Artist spotlight on Mary Lum

Workers curator Susan Cross provides this introduction to an interview that our intern Kathryn Amato did with Mary Lum.

Continuing our artist spotlight series, we are focusing on  the work of North Adams-based Mary Lum, who is featured in the current exhibition The Workers. A 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Lum earned her M.F.A. at Rochester Institute of Technology. Represented by Joseph Carroll and Sons, Boston and Fredereicke Taylor, New York. she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Lum has been faculty  at Bennington College since 2005.

Invited to create a new piece for The Workers Lum was inspired both by the history of the former manufacturing site and her own interest in labor, a theme which the artist has explored in a number of previous works.¬† Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor features an assemblage of hand-torn paper bag fragments which the artist has been collecting for nearly two decades. Each of the pieces ‚Äď torn from a multitude of bag bottoms — is stamped ¬†with the name of the individual who made the bag or oversaw its production and quality on the assembly line. ¬†¬†A detail easy to miss, each name reminds us of the human element behind industrialized production and the objects we use on a daily basis.

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Posted August 3, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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‚ÄúThe Known Universe‚ÄĚ

Northampton-based artist Samuel Rowlett and a dynamic crew of 15 local high school students collaborated on The Known Universe at ‚ÄúTEENSPACE‚ÄĚ a project of Kidspace at MASS MoCA¬† in downtown North Adams as part of the annual DownStreet Art festival. Visit the space at 26 Holden Street to see the results.

Samuel Rowlet has written a guest blog for MASS MoCA, check out what he has been working on:

With sketchbooks filled after a month of meeting twice a week on the 3rd floor of MASS MoCA as part of my residency with the Teenspace crew, we finally saw the space for our installation this summer.  The site of the old Artery Lounge at 26 Holden Street was perfect!   With a patina of character and quirky architectural palimpsests it was just the raw space we needed to take the ethos of the sketchbook (the artist’s equivalent of a diary), blow it up large scale and make it environmental.  The process, based on my own studio practice of turning the unpolished immediacy of sketchbook drawings into wall drawings, certainly gave the project an uncertain future.  Especially having 16 sketchbooks to source from!  However, after seeing the sketches the Crew had made, I knew we had the makings of something great.

Perhaps the most pleasing part of the project (in addition to the rocking installation: a mash-up of social commentary, angst, honesty and satire, that somehow reminds me of a Nirvana music video) has been the camaraderie and sense of collaboration that has developed within the group throughout the installation process.¬† As we helped draw each other‚Äôs drawings, we got to know one another, to rely on one another, riffing off each other‚Äôs ideas, and (quite literally) drawing connections between our sketchbook worlds.¬† I had charged them with the task of mapping their own universes, however it has become less about individual paradigms and more about stewardship of the work as a whole and the conversation they have put into motion through the process of working together.¬† Which, primarily, is what I hope for them will be the real take-away from this experience.¬† One that they can repeat in the future in whatever their chosen field may be:¬† a sense of creative collaboration.¬† ‚ÄúThe Known Universe‚ÄĚ expands‚Ķ

Posted June 30, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, Kidspace, North Adams, Work-in-progress
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Can’t beat dinner and a show for $35!

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Taylor’s to offer a special package for Chautauqua! Just $35 gets you a delicious dinner and a delicious show.

Stop by Taylor’s before Chautauqua! and choose from a special three-course prix fixe pre-theater menu:

Start with a garden salad

Then choose from

  • Cheese ravioli with spinach and sun dried tomatoes in a cream sauce
  • Baked cod with mashed potatoes
  • Chicken picatta with mashed potatoes

Finish it off with a piece of yummy chocolate cake.

You have to reserve in advance but you can do so up until 5 PM on Friday, April 8. Reserve by calling MASS MoCA Box Office at 413 662-2111, then press 1.¬† We’ll take care of the rest. (Well everything but the gratuity.¬† Please don’t forget to tip your server generously!)

Posted April 1, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

…but MoCA is sooo delightful..

Wow. We’re all aware how scary it is outside but these are the best days to spend in a nice warm museum!

The question is…How does one shovel an outdoor sculpture on a day like today?

Should we use a hair dryer? Or a leaf blower? Or what about a feather duster?

What’s the point anyway? The snow is coming down faster than we can push it away!..But some of our outdoor exhibits stood up tough against the crazy snow…

Special thanks to ANYONE who came out to MASS MoCA today. You are awesome.

Check in with the blog tomorrow for another update on Sean Foley!

Posted January 12, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Dinner + Theater = $40

We’re pairing up with our friends at Taylor’s Fine Dining to offer you a very attractively price dinner & theater package. On October 9, You can enjoy great food at Taylor’s (including a glass of wine!) and a great show at MASS MoCA (Cynthia Hopkins’ The Truth: A Tragedy)¬† for just $40!

Here are the details.¬† Prix fixe dinner at Taylor’s includes: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 30, 2010 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Dining, North Adams, The Truth: A Tragedy
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A dozen reasons to get off the couch and head to Solid Sound this weekend

12. The Perseid Meteor shower peaks tomorrow night (Thursday) and continues Friday and Saturday. To really see it, you have to get away from the city lights.

11. There’s a sales tax holiday in Massachusetts this weekend (14/15), so you can shop and rock for less.

10. Two words: Jacket Weather. Escape the dog days in the city and head for the mountains: fantastic forecast for North Adams this weekend (sunny, highs in the upper 70s, lows around 60)

9. Admit it, you’re itching for one last road trip before summer ends and reality beckons. Check promotions with Zip Car for rentals and ZimRide for sharing.

8. Speaking of road trips; the journey can be just as fun as the destination. There are 3 drive-in movie theaters en route to North Adams — (Hyde Park Drive-in (NY), Pleasant Valley Drive-in (CT), and Northfield Drive-in (NH/MA/VT border). Or for a different slice of Americana, local minor league baseball teams at home this weekend include the Tri-City Valleycats (Troy, NY), Lowell Spinners (MA) and Pittsfield Colonials (MA).

7. If you’re the outdoorsy type, there is great hiking, kayaking, camping etc. all over the area. Mass., VT, and NY state recreation websites can direct you or check this out here.

6. Plus, there’s excellent dining from one extreme to the other.

5. Once you’re in the festival, you can come and go as you please. Want to go the the Clark or Norman Rockwell Museum, the ropes course at Jiminy Peak or get all spiritual at the Hancock Shaker Museum? No problem… split for a while and come back.

4. When you’re at MASS MoCA you’ll join people from at least 40 states and 10 countries at the festival, making it both an international and cross-country scene (new friends, perhaps?) There, in addition to the festival, you’ll have full run of the museum… including Time Magazine’s #1 museum installation of the year, the Sol Lewitt Retrospective.

3. How about the festival programming? The great music, from Wilco to the band members individual projects to Mavis Staples, Sir Richard Bishop and a ton more cool stuff, plus the comedy and performance spaces where you can see Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney and Hannibal Buress and multiple performances by the Bread and Puppet Theatre Co. and Story Pirates. Not to mention exhib its including Glenn Kotche’s “prepared drums” (which you can play), Nels Cline’s Stompbox Station… (again you can play), Polaroid photos from Patrick Sansone, Cassandra C. Jones’s video installation, a pair of Luthiers explaining their work, live poster screen-printing, a dunk tank, a record store where you can listen to lots of vinyl (etc.) on a Solid Sound system, plus… A veritable world of fun. Oh and if you get weary, we’ve got some of North America’s best coffee from the Intelligentsia Coffee bar/lab., plenty of local food/drink vendors and a bar.

2. Mavis Staples performance at Lollapalooza last weekend (inc. a guest appearance by “Tweedy”, as Mavis refers to him) was, according to all reports, one of the highlights of the festival. Just sayin’….

1. And, lucky you, it’s not too late. Tickets are still available and will be at the box office all weekend. Be there.

Posted August 12, 2010 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Music, North Adams, Wilco Solid Sound Festival
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