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It’s easy seeing green

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We’re part of an exciting tour put together by our friends at the Center for Ecological Technology called the Green Buildings Open House. From 10 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, October 6 you can learn about the 228 photovoltaic panels on the roof of Building 5 at MASS MoCA which produced an average of 1500 kilowatt hours per week in the summer. We’ll also unveil the first part of a new work that we commissioned from artist and all around exceptional guy Michael Oatman in conjunction with the solar project. There’s a puzzle for you to solve — come learn more about it.

And don’t stop your tour with MASS MoCA, the Green Buildings Open House includes private homes and public buildings around the county including Topia Inn just down the road at 10 Pleasant St. in Adams which features the ultimate in purity and ecological friendliness — luxury pampering and near zero carbon impact.

Posted October 3, 2007 by MASS MoCA
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Stare all you want

It’s Rude to Stare: Drawinging & Sculpture by Richard Criddle from MASS MoCA on Vimeo.Opening reception: October 4, 2007, 3 – 6 PM in Kidspace.

Here’s the press release:

 

Kidspace Opens It’s Rude to Stare by Local Artist Richard Criddle

(North Adams, MA) Opening in Kidspace at MASS MoCA on October 4, 2007, It’s Rude to Stare will feature sculpture and drawings by English-born, Vermont-based artist Richard Criddle. In a personal ‘archaeological dig’ into his childhood fears and stories, Criddle interprets his memories on a larger-than-life scale. He presents his autobiography in the form of oversized sculptures made from wood, bronze, fabricated steel, and found objects including wooden blinds, furniture components, a furnace shovel, and heavy-duty industrial hardware. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 3, 2007 by MASS MoCA
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Check out our NEW audio architecture tour

Actually the audio isn’t new, but the fact that its available as a podcast is. Quite a few years ago, our very talented friend Larry Smallwood created this tour of MASS MoCA’s architecture and long term installations. You can hear architects Simeon Bruner and Henry Moss of Bruner/Cott & Associates talk about the elements they considered as they approached the renovation of these 100+ year old mill buildings and about the history of mills in New England. You can also learn about the history of this site and about Natalie Jeremijenko‘s Tree Logic and Christina Kubisch‘s Clocktower Project. And, you can learn about how MASS MoCA has helped to create change in North Adams.

Click here to download the podcast.

Don’t own an mp3 player? You can rent a player loaded with the tour from MASS MoCA box office at your next visit.

Coming soon…. Spencer Finch podcast tour.

Posted October 2, 2007 by MASS MoCA
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Is that pot of gold actually in the Mohawk?

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Sometimes the darkest of days can hold moments of incredible hope! (Rainbow over North Adams after a rain shower on September 29, 2007)

Cheers,

Brittany

Posted October 2, 2007 by Brittany Bishop
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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree”- Emily Bronte

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Fall is finally here! Daily I find myself stunned by just how beautiful nature is in the Berkshires. My favorite tree color combinations are the bold yellow/ golds which remind me of some sort of neon tropical fish and the deep mahogany reds that are reminiscent of antique wooden furniture. As I walk home from work every day I have picked up leaves that catch my interest. I am a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have pressed one leaf in every page of a 230 page book. That’s right friends I have already saved 230 leaves so far and serious leaves-on-the-ground season hasn’t really even begun!

Sometimes I find myself wishing that we as people could also change our colors with every new season. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to wake up one day and find that you have begun to turn a new shade? Of course, this would not only apply to you alone but to those around you as well. Imagine that every new season could bring a whole new variety of personalities and characters to life just by a simple natural change.

Take a look outside, enjoy your surroundings, and feel blessed that you get to wake up every morning and see mother nature at work!

Cheers,

Brittany

P.S. Check out our own beautiful upside down trees in the pictures included here.

P.P.S. Only 20 more days until Teenage Prayers!!!!!

Posted October 1, 2007 by Brittany Bishop
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Information about Training Ground

Interview with Director Joe Thompson at Artinfo.com

Christopher Benfey’s coverage of trial by Slate

Commentary by John Mitchell in The Transcript

Geoff Edgers coverage in Boston Globe

Tyler Green’s Modern Art Notes on Artjournal

Satire on Gawker.com

Posted September 28, 2007 by MASS MoCA
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