We’re so excited to hear about MASS MoCA’s expansion! Featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, MASS MoCA announced an expansion that is expected to be complete by 2017.
“When the roughly $55 million project is completed in 2017, Mass MoCA will be the largest contemporary art museum in the country, with more than 250,000 square feet of gallery space.” – The Washington Post
Plus we got a sweet mention.
“[Laurie Anderson] who is known for “O Superman,” her 1981 hit song, as well as decades of experimental art…is based in New York, has been a frequent collaborator at Mass MoCA. Northwestern Massachusetts is affordable, allowing her to bring a crew; the local bed and breakfast, Porches Inn, lets her stay with her border terrier, Little Will.”
There’s always so much going on at MASS MoCA! From live musical performances to amazing art exhibits to artist talk backs about their beautiful works of art, MASS MoCA is definitely an attraction for all. If you’re staying with us or in the area, click here to view all of MASS MoCA’s incredible events! Please let us know if we can be of any assistance!
Are you following us on Instagram yet? If not, you should! For the month of August, we’re posting awesome snapshots of art from all around the Inn and area. Want to get in on the art action? Tag us in your photos and we might re-post it! Check it all out here: http://instagram.com/porchesinnmassmoca
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute reopened on July 4, 2014 after a much-anticipated museum expansion by a Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Tadao Ando. Ando designed a new wing for the Clark, which features additional stunning gallery spaces as well as an underground café, all illuminated by natural light from above. The building adds 11,000 square feet of new galleries and is composed of glass walls overseeing a three-tiered reflecting pool with striking views of the property’s rural surroundings. For more information about The Clark, please visit http://www.clarkart.edu/
Long before the widespread use of electricity, Paris had been known as “The City of Light” — the name arose in the eighteenth century, when Enlightenment philosophers made Paris a center of ideas and metaphorical illumination. By the late nineteenth century, the term had come to be associated with “real” light in the artificially illuminated streets and boulevards of the French capital, and its showy spaces of public entertainment and leisure.
For more on Electric Paris: http://www.clarkart.edu/museum/exhibitions-future-detail.cfm?EID=3465
Image credit: Alexandre Lunois, The Department Store (Le Bon Marché), 1902. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1990.14
Works of art can lead a double life. Often, one side is revealed to the public while the other—the back—remains hidden from view. In Backstories: The Other Side of Art, these hidden sides come to light as a selection of works tell their little-known “backstories,” revealing how they were made, how they have been cared for by collectors, the many changes they have survived, or the period during which they were created. The exhibition spans five centuries and includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, silver, and porcelain.
Kidspace @ the Clark: Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!
Now through September 8
A single image can spark curiosity that leads in many directions. Inspired by Peter Paul Rubens’s enormous painting Lion and Tiger Hunting (in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France), visitors will explore many questions: Who will be victorious? Could this animal hunt really have happened—and did it? What events or personalities caused Rubens to paint this picture? What problems did Rubens encounter when painting such a big picture so very long ago? This exhibition will include a number of hands-on activities.
One month left to see the Invisible Cities exhibit at MASS MoCA (now until February 4th!)
Titled after Italo Calvino’s beloved book – which imagines Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of numerous cities of a fading empire to Kublai Khan – the exhibition features the work of ten diverse artists who re-imagine urban landscapes both familiar and fantastical. Like Marco Polo’s poetic imagery, which leaves the reader wondering if the cities he describes are real or perhaps all different versions of his own Venetian home, the works in the show explore how our perceptions of place are shaped by personal influences as diverse as memory, desire, and loss, as well as by cultural forces such as history and the media.
To read more about Invisible Cities click here: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=669
Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China.
Phoenix is the centerpiece of an exhibition of related art by Xu Bing, widely considered to be among the most important Chinese artists working today.
To read more about Xu Bing-Phoenix click here: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=771