Mass MOCA is a contemporary art museum, which opened in North Adams, Massachusetts, in 1999. Taking advantage of the old mill buildings on the site, there are almost four acres of galleries, enormous rooms in which they can show enormous pieces. I’ve become leery of dragging Greta into too many museums, but this was no problem, as it combined some of her current fascinations – conceptual art and industrial archaeology.
There are big rooms indoors, and there are spaces in between the buildings outside for art work. We found the buildings to be as compelling as the art. The 1947 boiler plant has been left as-is, slowly rusting through the open roof, and Greta said it was her new favorite place in the world.
There is a comprehensive Sol Lewitt retrospective which occupies three floors. I really enjoyed seeing so many in one place, as you can see the progression of ideas.
Greta really liked the earlier ones, driven by explicit concepts/rules.
This was way cooler than we thought it would be. It’s only 150 miles from New York or Boston.
I’ll see if I can get MASS MoCA to lend you the Airstream from “when all utopias fell” when they’re done with it. The artist, Michael Oatman, is one of my best friends, and a former roommate.
Cool! We loved it, and actually had discussed how that was the trailer we wanted for our next trip. We also wanted to take a picture of our trailer with it, but that didn’t work out.