Mass MOCA

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.  DSCF2429

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.  DSCF2534

big tank in the boiler plant

big tank in the boiler plant

the view from the top of the boiler plant

the view from the top of the boiler plant

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a stairwell between two buildings

a stairwell between two buildings

the art meta-selfie

the art meta-selfie

a take on plastic trailers that is a little different from ours, done by some folks from Seattle. We thought of moving our trailer next to it for a trailer-selfie.

a take on plastic trailers that is a little different from ours, done by some folks from Seattle. We thought of moving our trailer next to it for a trailer-selfie.

a project with an Airstream. We want this one for our next trip

a project with an Airstream. We want this one for our next trip

there's a theme emerging here

there’s a theme emerging here

some old ramps, some new

some old ramps, some new

a Francesco Clemente installation

a Francesco Clemente installation

a ramp

a ramp

a building which houses Anselm Kiefers

a building which houses Anselm Kiefers

three big Kiefer installations

three big Kiefer installations

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.

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Greta really liked the earlier ones, driven by explicit concepts/rules.DSCF2613

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growing tress and then turning them outside down. Apparently this is controversial with members of PETT.

growing trees and then turning them outside down. Apparently this is controversial with members of PETT.

This was way cooler than we thought it would be.  It’s only 150 miles from New York or Boston.

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2 thoughts on “Mass MOCA

  1. jeffreypaules

    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.

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  2. Peter Keyes

    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.

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