Kudos to the crew

Here’s a nice shout out to our well-prepared and ingenious production crew for their labors on Nick Brooke and Jenny Rohn’s Time and Motion Study and  which sold out on Saturday.

Posted September 29, 2008 by MASS MoCA
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OneWeb Day happening in the lobby NOW

We just got our very own YouTube Town Hall station set up in the lobby as part of OneWebDay thanks to our good friend Brett McDowell (Check out his blog for some insight into what is happening today). For those of you who haven’t heard about OWD here is an excerpt from an explanation posted by OWD founder Susan Crawford on her blog.

“OneWebDay (OWD) is a global event, like an Earth Day for the Internet. It is a platform people can use to educate and activate others about issues that are important for the Internet’s future. As OWD grows, it will build a global constituency that will work to protect and develop the benefits that the Internet brings to society. Every year, OWD focuses on a key Internet value. In light of this year’s historic US election and the rise of a new online “public square” all over the world, we are focusing on online political participation.”

If you are going to be out and about today in North Adams stop by our lobby until 3 PM and share your thoughts in our station. If you can’t actually be with us, keep your eyes on the You Tube page which Brett will be updating throughout the day with new videos.

Also check out the OneWebDay website which includes complete maps of other participating locations.






Posted September 22, 2008 by Brittany Bishop
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I Love You

I love our members
So much that I can’t help but
Write really bad haiku.

Okay, so maybe my poetry skills aren’t that great, but I really do love all of the MASS MoCA members. Your support helps us continue our mission of commissioning, facilitating, and exhibiting the best and most cutting-edge contemporary art. To show our appreciation in non-lyrical form, we invite you to MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY!

On Saturday, September 27th we’re offering all kinds of great discounts and activities for members to say thank you for supporting us. Members can:

  • Bring a friend for free! Show your friends how great the MASS MoCA galleries are. Each member can bring one guest for free gallery admission.
  • Attend an artist talk! Artist Alexis Rockman, whose painting South is featured in the current Badlands exhibit, will talk about his work and its relation to the environment. 2 pm. FREE for members; $5 for not-yet members. Tickets are required from the Box Office (413.MoCA.111).
  • Get a performance preview! At noon, hear artist-in-residence Nick Brooke give a short explanation of his Time and Motion Study, which will be given as a work-in-progress showing at 8 pm in the Hunter Center.
  • Save more at the store! Get 20% off at Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store and stock up on all your favorite toys, books, jewelry and more inspired by contemporary art.
  • Save more on a snack! Receive 20% off at MASS MoCA cafĂ© Lickety Split. Nothing hits the spot after a day in the galleries like their Harrell’s ice cream. Or enjoy drinks, lunch, or baked goods.
  • Take the kids on a tour! At 11 am take a free tour specially designed for kids and families.
  • Learn more about the art! Take a free gallery tour and learn more about the art on display. Tours will be available at noon, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm.

I hope to see you there! If I run into you I might just compose a spontaneous haiku about my undying love for members.

Extremely sincerely yours,
Rebecca Rice
Membership Associate

Not yet a member? To join today, visit our membership page or contact Rebecca Rice at 413.664.4481 x8112 or

Posted September 19, 2008 by Brittany Bishop
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Badlands: The Book

Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape surveys a contemporary approach the landscape, continuing a lineage from the Impressionists to Ansel Adams to the Earth Artists to today. For the exhibition’s catalogue (distributed by The MIT Press), curator Denise Markonish and I wanted to create a kind of field guide for the exhibition, a book that you could hold in your hand while walking through the show. You can purchase the book in Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store or on Amazon.

The catalogue is divided into four sections—The Historians, The Explorers, The Activists & The Pragmatists, and The Aestheticists—and features essays by Denise, Ginger Strand, Gregory Volk, and Tensie Whelan and a foreword from MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson.

But the best part is that Denise interviewed each artist for the catalogue. After the jump are a few personal favorites.

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Posted September 8, 2008 by Dan McKinley
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A Banner Event

Last week, David Thomas’ In the Palms of Their Hands (2007) was installed on the façade of the museum’s Building 14, the former power plant of the Sprague Electric Company. The banner—part of Eastern Standard: Western Artists in China, curated by Susan Cross—is twenty feet wide by fifteen feet high and required an impressive feat of engineering to be installed. 

More photos documenting how Director of Art Fabrication Richard Criddle and his crew members Jason Wilcox and John Carli did it after the jump.

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Posted September 5, 2008 by Dan McKinley
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How Sleeping Giant came together

Daniel Duford who was at MASS MoCA as part of the residency for Lawrence Goldhuber’s Sleeping Giant, blogged a bit about his experience here including illuminating photos of the set in progress and thoughts about the challenges of painting a backdrop.

Posted September 2, 2008 by MASS MoCA
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