Thank You from MASS MoCA

As the holiday season whips by in a flurry of flash sales and, well, flurries, it can be easy to get carried away in the “getting” and forget to be thankful for all that we already have. As our fifteenth year becomes our sixteenth year, the staff here at MASS MoCA looks back with gratitude on twelve months’ worth of programming, residencies, and exhibits. From music festivals to educational workshops to large-scale art installations, here are the moments from 2014 that we’re the most thankful for:

Glenn Kotche and David Cossin’s duet at the Bang on a Can Marathon


Nick Veasey and Marilène Oliver’s Kidspace residency


Installing Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre


Having an amazing time at Beck in June


The amazing turnout at our FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival

The transformation that occurs in our galleries at installation time

2014: Teresita Fernandez: As Above So Below Install INTERNAL USE

Doubling the number of students served by our school partnership program

Brayton 3rd Grade Tour

Bang on a Can playing Terry Reily’s In C inside Izhar Patkin’s veiled suite, and…


…working with Ann Hamilton on her Paper Chorus.


We’re thankful to you for making these moments happen, and for joining us to watch them unfold. Can’t wait to see you next year, and the year after…

Posted December 23, 2014 by MASS MoCA
Filed under Berkshires, BLOG, Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty, Exhibitions, Kidspace, Uncategorized
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Peeping Leaves from a New Perspective: Your Guide to a Fabulous Fall Weekend in the Northern Berkshires

By Julia Leonardos

Bags of apples straight from the orchard line your pantry. Your stoop is overrun with decorative gourds and festive hay bales. You’ve swapped your shorts and t-shirts for cardigans and lacquered leather boots. You spent the last three hours bushwhacking your way out of a corn maze, your house smells like the Yankee Candle store and Starbucks had a baby, and the Monday Night Football theme song echoes constantly throughout your hallways. That’s right, folks, fall is upon us: nature’s final, fiery burst of beauty before crisp air turns frigid and brilliant trees become barren.

Fall is a pretty big deal out here in the northern Berkshires and so is the weekend that lands closest to the date of October 12. Some call it Columbus Day Weekend, but I’ll refer to it as most Berkshire locals do: the peak of leaf-peeping season. Yes, it is this weekend that the leaf peepers pack up their cars and head to the Berkshires from all directions to see the leaves at their most vivid. And we welcome you, leaf peepers, with open arms, warm hearts, and plenty of picture-perfect landscapes for you to Instagram, no filter required.


After a while, though, staring at trees can get a little boring. We get it — you might get hungry, decide to do some activities, or feel a sudden, overwhelming urge to stare at something else (maybe some art?) for a few hours. That’s where we come in. MASS MoCA and a bevy of other northern Berkshire institutions are here for you if (and when) you decide you want to peep some leaves from a new perspective this weekend. Here’s our guide for the upcoming fall weekend, designed to enhance your leaf peeping with art, events, food, and merriment…


Day 1: Friday, October 10
Arrive at the Porches Inn in North Adams, MA, after work, then, head to Public for dinner and drinks. By 8pm, be at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center for The Source, Beth Morrison Projects’ latest music-theater work-in-progress. It’s all about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s decision to leak the most classified material ever released to the public, and the worldwide media hysteria that ensued. The Source premieres at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on October 22, so this is an exclusive chance to be a part of the process and see the show before it premieres.


Day 2: Saturday, October 11

View the Radical Words, Make it New, and Raw Color exhibitions at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown before they come down. In the evening, head back to MASS MoCA for the opening reception of Lee Boroson’s Plastic Fantastic, in Building 5, our largest gallery space (yes, that’s the gallery where Xu Bing’s Phoenix was) at 5pm. You can make reservations for the reception here. Next up, just a few steps away in Building 10, is guitar hero Gary Lucas, who is playing his original live score to the 1935 Chinese cinematic touchstone The Goddess (for only the second time in North America!) up in Club B-10, starting at 8pm. That leaves you plenty of time to chow down on some burritos/sandwiches/ice cream at Lickety Split in between the opening and the show.

Day 3: Sunday, October 12
In the morning, dive into the 900-acre Berkshire wood for some up-close and personal leaf-peeping at Ramblewild forest adventure park. You can zipline, swing, climb, and slide from tree to tree on one of their many forest trails. If you’re like me and you want to have both of your feet on solid ground as often as humanly possible, you can also (free of charge) take a meditative walk in the forest as you watch the other members of your party jump from tree to tree above you.


In the afternoon, head to the MASS MoCA galleries to relax and rejuvenate by taking in all of our exhibitions at your own pace. As you head home, look out your car window and admire the rolling Berkshire mountain range that has inspired so many literary greats, and Instagram a couple photos so your friends know that you did, in fact, take in some foliage during your fall weekend in the northern Berkshires.



Posted October 9, 2014 by MASS MoCA
Filed under Berkshires, BLOG, Exhibitions, Lickety Split, North Adams, Openings, Theater, Uncategorized
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Calling All Artists, North Adams Wants You!

By Eleanor Cook 

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PolicyMic just announced what we’ve known all along: North Adams is one of the top US cities for young creatives. Where else can you find the largest contemporary arts center in America and many nearby cultural attractions, ready access to incredible natural beauty and outdoor recreation, amazingly affordable homes, studios, offices, and light industrial spaces, and a strong community of artists, all in the same package?

There are plenty of reasons for creatives to call North Adams home, and MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is adding another: financial support and professional development for artists committed to building a creative practice in North Adams.  

Industrial BuildingArtist Bookshelves

This summer, we are thrilled to announce the Assets for Artists: North Adams Project. Artists selected to participate can receive artist-focused training, match money for investments in their creative enterprises, and seed funding to North Adams artists with special projects offering high impact  and visibility. We’re betting this can help lure and retain great artists in North Adams — and in the process, make North Adams an even more vibrant place to live and work.

We invite artists to apply in two categories: those already living or working in our hometown, and those who have yet to discover North Adams. We’re offering incentives and special programming for artists eager to put down roots in our hip little city.

Interested? Learn more about our North Adams Project here. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014, so let us know how you envision your creative future in North Adams.

To learn more about MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program and to stay up
to date with the 200+ artists in our network across the Northeast, visit, find us on Facebook, and follow us @Assets4Artists on Twitter. You can email us at

Posted June 3, 2014 by MASS MoCA
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Goodnight Irene

Director Joe Thompson reports on how we coped with hurricane Irene:

We’ve never, ever closed MASS MoCA for a weather event, but Irene was spooky and we decided to play it safe.  (During one of last winter’s blizzards we proudly announced online that we would be open, and several people took me to task for requiring employees to trudge to work in the snow…which I confess took me aback.  I felt like I lived on a different planet.  It might have been a mistake to have employees make a long drive, but by and large, we actually like getting the museum open, and our tough-weather visitors are some of our best. They really want to be here, and so we’re really happy to host them). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 29, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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MASS Transit: MoCA Bike Rental

MASS MoCA is constantly seeking new ways to get our visitors around town while they’re here at MASS MoCA.  Enter MASS Transit, the museum’s newly introduced bike rental program. A helpful and environmentally friendly mode of transportation to reach downtown North Adams and neighboring towns, the program is being met with oodles of enthusiasm from museum visitors, visiting artists, staff and friends of the museum.

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Posted August 11, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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So much to see, so little time


Our good friend Larry Murray has a great blog about what’s going on in Berkshire performing arts venues. Not surprisingly its called Larry has a long and distinguished background in the arts — you can trust him to steer you towards great stuff on stage throughout the area all year long. He also writes for Berkshire Fine Arts and runs Arts America– Berkshires Broadway and Beyond . We hope you’ll check out his blogs.

Posted May 27, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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