By Rebecca McBrien
MASS MoCA, Blogger Extraordinare
There is something magical about the museum at night. Maybe it is the excitement that there is a chance Night at the Museum is real. For many, myself included, dusk simply brings an ethereal feeling to MoCA. Whatever it may be, something especiallyÂ magical happened here on Valentineâ€™s Day.
Our Tall Gallery was transformed with lights and flowers into a little, romantic cafĂ©, with the sounds of Jason Middlebrookâ€™s 30-feet-tall Styrofoam waterfall bubbling in the background adding ambiance. A tasty meal was offered to guests and their dates, ranging from roast prime rib, to vegetable and mozzarella-stuffed Portobello mushrooms.
â€śWe have crafts like the Tom Phillipâ€™s Humument sets up, a photo booth, and these little red boxes in all the galleries are so people can leave Valentines for the artists,â€ť explained Andrew Palamara, Kidspace Education Coordinator, as he set up Guillaume Leblon Valentineâ€™s Day box.
Little red envelops where handed out to each couple as they arrived. Kidspace intern and Williams College student Zorelly Cepeda described them as conversation starters, to help each couple explore the museum and learn something new about each other.
After dinner, couples enjoyed European-style chocolate desserts and a variety of steamy beverages while serenaded by lovely, local acoustic guitarist Justin Hillman.
For most of the night, I wandered the length of our Hunter Hallway, camera in hand, waiting for couples to strike a pose with props from our prompt box. It was fun to see so many different faces. and hear little bits of different love stories.
Here is my favorite comment of the night:
â€śI love that she makes me laugh,â€ť he said,smiling down at her.
With a laugh she replied, â€śI love that you find me funny!â€ť
Even with all its interesting history and folklore, Valentineâ€™s Day most importantly stands for one of humanities greatest gifts: love. Amidst all the commercialism and activities, love can still be shown in simple waysâ€”like making your partner laugh.