Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
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Mission:
MASS MoCA seeks to catalyze and support the creation of new art, expose our visitors to bold visual and performing art in all stages of production, and re-invigorate the life of a region in socioeconomic need.

Or if you're looking for a fuller statement:

If conventional museums are boxes, MASS MoCA is an open platform a welcoming place that encourages dynamic interchange between making and presenting art, between the visual and performing arts, and between our extraordinary historic factory campus and the patrons, workers and tenants who again inhabit it.

We at MASS MoCA work hard to make the whole cloth of art-making, presentation and participation a seamless continuum. Performing arts residencies offer well-equipped and professionally staffed technical facilities and stages, and a sophisticated, diverse and sympathetic audience for new work especially technically complex work that requires generous allocations of time and space impossible in conventional theatrical settings. Likewise, MASS MoCA's vast galleries and expert fabrication staff give visual artists the tools and time to create works of scale and duration impossible to realize in the time and space-cramped conditions of most museums. We endeavor to expose our audiences to all stages of art production; rehearsals, sculptural fabrication, and developmental workshops are frequently on view to the public, as are finished works of art.

If MASS MoCA's mission is to foster and present exciting new work of the highest quality in all media and in all phases of its production we also work hard to position the arts as a vibrant catalyst for community revitalization: indeed, the creation of new markets, good jobs and the long-term enrichment of a region in economic need is one of MASS MoCA's driving purposes. We at MASS MoCA are convinced that advancement of the arts, increased tourism and community participation, and regional economic redevelopment are mutually reinforcing and inextricably linked, and we act forcefully on that belief. The arts create and bestow community identity. Identity rallies hope, productivity, pride and economic vibrancy. These are the base conditions for a healthy community; they cannot be created, however, without risk, creativity, adventure, and the willingness to embrace the new. This is the heart and soul of MASS MoCA's mission. 


Recent News

Rafa Esparza: Staring at the Sun

Artist to work with community as he covers the gallery with handmade adobe bricks and paintingNorth Adams, MA — Rafa Esparza first used the labor-intensive process of hand-making adobe bricks in 2014. Extending the skill he learned from his fat…

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Nicholas Whitman

Artist's photographs on view at MASS MoCANorth Adams, Massachusetts —  Photographer Nicholas Whitman began photographing North Adams' abandoned Sprague Electric Company factory in 1988 “because it would surely be razed.” Docume…

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Fall Season Announce - August 15. 2018

FreshGrass Festival returns with Flogging Molly, Indigo Girls, Trampled by Turtles, Béla Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, and local heroes The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow — more than 50 bands in all Angel Olsen, Bonnie “Prince” Bill…

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Flogging Molly, Béla Fleck, Emel Mathlouthi, and Upstate Rubdown Lead Second Wave of 2018 FreshGrass Festival Lineup

North Adams, MA — FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s 3-day festival of bluegrass and progressive roots music, announces additional bands for its annual September festival. Celtic-punk rockers Flogging Molly; banjo wizard Béla Fleck; Tunisian …

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art News - Summer 2018 Season Announce

Concerts with The Decemberists, Grizzly Bear, Ray LaMontagne, Neko Case, Courtney Barnett, and Blondie anchor MASS MoCA’s big summer of music, dance, comedy, and filmMajor new exhibition by Taryn Simon featuring two new installation-based commi…

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First Wave of 2018 FreshGrass Festival Line-Up

Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, Indigo Girls, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers, Alison Brown, Alton, and Della Mae Lead First Wave of 2018 FreshGrass Festival LineupNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGr…

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Rachel Howard: Paintings of Violence

NORTH ADAMS, MA - In her first U.S. solo museum show, London-based painter Rachel Howard brings her Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian) to MASS MoCA for its U.S. premiere. In Paintings of Violence, Howard addresses not “a bacc…

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MASS MoCA Waives Admission Fees To All Berkshire County Residents January 3 Through January 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MA - On the heels of a bustling 2017, MASS MoCA opens the doors to its 250,000 sq. ft. of galleries from January 3 to 19 and waives admission to all Berkshire County residents (that’s everyone who can show proof of residing within …

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MASS MoCA is Free for All on January 20, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MA - MASS MoCA opens the doors to its 250,000 sq. ft. of galleries free of charge, in its first Free Day since its critically hailed and award-winning expansion doubled the space for the museum’s visual arts exhibitions last May wi…

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Fall Season 2017 at MoCA Announced

NORTH ADAMS, MA - For the sixth year running, MASS MoCA heads into the fall with the 7th annual FreshGrass Festival on September 15-17, a rollicking weekend devoted to bluegrass and progressive roots music then powers through to mid-December when Sun…

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Fresh Grass Award Finalists Confirmed 2017

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Marked by record submissions and a new partnership with ReverbNation, the 2017 FreshGrass Award celebrates the freshest talent across the bluegrass and roots music genres with 20 finalists participating in this year’s contest.…

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Mass Moca Opens Newly Renovated Building 6 on May 28, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS - MASS MoCA will open its newly renovated Building 6, adding 130,000 square feet of space, nearly doubling the institution’s current gallery footprint and adding new art fabrication workshops, performing artists&rsquo…

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NAX: The North Adams Exchange

Amplifying Art, Food, And Retail In Downtown North Adams This SeasonThis summer the North Adams Exchange (NAX) — a private-public collaboration of the City of North Adams; downtown merchants and local community members; and the North Adams Part…

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MASS MoCA Announce Summer Season

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — MASS MoCA launches into the summer season on May 28 with the opening of Building 6, the third phase of campus development, which encompasses more than 130,000 square feet of interior renovations to its 19th-century mill…

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Cultural Organizations Team to Create ArtCountry Consortium Focusing on Tourism, Economic Development

NORTH ADAMS, MA — The directors of five leading cultural organizations launched a new initiative to drive awareness, increase tourism, and encourage economic development by focusing on the extraordinary cultural resources that are unique to the are…

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MASS MoCA’s Home City of North Adams Chosen as One of Five Finalists in $500,000 National Grant Competition

Finalists Selected from 14,000 Communities Nominated Nationwide, Winner Chosen by Popular VoteNorth Adams, Mass. is the Only Community Recognized in New England, Northeastern U.S.North Adams, MA -- On Feb 9th, MASS MoCA’s home city of North Adams, …

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MASS MoCA is Free For All on February 4, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — The 2017 edition of MASS MoCA’s annual and much-anticipated day of free admission for all visitors lands on Saturday, February 4, from 11am to 7pm. Enjoy elevator music (played live), art-making, gallery tours, and po…

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MASS MoCA waives admission fees to all Berkshire County residents December 1 through December 21, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — The holiday season comes early this year. From December 1 through 21, MASS MoCA opens its doors and waives admission to all Berkshire County residents. MASS MoCA hopes to welcome as many friends and neighbors as possibl…

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MASS MoCA Wins Two Grants from Institute of Museum and Library Services

Grants to Enrich and Expand Education ProgramsNorth Adams, MA -- In support of educational programming, MASS MoCA has won two highly competitive grants totaling $279,191 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS awards, for w…

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Exhibition: Steffani Jemison: Plant You Now, Dig You Later

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — In her largest solo exhibition to date, New York-based artist Steffani Jemison uses the complicated role of language and literacy in black history to explore narration, abstraction, citizenship, education, and the role …

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Exhibition - Elizabeth King: Radical Small

The artist’s largest-ever museum show takes on a two-story gallery space with micro-scaled worksNorth Adams, MA -- An ambitious new installation combining small sculptures and large videos, Radical Small is Richmond, Virginia-based artist Elizabeth…

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Wilco's Solid Sound Festival Returns to MASS MoCA

NORTH ADAMS, MA – Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA on June 23-25, 2017. Spanning three days and four stages, Solid Sound includes music by Wilco and its members’ side projects, as well as many other soon-to-be-announced musical…

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MASS MoCA Waives Admission Fees for North Adams Residents on the 10th of Each Month From September to November, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — North Adams residents should mark their calendars for the 10th of each month, September 2016 through November 2016. On September 10, October 10, and November 10 MASS MoCA throws open its doors and offers free gallery ad…

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MASS MoCA in Final Stretch of Phase III Expansion

NORTH ADAMS, MA — In anticipation of the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend unveiling of Building 6 — the site of MASS MoCA’s third and final phase of development of its 16-acre, 28-building campus — the museum will celebrate the progress of its landm…

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MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Welcomes North Adams Project Participants

Recruiting and Supporting Artist-Entrepreneurs in North Adams, Mass.NORTH ADAMS, MA---MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program gives artists another reason to call North Adams home. For the third year running, the program accepts applications to its …

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Projet In Situ: The Round

A French experimental movement duoNORTH ADAMS, MA---French duo Projet In Situ presents an experimental, site-specific work combining movement, technology, participatory theater, and sound installation — a performative sibling to The Space Between, …

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MASS MoCA's 2016 Summer Season Announced

NORTH ADAMS, MA---The National in concert under the stars on Joe’s Field on June 11, and the much-anticipated return of rock quartet Luna on May 28, mark the beginning of a huge summer season at MASS MoCA complete with concerts, film with live musi…

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A Contemporary Jazz Adventure - Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom!

North Adams, MA -- Allison Miller, “a drummer of fierce clarity and bold imagination” (London Guardian), who was here last summer with Toshi Reagon, returns with her smoking hot band — which includes Jenny Scheinman, Myra Melford, Todd Sickafoo…

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FreshGrass to Announce Festival Lineup on March 16

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music on September 16-18 in North Adams, Massachusetts, will announce the first wave of bands for its 2016 lineup on Wednesday, March 16. The announcem…

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MASS MoCA Names Bridget Rigas as Director of Development

NORTH ADAMS, MA---MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, announces that Bridget M. Rigas has joined the museum staff as Director of Development.Rigas is an experienced fundraising professional with 15 years in nonprofit and museum f…

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Local High School Students Exhibit Artwork at MASS MoCA in Teen Invitational

North Adams, MA -- Organized in collaboration with Northern Berkshire high school art teachers and young artists, the 2016 Teen Invitational showcases artwork created by high school students from seven regional high schools in a fun and friendly “s…

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Exhibition - Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves

NORTH ADAMS, MA---Sarah Crowner’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition features paintings and a suite of major new tile works made especially for MASS MoCA. Mining the legacy of abstraction within both the fine and applied arts, Crowner creates new pa…

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'Love Marriage in Kabul' Screens in MASS MoCA's Club B10

To help an orphan and his star-crossed lover, a strong-willed woman challenges tradition to make magicNorth Adams, MA -- Mahboba Rawi is a strong-willed Afghan-Australian who dedicates her life to helping orphans in Afghanistan. With one month and li…

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Ken Winokur’s Psychedelic Cinema

A far-out journey back to the music of the 1960sNorth Adams, MA -- Alloy Orchestra mastermind Ken Winokur visits MASS MoCA with his new film and live music project Psychedelic Cinema, which revitalizes cult filmmaker Ken Brown's Super 8 films from th…

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Exhibition - The Space Between

North Adams, MA---Industrial stairwells, covered bridges, sunlit niches, and brick-lined courtyards: the nooks and crannies around, below, and between MASS MoCA’s galleries sometimes go unnoticed. These are the areas that lie between one destinatio…

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Aging Magician at MASS MoCA

Calling this exciting new theatrical production a musical betrays the collaborative magic of its production team, including theater-maker Rinde Eckert, composer Paola Prestini, director Julian Crouch, and instrument-maker Mark Stewart. Produced by Be…

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High Mud Comedy Fest with Tig Notaro 2016

From the mind of television comedy writer and executive producer of The Bob Newhart Show (and MASS MoCA Trustee) Jay Tarses comes the High Mud Comedy Festival, a two-day laugh fest featuring a pile of performers thick with national comedic treasures …

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MASS MoCA is Free on January 30, 2016

Community art projects, live music, dance, and gallery toursNORTH ADAMS, MA---Join us for MASS MoCA’s annual day of free admission for all visitors. Enjoy elevator music (played live), art-making, gallery tours, and pop-up performances when our gal…

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The National Endowment For The Arts Awards Mass Moca $55,000 For Upcoming Richard Nonas And Nick Cave Exhibitions

North Adams, MA -- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of the 2016 fiscal year, including an Art Works grant of $55,000 to MASS MoCA in support of two upcoming shows i…

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art - 'The National'

Critically acclaimed alt-rockers at MASS MoCA in their only Northeast headline show in 2016.North Adams, MA - We’ve been following The National since 1999, the same year we flung open our doors. Since then, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band, whi…

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art - 'Angelique Kidjo'

Musician, Activist, African QueenNorth Adams, MA - Beninese world music icon Angelique Kidjo arrives for an intimate acoustic performance that will change your life. “The power of Kidjo’s unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, …

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art - 'Revolutionary Comedian, Chris Gethard '

Alt-punk comic brings his stand-up to MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA - You might recognize him from appearances on The Office, Parks and Recreation, Broad City, and Louie - but comedian Chris Gethard is most at home in the underground, doing his slightly n…

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MASS MoCA Launches Residency Program

Studios at MASS MoCA accepting applications through January 8NORTH ADAMS, MA---The Studios at MASS MoCA is a new residency program that nourishes artists with housing and studio space adjacent to and on the museum’s extensive complex. Residency ses…

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Nick Cave: Until

Largest-Ever Museum Exhibition Signals Next Phase of Artist’s CareerNorth Adams, MA -- If you think you know Nick Cave, think again. The artist known for his wearable sculptures called Soundsuits turns expectations inside out at MASS MoCA in a mass…

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Awards Over $100,000 to Support Educational Programming at MASS MoCA

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS--- The Institute of Museum And Library Services (IMLS) has selected MASS MoCA for one of its Museums for America awards, providing over $100,000 in support for the pilot year of the museum’s new educational initiative, Ar…

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Stephin Merritt: Indie’s Overachiever

The lyrical mind in a stripped-down performanceNorth Adams, MA -- The acclaimed songwriter Stephin Merritt, whose vast catalog includes the Magnetic Fields’ masterpiece 69 Love Songs and two dozen albums under four different band names, is responsi…

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Keys to Open Doors: The Hidden Life of Laura Palmer

North Adams, MA -- Commissioned by the David Lynch Foundation, this project is a Twin Peaks junkie’s dream: a new edit mashing up the film and the missing pieces — surrounding the mysterious last moments in the life of Laura Palmer. The live scor…

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MASS MoCA - FreshGrass Award Winners

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS--- Cheered on by festivalgoers and past winners alike, the 2015 FreshGrass Award highest accolades went to Old Salt Union in the band competition; Zoe & Cloyd won the duo; Catherine Bowness was judged best in banjo; and…

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MASS MoCA, MCLA, and The Clark Welcome 350 Art Educators to the Berkshires

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS--- The 2015 Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) Annual Conference will be held in North Adams on November 7 and 8. Hosted collaboratively by MASS MoCA, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), and The Clark …

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MOCA Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS – Visitors will stand in rapt awe when MASS MoCA launches the exhibition Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder on May 28, 2016.Over twenty artists exhibit works, including Jonathan Allen, Jen Bervin, …

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MASS MoCA Celebrates What's Next at Annual Benefit in New York City

NORTH ADAMS, MA---MASS MoCA toasts to a future filled with art-star partnerships and a historic expansion when it returns to New York City for its annual fall benefit. A major museum fundraiser, this year’s celebration features cocktails, dinner, a…

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Sarah Crowner - Artist’s First Solo Exhibition In A U.S. Museum

NORTH ADAMS, MA---Sarah Crowner mines the legacy of abstraction from both the fine and applied arts, treating art history itself as a medium to be manipulated — sampling, collaging, and rearranging existing images to create new forms and new conver…

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FreshGrass Presents 'FreshScores'

Original music set to silent films with live score from Alison Brown, Mamie Minch, and Lost Bayou Ramblers.North Adams, MA - FreshGrass, a three-day festival dedicated to preserving, supporting, and creating innovative grassroots music and the artist…

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FreshGrass Award Finalists Confirmed

19 acts in the band, duo, banjo, and fiddle set to take the stage Fresh talent carries on the legacy of bluegrass and roots musicNORTH ADAMS, MA---FreshGrass celebrates the freshest talent on the bluegrass stage with 19 finalists participating in the…

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Mass Moca Expands Free Admission Program For 01247 Residents

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — North Adams residents should mark their calendars for the 4th of each month, October 2015 through June 2016. MASS MoCA offers free gallery admission to its North Adams neighbors—those living in the 01247 zip code—be…

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FreshGrass Announces 2015 Workshop Series

Alison Brown leads Banjo MegaJam, Happy and Adam Traum teach guitar technique, and Berklee College of Music brings the bass, mandolin, and fiddle prosNORTH ADAMS, MA---Lively workshops focusing on instruments, bluegrass techniques — and known to br…

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MASS MoCA’s Teen Summer Residency Takes to the Streets

Local teens and artist unveil Cardburg: The Cardboard CityNorth Adams, MA - MASS MoCA welcomes visitors to an opening reception for its Teen Summer Residency program at Neck of the Woods Gallery, as part of DownStreet Art, the city’s monthly celebr…

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FreshGrass Announces 2015 Luthiers Lineup

Masterful Sauvé Guitars, the Fretboard Journal, and lutherie schools set up shopNORTH ADAMS, MA---FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s three-day festival highlighting every angle of bluegrass and roots music, returns this year with a comprehensive lineup of lu…

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Hans Ulrich Obrist and Caroline Cunningham Join MASS MoCA Board of Trustees

North Adams, MA - The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) announces two appointments to its Board of Trustees:  Hans Ulrich Obrist and Caroline Cunningham.  Obrist and Cunningham join the Board at a time when the museum is undertak…

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Cheick Hamala Diabate at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

N’goni master melds storytelling and music on stageNorth Adams, MA -- A steward of the 800-year-old tradition of the griot, the storytellers of West Africa, the Grammy-nominated Cheick Hamala Diabate creates joyous, danceable grooves on multiple in…

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Dwight Yoakam at FreshGrass

Dwight Yoakam added to FreshGrass lineupHere at MASS MoCA, we're in the middle of a few things (hello, Solid Sound!), but we didn't want you to miss today's big FreshGrass announcement. Country idol and unstoppable music industry powerhouse Dwight Yo…

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Alex Da Corte: Free Roses

First museum survey of Philadelphia-based neo-pop artistNorth Adams, MA - Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, Alex Da Corte's exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from sh…

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Every Other Summer, A Documentary About Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, Out Today Through Vimeo On Demand

Full-length feature film offers behind-the-scenes look at band’s music and arts festival at MASS MoCA and features performances by Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, Foxygen, and more.North Adams, MA---Every Other Summer, a full-length documentary film…

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Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen and Imagined Live

Featuring Oneida with special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic YouthNorth Adams, MA---Brooklyn-based band Oneida and special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth perform live amidst an enveloping 12-screen video installation by artist Clifford Ross that transf…

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James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival kickoff event North Adams, MA - This emotional portrait of the writer and Civil Rights activist, delivered mostly in his own words, combines intimate interviews, public speeches, rarely seen archival footage, and illuminat…

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Greensky Bluegrass, Willie Watson, Birds of Chicago, and Johnny Cash-as-Bluegrass Added to FreshGrass Lineup

North Adams, MA - Festival veterans Greensky Bluegrass; Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show; soulful Birds of Chicago; and The Man in Grass, an all-star tribute to Johnny Cash join FreshGrass - MASS MoCA’s 3-day bluegrass and roots mu…

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MASS MoCA’s Year of Photography Opens

Opening receptions for three new exhibitions North Adams, MA - On May 23, MASS MoCA opens three exhibitions that destroy all our preconceptions about photography: Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined, Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1, and Artists…

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Jim Shaw: 'Entertaining Doubts'

Largest U.S. exhibition of west-coast artist features large-scale works that focus on political, cultural, and religious fallibilityNorth Adams, MA - Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has mined the essentials of American cultural detritus – from comic book…

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Extends Gallery Hours

Additional hours and enticing discounts, June 26 - September 7Museum and Kidspace Hours: June 26, 2015 – September 7, 201510am to 6pm, Sundays - Wednesdays  10am to 7pm, Thursdays - Saturdays$10 admission tickets available every day when you arriv…

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MASS MoCA Presents 'Walk in My Shoes' and 'Untethered'

North Adams, MA -- MASS MoCA opens two new exhibitions, Kidspace’s Walk in My Shoes and Ran Hwang: Untethered, with a reception and art-making. Kidspace’s legendary ArtBar will be open for some off-the-wall art-making fun during a family-friendly…

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Natalia Zukerman - 'Miss Americana' at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

North Adams, MA - The slide, lap steel, and dobro wizard Natalia Zukerman shapes folk, jazz, and blues sounds into songs of intense beauty - her “voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.â…

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Teen Art Summit

Free Improv Theater, Yoga, Music-Making for Local Youth North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA and MCLA seek northern Berkshire teens (ages 13-19) to participate in five hours of improv theater, studio art, collective music-making, yoga, and more, all while con…

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MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program Welcomes Next Round of North Adams Project Participants

Recruiting and supporting artist-entrepreneurs in North AdamsNorth Adams, MA -- Buoyed by the success of its first round, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program launches a second round of the North Adams Project. Always looking for new ways to prom…

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Sutton Beres Culler: Big Top Grand Stand

The circus becomes sculptural North Adams, MA - Inspired by the dazzling color, breathtaking spectacle, bustling environment, and transitory landscapes synonymous with the circus, fairs, and festivals, Seattle-based collective SuttonBeresCuller bring…

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2015 FreshGrass Award Open for Submissions

Over $25,000 in prizes offered to the brightest up-and-coming bluegrass stars in four categories, Band, Duo, Banjo, and new this year, FiddleNorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Award, a highlight of the eponymous three-day bluegrass and roots music fes…

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Artists' Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography

Liz Deschenes curates group exhibition featuring six artists with wide-ranging approaches to the field of photography North Adams, MA - In conjunction with her solo exhibition at MASS MoCA, Liz Deschenes curates a group exhibition featuring six artis…

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Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1

North Adams, MA---One of the leading and most respected and influential photographers of her generation, Liz Deschenes takes the fundamental conditions of photography and its display as the subject of her work. Over the past two decades, she has expa…

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Solid Sound Festival, The Lone Bellow, Liz Deschenes, and Toshi Reagon Highlight Summer at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA---The return of FreshGrass favorites The Lone Bellow on Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a huge summer season at MASS MoCA, with Wilco returning in June, and FreshGrass in September. There's something for everyone in a seas…

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The Lone Bellow at MASS MoCA

In perfect harmony North Adams, MA - On the heels of their sophomore record And Then Came the Morning (produced by Bryce Dessner of The National), FreshGrass alumni and rising stars of Americana bring sublime harmonies and foot-stomping anthems back …

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Cameron Esposito - The Future of Comedy

North Adams, MA -- On-the-rise LA-based comic Cameron Esposito - who haunts late-night TV, hosts two hilarious podcasts, and authors a column for The Onion's AV Club - has "a stylish presence" and "a gift for plugging punchlines into personal stories…

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Exhibition - Francesco Clemente: Encampment

North Adams, MA---"I'm told I am a nomadic artist," artist Francesco Clemente once dryly noted. In Encampment - a multi-part 30,000 square foot installation occupying MASS MoCA's largest gallery - Clemente's transitory experience of changing geograph…

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Exhibition - Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts

Largest U.S. exhibition of west-coast artist features large-scale works that focus on political, cultural, and religious fallibility North Adams, MA---Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has mined the essentials of American cultural detritus - from comic books…

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Entrepreneurial Training Series for Artists

Professional development workshops for creative entrepreneurs, round two.North Adams, MA---MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program helps artists succeed as entrepreneurs, and this year offers a series of free professional development workshops for M…

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Carl Hancock Rux: Winter Song - An Intimate Evening of Poetry and Music

North Adams, MA - One of the most magnetic and engaging performers ever to grace a stage at MASS MoCA, we welcome back Carl Hancock Rux for an intimate se t of songs and poetry set to live piano music that ranges from the blues to German lieder to Li…

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Zammuto: with Special Guest Performer Gotye

Australian pop sensation added to billNorth Adams, MA - From his days as a founding member of luminary art rockers the Books to his equally arresting and madcap work as a solo artist, the imagination of Nick Zammuto is boundless. He recently built a …

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Walk in My Shoes - Kidspace Exhibition

North Adams, MA---Beginning this June, Kidspace at MASS MoCA kicks off four years of related exhibitions, organized under a single narrative and developmental arc. The series of experiential exhibitions expands the traditional process of problem-solv…

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Maciste in Hell with Live Score by Sex Mob

Jazz Giants offer Contemporary Twist on Silent ClassicNorth Adams, MA -- The propulsive quartet Sex Mob, which combines mind-blowing jazz chops with a highly developed sense of wit and mischief, performs its brand-new original score to this seminal w…

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Local High School Students Exhibit Artwork at MASS MoCA in Teen Invitational

Fifth annual exhibition opens on April 10North Adams, MA - This year's Teen Invitational, the fifth annual exhibition featuring art by local high school students on view in MASS MoCA's main galleries, opens with a reception and awards ceremony. Organ…

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Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, and Alison Brown Lead First Wave of 2015 FreshGrass Festival Lineup

Additional acts to be announced this springNorth Adams, MA - FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival, announces the first round of bands set to play its annual September festival, with headliner the Punch Brothers, a late-n…

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Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen and Imagined

Extreme scale, super high-resolution photography, augmented reality, immersive video, and music probe the junction of nature and abstractionNorth Adams, MA - In this major mid-career museum survey, Landscape Seen and Imagined documents Clifford Ross'…

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Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts at MASS MoCA

Largest U.S. exhibition of west-coast artist features large-scale works that focus on political, cultural, and religious fallibility North Adams, MA -- Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has mined the essentials of American cultural detritus - from comic book…

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Zammuto: Avant-Pop Genius and Local Favorite Returns

North Adams, MA - From his days as a founding member of luminary art rockers the Books to his equally arresting and madcap work as a solo artist, the imagination of Nick Zammuto is boundless. He recently built a giant catapult in his Vermont backyard…

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Exhibition - Barbara Takenaga

Painter translates exuberant work to large-scale mural installation North Adams, MA - Painter Barbara Takenaga creates a new work of an unprecedented scale for a 100' wall in the Hunter Center lobby at MASS MoCA. Known for her labor-intensive, exuber…

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Available Light at MASS MoCA

Lucinda Childs's 1983 seminal piece is reworked by original creative team, including composer John Adams and set designer Frank Gehry North Adams, MA -- Lucinda Childs, one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern era, revives her seminal …

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Ran Hwang: Untethered at MASS MoCA

100-foot sculpture in buttons and pinsNorth Adams, MA -- Using thousands upon thousands of buttons and pins, Korean artist Ran Hwang returns to MASS MoCA to install Untethered, a 100-foot-long sculpture featuring 16 birds, including seven phoenixes. …

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Liam O Maonlai - Irish on Tap for St. Patrick's Day

North Adams, MA - As the front man of the legendary band Hothouse Flowers, the devastatingly charming singer-songwriter-raconteur Liam Ó Maonlaí has done as much as anyone to connect traditional Irish music with rock and roll. He took MASS MoCA's 2…

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Art Ninjas Camp at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- Art Ninjas Camp at MASS MoCA returns for three weeks of stealthy fun in the sun, when kids come together to embark on daily missions filled with art adventure, innovation, and intrigue. During each week-long thematic camp - held we…

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MASS MoCA Expands Free Admission Days for its Hometown Neighbors

North Adams residents admitted free of charge "on the 18's": February 18, March 18, April 18, and May 18North Adams, MA -- North Adams residents should mark their calendars for the 18th... of the next four months. MASS MoCA offers free admission to i…

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Deception: A Documentary Series at MASS MoCA

Exploring the art of deception through filmNorth Adams, MA -- An arms-smuggling international super-criminal posing as a florist; a champion cyclist as clandestine Nazi resister; a master art forger who anonymously donates his handiwork to world-clas…

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Storyboard P - The Basquiat of Street Dance

North Adams, MA -- Storyboard P, "a man whose dancing seems to belong less to the limitations of the human body and more to the magic of special effects," (The Guardian, UK) brings his crew of smooth-moving Brooklyn street dancers to North Adams for …

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Artist Talk: Mark Dion at MASS MoCA

Equal Parts Science, Humor, Archaeology, and Art North Adams, MA -- Known for his large-scale, intricate, mixed-media installations, Mark Dion's interdisciplinary, interactive works merge art, science, history, and archaeology. The artist discuss his…

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Artists' Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography

Liz Deschenes curates group exhibition featuring six artists with wide-ranging approaches to the field of photographyNorth Adams, MA - In conjunction with her solo exhibition at MASS MoCA, Liz Deschenes curates a group exhibition featuring six artist…

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Art Ninjas Camp Returns in February

Every ninja is a happy camperNorth Adams, MA - Art Ninja Camp at MASS MoCA returns during February break, when kids come together to scavenge for strange specimens, assemble amazing artifacts, and work with exhibiting artist Mark Dion. Kidspace holds…

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Liz Deschenes at the MASS MoCA

Award-winning photographer creates new work for MASS MoCA, the first solo exhibition in her native MassachusettsNorth Adams, MA -- One of the leading and most respected and influential photographers of her generation, Liz Deschenes takes the fundamen…

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Legs - Fall in Love on the Dance Floor

North Adams, MA -- If extroversion had a musical embodiment, it would be in the sounds and rhythms of Brooklyn's Legs. Blending modern indie pop with Stax-worthy hooks, they are a mobile cauldron of everything retro and cosmopolitan. Bring a date, or…

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Steve Earle - The Father of Alt-Country, Live in Concert

North Adams, MA -- A trailblazer of alt-country, a protest singer of fiery commitment, a songwriter of towering ability - Steve Earle is an artist of expansive talents. He's here at MASS MoCA, a sack full of Grammy Awards and his gravelly, impassione…

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is Free Are You?

Behind-the-scenes tours, art-making, live music, and danceNorth Adams, MA - On a day when our galleries teem with visitors and activities, take a peek behind the scenes in every aspect of the museum. MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson elaborates on t…

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Neutral Milk Hotel, Steve Earle, and Lucinda Childs'Available Light Headline MASS MoCA's Winter/Spring 2015 Season

Neutral Milk Hotel; Steve Earle; and Lucinda Childs, John Adams, and Frank Gehry's Available Light Headline MASS MoCA's Winter/Spring 2015 Season.Major exhibitions by Jim Shaw and Fang Lijun feature large-scale works of fallen heroes, collapsed econo…

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Performance - Nomadic Massive

An on-stage cultural crossroads North Adams, MA - The sprawling Montréal hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive descends on MASS MoCA for a game-changing night on the dance floor. Claiming its hometown as "Montreal, Chile, Haiti, Brazil, France, Argenti…

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Show - Neutral Milk Hotel

North Adams, MA - The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel - who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the '90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - is one of the most welcome re-births in the history…

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Performance - Helado Negro

North Adams, MA - Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, produces bi-lingual music that is "a sonic landscape that reflects 21st-century Latin America" (NPR). Fresh off a release on Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label, Lange sets out on his new mu…

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Kat Edmonson - Voice of the Past, Voice of the Future

North Adams, MA -- Billie Holiday comparisons are coming thick and fast for retro-soul chanteuse Kat Edmonson. Steve Greenlee of The Boston Globe called her 2012 album, Way Down Low, "one of the greatest vocal albums I've ever heard." Her 2014 follow…

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Bibliothecaphilia - Six Artists Wander Through The Stacks

North Adams, MA---For centuries, libraries have exerted a quiet sort of gravity, pulling us in with the promise that for a while, in the hushed, book-filled corridors, we can exceed ourselves. But, in this age of eBooks and library apps, does the phy…

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MASS MoCA Awarded Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Funds support future artist residencies in the visual and performing artsNorth Adams, MA - MASS MoCA announces a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the creation and presentation of new work at the intersection of the visua…

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Sundance Institute Theatre Program: Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up

Park City meets North Adams when Beasts of the Southern Wild Screenwriter Lucy Alibar tests new material  North Adams, MA -- Academy Award-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild wo…

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Artist Talk: Teresita Fernández

Hear from the artist who transformed MASS MoCA's galleries with gold and graphiteNorth Adams, MA - Teresita Fernández is renowned for her ability to transform materials and their settings into an enveloping perceptual experience. She discusses her r…

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Performance - Aja Monet

North Adams, MA - Aja Monet is an internationally renowned singer and poet with an unforgettable voice. Her words, grounded in familiar sights and sounds, capture the vivid imagery of everyday life with an impressionistic approach worthy of her last …

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Performance - Josh Ritter

North Adams, MA - Moscow, Idaho-native singer and guitarist Josh Ritter has a literary disposition and an affinity for the old-guard likes of Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul Simon that led The New York Times to place him "among the cream o…

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Project Screenplay - Hollywood Comes to MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- Whether you're an aspiring screenwriter or a fan of movies in general, the Williamstown Film Festival's Project Screenplay invites you to take part in a live-action game show about the art of the pitch, hosted by screenwriter Andre…

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Elska - The Bjork of Kids' Music at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- Indie pop siren Elska, who has purportedly discovered a newly formed volcanic island off the coast of Iceland, makes "crazy awesome electronic funderworld faerie tunes for the whole family," says our friend, Mikael Jorgensen, of Wi…

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FreshGrass Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 FreshGrass Award band, duo, and banjo contests. There were countless bluegrass stars who sent us amazing submissions from all over the country. The FreshGrass Award jury was happy to find Twisted Pine, Quile…

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Tanja Hollander: Are you really my friend?

Photographer takes over museum social media en route to massive multimedia installation in 2017North Adams, MA - Are you really my friend? a project by Maine-based artist Tanja Hollander, uses photography, text, and video to examine how social media …

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Secret Science Club at MASS MoCA

Physics Made Sexy, with Bitters North Adams, MA -- The Secret Science Club is a regular gathering in New York City featuring mind-bending lectures, volatile experiments, and thematic chemical libations (special cocktails, that is). It's like the cool…

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Allen Toussaint and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Legends of New Orleans hit the Hunter Center on October 23, 2014North Adams, MA - As both a brilliant pianist and as the city's premier composer, arranger, and producer, Allen Toussaint is New Orleans' musical foundation, having worked with a "who's …

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2014 FreshGrass Award Finalists Announced

FreshGrass Award finalists are confirmed!You'll be able to hear all fifteen of these acts at pop-up performances during the festival, so keep an eye – and ear – out as you explore. Our contest events on Saturday and Sunday mornings are open to ev…

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15th Year Anniversary Benefit in New York City

Power-pop stars Lucius perform.North Adams, MA -- Celebrate MASS MoCA's 15th anniversary in New York City with cocktails, dinner, a lively auction, and a performance by the extraordinary Lucius - "an art school take on girl group soul" (The New York …

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FreshGrass, Allen Toussaint with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Lead Packed Fall Lineup,and Lucius Entertains in NYC

Major exhibition by Lee Boroson immerses visitors in a material and experiential landscape  North Adams, MA -- MASS MoCA's fall season gets under way in mid-September when the museum devotes an entire weekend to bluegrass and roots music - and conti…

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Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts

Largest east-coast exhibition of west-coast artist features large-scale works that focus on political, cultural, and religious fallibility North Adams, MA - Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has mined the essentials of American cultural detritus - from comic…

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Artist Talk: All Those Vanished Engines at MASS MoCA

Stephen Vitiello and Paul Park on their collaborationNorth Adams, MA -- Artist Stephen Vitiello titled his 2011 sound installation in MASS MoCA's Boiler House All Those Vanished Engines in reference to a short story he commissioned from Williamstown …

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Roomful of Teeth Returns for Summer Residency

2014 Grammy Award-winner, perennial MASS MoCA favorites return to collaborate with top performersNorth Adams, MA -- Upon receiving a 2014 Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance," Roomful of Teeth Director Brad Wells said, "We…

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Lee Boroson: Plastic Fantastic

Artist's largest-ever exhibition explores the elemental and ephemeral in landscape North Adams, MA - In his largest-ever exhibition, Plastic Fantastic, New York-based artist Lee Boroson creates immersive installations that use inflatables, fabric, an…

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FreshGrass Partner Passes offer Exclusive Festival Access

Single-day tickets now on saleNorth Adams, MA - FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's annual festival of bluegrass and roots music now offers exclusive access to preferred viewing areas throughout the museum campus and a roster of other perks for those who purchas…

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Mass Moca Phase III Grant Approved

Museum to embark on major new initiativeBuilding on LeWitt/Yale University collaboration, museum to rehabilitate additional spaces for long-term exhibitions and programmatic partnerships over the next three yearsNorth Adams, MA -- With Governor Deval…

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'Elysian Fields' Dark and Dreamy Duo to Mesmerize at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- Composers Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow are MASS MoCA veterans and NYC indie music stalwarts, weaving together dream pop and noir landscapes for fifteen years and nine records.  Always keen collaborators, their past and presen…

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The Duhks Join 2014 FreshGrass Lineup as Day-by-Day Festival Lineups are Announced

Canadian fusion folk band's "spine-rattling groove" joins extensive festivalNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's annual bluegrass and roots festival, is famous for its lineup, its workshop programs in conjunction with The Berklee College of Mus…

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FreshGrass Award Announces All-Star Jury for 2014

Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, the Gibson Brothers, and Alison Brown comprise the contest panelNorth Adams, MA - Storied bluegrass and roots performers Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, Leigh and Eric Gibson of The Gibson B…

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Jason Isbell in Concert at MASS MoCA

Raw, open, and reflective country musicNorth Adams, MA -- Jason Isbell, former member of Southern rock sensation the Drive-By Truckers, performs at MASS MoCA in support of his latest album, Southeastern. The hardworking country singer has produced an…

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Sayler/Morris with Elizabeth Kolbert: Eclipse

Collaborative installation features New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert and artist duo Sayler/Morris North Adams, Massachusetts - Eclipse, an installation that evolved from a series of conversations between New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert and ar…

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Artist Talk: Filthy Lucre

Darren Waterston on his work, Whistler, and his sumptuous, decaying vision of the Peacock Room North Adams, MA - Artist Darren Waterston will speak about his eight-month residency at MASS MoCA and his work Filthy Lucre, a sumptuous reimagining of Jam…

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Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2014

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, Chamber Music America, the Alice M. Ditson Fund o…

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art News - July 1, 2014

Last call for early-bird ticketsSummer greetings, FreshGrass fans!The early-bird ticket offer ends on Monday, July 7, so take advantage while you can. If you have already purchased tickets, they will be mailed soon, so be sure to update us on any cha…

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Alloy Orchestra: He Who Gets Slapped

Live performance of original silent film score by MASS MoCA mainstayNorth Adams, MA - Perennial MASS MoCA favorite Alloy Orchestra returns, with a signature live score to the 1924 classic He Who Gets Slapped, the tragic tale of a brilliant scientist …

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Kidspace at MASS MoCA Summer Camps

Scholarships available for North Adams Public Schools studentsNorth Adams, MA - MASS MoCA's week-long summer art camps offer fun, sun, and kid-centric projects and activities, And now they offer even more, with one scholarship available in each of it…

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MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists: North Adams Project

Recruiting and strengthening artist-entrepreneurs in North AdamsNorth Adams, MA - Since 2008, MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists program has quietly provided working capital grants and professional development to artists throughout the Berkshires and oth…

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FreshGrass Festival 2014

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Haas Kowert Tice, The Deedle Deedle Dees, and local bands The Novel Ideas, Salvation Alley String Band, Ramblin Jug Stompers, and The Flying Garbanzos will perform at the September 19-21 bluegrass and roots festivalNorth Ada…

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art News - FreshGrass Lineup Announce #2

New artists bolster FreshGrass lineupHurray for the Riff Raff, Haas Kowert Tice, The Deedle Deedle Dees, and local bands the Novel Ideas, the Salvation Alley String Band, the Ramblin Jug Stompers, and the Flying Garbanzos add more performances to MAS…

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The Measure of All Things at MASS MoCA

Fascinating film with live narration by Sam Green and live score by yMusicNorth Adams, MA -- Inspired by our collective fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records, filmmaker Sam Green traveled across the world to gather footage of record-hol…

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The Secret Sisters open for Iron and Wine

Roots harmonies by rising singing duoNorth Adams, MA - Country duo The Secret Sisters performs to set the scene for Iron and Wine. In support of its April release, Put Your Needle Down, the duo performs retro harmonies reminiscent of the 1940s and '5…

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Two Truths and a Lie

Truth is stranger than fictionA time-tested parlor game hits the stage for an evening of tall tales and torqued realities with Two Truths and a Lie. Led by a hilarious troupe of Brooklyn storytellers, the audience has to decipher truth from lies-and …

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Movie at the Airport Returns with Apollo 13

Celebrate American heroism and family funNorth Adams, MA -- Blast off into Independence Day with a screening of Apollo 13 at Harriman-West Airport. Continuing its annual tradition of projecting flight-themed movies on an airplane hangar, Ron Howard's…

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The GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) Opens for Beck

North Adams, MA - Sean Lennon's latest project, The GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) performs to warm up the audience for headliner Beck, whose concert at MASS MoCA that night marks the only New England stop on the musician's summer tour. Th…

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Emmylou Harris Plays FreshGrass Festival

Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival, September 19-21, Adds Fan Favorite to its Already Impressive LineupAdditional performers to be named in JuneNorth Adams, MA - 13-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris plays this year's FreshGrass festival, MASS MoCA's …

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Museum Celebrates 15 Years

Exhibition opening, live music, fun food, cheap beer, outdoor dance partyNorth Adams, MA -- Memorial Day marks 15 years for MASS MoCA, and we're throwing a party with Bhangra funk, fun food, festive spirits, and dazzling new art. Beginning at 4pm and…

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Iron and Wine Returns to MASS MoCA

2011 MASS MoCA Appearance Sold OutNorth Adams, MA - Iron and Wine, the musical vehicle of acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Beam, returns to MASS MoCA on Sunday, June 22, at 6pm, a special addition to the museum's already packed summer of music. Beam p…

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Kidspace: It's Only Human - Two Artists Explore The Human Figure From The Inside Out

North Adams, MA -- It's Only Human, on view in Kidspace, examines the human figure from the inside - an unexpected and often unfamiliar perspective apart from the medical and scientific world. Presenting the works of two internationally acclaimed Bri…

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Fredericks Brown- Blues and Soul Duo Features Daughter of Legendary Musician Taj Mahal

North Adams, MA -- Fredericks Brown, featuring powerhouse singer-songwriter Deva Mahal - daughter of the legendary blues musician Taj Mahal - and New Zealand-born songwriter/keys player Stephanie Brown. Alive with honesty, vulnerability, and celebrat…

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Hall Art Foundation Presents Franz West: Les Pommes d'Adam

Bubble gum-pink sculpture creates a colorful art park in its U.S. debutNorth Adams, MA --  Franz West's Les Pommes d'Adam - a monumental outdoor sculptural ensembleon extended loan from the Hall Art Foundation - opens on the MASS MoCA campus, in its…

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Christopher Chiappa: Stasis Horror - Riotous Painting Returns Artist to the Studio

North Adams, MA -- Stasis Horror, more than 80 of Christopher Chiappa's riotous paintings - executed on stools - are installed in MASS MoCA's Hunter Center hallway. Arranged on shelves, designed and built by Chiappa, these playful hybrids of fashion …

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Documentary film series God is Where? - Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven

Williamstown filmmaker explores complex culture of evangelical ChristianityNorth Adams, MA -- Williamstown native and filmmaker Holly Hardman crafts an authentic and complex portrayal of a sect of Americans seeing signs of the rapture or End of Times…

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Artists Exhibiting in Residence at Kidspace

Trio of artists works with hundreds of local studentsFeature Photo Opportunities North Adams, MA - During the month of April, three artists exhibiting in Freedom, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Long-Bin Chen, and Ran Hwang - lead hands-on art classes and works…

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Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's 2014 Summer Season

North Adams, MA -- Rock and roll shape-shifter Beck and the annual FreshGrass festival of bluegrass and roots music bookend MASS MoCA's fifteenth season, which kicks off on Memorial Day weekend with a big, not-to-be-missed party. Summer music offerin…

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2014 FreshGrass Award Open for Submissions

$15,000 in prizes offered to the brightest up-and-coming bluegrass talent in three categories: Band, Duo, and BanjoNorth Adams, MA - The FreshGrass Award, a highlight of the eponymous three-day bluegrass and roots music festival held each fall at MAS…

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Performance - Andrew Dawson: The Russian Doctor

North Adams, MA - In his work-in-progress The Russian Doctor, performed live in MASS MoCA's Hunter Center, Andrew Dawson teams up with a neuroscientist and a medical historian to explore an oft-forgotten element of Anton Chekhov's legacy: an extraord…

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Dawson Transports Audiences Out of this World with Space Panorama

North Adams, MA - Amid his residency developing The Russian Doctor, director and choreographer Andrew Dawson presents an otherworldly family affair in MASS MoCA's Club B-10. Space Panorama is a hypnotic solo recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing -…

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MASS MoCA Summer Art Camps offer Art and Activity for Kids

North Adams, MA - Full of sun, fun, and kid-centric creative projects and activities, MASS MoCA's four, week-long camps - held July 28 through August 29 - offer campers ages 5-12 a wealth of ways to express their creative side. The 2014 MASS MoCA sum…

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2014 FreshGrass Lineup - Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, David Grisman Sextet, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Valerie June, Rodney Crowell, Aoife O'Donovan, Sam Amidon, and festival favorite The Infamous Stringdusters are lining up in the first wave of Fre…

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Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below

Sweeping Vistas and Intimate Landscapes Create Perceptual Experience in Artist's Largest Solo Exhibition To DateNorth Adams, MA - Demonstrating the artist's remarkable ability to transform materials and their surrounding architecture into an envelopi…

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Beck in Concert at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- The northeast leg of Beck's summer tour has five stops:  Toronto, Cleveland, Columbus, New York, Detroit. Beck's latest album (an across-the-board contender for 2014 album of the year), Morning Phase, is on its second consecutive …

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Phish Bassist Mike Gordon in Concert

New album features music inspired by a visit to MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA - During downtime between Phish tours, the band's charismatic bassist, Mike Gordon, has dived into countless collaborations and become a formidable bandleader. His latest 5-piec…

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Teen Invitational in its Fourth Year

Local high school students to exhibit work at MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA - The fourth annual Teen Invitational, featuring art by local high school art students in an exhibition in MASS MoCA's main galleries. The Invitational kicks off with a reception …

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MASS MoCA Embarks on Major New Initiative

Building on LeWitt/Yale University collaboration, museum to rehabilitate additional spaces for long-term exhibitions and programmatic partnerships over the next three yearsNorth Adams, MA - On March 6, 2014 the State House of Representatives passed H…

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Banda Magda Entertains with Cosmopolitan Flair and Serious Musical Chops

Accordion-wielding, vintage vocalist leads in international bandaNorth Adams, MA - Leading an eclectic and international banda, Athens-born accordionist and musical polymath Magda Giannikou fuses bossa nova, jazz, and cross-cultural charm in her high…

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MASS MoCA Presents 'The Light in Her Eyes' as Part of the 2014 Documentary Film Series God is Where?

An examination of leadership, faith, and learning in the face of adversityNorth Adams, MA - The Light in Her Eyes - a film exploring conservative Muslim preacher Houda al-Habash's Qur'an school for girls in Damascus - screens in MASS MoCA's Club B-10…

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Pop-Rock Phenom BETTY on Stage and in the Galleries at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- As these legendary pop-rockers approach 30 years of music-making, they are as current as ever.  BETTY comes to MASS MoCA's Club B-10 to perform the irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, and always super-fun music it is known for. The band'…

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Water Songs Brings Together Video, Live Music in Homage to Colorado River

Work-in-progress combines vocal talents of Roomful of Teeth with stunning pieces from five acclaimed composersNorth Adams, MA - Water Songs: Ha Tay G'am is a new live music and video project exploring the profound history of the Colorado River. Featu…

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Exhibiting Artist Presents The Interview

Absurdist piece offers insight into the artist's visual work, processNorth Adams, MA - The Interview, written with curator and critic Thomas Boutoux, is a short play in the format of an interview, centering around artist Guillaume Leblon's desire to …

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Museum's Clocktower Society Inducts New Members

MASS MoCA honors supporters, visionaries, artistsNorth Adams, Massachusetts - MASS MoCA Chairman Hans Morris inducted three new members to the MASS MoCA Clocktower Society, an honor conferred to celebrate those who have made significant and lasting c…

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Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty

A vision of discord and beauty reflecting ties between art and moneyNorth Adams, Massachusetts - In his first major museum exhibition on the East Coast, painter Darren Waterston's installation Filthy Lucre - the centerpiece of his exhibition Uncertai…

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Reggae Legend Burning Spear In Concert

Intoxicating Jamaican music sure to light up the dance floor North Adams, MA -- With 25 albums over 45 years, Burning Spear has become one of Jamaica's most enduring treasures. His devotion to the teachings of Marcus Garvey manifests in embracing Pa…

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Western Swing Dance Party

Eclectic country swing music keeps toes tapping North Adams, MA -- The Hunter Center becomes a boot-stomping ranch dance on Saturday, February 1, at 8pm when New York sextet The Brain Cloud brings its brand of gypsy jazz dipped in big band swing. Th…

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Mortified

Mortified: Personal redemption through hilarious public humiliation Performers, audience find catharsis through tales of humiliation  North Adams, MA -- Hailed as a "cultural phenomenon" by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, Mortified i…

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MASS MoCA Receives National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant to Support Ambitious Installation

Grant is One of 895 NEA Art Works Grants Funded NationwideNorth Adams, MA - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa has announced that MASS MoCA is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works…

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2014 Documentary Film Series at MASS MoCA kicks off with 20 Feet from Stardom

A glimpse into the lives and careers of the back-up singers of the rock 'n' roll era.North Adams, MA -- An enchanting glimpse into the lives and careers of the anonymous backup singers who put their stamp on many of the great recordings and performan…

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Bessie Award Winner Beth Gill Brings Work-In-Progress to the Hunter Center

North Adams, MA - Working with an all-star team of dancers and designers, Beth Gill creates a space in which light is alive and space is vast.Presented in association with Vermont Performance Lab, as part of the Hatchery Project, the work-in-progress…

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Brushy One String: The King of Swing

Jamaican artist astounds with minimal instrumentation North Adams, MA - Performing on a classical guitar with nothing but a D string, Brushy One String manages to pack the energy and soul of an eight-piece Jamaican dance-hall band into just one strin…

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MASS MoCA Rings in the New Year with Free Day on January 11, 2014

Programming includes tours, art-making, live music, and dance North Adams, MA - It's your day at MASS MoCA!, enjoy free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum. Art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, and g…

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MASS MoCA News - Winter Into Spring Season

North Adams, MA - Phish bassist Mike Gordon and Jamaican legend Burning Spear headline MASS MoCA's Winter into Spring music offerings, which are chock-a-block full with roots, rock, reggae, western swing, and homegrown and international pop.  Beth G…

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Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil

Long-awaited survey of pioneering artist in MASS MoCA's signature Building 5 galleryNorth Adams, MA -- Grand in scale, rich with metaphor and narrative invention, Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil is a long-awaited survey of works by the Israeli-born,…

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Sonic Youth Co-Founder Brings New Project, Body/Head, to MASS MoCA

Kim Gordon and local guitarist Bill Nace to play Hunter CenterNorth Adams, MA---Since cutting the first Sonic Youth demos three decades ago, Kim Gordon has delivered a new boundary-breaking project every year, in every manner of art and music. She co…

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MASS MoCA Partners with MCLA to Launch 'The Summit 4 Teens' November 15, 2013

A Chance for Teens to Explore Their Creative SideNorth Adams, MA - The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA) and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are seeking teens in the Northern Berkshires to join The Summit - an opp…

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Milkshake is Electrifying Rock for Kids and Adults

North Adams, MA - The deliciously named, Grammy-nominated Milkshake is a band on a mission to create great rock music for kids. Led by singer Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl, formerly of the indie rock outfit Love Riot, they've popped up everyw…

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Live Music: The Yellow Ticket

Klezmatics co-founder scores classic filmNorth Adams, MA - A forgotten gem of the silent film era is resurrected with a new score composed and performed by Klezmatics co-founder Alicia Svigals. The Yellow Ticket, featuring a larger-than-life performa…

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MASS MoCA Partners with MCLA to Launch 'The Summit 4 Teens'

A Chance for Teens to Explore Their Creative SideNorth Adams, MA - The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA) and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are seeking teens in the Northern Berkshires to join The Summit - an opp…

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MASS MoCA Announces FreshGrass 2014 Dates

North Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's annual festival of bluegrass and roots music, will return to the museum campus in North Adams, Massachusetts.  Already a major presence on the festival scene, the fourth installment of FreshGrass will c…

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Pop-Collage Duo Javelin Brings Otherworldly Sounds to Club B-10

North Adams, MA -- Boom box-wielding duo Javelin collides rhythms from crooked disco, schoolyard funk, and everything else from the golden age of dance in MASS MoCA's intimate Club B-10.  Founded in 2005 by cousins George Langford (guitar, bass …

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A Birder's Guide to Everything - Williamstown Film Festival Returns to MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- The Williamstown Film Festival (WFF) returns to MASS MoCA's Hunter Center with a New England premiere screening of A Birder's Guide to Everything. This delightful feature, which was a 2013 Tribeca Film Festival audience favorite, f…

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Family Art Quest Celebrates Final Weekend of Xu Bing: Phoenix

Come dressed as your favorite mythological creatureNorth Adams, MA -- Families are invited to participate in a Family Art Quest - an afternoon of child-centered activities in celebration of the final weekend of Xu Bing: Phoenix.  Children are en…

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Don Edwards' Cowboy Ballads at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- No one knows cowboy lore like Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist Don Edwards. Equal parts historian, musicologist, and balladeer, Edwards croons and spins canonical tales of the American West with passion, poetry, and sharp fact…

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Izhar Patkin's The Wandering Veil at MASS MoCA

Izhar patkin: wandering veil Thirty-year survey creates intimate spaces in museum's largest gallery North Adams, Massachusetts - Grand in scale, rich with metaphor, dense with narrative invention, yet always surprisingly intimate, Izhar Patkin: The…

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MASS MoCA hosts Fall Benefit in New York City

North Adams, MA---Celebrate MASS MoCA at our annual fall benefit in New York City, when museum glitterati (and an army of interns) converge on 583 Park Avenue for cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and a performance by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Th…

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FreshGrass Returns to MASS MoCA on September 20-22

North Adams, MA - The FreshGrass bluegrass and roots music festival returns to MASS MoCA. For three days the 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum in North Adams, Mass., will host a full slate of afternoon and after-dark bluegrass programmi…

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MASS MoCA Wins Federal Grant In Support of Innovative Education Initiatives

North Adams, MA---The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) which received one of the 244 awards …

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Shen Wei Dance Arts: Boldly Visual Contemporary Dance

A Collaborative Presentation by MASS MoCA and Jacob's Pillow DanceNorth Adams, MA -- Inventive, contemporary ensemble Shen Wei Dance Arts blends a signature movement vocabulary with elements of film, theater, new media, and visual arts in a performan…

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Ben Perowsky Brings All-Star Line-up to MASS MoCA with his Moodswing Orchestra

Special Guests TK Wonder and Jennifer CharlesNorth Adams, MA - Drummer Ben Perowsky cut his teeth collaborating with the likes of John Cale and Ben Frisell, then broke ground driving back beats for cutting-edge collectives like Joan as Policewoman an…

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Fall Season at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA---Punk rock, conscious rap, klezmer, and bluegrass stars will thrill music loving audiences at MASS MoCA this fall when Kim Gordon, Talib Kweli, Alicia Svigalis andthe FreshGrass festival hit MASS MoCA. Dance fans will be satiated wit…

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FreshGrass Festival Expands Across Campus, Museum Campus Expands with New Building Devoted to Anselm Kiefer this Fall at MASS MoCA

Shen Wei Dance Arts celebrates the final weekend of Xu Bing: Phoenix; Izhar Patkin wanders into Building 5; Talib Kweli, Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra, and Kim Gordon, light up museum stagesNorth Adams, MA - Punk rock, conscious rap, klezmer, an…

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FreshGrass Performance Schedule

Bluegrass and roots festival features over 25 bands in 3 days  North Adams, MA---FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's fall festival of bluegrass and roots music, releases its 3-day performance schedule.  FreshGrass  filling every nook and cranny of…

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FreshGrass Award Finalists

Six Bands Compete for $10,000 in Prize PackagesNorth Adams, MA - FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's fall festival of bluegrass and roots music, chooses six finalists in its inaugural band contest, The FreshGrass Award. The finalists compete for $10,000 cash pri…

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The Devil's Coming to FreshGrass

Bluegrass Festival Expands LineupNorth Adams, MA - FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's three-day fall festival of bluegrass and roots music, expands its 2013 lineup. Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, The Deadly Gentlemen, Sarah Jarosz, Greensky Bluegrass, and Sam Bus…

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Fresh Grass is Family-Friendly

Bluegrass and roots music festival is family-friendlyNorth Adams, MA - FreshGrass is three days of live bluegrass and roots music on MASS MoCA's renovated factory campus in downtown North Adams, Massachusetts, but don't leave the kids behind when you…

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Fresh Grass Award Judges Announced

New band contest in search of fresh bluegrass sound North Adams, MA - A panel of industry insiders and musicians is assembled to judge the inaugural FreshGrass Award at this year's FreshGrass bluegrass festival. The addition of the FreshGrass Award p…

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Blast Off to the Sun with Artist Michael Oatman

Space-themed Family Program will delight kids of all ages North Adams, MA - Climb aboard a 1970s "satellite" with artist Michael Oatman. This end-of-summer family program will send kids into a whole new orbit. Space... The Final Frontier, is a chance…

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Electric Pow-Wow Sends Off Summer Dance Party Features Native Rhythms

North Adams, MA -- Tinting Native American tradition with a distinctly urban color, A Tribe Called Red's original sound is at the forefront of Ontario's club-music scene. This  Canadian aboriginal collective, made up of two-time Canadian DMC Cha…

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Weekend Full of Bluegrass Workshops Scheduled for FreshGrass

Partnership with Berklee College of Music's American Roots Music Program produces dynamic opportunities for musiciansNorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass workshop program expands in 2013 with two kinds of offerings: instrument-specific intensives focuse…

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Live Score to Beasts of the Southern Wild

By Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, and the Wordless Music OrchestraNorth Adams, MA---In what will be one of the most electric events in the film world this summer, composer Dan Romer and multitalented director and co-composer Benh Zeitlin bring Beasts of th…

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MASS MoCA, Hall Art Foundation, Announce Long-TermAnselm Kiefer Installation

North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) July 11, 2013 announced a major new collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, the keystone of which is a large and long-term exhibition of sculpture and paintings by Anselm Kief…

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Journey to the Absurd with Mucca Pazza

North Adams, MA --  When these thirty (30!) ex-band geeks joined forces in 2004, Mucca Pazza began a trip to the outrageous. Adorned with rainbow-colored pom-poms, riding mutant bicycles, and protected by hockey helmet-amplifiers, they torment a…

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The Black Pirate with Alloy Orchestra

North Adams, MA -- Perennial MASS MoCA favorite and preeminent silent film accompanist, Alloy Orchestra, will perform a live score to the Douglas Fairbanks classic The Black Pirate.  Get ready for a night of swashbuckling, looting, revenge, swor…

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Bettye LaVette in Concert at MASS MoCA

R&B Legend to Perform on Outdoor StageNorth Adams, MA -- Bettye LaVette has one of the most singular and evocative voices in R&B.  For over forty years, she has been recording songs you instantly recognize, yet it has taken four decades …

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Freshgrass Award Is $10,000 In Prizes

Rewards fresh takes on bluegrass with cash, recording session & mentoring.     North Adams, MA---Bluegrass is rich in tradition, including a storied history of flat-picking contests, fiddlers' conventions, and other participat…

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FreshGrass Festival Launches New Website

freshgrass.com offers hub for bluegrass and roots music communitiesNorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass festival, MASS MoCA's annual celebration of bluegrass and roots music, launches a new website this week. The updated freshgrass.com now includes oppo…

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Conceptual Writing in Prose and Music

Book Club Event Explores links between Sol LeWitt and Contemporary Authors and ComposersNorth Adams, MA - Williams College English Professor and author Gage McWeeny and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and co-founder of the Bang on a Can music festiva…

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Art Ninjas Camp Is For Active Imaginations And Stealthy Self-Expression

Week-long camp for ages 5-12 at Kidspace  North Adams, MA---MASS MoCA is calling all art ninjas ages 5-12 to join its week-long summer camp at Kidspace.  At Art Ninjas Camp, kids will conspire in covert creation and stealthy self-expression…

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Roger Shimomura: An American Diary WWII Internment Experience Featured in Artist Talk

North Adams, MA - Kidspace @ MASS MoCA exhibiting artist Roger Shimomura presents his talk, An American Diary, Shimomura will discuss how his experience in a World War II Japanese-American internment camp influenced his pop-art style imagery.  S…

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Freedom: Just Another Word For... Kidspace at MASS MoCA Exhibition Opens June 15, 2013

North Adams, MA - FREEDOM: Just Another Word For... is Kidspace @ MASS MoCA's contribution to this year's three-museum theme Words & Images. The Kidspace @ MASS MoCA exhibition is a visual exploration of how words and art can have multiple meanin…

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Live Score to Beasts of the Southern Wild

By Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, and the Wordless Music OrchestraNorth Adams, MA - In what is sure to be one of the most electric events in the film world this summer, composer Dan Romer and multitalented director and co-composer Benh Zeitlin bring Beasts…

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MASS MoCA Book Club Features Karen Shepard, Author of The Celestials

North Adams, MA - Author and Williams College Professor Karen Shepard, will read from and discuss her latest novel, The Celestials when MASS MoCA holds the third event in its Book Club series, "Ours is not your standard book club - we like our book c…

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Bubble Do Beatles Recreates Fab Four Favorites

A family-friendly sing-alongNorth Adams, MA - Bubble performs shockingly accurate recreations of The Beatles' hits in MASS MoCA's Club B-10 to celebrate the opening of Freedom, the newest exhibition in Kidspace, the museum's gallery dedicated to chil…

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Boredom Buster Art Classes

Boredom Buster Art Classes Held Wednesdays and Fridays This SummerNorth Adams, MA - Boredom Buster art classes are a series of workshops for children ages 5 to 12. Parents are welcome, too! Instead of uttering the words "I'm bored" this summer, child…

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Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

North Adams, MA - Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra trades in the standard salsa repertoire for dynamic salsa-fied arrangements of contemporary indie rock favorites when they take the stage in MASS MoCA's Courtyard C. This hard-hitting eleven-piece band w…

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MASS MoCA Offers Extended Summer Hours, New Gallery Tour Hours, Plus Many Special Programs

North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA extends its hours from July 1 through September 2, during which museum galleries (including Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective) will be open from 10am to 6pm every day with tours offered three times every day at 11am…

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Marko Remec: Totally Totem

Large multi-part installation connects museum's outdoor spaces, to be opened in conjunction with Solid Sound 2013.  North Adams, MA---In conjunction with this summer's Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA, New York-based conceptual sculptor Marko R…

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FreshGrass Presents Old Crow Medicine Show at MASS MOCA

Fall Festival of Bluegrass and Roots Music Warms Up With Spring ConcertNorth Adams, MA -- In a flag-planting preview to its bluegrass and roots music festival at MASS MoCA in late September, FreshGrass presents Old Crow Medicine Show in MASS MoCA's H…

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Aaron Neville Kicks Off Summer 2013 at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- Once or twice a year, MASS MoCA shines a bright light on an American legend. With one of the most cherished voices in popular music, Aaron Neville is one of these national treasures. Neville's youth was filled with songs of a burge…

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Summer Season Announcement

Aaron Neville, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bettye LaVette, Bang on a Can on Stage; Wilco's Solid Sound Festival and more An Especially Rich Selection of Music Highlights MASS MoCA's Summer 2013 Beasts of the Southern Wild film with live music s…

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William Belcher to Steer MASS MoCA's Development Office

Former Director of Development Jennifer Trainer Thompson to lead new Special Events and Membership EffortNorth Adams, MA - As MASS MoCA contemplates a new capital campaign to support growth of programs and educational initiatives, the museum has appo…

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Guillaume Leblon to Exhibit First Major Solo U.S. Museum Show at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- MASS MoCA mounts Paris-based sculptor Guillaume Leblon's first major soloexhibition in an American museum. Guillaume Leblon: Under My Shoe will feature fifteen works made over the last five years. The artist will present two major …

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Joseph Montgomery: Five Sets Five Reps New York-based Artist's First Solo Museum Exhibition Debuts at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- Joseph Montgomery's relief-like paintings examine how the abstract image is constructed in his first solo museum exhibition, opening this spring at MASS MoCA. Five Sets Five Reps features over twenty new and existing works made bet…

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Del McCoury, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Sam Bush Lead FreshGrass Lineup

North Adams, MA -- Securing its place at the forefront of the bluegrass and roots music scene, the first wave of acts announced for MASS MoCA's expanding FreshGrass festival (freshgrass.com) includes legendary bluegrass pioneers, genre-bending bands,…

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Exhibition - Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape

North Adams, MA - Jason Middlebrook will mount a fully functioning, 28-foot high fountain as the centerpiece of his exhibition of new and recent works at MASS MoCA.  My Landscape refers to Middlebrook's long-standing engagement with nature, the …

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3-2-1! A Gala Celebration

MASS MoCA's first Berkshires-based gala in four years North Adams, MA---MASS MoCA hosts  3-2-1! A Gala Celebration  - its first Berkshires-based gala in over four years. The event celebrates the opening of three new exhibitions - Mark …

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Annual Art Detox April Break Workshops

North Adams, MA---During the April school vacation week, MASS MoCA's Education Department will offer its second annual Spring Break Art Detox, a series of three workshops for children ages 5 to 12 (parents are welcome to accompany them).  Worksh…

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Film Documentary Series Closes with The Human Tower

Inspiring Documentary The Human Tower wraps up MASS MoCA's "Compete!" Film SeriesNorth Adams, MA -- MASS MoCA's Cinema Lounge series concludes with The Human Tower, an official selection of the 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival. The film follows teams…

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Solid Sound Festival: Call For Housing Listings

AirBnB.com is on-line clearinghouse for local housing listings during Solid Sound FestivalMASS MoCA encourages locals with spare bedrooms to rent to register now with AirBnB.comPotential revenue source for local not-for-profits, sports clubs, and civ…

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MASS MoCA Appoints Deputy Director

North Adams, MA---With the appointment of Larry Smallwood, MASS MoCA has named its first-ever Deputy Director. Smallwood previously worked for the institution as its first Production Manager in the Performing Arts and later as Visual Arts Production …

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Solid Sound Festival Sets Line Up, Plans Social Media Reveal

Easthampton, MA -- The Solid Sound 2013 festival lineup is set, and festival organizers will announce confirmed artists and activities in alphabetical order, one letter at time, every 30 minutes beginning February 13, at noon ET. Announcements will b…

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Balkan Beat Box brings Mediterranean Hip Hop Fusion to MASS MoCA

The dance floor at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center promises to get wild, when the explosive energy and Mediterranean-influenced music of Balkan Beat Box comes North Adams. Balkan Beat Box burst onto the New York City underground music scene in 2005 with a …

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Mamie Minch Brings Charm and Blues Guitar to MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA --Just 32, Mamie Minch is one of the youngest old-school blues guitarists and singers around. She plays songs of her own devising that sound like they've been stored in her old National guitar for decades. Sound familiar? Minch brough…

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Spend A Romantic Valentine's Day At MASS MoCA's Date Night

North Adams, MA - Valentine's Day is right around the corner and MASS MoCA has a romantic evening planned for art-loving sweethearts. MASS MoCA offers the brand-new event Date Night. Cuddle up with that special someone and enjoy a candle-lit dinner a…

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MASS MoCA's Winter/Spring Season

Mark Dion: The Octagon Room, One Minute Film Festival: 10 Years, and Life's Work: Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera gallery openings and benefit party on Saturday, April 6. North Adams, MA---With one show already nearly sold out (Neutral Milk Hotel's J…

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Life's Work: Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera

North Adams, MA---MASS MoCA presents the work of two artists -- Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera -- who throughout their careers have focused enormous artistic energies onto a single work of art, built around existing tomes. Spanning both decades and …

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MASS MoCA Exhibition Showcases Over 600 One-Minute Films

North Adams, MA - Every year between 2003 and 2012, on the first Saturday after the 4th of July, a legion of artists, writers, film and video makers, and their friends and families gathered in a barn outside of a small town in upstate New York, spend…

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Inspiring Basketball Documentary The Other Dream Team kicks off MASS MoCA's Winter Cinema Lounge Series

North Adams, MA---MASS MoCA's Thursday night Cinema Lounge series kicks off with a film nominated for Best Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Other Dream Team follows the remarkable journey of the members of the Lithuanian basketball…

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Xu Bing: Phoenix, Featuring Monumental Sculpture, Opens at MASS MoCA

First time controversial sculpture fabricated from Beijing construction debris to be presented outside of China North Adams, MA---Phoenix Project, two spectacular and massive birds fabricated with construction and demolition debris from Beijing, will…

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Tim Crouch's 'My Arm' and Sundance Institute Theatre Lab

North Adams, MA---Berkshire audiences will have the chance to preview a play when British playwright and performer Tim Crouch comes to MASS MoCA for a two-week residency as part of the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. In conjunction with that visit, C…

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Adventurous Half Straddle Company Revisits Chekov's Masterpiece: The Seagull

North Adams, MA -- As the culmination of a technical residency at MASS MoCA, the unique contemporary theatre company Half Straddle presents a new interpretation of Anton Chekhov's classic play, The Seagull, in the Hunter Center. Time Out New York has…

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Ben Perowsky Brings All-Star Lineup to MASS MoCA with his Moodswing Orchestra

North Adams, MA---With an incredibly diverse career both as a drummer and a music producer, Ben Perowsky has been called a "thrilling bandleader with a flair for transforming rock repertory" by Jazztimes. This first-call drummer for jazz ar…

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UK Sensation Laura Marling Comes to MASS MoCA As Part Of Her Working Holiday Solo Tour

North Adams, MA---During Laura Marling's first British tour five years ago, she and her band were turned away from the gig because at only 17 she was too young to gain admittance to the nightclub. The enterprising musicians set up shop on the street …

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Alsarah and the Nubatones Bring Hip Sudanese Music to MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA---Blending 1970s Nubian songs, Western soul, and vintage Sudanese pop, Alsarah and the Nubatones rock Club B-10 at MASS MoCA. Alsarah, a Sudanese-American firecracker, is the leading lady of this extraordinary band bound together by a…

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Comedy by Canadian Film Director Guy Maddin Screens at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA---Canadian director Guy Maddin's 2003 musical comedy, The Saddest Music in the World, lights up the big screen in a matinee showing at MASS MoCA's Club B-10. Set in Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the film is a brilliant blen…

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Emily Johnson's Touching Dance Work Includes Fish Skin Lanterns At MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA---After a week-long dance residency, Alaskan choreographer Emily Johnson and her company, Catalyst, present a work-in-progress showing of her newest work, Niicugni (Listen), in MASS MoCA's Hunter Center. Performed by Aretha Aoki and J…

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Nerd Nite's Hilariously Clever Comedy Up in the Club at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA - Part stand-up comedy, part lecture, Nerd Nite is a wacky combination of the entertaining and the educational... with beer! Based on the philosophy that learning is endlessly more fun when it happens around a shared pitcher of beer. …

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The Loser's Lounge in Muppet Music Extravaganza

"Play the Music, Light the Lights" with The Loser's Lounge Muppet Tribute at MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA - New York City's favorite all-star tribute ensemble, The Loser's Lounge, returns to MASS MoCA with a full-blown salute to the Muppet musi…

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Jerry's Map Invites Audiences on a Cartographic Adventure

North Adams, MA -- Before popular world-building games like Sim City and Minecraft, there was visual artist Jerry Gretzinger. Gretzinger has created a vast living map comprised of individual, handcrafted panels, a map which evolves and shape-shift…

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Retro-Pop Trio the Bandana Splits Performs Up in the Club at MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA -- The Bandana Splits bring nostalgic charm to MASS MoCA's Club B-10. The Brookyn-based trio -- Dawn Landes, Lauren Balthrop, and Annie Nero -- recreates the bubblegum pop and doo-wop styles of the 1950s and '60s with upbeat three-par…

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Oh, Canada Expands At Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival

North Adams, MA---The Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival held annually in Greenfield, MA, will have a special focus on Canadian artists this year. In conjunction with MASS MoCA's landmark Oh, Canada exhibition, MASS MoCA curator Denise M…

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Bluegrass Music Fills Campus and Massive Hand-drawn Map Fills Hunter Center this Fall at MASS MoCA

Laura Marling performs solo; Xu Bing's new work Phoenix Project opens; Nerd Nite, Loser's Lounge, Emily Johnson and Half Straddle Theater take the stageNorth Adams, MA - Music lovers of all stripes from bluegrass to folk to contemporary to jazz, …

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