The Jacob’s Pillow Archives

While I’ve mentioned in past posts that the Jacob’s Pillow Archives live in Blake’s Barn, I haven’t yet mentioned that the building has three levels, with exciting things happening on each.   So please enjoy a brief tour of the different areas within Blake’s Barn, and the treasures that can be found throughout.

The archive materials and video collection are housed in the basement level, which is also home to the Videography department.   Click on any image for an expanded view and caption.

At the main level there is the large, open space where the photography exhibits can be viewed, connected to the Sommerspace deck where Pre-show talks and Pillow Talks take place.  The main level is also where the reading room is located, where patrons can come to look at books on dance, and can see videos from the collection at the viewing stations.

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The third level is the “hayloft” where the Scholars-in-Residence and the Photographer-in-Residence have desks and workspaces, and I have been lucky enough to work alongside them during my stay this summer.  It has been a great pleasure to soak up as much of their knowledge as possible.

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In my next post I will be able to give an overview of the projects I’ve been working on in collaboration with my supervisor, Norton Owen.  Stay tuned!

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