Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
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.Â
Layout was not very clear. The exhibits were decent, though some of the works came across as unrefined. I would have liked more plaques that had information on the artist and the piece's intent. There were some very nice sculptures and I enjoyed the painting of the interior of the gallery. The sound tunnel was neat.
Pretty eclectic art exhibits, some of which were just over my head. Couple pieces looked like big piles of trash, but hey, what do I know. The buildings themselves are pretty cool. Well worth the $20 admission fee.
Innovative modern museum with great spaces for concerts. Greatly enjoy the annual Fresh Grass music festival of progressive and traditional bluegrass and folk music. Food offerings at Fresh Grass also beckon me each year!
This was just not the museum for me. The place is a huge maze, with plenty of bathrooms but no bubblers. It was very difficult to find exhibits and get from place to place. There were several really awesome exhibits, at least.
Hilarious! Outrageous! Naked! Nonsensical! It's a massive labyrinth filled with deep collections of dubious merit. Truly mass mesmo. Best part is the structure itself, impressive in scale and presentation.