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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, I√Īigo 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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Thrice Times a Wookie: More from the Millennium Falcon

A long time ago in a gallery far, far away…

The last time we left our friends aboard the Millennium Falcon they were hurtling down yet another wormhole and narrowly escaping a terrible demise on the Planet LeWitt. Now as they are helplessly and blindly traveling through this wormhole they can only pray and hope that their destination is peaceful, calm and serene.

Upon exiting the wormhole they find that their prayers were answered being thrown into a vast uninhabited planet. Threepio informs the crew that the planet they have entered is Planet Starling, known for its desolate terrain and existence of two massive silver outcroppings and one even larger gateway. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 30, 2009 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Interns, Simon Starling
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Starling film should open Wednesday

Red Rivers film stillWe¬† did not get the Starling film about his trip down the Hudson as expected today. We are optimistic it will arrive Tuesday which means you can see it in the Building 5 gallery on Wednesday.¬† We’ll hope to see you then.

Posted October 19, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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The Mighty Hudson

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In a somewhat serendipitous set of circumstances, the beautiful Hudson River figures prominently in two events/exhibitions that will be here in the end of October: Simon Starling’s new film Red Rivers (In Search of the Elusive Okapi) is on view in the galleries from October 17 through November 1 and the film Against the Current, screens here on Saturday, October 24, as part of the Williamstown Film Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 15, 2009 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Film, Simon Starling
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September Flickr Finds: Nanjing Particles

It’s been way too long since I have posted a Flickr Finds blog. I’m going to try to make it up to you by posting two this month. For this first Finds I decided to collect photos of Simon Starling’s Nanjing Particles, which will be closing on October 31.¬† I love the way the reflections in the silver particles distort the interior of our building.¬† Enjoy!

Please note all photos shown in Flickr Finds blogs retain the copyright of the original photographer. To learn more about the photographer and the licensing of their images, click on the photographer’s name to visit their Flickr profile or webpage.

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Akemi Ueda

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aperf8ectcircle

senatorfriskyweb

senatorfrisky

skisselweb

skissel

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trailerfullofpix

Range-of-Lightweb

Range of Light

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hargo

Cheers,

Brittany

P.S. If you would like to see your photos featured here make sure you add them to our Flickr Group for consideration.

Posted September 18, 2009 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, Flickr Finds, Simon Starling
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Simon’s Caterer

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MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson also spent some time on the Hudson River with Simon Starling.  Here he details his role in the creation of the second phase of Strip Canoe.

My job was logistics support on Friday, Day 2, from Hudson to Kingston: actually, my job was to provide lunch.¬† I had the brilliant idea of using a high tech rotomolded sit-on-top 17′ Hobie cat, which boasts outriggers and a 17′ self-furling mainsail and would allow me to run 2009 circles around those canoeists, caught up in 1909.

But it didn’t work out that way.

No wind.  Not a breath.  The Hudson was like glass for most of the 25-mile trip.  Which meant I worked my tail off trying to keep up with the old technology, and even then failed.  Simon and Dante were polite and kept their boats in eyesight, or maybe this was  because I had the food.

We had a great time: hawks, eagles, herons, and lots of fish hitting at the surface.  The bridges from below are magnificent: Rip Van Winkle, in particular, is a structural marvel.  We noticed that 9/11 angst has infiltrated the river in the form of signage threatening 5 years imprisonment or a $50,000 fine for loitering under the bridges.  Strangely, the closer you get to NYC, the cleaner the river seemed.

This was the only part of the trip that I participated in, but there was one lesson I’ll never forget: on the river that flows both ways, it’s all about the tide.¬† With the draining tide, we made our first 22 miles in about 4.5 hours, and were still pretty fresh.¬† We lost the ebbing tide during lunch, however, and the horrible flooding tide slowed our rate to 2 miles over the next 2 hours, and we weren’t loafing.¬† I bailed at that point, on the north side of Kingston, and the canoeists carried on for another mile or two to complete the Hudson-Kingston reach.

Posted July 31, 2009 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, Simon Starling, Work-in-progress
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