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The Nanjing Particles Installation

From fabulous Marketing Intern Caitlin Foster:

Today I peeked into Building 5 with a few of the other interns to check out the latest phase of installation for The Nanjing Particles, Simon Starling’s upcoming show at MASS MoCA. Being able to witness the actual installation of a show as massive as Starling’s has been fascinating, and something I have been making a point to check out from week to week. Building 5 is open to the public during the process of setting up the show, something you don’t usually see in most museums, making it all the more worthwhile to observe. The installation is based on a photograph of Chinese workers brought in to break a strike in a shoe factory that was formerly housed in what is now MASS MoCA’s campus. This week saw Starling and the crew applying wallpaper depicting the expounded photograph to the large forms that you see when you first enter the room.

The Opening Reception for The Nanjing Particles will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm (remarks at 6:30 pm). The event is free to members/ $6 for not-yet-members. RSVP to the Opening Reception by calling 413.664.4481 x8112 or by e-mail. 

After the opening, join us for a work-in-progress showing of we become by dance company-in-residence LAVA.

Posted December 9, 2008 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, Interns, Openings, Work-in-progress
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An inside look at LeWitt in The Believer

Of all the recent articles on the LeWitt show, my favorite so far is Chris Cobb’s recounting in The Believer of his experience being one of the lead installers of the retrospective. (Only an abstract is available online, but we’re selling the issue in Hardware.)

You’ll get to learn all sorts of facts, like “Once the project started, there would be up to three people a day doing nothing but sharpening pencil leads.” Or “It also occurs to me that [Leonard] Nimoy, like LeWitt, had a fictional self—for Nimoy it was the dispassionate and logical Spock, for LeWitt it was his somewhat impersonal and abstract geometric wall drawings.” (Read the article to understand that one.)

Posted November 25, 2008 by Dan McKinley
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, LeWitt
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Sol LeWitt Opening Day

Comment on this post and tell us what you think of the new Sol Lewitt Retrospective.

Posted November 16, 2008 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, LeWitt, Openings
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Flickr Finds: Tree Logic

As the winter months begin to take over our landscape I thought it would be nice to do a Flickr Finds featuring our upside down trees. Enjoy.

Please note all photos shown in Flickr Finds blogs retain the copyright of the original photographer. To learn more about the photographer and the licensing of their images, click on the photographer’s name to visit their Flickr profile.

From albany_tim

From Howlinhill

From paintingloftcom

From theophilus1918

From Eric Marc Crawford

From shop clementine

From br_5530

Even though this image is not of Tree Logic, I just couldn’t resist including this awesome shot of the tree turbine.

From Sundance Moods

The next Flickr Finds will feature photos of MASS MoCA signage. If you have a photo of the roof sign, the big yellow arrow, etc. upload it to the MASS MoCA Flickr Group now. Your picture could be featured here next month.

Cheers,

Brittany

Posted November 12, 2008 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under Architecture, BLOG, Exhibitions, Flickr Finds
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Museum Education

Many MASS MoCA staff attended a fascinating talk by Robert Storr at the Clark Art Institute last week. Rebecca and Caitlin, two of our extraordinary interns summarize his main themes for you here:

“Explaining art to people means explaining the world to them, and there is no master voice,” said Robert Storr at the conclusion of his lecture, Dumbing down or Smartening up: How Museums Address Their Publics .

While contemporary art has largely dismissed teleological discourse and the idea of a master narrative in favor of a less reductive, more inclusive approach to exhibiting and curating, Storr pointed out that many museums fail to make their work legible and accessible to their publics. In response to the overly didactic and pedagogical layout of an exhibition which aims to depict the timeline of an artist,-ism, movement, or nation, Storr proposes that through the Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 11, 2008 by MASS MoCA
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PRINT Picks Finch

We’re proud to note that the exhibition catalogue for Spencer Finch: What Time Is It On The Sun? was recognized in PRINT Magazine‘s Regional Design Annual 2008. If you don’t yet have a copy of the beautiful catalogue, designed by Tim Hossler, you can order one here or by emailing Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store.

Posted October 30, 2008 by Dan McKinley
Filed under BLOG, Design, Exhibitions
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