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This Is Only Practice

Our fabulous Marketing Intern Will went on an adventure through the non-public buildings of MASS MoCA to share his thoughts on the LeWitt Practice Walls:

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After five weeks of working at MASS MoCA I finally gathered up enough courage to go wander our campus of abandoned factory buildings in search of a treasure that had intrigued me since my first week. Like any first week on the job I was taken around and given a tour of the building, shown where the bathrooms are, and given a history of the museum and the buildings we occupy. I learned that we have renovated and are using only 6 or so buildings out of a total of 27. I also learned that we use the remaining non-public buildings for a wide variety of things, mainly storage and workshops, but some hold treasures of times past. You can see previous MASS MoCA blogs that highlight the time capsule-like nature of our buildings, where you can find old tabloids with Tom Selleck on the cover. But what interested me most about these buildings were a set of practice walls used in preparation for the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 14, 2009 by Brittany Bishop
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Spetember Flickr Finds Part 2: LeWitt and Friends

We’ve had hundreds of beautiful photos of the Sol LeWitt Retrospective added to the MASS MoCA Flickr Group over the past few months.¬† Some of my favorite photos of the exhibition feature people in the space interacting with the wall drawings.¬† Below are a few that I thought you would 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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Jesse Santana

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Joshua Latham

Cheers,

Brittany

P.S. If you would like to see your photos featured here next month make sure you add them to our Flickr Group for consideration. I’m also looking for themes for future Flickr Finds.¬† If you would like to see photos based on a specific color, exhibition, idea, etc… let me know!

Posted September 25, 2009 by Brittany Bishop
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We’re blushing

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In the August 31 edition, New York Magazine calls the Sol LeWitt Retrospective “one of the best single artists exhibitions ever.”¬†¬†¬† And they used the picture of Alec, our box office intern, and Jodi, our retail maven, admiring Wall Drawing #391 who are the hippest non-New Yorkers we can think of.

Posted August 24, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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Take 5

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Our friend critic/blogger Tyler Green who’s based in our Nation’s Capital did a swing through Massachusetts and organized his thoughts in a series of “5 Things From…” Blogs.¬† Here’s his list about us.¬† You’ll also find his thoughts on the Clark and WCMA as well as other New England and upstate NY spots.

His blog prompts us to ask:¬† “What are your 5 Things from MASS MoCA (current or past?)”. Post a response and be automatically entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to our upcoming Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival on August 6.

Posted July 14, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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LeWitt catalogue now available

Sol LeWitt: 100 ViewsIf you visited MASS MoCA in the past week, you may have noticed something new on the shelves of our museum store: Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, the official catalogue for the wall drawing retrospective which opened in Building 7 in November.

“100 views” refers to the number of contributors to the catalogue as well as the approximate number of wall drawings in the retrospective (there are actually 105). The concept of the catalogue, edited by MASS MoCA’s curators Susan Cross and Denise Markonish, was to offer a personal tribute to LeWitt. From the foreword:

There is already an impressive collection of essays, writings, and catalogues that address the art of Sol LeWitt. Adding to this will be the forthcoming catalogue raisonn√© to be published by the Yale University Art Gallery in association with the Estate of Sol LeWitt and Pace Wildenstein. What more could possibly supplement this array of information and analysis? Talk to anyone who knew LeWitt or listen to artists who were influenced by his work or helped by his generosity, and it soon becomes clear what has been missing: a book about how LeWitt’s ideas, friendship, and generosity of spirit coursed the art world.

One hundred peer artists, curators, writers, architects, musicians, former and current assistants, and museum directors were asked to submit short pieces to the catalogue. Some, like curators Nicholas Baume (ICA) and Gary Garrels (SFMoMA), submitted short essays on the art historical importance of LeWitt. Artists Louise Lawler and Jonathan Monk paid tribute to LeWitt with a piece of artwork. Composer (and Bang on a Can co-founder) David Lang wrote a short musical composition while composer Steve Reich submitted a point/counterpoint comparing his thoughts on Conceptualism with LeWitt’s (with a short musical coda to boot). And that’s just a start of the personal anecdotes, touching elegies, witty wordplay, and critical assessment of the contributions. (A full list of the contributors is after the jump.)

Also featured in the catalogue are almost all of the wall drawings featured here at MASS MoCA. Photographed by Kevin Kennefick, the plate section captures the simultaneous grandeur and subtle detail of the drawings while hinting at their unique architectural setting.

The catalogue, distributed by Yale Press, is only available for pre-order on Amazon now, but you can get your fix right away by stopping by Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store or the new MASS MoCA by Design store in Williamstown today. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 3, 2009 by Dan McKinley
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DIY LeWitt

Check out this great piece on Studio 360 by Mark Phillips on being inspired by Sol LeWitt.

Posted May 28, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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