Of all the things to do in North Adams and the surrounding area, a stop at MASS MoCA is perhaps the most popular among visitors.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is home to some of the world’s liveliest and most evocative art. From intricate indoor installations to large outdoor sculptures, every form of art, from music and dance to film and photography, is welcome at this space where boundary-crossing creativity is encouraged.
Fresh, forward-looking exhibits are always being added to the campus. If you visit North Adams this fall, here are some of the MASS MoCA exhibits you shouldn’t miss.
On Oct. 16, 2021, MASS MoCA is revealing the new Ceramics in the Expanded Field exhibit that will change the way you think of clay. This display is created by eight artists with different disciplines that have pushed ceramics beyond its traditional function forms.
See for yourself how the artists have connected ceramics with complex materials and modes that often lie outside the typical fine art definition.
This year has made a lot of us think about kinship. Close to You is a collection of work from six artists that was organized during the earliest months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now over a year into this new normal, the exhibition continues to invite audiences to reflect upon kinship and intimacy through the visual arts.
Another exhibit to be introduced this fall is Ways to Baffle the Wind. This installation is a collection of new and recent work by French-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada. Audiences can experience the many modes Yto Barrada uses to attempt to regulate and organize nature.
This display will be open to the public beginning Nov. 20, 2021.
Boundaries are all around us, whether we realize it or not. Kissing through a Curtain encompasses the work of 10 contemporary artists coming together to address boundaries and what it takes to communicate across them. From language barriers to individual minds, this exhibit invites the audience to consider moments of mediated contact and uncertain communication in a new way.
Back in March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, artist Richard Nielsen began painting portraits of people wearing face masks. Today, This is Not a Gag at MASS MoCA includes the artist’s first set of 49 paintings.
This exhibit is on view through 2021 and shows audiences that though the subject’s face may be covered, their masks and individual expressions speak volumes.
Of course, these are only a handful of the MASS MoCA exhibits on display this fall. The large campus is home to hundreds of displays along with on-site cafés, a full-service restaurant, and even an innovative microbrewery.
There is also a full calendar of MASS MoCA events. From live music to exhibit openings, you’re sure to find an attraction that speaks to you.
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