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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bang on a Can Festival @ MASS MoCA

Bang on a Can Summer Festival
MASS MoCA
87 Marshall Street
1:30pm (M-F) and 4:30pm (M-Sat)
FREE with galler

July is when MASS MoCA becomes a spontaneous combustion chamber for music sometimes just a few milliseconds old. From July 17 to August 3 Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA for the 12th Annual Summer Music Festival, a utopian residency program dedicated entirely to the creation, study, and performance of the most adventurous music of our time.

For more on the Bang on a Can festival: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=840

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Other Dream Team documentary comes to MASS MoCA 1/29

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:30 pm, @MASS MoCA

Club B-10
$9 adults / $5 students
After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and a victory over the USA) at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Lithuanian basketball stars Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for their oppressor’s sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism and willing the newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics. An inspiring underdog story of the highest order,The Other Dream Team (by Marius A. Markevicius, 2012) documents the Lithuanians’ brutal experience behind the Iron Curtain and their triumphant emergence as liberators. Q&A with producer Jon Weinbach to follow.
For more on The Other Dream Team and to purchase tickets: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=785

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Loser’s Lounge: Muppet Music Extravaganza @ MASS MoCA 10/20

The Loser’s Lounge: Muppet Music Extravaganza
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 3:00 pm
Hunter Center
$12 adults/$8 children

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Ask The Loser’s Lounge, NYC’s favorite all-star tribute ensemble! You’ll remember them at MASS MoCA when they per- formed the music of Jesus Christ Superstar and acted as house band for the musical theatre revelation People Are Wrong! They’re back to get their collective Kermit on with a salute to the Muppet musical oeuvre —which between the show, the many films, and the albums is even bigger than you think. Bring your kids or just your own sense of childlike wonder and delight, you’ll love this show even without kids in tow — it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…

Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=764

Monday, April 2, 2012

MASS MoCA named one of the 50 Coolest Museums by Complex Magazine

Congrats to MASS MoCA for being named to Complex Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Coolest Museums!

“Cool” is, of course, subjective. However, there are certain museums that either have undeniably awesome collections or offer unparalleled experiences. These are the places that made this list. Included are awesome centers of contemporary art, quirky holdings of anthropological items, and one of New England’s overlooked house museums.

To read the article click here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

See Art More Often: MAYA IV by Jarvis Rockwell

Batman, Spiderman, He-Man (She-Ra?), action figures are part of most boys childhood adventures. Check out Jarvis Rockwell’s MAYA IV and how he re imagines these childhood toys (opening reception during DownStreet Art):

MAYA IV 49 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2pm
Pyramid of toys, wall drawings, and assemblage reveal the imaginative world of Jarvis Rockwell.
MAYA IV is a voluntary indulgence in obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mirror reflecting ourselves and the story of our lives. Jarvis Rockwell started buying action figures in 1978 and over time his collection grew. In 2001 the artist partially found a home for the collection at MASS MoCA. Now at its forth stage, MAYA IV is the essence of the way that everything goes through continuous change.
“Inspired by the Hindu temples that he saw on a trip to Madras/Chennai in India, artist Jarvis Rockwell created an enormous 11′ tall stepped pyramid at MASS MoCA and lined it with thousands of action figures. The work, installed in MASS MoCA’s Fitzpatrick Family Gallery on the third floor of Building 4, was a dizzying display of every kind of toy from limited edition Star Wars figurines to exotic Japanese monsters to vintage Howdy Doody and Batman dolls.”

Read more about Rockwell’s original incarnation of MAYA at MASS MoCA

Become a fan of the MAYA IV Gallery on Facebook!
- SGW

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

See Art More Often – Next Week: DownStreet Art is back!

The Fourth Annual DownStreet Art initiative – organized by MCLA’s the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC)– will feature more than 100 exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from around the world.

The Thursday June 23 celebration – a massive block party to include gallery exhibition openings, street musicians and specials at local businesses – will run from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This season’s opening event coincides with the kick-off of the Solid Sound Festival, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). “This year’s DownStreet Art will hold more exhibition openings than ever before”, according to Jonathan Secor, Director of Special Programs at MCLA.
DOWNTOWN NORTH ADAMS, 6-9 PM
Here are a some of what you’ll see during the opening weekend:
NAACO Gallery
33 Main Street
Mon-Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 10 am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
The North Adams Artists’ Co-Operative Gallery, otherwise known as the NAACO Gallery, is an independently member-run organization of over 35 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and craft.
- June 23 / July 25, “Unconscious Convergence”
Works of Debi Pendell. Abstract landscape-type space and imagery paintings.
MAYA IV
9 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2pm
Pyramid of toys, wall drawings, and assemblage reveal the imaginative world of Jarvis Rockwell.
MAYA IV is a voluntary indulgence in obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mirror reflecting ourselves and the story of our lives. Jarvis Rockwell started buying action figures in 1978 and over time his collection grew. In 2001 the artist partially found a home for the collection at MASS MoCA. Now at its forth stage, MAYA IV is the essence of the way that everything goes through continuous change. (Check out pictures on the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center’s Flickr page from MAYA IV!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Triple Header

Before the summer crowds get here (and, don’t get us wrong, we love our summer crowds!), c’mon up to Porches for an art-filled getaway. MASS MoCA has three temporary exhibitions on view that are amazing. Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly has been up since last fall. She’s known for large-scale canvases and raucous installations that employ a vibrant palette and exuberant gestures merging painting, sculpture, and architecture. Grosse opens up a new path for painting while rearranging conventions, hierarchy, and our very habits of seeing.  Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material systematically collected from the neighborhoods where he lives and works or is personally connected to. By revealing the complex emotional registers inherent within everyday found objects, Ward’s work examines issues of race, poverty, and consumer culture and the inherent meaning and gravity we place upon objects from the discarded to the treasured. Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum is his new installation encompassing the entire second floor of Building 4.  Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture shows the work of nine artists in the show mine the Internet – drawing on YouTube videos, pictures from Flickr or Tumblr, website logos, social networking sites, and webchat programs – examines the connections between memes (a form or concept that spreads via the Web) and memory in online culture.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Albert Cummings – special – TONIGHT !

Feel like being spontaneous? Let us help you! Come stay the night and enjoy two tickets to local blues legend Albert Cummings at Mass MoCA this Friday on us! For $222 (tax included), enjoy one overnight in a Deluxe Standard guestroom as well as two tickets to the Cummings show as well as Porches’ healthful continental breakfast (upgrades available at additional cost). Add Saturday to this package in any Deluxe Room or One Bedroom Suite for $180 plus tax! Packages also available with Mass MoCA gallery admissions, call or email us reservations@porches.com for details.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multifaceted Gem

The Williams College Museum of Art just finished a two-year project of reinstalling their collection, resulting in eight exhibitions that explore the idea of “museum” as subject.  Take a look at this link to see what they’ve cooked up! Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art expresses the power of boundaries–making, breaking, crossing, drawing, and erasing them–and the cultural, sociological, and geographical boundaries that are drawn and redrawn through the various historical phases of our political state of the Union. The breadth of the collection is impressive and the exhibitions thoughtful and thought-provoking. Don’t miss!

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Combo Platter

Chautauqua! happens at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 9th. Consider this: a young, rabble-rousing theater group distills an historic intellectual gathering into a a sly exploration of the relationship between High Culture and the Mass Mind. These folks are eccentric and proud of it! The performance is a combination of lecture, debate, scientific demonstration and tales of explorers with more traditional forms of entertainment dance, dramatic recital, feats of strength, and joke telling. Sounds outrageous? It is. Don’t miss it – check out our Chautauqua special, complete with a chance to get $25 off your reservation!

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