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Our Fellow Friends

Yesterday, the 50 USA Fellows for 2011 were announced and we are proud to say we have worked with six of them (That’s 12%!)

Once a year, the philanthropic organization United States Artists selects 50 exceptional artists as fellows, giving them $50,000 each. Fellows are nominated by an anonymous group, which changes each year, consisting of individuals who are well versed in the arts and live throughout the United States. Prizes are awarded to artists in Architecture & Design, Crafts & Traditional Arts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts.

According to the official USA website, artists must have: “Expert artistic skills, Artistic education or training (formal or informal), A history of deriving income from those skills, A history of active engagement in creating artwork and presenting it to the public.”

Are you familiar with any of our friends?!

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Posted December 7, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under Awards, BLOG, Inigo Manglano-Ovale
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What would you do?

In honor of Stephanie Rothenberg’s mixed reality talk show Best Practices in Banana Time being held at MASS MoCA this past weekend, we asked our patrons:

 “If you could have a job in Second Life what would you do?”

Here’s what people said!

I would be a Bird…

Baker

Chef

I would be a Veterinarian and heal horses, bunnies, dogs, and cats

To paint portraits or a photographer

 

Farmer

I would be a poet, or a musician, or an actor…

Build small boxes to hold decorative corks.

An architect.  I would travel the world, speaking different languages, meeting new people, and bringing aesthetic beauty to the eyes of all.

I would make sure the starts would come out at night.

 What would YOU do if you had a job in Second Life?

Posted December 5, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Maya Beiser’s All-Star Team

Maya Beiser, founding cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, comes to MASS MoCA with a seriously impressive team for her psychological cello opera Elsewhere, being shown on Saturday, December 10 at 8pm.

Incorporating cello, vocals, spoken word, video, dance, and elaborate sets, she’ll be accompanied by choreographer Karole Armitage and four dancers, producer Beth Morrison, director Robert Woodruff, projection designer Peter Nigrini, and composer Eve Beglarian.

Here’s the All-Star Line-up for Elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 2, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under Alternative Cabaret, BLOG, Dance, Music
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‘Tis the season!

Top Ten Reasons To Shop

HARDWARE @ MASS MoCA and MASS MoCA by Design

This Holiday Season

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Posted December 1, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Occupy Wall Street and Artist Stephanie Rothenberg Performing this Saturday

On November 15th MASS MoCA and the Williams College American Studies Program hosted a public conversation about Occupy Wall Street – preceded by a walk-through of The Workers, an exhibition which proposes the kind of solidarity that the Occupy movement also seems to be working toward.  The event was informative and inspiring but hopefully just the beginning of the conversation.

100 people came to the event. It was a diverse group, including Williams College faculty and students, North Adams residents, the founder of Occupy Northern Berkshires, a representative of the April 4th coalition (a group of labor advocates, unemployed workers,  and concerned citizens formed in the wake of the protests in Wisconsin), as well as neighbors from Williamstown, Adams, and even Bennington.


Why Occupy Wall Street?: A Public Conversation hosted by MASS MoCA and the Williams College American Studies Program Photo: Kezia Chee/North Adams Transcript

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Posted November 29, 2011 by scross
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Why Love Sol LeWitt?

Today is the 3 year anniversary of the opening of MASS MoCA’s Sol LeWitt:  a Wall Drawing Retrospective!

As you may have noticed, we really love Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA.  This is partially because we house his retrospective, which includes over 100 Wall Drawings, the majority of which LeWitt hand selected for the exhibit.  But also because LeWitt was a father of conceptual art, an innovator, as well as a comical and philosophical individual.

Here are some Sol LeWitt facts that show why we love him so much and what makes him truly unique: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 16, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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