MASS MoCA

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (popularly known as MASS MoCA) is a contemporary performing art and visual art museum located in North Adams, Massachusetts. It is one of the most prominent exhibition spaces for the two evocative art genres in the US.

The MASS MoCA is recognized for its significant role as a center for contemporary musicians and artists. It sits on a restored nineteenth-century industrial complex previously occupied by the Arnold Print Works factory.

Past and current exhibitions at the museum include artworks by well-known contemporary artists like James Turrell, Anselm Kiefer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Franz West, Nick Cave, Xu Bing and Sol LeWitt.

This was Cai Guo-Qiang’s impressive installation Inopportune at the Guggenheim

What is Cai Guo-Qiang known for? Cai Guo-Qiang has been making art since 1985. However, the installation piece that he is perhaps most well known for, or at least helped to propel him to global fame, was his brief but impressive exploding rainbow of fireworks over the East River in 2002. This piece, which was …

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What is Xu Bing’s gigantic Phoenix project?

Xu Bing is an internationally celebrated Chinese artist. He works in a couple of disciplines and materials but the most common is ink painting, printmaking, and calligraphy. Xu has worked with pigs and silkworms. Though, one of his well-known installations is a gigantic flying dragon titled Phoenix. How was ‘Phoenix’ created? The installation features …

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Dave Cole’s Knitting Machine is producing a gigantic American flag

In 2005, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) presented a monumental and uniquely American sculptural installation by Providence-based sculptor Dave Cole. For Cole’s industrial-sized project The Knitting Machine, he used two excavators and replaced their shovels with telephone poles, fitting them with massive 6 meters (20 ft.) knitting needles. This giant machine produced …

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