MASS MoCA’s galleries are currently undergoing ANOTHER transformation.¬†On May 29 a new exibition called, The Workers, will open at MASS MoCA:¬†a previous industrial site.¬† The show will explore work and labor. How the laborer relates to work. And how work is presented in contemporary art.
The show will feature photos, videos, paintings, and sculptures from about 30 artists.¬† We will be tracking the progress of this show for you on the blog!
Luckily for our readers – we bumped into Joe Thompson, MASS MoCA’s director, and got to pick his brain about this upcoming exhibition.
Joe is particularly intrigued with the¬†installation by¬†Camel Collective.¬† The artists are installing a 30ft long chain-link fence that will hold messages to reference a previous struggle.
This is a representation of a very similar chain-link fence that previously controlled the access to Sprague Electric.¬† “Many locals will remember that the fence was an odd shade of lime green,” said Joe¬†Thompson.
The fence was installed in 1971 during a strike at Sprague.¬† The strike was against the current wage negotiations as prices for electric capacitors went down along the Pacific Rim and oil prices began to rise.¬† The employees of Sprague would insert paper coffee cups into the holes of the chain-link fence to display messages.
This is a piece that “picks at an old wound” and “evokes a particular moment of the strike,” said Joe.
“When MASS MoCA removed the fence in ’98, you could feel almost a sigh of relief through the town as a stark symbol of a really bleak chapter was removed,” said Joe.
The Workers will include many thought provoking pieces that will definitely be worth a visit! Keep checking the blog for more updates about different pieces!