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Cashing In.

We want to make sure you’re up-to-date on the exciting events that will be taking place next Saturday!

The Workers is the new installation-in-progress that is scheduled to open on May 28th. This exhibition will feature the works of 25+ artists who will explore work and labor and how it is presented in contemporary art.

Viewers can expect to see photos, video, paintings, and sculptures in this installation. The picture above previews a new work by a local artist, Mary Lum!

Dead Labor Day by Sam Durrant will be shown at MASS MoCA as well! We were able to talk with Durrant’s assistant – Joe Montgomery – about this disturbingly intriguing sculpture. “It’s a recreation of the gallows that were used to hang the Chicago 5,” said Joe.

The hanging took place after a battle for break-time during the work day. “Your break was a sacrifice,” said Joe. The sculpture will replicate the hanging platform, but will also include a water cooler and chairs in which patrons can experience the relaxation that was fought for.

And waddaya know? Rosanne Cash’s performance follows the opening of The Workers. Cash will be rockin’ out in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center! Author, musician, and daughter of a legend- Cash will bestow upon us her melodic voice that cries out soulful lyrics. Expect to hear covers off of her new album, The List. When Cash was on tour with her father, he made her a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” which she was instructed to become familiar with. The List is a compilation of selected songs from the essentials.

We’re very excited for May 28th! Aren’t you??

Thanks again to Miss Danelle Cheney for the photos of The Workers!

Posted May 18, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Working on The Workers

MASS MoCA’s galleries are currently undergoing ANOTHER transformation. On May 29 a new exibition called, The Workers, will open at MASS MoCA: a previous industrial site.  The show will explore work and labor. How the laborer relates to work. And how work is presented in contemporary art.

The show will feature photos, videos, paintings, and sculptures from about 30 artists.  We will be tracking the progress of this show for you on the blog!

Luckily for our readers – we bumped into Joe Thompson, MASS MoCA’s director, and got to pick his brain about this upcoming exhibition.

Joe is particularly intrigued with the installation by Camel Collective.  The artists are installing a 30ft long chain-link fence that will hold messages to reference a previous struggle.

This is a representation of a very similar chain-link fence that previously controlled the access to Sprague Electric.  “Many locals will remember that the fence was an odd shade of lime green,” said Joe Thompson.

The fence was installed in 1971 during a strike at Sprague.  The strike was against the current wage negotiations as prices for electric capacitors went down along the Pacific Rim and oil prices began to rise.  The employees of Sprague would insert paper coffee cups into the holes of the chain-link fence to display messages.

This is a piece that “picks at an old wound” and “evokes a particular moment of the strike,” said Joe.

“When MASS MoCA removed the fence in ’98, you could feel almost a sigh of relief through the town as a stark symbol of a really bleak chapter was removed,” said Joe.

The Workers will include many thought provoking pieces that will definitely be worth a visit! Keep checking the blog for more updates about different pieces!

Posted May 12, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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