Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Daytripping: MassMOCA



The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art -- MassMOCA -- is in the old mill town of North Adams, Massachusetts, two hours north of Hartford.  It occupies several abandoned factory buildings that have been renovated as galleries for large-scale modern art.  MassMOCA is outstanding!


This is Democracy,  a 2012 installation by Gisele Amantea, a wall flocking that recreates on a large scale a work by the American architect Louis Sullivan.  Democracy is in a recent MassMOCA exhibition devoted to Canadian art.

To the side is Optic Nerve, a 2010 mixed media work -- a van riddled with holes and lighted from within -- by Kim Adams, also in the Canadian exhibition.

Finally, here is a small part of Compound, a 2011 installation by Sopheap Pich in the exhibition "Invisible Cities."  In addition to showing you part of this work, this photo shows how the rough brick walls and polished wooden floors of the old factory buildings add richness to the atmosphere of MassMOCA's galleries.

The art won't be everyone's favorites, but the place is just amazing.

27 comments:

Lowell said...

The place looks huge, and I'll bet was a lot of fun. But they got the name backward. I'll bet they were embarrassed!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fabulous gallery Jack, pulling all three of these images in for a closer look is very much worth the time. A very exciting space.

Michelle said...

Love the black/white design.

Cezar and Léia said...

I love "Democracy", it's an amazing art installation!
Cool place for a museum, I love your article, thanks for sharing!
Léia

SRQ said...

Contemporary art just isn't my thing. But, I love how the old factories were put to good use. Great shot at the end showing the old walls and floors -- very cool. Btw, I'm not an especially patient person. I just become very patient when I'm enjoying the outdoors waiting for a wild animal to do something.

brattcat said...

and the journey to get there is also a challenging work of art.

Kate said...

Great place that I'd love to visit. Haven't thought of Sullivan for a long time; enjoyed his work when I lived in Chicago. Some terrific buildings of his there.

Halcyon said...

Wow! This looks like a great place. We are thinking of a trip to Boston at the end of the month. Maybe we can make a stop here. :)

Sharon said...

I think I'd love this place. It makes me think of the Tate Modern in London; a huge space with art that makes you think. I agree, contemporary art is not always to my liking but many times I'll find pieces that are very inspiring and though provoking.

Sylvia K said...

This place does indeed look amazing! I would love to visit there!! I love the Democracy by Amantea!! Great captures for the day, Jack, as always!

gardenbug said...

I think I passed by this mill town years ago..between Boston and Durham NH. Perhaps my geography is off. But I do enjoy this post and am open to almost any kind of art! I love seeing buildings "repurposed."

RedPat said...

I love old factory buildings so it is wonderful to see them reused and still retain some of their original flavour. The art I think I would have to see in real life.

VP said...

Love the place, can't see the art...

Ramakant Pradhan said...

The artwork Democracy looks amazing.

RamblingRound said...

I like old buildings like this put to good uses like this.

Virginia said...

Well I"m feeling a bit cutting edge today and I'll say I liked it all, but the bottom one is my fav.
V

Ali Crehan said...

Really nice photos, Jack. I am embarrassed to admit that I have never been to MOCA.

jennyfreckles said...

Seventh heaven for me, I think. Bliss to wander round a place like that.

Dianne said...

"Optic nerve" gets my vote Jack ....What a wonderful gallery with those long corridors. Well worth the travel.

Leslie D. said...

Very neat. Love the hole-y car and the Compound installation and the building itself seems to be a work of art.

Ed said...

What a great museum! I'll have to make the trip up there to see it. I really like the fact that they've used some of the old mills for their gallery.

Randy said...

What a wonderful old building. Wonderful exhibits.

cieldequimper said...

I'm a bit like VP, I'm not sure it's really art in the art sense but I think I'd enjoy it nevertheless because it can be fun...

JM said...

Apart from the concept of art, which I think is SO subjective, I love it when old useless buildings are transformed in to places where you definitely enjoy spending some time.

EG CameraGirl said...

Old mills make fabulous art galleries! This one appears to be exceptional.

LONDONLULU said...

Gorgeous, it almost doesn't matter what the art is when this is the setting. (Though great places here too). I've always wanted to visit MassMOCA - lucky you!

William Kendall said...

What an ideal place for a gallery!