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Review of MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in North Adams
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Owner description: Housed on a restored 19th century factory campus, MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country. Open year round with full schedule of live events, changing exhibitions and Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

There were a few very interesting displays and several that were at best puzzling. We went because we had a free pass and were only 30 miles away at another place. It is over 100 miles from our home and would not be worth the price of gas let alone the admission if you had to pay it.

Thank phedelia
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Phoenix piece was out of this world. The museum displays, though youthful, were smart, creative, multidimensional. Dinner at the grammercy bistro topped off a wonderful day.

Thank Otis M
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is a wonderful sample of contemporary art. You need multiple visits to drink it all in.
We wanted to see the Jason Middlebrook exhibit and we were not disappointed. The Falling Water sculpture is just beautiful to walk around and absorb. Go up to the "pulpit" on the next higher floor to get a bird's eye view of the sculpture. (Ask a docent where the "pulpit" is.)
We had heard about Xu Bing's Phoenix but the verbal descriptions don't do it justice. It is amazing. Fabulous. Two giant sculptures over 90 feet long, suspended from the ceiling. (And don't miss the short video showing how they assembled these beautiful birds in this space.)
The Octagon Room is fascinating as well. (For parents: some touching of the exhibits is allowed in the Octagon Room. It's a limited opportunity for those young ones who have needed to keep their hands in their pockets for hours.)
We were just too tired to continue.
Wheelchair loan is available for those for whom walking or stairs is an issue.
The museum has made great use of its giant exhibit areas. This is a definite stop for museum goers in this area.

Thank Paul_from_VA
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is not your grandfathers art museum. I am partial to modern art because sometimes it can be crazy to the point of being fascinating. This facility is huge located in a former factory and they take full advantage of the large display areas with modern art difficult to show anywhere else except in a stadium! The complex is so big you might find a tour helpful to just get your bearings. The map shows a spread out series of galleries set on multiple floors. After a few hours of amazing and mind blowing exhibits we limped to the cafe and had a delicious lunch that revived us to the point we could plunge back in. The exhibits change often so if you can, plan to return on a regular basis. Some of the art is accompanied by videos of the artists setting up their work. Take the time to examine the website in advance. This is a "do not miss" place! The galleries have written material augmenting each artist so you could plan to spend an entire day if you want to be really serious about learning about the displays. Expect to find some of the art to be so weird you shake your head in disbelief.

Thank Ted S
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Since I'm not a big fan of modern art, I didn't expect to like the mass Moca but was pleasantly surprised. Particularly interesting was the Phoenix exhibit by Xu Bin especially if you view the short documentary explaining its origins. Also interesting was the artist, whose name escapes me, who did prints on sails. They also have a children,s section which I enjoyed with art made of buttons which visitor so can't interact with both visually and via sounds. the museum itself is in a former textile mill which adds to the ambiance .

Thank Golgina
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