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Building 5 Through the Years

In just a couple of weeks, Sanford Biggers’ show The Cartographer’s Conundrum will be at MASS MoCA. With another exciting installation about to take place in our giant Building 5 gallery, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the shows that have graced this enormous space in the past.

1999-2000: The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece

In 1999, Robert Rauschenberg’s extensive work was our first major exhibit in the space. This self-contained collage-like retrospective of mixed media also served as the setting for MASS MoCA’s grand opening gala.

 

2001-2003: 14 Stations

In 2001, Robert Wilson’s sculptural installation 14 Stations filled the space. It was a seminal interpretation of the Via Crucis or “Way of the Cross”- referring to the moments of passion Christ experienced en route to crucifixion. Visitors could peer into each structure to experience the different scenes and figures along the way.

 

2004-2005: Inopportune

A few years later, nine exploding cars took over the 300 foot long gallery, suspended from the ceiling with multicolored rods shooting in all directions. This dramatic stop-motion moment served as the centerpiece for Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s show Inopportune.

 

2007-2008: Projections

In 2007, Jenny Holzer transformed the space with large-scale projections of selected poetry by Wislawa Szymborska. Coupled with giant bean bags scattered throughout the room, visitors were invited to sit back and absorb the surreal landscape and accompanying messages.

 

2008-2009: The Nanjing Particles

In 2008, English conceptual artist Simon Starling animated the huge exhibition space with large sculptural forms derived from microscopic particles.

 

2009-2010: Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With

A year later, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle explored the failings of Modernism with his upside-down glass house. The exhibit was based on Mies van der Rohe’s uncompleted project The House With Four Columns (1951), a square structure open to view on all four sides through glass walls. Everything hung in suspension and a phone rang off the hook.

 

Up next…. Stay tuned for Sanford Biggers’ show, opening on February 4, 2012!

 

Here’s to many more amazing shows in the future!

 

 

Posted January 23, 2012 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, Inigo Manglano-Ovale, Katharina Grosse, Simon Starling
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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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New work from Iñigo

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If you’re in NYC this Friday, February 5, stop by the opening of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s new show at Max Protech Gallery from 6 – 8 PM.  Called Happiness is a state of inertia, it is inspired by the materials and design of Mies van der Rohe’s unbuilt House with Four Columns (or 50×50 House, 1951), and it  functions as a working fish tank.

If you can’t make it this weekend, its on view through March 27.

Posted February 3, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Can’t get enough Iñigo?

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If you find yourself in Madrid, visit Galleria Soledad Lorenzo where Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle‘s  solo exhibition just opened.  Beautiful photos here.

Not planning a trip to Spain? You can see his work on this side of the pond at Max Protetch in New York after February 6 when his solo exhibition opens there.

Photo of Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With by Arthur Evans

Posted January 14, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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