Defying Gravity: An Historic Achievement in Glass Featuring Josh Simpson


November 8, 2018 7:00 pm

at Berkshire Museum. Free and open to the community; suggested donation of $5. This documentary follows renowned glass artist Josh Simpson as he crafts the largest glass object of his career: a luminous 100-pound “Megaplanet.” Cameras capture every step of the year-and-a-half process from commission to creation. The film features interviews with the makers of custom tools required for the project; Simpson’s triumphs, disappointments, technical obstacles and inspiration, and the grand unveiling of the “Megaplanet” at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
The special screening is offered as a complement to the Museum’s current exhibition, Josh Simpson: Galactic Landscapes, a solo show of innovative works on view through January 6, 2019. Exemplifying the intersection of art and science, the exhibition focuses on works that embody the artist’s fascination with astrophysics, deep space, and the cosmos. Following the screening, ticket holders will be able to tour the exhibition.
Berkshire Museum is located at 39 South Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child (under 18); free admission for Museum members and children age 3 and under. For more information, visit or call 413.443.7171.