Downstreet Art is in full swing in downtown North Adams.Â While MASS MoCA has a gallery which features original art for the third chapter of George Cochrane’s Long Time Gone and there’s a spectacular space on Main Street designed by Kidspace artist Matt Bua and created by local students, there are many other galleries.Â We’ll be spotlighting one here each week hoping to be able to cover them all by October.
This week, we stopped by 28 Holden Street (the gallery just next door to the Cochrane space) which has a show called Works and Days by Mark W. Mulherrin.Â This survey of 39 years of Mark’s work is presented in three parts, you only have a few more days to see the first part, the second part opens on July 30.Â (There are many things happening on the evening of July 30, openings, performances and the like, so its a good time to visit if you haven’t yet.)
The exhibition consists of works on paper, paintings, installations and text.Â Mark’sÂ work is eclectic — it explores the various consolations of myth, the uses of wit, the mirror of the archaic, what breaks us and what heals.
MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson offers these thoughts on his star turn in Guy Ben-Ner’s new film.
I spent most of last week artist Guy Ben-Ner, cinematographer John Russell Foster, sound guru Roger PhenixÂ our own curator/producer Susan Cross, and problem-solver Eugene Rutligliano, taking a star turn as a perfectly cast museum director/pilot/fool, in Guyâ€™s new video installation which will premier here on May 23rd.
God, was it excruciating, and a lot of fun.
I am a truly terrible actor which Guy kept saying was â€śperfect, no, really, Joe, itâ€™s ok, itâ€™s ok.â€ťÂ Though Guyâ€™s dense, sometimes archaic, dialogue was a challenge, it really wasnâ€™t really so difficult as to be a Read the rest of this entry »
He’s creating his installation from hundreds of pieces of detritus — the flotsam and jetsam of life that he has found on city streets.
Here’s a peek inside one of the still-to-be-unpacked crates he brought.
Some of the things he’s already unpacked are batteries,
We have been delighted to see so many glowing reviews of the Sol LeWitt Retrospective since we opened the new building last month. My Google Alert has been filled to the brim with reviews from bloggers and websites and we have amassed a collection of reviews from newspapers and magazines around the country.
Check out what the critics have to say about the installation:
Included here are links to some of our favorite reviews including Sebastian Smee’s review for The Boston Globe,Â the review on art/design blog Cool Hunting, Holland Cotter’s review for The New York Times, and Richard Lacayo in Time, Andrea Shea’s piece on NPR, and Roger Catlin in The Hartford Courant.
We’d love to hear what you think of LeWitt.
From fabulous Marketing Intern Caitlin Foster:
Today I peeked into Building 5 with a few of the other interns to check out the latest phase of installation for The Nanjing Particles, Simon Starlingâ€™s upcoming show at MASS MoCA. Being able to witness the actual installation of a show as massive as Starlingâ€™s has been fascinating, and something I have been making a point to check out from week to week. Building 5 is open to the public during the process of setting up the show, something you donâ€™t usually see in most museums, making it all the more worthwhile to observe. The installation is based on a photograph of Chinese workers brought in to break a strike in a shoe factory that was formerly housed in what is now MASS MoCAâ€™s campus. This week saw Starling and the crew applying wallpaper depicting the expounded photograph to the large forms that you see when you first enter the room.
The Opening Reception for The Nanjing Particles will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm (remarks at 6:30 pm). The event is free to members/ $6 for not-yet-members. RSVP to the Opening Reception by calling 413.664.4481 x8112 or by e-mail.Â
After the opening, join us for a work-in-progress showing of we become by dance company-in-residence LAVA.