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Feeling curious about the summer at MASS MoCA?

Laura Thompson, Director of Exhibitions and Education at Kidspace, blogs about the upcoming season.

A mastodon. Baseball player. Cowboy. Ninja.  Monster. Fire-eater. Tattooed grandma….Curious?

You know I must be talking about another wacky exhibition organized by Kidspace. Curiosity, to open on June 23, will fire up the curious nature of young people. Art materials range from LEGOS to fiberglass, prints to paintings. Ten internationally recognized artists will be featured in this action-packed installation, which will also include an “art cabaret,” where children can place an order for art materials to work with at café-style seating.

Colin Boyd’s work above… that is one big mastodon!

Nathan Sawaya’s piece, ”Han Solo in Carbonite.”

Relating to the curiosity theme will be our new Summer Teachers’ Institute, organized in collaboration with our partners The Clark and the Williams College Museum of Art. To be held on July 30 – August 3, the institute will explore different approaches to encouraging creativity and curiosity in the classroom. I am so excited to have as our keynote Jessica Hoffmann Davis, a renowned scholar in the field of art education who will make clear that the arts are essential to the well being of children, and foster healthy schools and communities. We are still accepting applications for the institute; for more details, follow this link.

Isobel Varley holds the Guinness World Record for “World’s Most Tattooed Senior Woman” with 76% of her body covered in ink!

Another exciting event to be held this summer is the opening of our Bus Stand Project by Victoria Palermo:

You might recall Vicky’s work in Kidspace’s Nature Park exhibition of 2003: think grass chairs and rubber trees! While not made out of natural materials, the steel and colorful glass bus stand will be a permanent fixture on Main Street in North Adams, replacing the old stand outside of Radio Shack. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on the opening night of DownStreet Art on June 28, 2012.

Posted March 30, 2012 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Kidspace, Openings, Staff
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