was her family white enough to be white? Black enough to be black? Gaignard interrogates notions of “passing” in an effort to address these questions. She positions her own female body as the chief site of exploration — challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity. Influenced by the soulful sounds of Billy Stewart, the kitschy aesthetic of John Waters and the provocative artifice of drag culture, Gaignard uses low-brow pop sensibilities to craft dynamic visual narratives. From the identity performance ritualized in ‘‘selfie” culture to the gender performance of femininity, Gaignard blends humor, persona and popular culture to reveal the ways in which the meeting and mixing of contrasting realities can feel much like displacement.

Gaignard received her MFA in Photography at Yale University and her BFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including shows at Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the Houston Center for Photography. In 2017, her work was included in the Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans. Gaignard's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, W Magazine, The LA Times, Artforum, and on Vice News Tonight, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, California African American Museum, LA, Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, the Seattle Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

A 3-Part Series

3 Wednesdays (April 15, 22 & 29 @ 5-6:30 PM). Each session will cover a different topic:

1)Her Origin Story 2) Her Practice 3) Genevieve Gaignard in the “art world.” Navigating the LA art scene: do’s, don’ts and suggestions.

3 Wednesdays (May 13, 20 & 27 @ 5-6:30 PM). Each session will cover a different topic:

1) Her Origin Story 2) Her Practice 3) Genevieve Gaignard in the “art world.” Navigating the LA art scene: do’s, don’ts and suggestions.

You can view recordings from these sessions on our BCRC YouTube playlist. Please check our 2020 Virtual Programming for information and upcoming programs. 

Collaborative Effort Fills North Adams’ Main Street With Art for the New Year.

Click Here for Press release


Enjoy a walking tour, pick up a map at Gallery 51, of all the artwork displayed in windows on Main Street. 


"Spectrum 1 News covers Downtown Art Banner Project"
See video here

Due to new protocols related to the COVID-19 situation, Gallery 51 is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Thank you!


Quick Links




MCLA Gallery 51

DownStreet Art

Mass MoCA

The Clark Art Institute

Williams College Museum of Art

Follow us on instagram