Take a behind-the-scenes look at our newest exhibition, Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty, before the March 8 opening. At the center of the show is Filthy Lucre, Waterstonâ€™s re-imagined take on James McNeill Whistlerâ€™s famed Peacock Room. Inspired by the exquisite combination of art and architecture, as well as its story of patronage and artistic ego, Waterston has created a sumptuous ruin of decadent demolition, collapsing beneath the weight of its own excess.
First, hear about this major undertaking from the artist himself:
Then visit his studio, where heâ€™s been in residency since July creating this incredible masterpiece:
Our Director of Art Fabrication, Richard Criddle, says working with Waterston has been â€śone of the most outstanding collaborative projects weâ€™ve ever done with an artist here at MASS MoCAâ€ť â€“ see the installation process as our hard-working crew moves Filthy Lucre into the gallery, complete with a sample of the haunting voice and cello soundscape from New York rocker trio BETTY, who perform up in Club B-10 March 22:
Last but not least, local stained glass artisan Debora Coombs takes us through the process she used to create the beautiful glass lamps for Filthy Lucre: